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Argentinian twins fight for fútbol equality

By Nicole Croteau and Shannon Longworth
Medill Reports

BUENOS AIRES —

Since before they entered elementary school, twin sisters Emilia and Delfina Zolesio Fernández Blanco have wanted to play soccer — the male-dominated, quasi-religion in their native Argentina.  At age 12, they had earned spots on a great team, playing with boys at a Buenos Aires athletic club. But other coaches and parents complained, forcing them off the field.

They fought back, and went to court to win the right to play.

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Soldier Field 10 Mile race kicks off running season from 50 yard line

By Nicole Croteau
Medill Reports

Kicking off the start of running season, RAM Racing held its Soldier Field 10 Mile race where runners start and finish at the 50 yard line.

The annual race on Memorial Day weekend is open to all runners at all levels. Starting on the famous field, the course then guides runners by the lakefront, through the city and back.

Each runner had a unique story and motivation that inspired them to join the race.

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Chicago officials promote water safety as beach weather approaches

By Nicole Croteau
Medill Reports

Chicago officials met Wednesday to discuss water safety and drowning prevention as summer approaches and the city’s pools open up for the season.

Drowning is the second highest cause of accidental death for U.S. children between the ages of one and 14, according to the World Health Organization.

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Chicago celebrates four medallions at the James Beard Awards

By Nicole Croteau
Medill Reports

Chicago chefs and restaurateurs took home four medallions last week at the 2019 James Beard Awards.

Greg Wade of Publican Quality Bread was named Outstanding Baker, and Kevin Boehm and Rob Katz of Boka Restaurant Group won Best Restaurateur at the ceremony in Chicago last Monday night.

Other categories that went to Chicago eateries were: Pacific Standard Time in River North for Outstanding Restaurant Design; and Beverly Kim and Johnny Clark for Best Chef/Great Lakes at their restaurant Parachute. Continue reading

Goat yoga comes to Chicagoland

By Nicole Croteau
Medill Reports

In the old parable, the sheep go to heaven; the goats do not. But at Reverse the Kerrs farm in Elgin, the goats are getting closer to nirvana.

Original Goat Yoga  has come to the farm, where 10 baby goats join owner Danielle Kerr’s weekly classes. It’s the first Chicago-area spot to host the novelty yoga experience that began in Oregon and is now in nine locations in the U.S.

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