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Chicago fights back: Guns against guns

By Jane Bodmer

In response to the city’s violence epidemic, many Chicagoans are turning to a complicated solution: fighting guns with more guns.

According to State Police, Chicagoans were issued 60 percent more gun permits in 2016 than in 2015. A total of 212,000 Chicagoans are legally licensed to own a gun, and 38,712 Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) cards were issued in 2016.

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All work, no play is no way to run a kitchen, says Wicker Park restaurant

By Jane Bodmer

Chefs at Publican Anker, a saloon-style restaurant in Wicker Park, know how important it is to keep things fun.

While the restaurant focuses on serving high-quality dishes made with local, sustainable, organic ingredients, each of the chefs lists the friendly kitchen environment as one of their favorite parts of working at Publican Anker.
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Nonprofit bike collective gives back by educating cyclers

By Angel Idowu and Jane Bodmer

One nonprofit bike shop is not only giving back, but also teaching members of its community to be self-sufficient cyclists.

The Recyclery, a nonprofit bike shop in Rogers Park, repairs and donates used bikes to local nonprofits. It also hosts a variety of youth programs and “open shop” hours where community members are free to bring in their bikes and learn to fix them on their own. Through collaboration and education, the Recyclery has become a gathering place for Chicagoans interested in cycling.

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Rogers Park business owners oppose proposed mini Target

By Jane Bodmer

A proposed seven-story apartment complex has many Rogers Park residents and business owners upset. The complex, which would be built on land owned by the Chicago Housing Authority on the 6400 block of North Sheridan Road, would include a parking garage, market-rate and affordable housing units, and a controversial mini Target department store.

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Diving into Chicago’s scuba scene

By Jane Bodmer

You don’t have to travel to the Caribbean to find shipwrecks: Lake Michigan is full of them. In fact, one Evanston diver has made a career of teaching diving and exploring shipwrecks in the Great Lakes.

Myron Siciak, 59, is the owner of Elmer’s Watersports, an Evanston-based scuba shop. He teaches scuba classes and, in the summer, leads weekly dive trips in Lake Michigan.

“There isn’t a whole lot else in Lake Michigan,” Siciak said. “To look at it, [it] is kind of flat, a boring bottom with rocks and zebra mussels and an occasional trout or salmon. The shipwrecks are really the draw.”

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South Africans demand justice in child rape, murder case

By Jane Bodmer

South Africans gathered in front of the Alexandra Magistrate Court in Johannesburg last week to show support for the family of a two-year-old who was raped and murdered.

Agisanang Domestic Abuse Prevention and Training (ADAPT) has been supporting the family since the child’s murder in September and contacted partner organizations throughout Alexandra Township to attend the Feb. 8 court date. The case was postponed until March 23, when a trial date will be set.

The man accused of raping and murdering the child was a security guard with whom the children were familiar. The only witness is the victim’s 12-year-old sister, whom the family says was forced to watch the attack.

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Voices of the Women’s March on Washington

By Jane Bodmer

While much of America was transfixed by last weekend’s pictures of women marching and chanting for human rights across the world, if you looked closer, you saw something perhaps even more extraordinary—men, millions of them, arm in arm and demanding equality.

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