VIDEO: Nazi bomber lands at Museum of Science and Industry

By Beth Lawrence

This month the Museum of Science and Industry is offering a rare and up-close look at a piece of history that’s usually out of reach. The German Stuka, one of only two remaining in the world, normally hangs in the rafters. For now, the museum has landed the bomber on its main floor to be viewed, cleaned and scanned with new 3D technology.

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VIDEO: Donation assists the older adult programs at the Greater Chicago Food Depository

By J’nelle Agee

The Greater Chicago Food Depository just received a one million dollar donation that will directly assist its older adult programs.  The funds will help the depository produce one million meals this year.

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VIDEO: Social media creates new outlet for cyber bullying

By Mariel Turner

With the popularity of social media apps like Instagram and Twitter, cyber bullying has become a growing concern for many Chicagoans. Some have already experienced the painful attacks firsthand. But victims of cyber bullying are fighting back and new legislation passed last December may further curb online harassment.    Continue reading

Chicagoans waste 55 million pounds of food each month

By Sarah Kramer

Picture your fridge – the leftovers from last night’s dinner, the half-finished meal from the corner deli, the bag of avocados trucked in from California, the loaf of multigrain bread slowly getting stale.

How much of the food in your fridge and the rest of your kitchen at this moment will you eat before you throw it out? If you’re anything like most Americans, you throw out at least a quarter of everything that comes through your kitchen. Continue reading

Extension denied: Pet coke piles must be covered by June 2016

By Sarah Kramer

The Chicago Department of Public Health denied a request on Monday to extend the deadline for covering the piles of petroleum coke stored at terminals along the Calumet River on Chicago’s Far South Side.

Koch Industries subsidiary KCBX Terminals asked the city in December to allow an 18-month extension – with a new deadline of December 2017 – for completion of the 1,000-foot-long enclosure to cover the pet coke storage piles. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the public health department have mandated that the piles be fully covered by June 2016. Continue reading

Humboldt Park residents stand up to HIV/AIDS

By Dawnn Anderson

Residents of Humboldt Park recently assembled to learn more about the disproportionate effects of HIV/AIDS in Latinos and African-Americans. Human rights activist Ricardo Jimenez led the discussion about the services offered at VIDA/Sida, a non-profit that serves the Latino LGBTQ and HIV positive community. Continue reading

Stanley Cup champs enjoy Wolves’ reunion, eye another championship

By Sara Romano

Adam Burish had a mischievous grin on his face when he talked about the days following the Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup victory in 2010.

“I’ll always remember that night, and some of the following nights,” he said. “They all kind of blur together. The night we won … coming back to Chicago … the parade. …”

Upon further prompting, Burish continued his reminiscing aloud, recalling the team’s arrival back into Chicago after clinching the Cup.

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Chicago Celiac Catholics celebrate communion in the low-gluten way

By Ellen Kobe

On a Saturday evening in January, Carol Shilson, a parishioner at St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Lincoln Park participated in a common experience among Roman Catholics: the Eucharist. As the sun went down and the church’s stained glass windows turned from vibrant colors to darkness, the Rev. Jeremy Dixon consecrated the communion — turning the bread and the wine into what Catholics believe is the actual body and blood of Christ.

From the left-side pews, Shilson made her way down the main aisle with the rest of the congregation, which sang a hymn, folded their hands and strode back to their seats while the wafers melted in their mouths and the burning sensation of wine seeped down their throats.

Holy Communion is a shared experience for Shilson and other Catholics. They are only required to go through these motions once a year, although the sacrament is more routine for many who go to Mass every Sunday or even daily.

But for Shilson, receiving traditional communion is a health hazard. She has Celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder activated by ingesting a gluten protein in wheat. Continue reading

Chicago comic school artists react to Charlie Hebdo massacre

By Taylor Mullaney

In 2013, the Europe-based International School of Comics opened a new campus in Chicago. Six weeks after the Charlie Hebdo attacks, Annalisa Vicari, Emma Rand and Christopher Kutz, teaching artists from the school, said they do not fully excuse the publication’s drawings. Vicari, 29, Rand, 23, and Kutz, 41, shared how they think the attacks will affect art education and artists’ limitations moving forward.

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Allscripts still lags amid healthcare technology rise

By Jin Wu

Allscripts Healthcare Solutions Inc. (NASDAQ: MDRX), the Chicago-based healthcare information technology provider, is getting divided ratings from analysts.

There are currently 28 analysts that Bloomberg tracks covering Allscripts. Of those 28, 11 have a buy rating, 16 have a hold rating, and one has a sell rating.

Since the fourth quarter of 2012, Allscripts has been posting losses in net income while the whole healthcare technology industry is growing steadily, boosted by federal subsidies that encourage hospitals and doctors to digitize medical records. In the third quarter that ended September 30, Allscripts lost $25.8 million.

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