MMA Fighters in Pakistan Battle Poverty While Inspiring Youth

By Michael Bacos LAHORE, PAKISTAN — Waquar Umar is part of Pakistan’s next generation of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighters. He hopes to grow MMA’s fanbase and the next crop of fighters in his homeland. He trains fighters at Synergy MMA in the Defence Housing Authority neighborhood in Lahore, considered to be the birthplace of […]

Reclaim Chicago looks to take back elections through campaign finance reform

By Michael Bacos Reclaim Chicago and National Nurses United members are urging changes in Chicago’s campaign finance law to allow for private donations to match those of constituents. Their members gathered at the offices of First Lutheran Church of the Trinity to kick off their Fair Elections Campaign. Volunteers called constituents of the 6th and […]

Gas prices below $2 can have negative effects, say economists (Video)

By Michael Bacos For the first time in seven years, gas prices in Illinois have dipped below $2. This benefits consumers by giving them more spending money on other goods. However, there are some negative environmental impacts to these high gas prices. Economists say the lower prices may discourage people from purchasing fuel-saving vehicles, and it […]

Lakeview store gives customers a video game nostalgia fix (VIDEO)

By Michael Bacos Video games were much simpler back in those days before Playstations and Xboxes. There weren’t 100 different buttons on the controllers and the two-dimensional graphics with synthesized music brought a relaxing feel to those who grew up before the 90s. Now we are to the point where video games makes us feel […]

Burlesque: A Chicago Institution (Video | NSFW)

By Michael Bacos Sultry. Seductive. Shimmy. Quiver. Bump. Grind. These are some of the words in the vocabulary of a burlesque performer. You may think the art of burlesque is dead, only to be remembered by watching old roaring 20s filmstrips in the vault of historical societies. Burlesque faced declining audiences starting in the 1930s. But the art […]

Chicago Bears hope to keep playoff hopes alive with win over 49ers

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By Michael Bacos After an 0-3 start, the Bears have managed to shove their way into the playoff conversation after their Thanksgiving upset of the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. The Bears are 5-6, one game behind the Seattle Seahawks and Atlanta Falcons for the last NFC wild card spot. There are three other […]

Palestinian MMA brothers fight negative stereotypes (Video)

By Michael Bacos Askar Askar and his brother Asef were teenagers when they came to the United States from Palestine in 2001 to reunite with their father. They were bullied in school because of their ethnicity. So Askar’s dad enrolled him in tae kwon do in Chicago, while Asef decided to bulk up by lifting weights […]

Singapore Showdown: Askren defends title after controversial eye-poke (VIDEO)

By Michael Bacos The last time Ben Askren  (14-0, 1 NC) was in the cage in April was the first time he didn’t leave with his hand raised in victory. His fight against Luis “Sapo” Santos (61-9-1, 1 NC) ended in a no-contest due to a controversial eye-poke. “I barely nicked him with my thumb,” […]