GMOs: The scarlet letters of the grocery aisle?

By Shanley Chien You walk down the aisles at Whole Foods spotting milk, cookies, pasta, and a variety of other products with the “Non-GMO Project Verified” label. The label tells you the foods don’t contain genetically modified organisms  – GMOs. But the image of a butterfly sitting on a blade of grass shaped like a […]

Weight loss surgery leads to longer life

By Jamie Friedlander Tony Gambee, the CEO of a software company in Boulder, Colorado, used to be able to eat an entire slab of ribs in one sitting at his favorite barbecue joint. Now, it’s two ribs and he’s full. His secret is gastric bypass, a type of weight loss surgery that promises dramatic results, […]

ISIS takes aim at Iraq’s ancient past

By Ramsen Shamon The Islamic State, or ISIS, is using everything from sledgehammers to bulldozers to rewrite Iraq’s cultural history, a priceless legacy of art and archaeology that they consider inappropriate according to their interpretation of the Quran. A recent video released by ISIS showcases their destruction of historical objects in Mosul’s museum, some dating back […]

Small plates trend remains strong

By Alysha Khan Sometimes big trends come on small plates. Over the past decade, the concept of small plates has expanded from a curiosity to a strong trend that is currently spreading to everything from coffee shops to national chains. Small plates are shareable portions that give customers a chance to sample more menu items […]

Indiana HIV Outbreak Continues to Grow

By Jamie Friedlander Southeastern Indiana health officials confirmed today an HIV outbreak there continues unabated. As of March 6 there are 44 confirmed and 11 preliminary cases of HIV. The outbreak is connected to injection of the prescription drug Opana, an opioid painkiller that contains oxymorphone, a narcotic pain reliever. State officials first reported the outbreak Feb. […]

Illinois Tool Works prospects dampened by slow revenue outlook

By Meredith Wilson Analysts are confident that Glenview-based Illinois Tool Works Inc. will continue to post profits in the coming years, but are concerned with the long-term feasibility of the company’s current growth plan, a reversal of its historic rapid-acquisition policy.

Wolves Wish program makes a difference for needy families

By Sara Romano Two months removed from surgery and recently out of a body cast, then-4-year-old Jack still walked with a noticeable limp, but was thrilled just to be sitting on the Chicago Wolves’ bench watching warm-ups one year ago. Born with hip dysplasia, a congenital misalignment of the hip joint, the curly-haired, blue-eyed boy […]

Specific Objectives Prevent Athletes’ Social Media Mistakes

By Eric Clark Social media can be treacherous terrain for professional and college athletes. But if used with a specific objective, experts say, there might not be a more powerful marketing tool. At the collegiate level, athletic departments generally monitor athletes’ Twitter use carefully, but it’s impossible to police entirely. Former North Alabama football player […]

History & fashion of the Mag Mile on display

Courtesy of the Chicago History Museum

By Mallory Hughes “Upper Michigan [Avenue] will be properly designed for magnificence, dignity and character, and will be like no other commercial thoroughfare in the world.” – Chicago real estate developer Arthur Rubloff, 1947 Imagine a time in Chicago when North Michigan Avenue, now unofficially known as the Magnificent Mile, wasn’t lined with vertical shopping […]