Physical therapist applies human techniques to help ‘man’s best friend’

By Xinyi (Ethel) Jiang Medill Reports Kikin – a Labrador retriever – is 12 years old, but in dog years, he is an old man in his eighties. Every week, Kikin comes to ARFit dog therapy center for a special treatment. Therapist Tod Miner is helping Kikin walk better again. To do it, he’s applying […]

Modern technology examines mummies without unwrapping them

By Xinyi (Ethel) Jiang Medill Reports The mummies have returned. After traveling around the country on exhibition for five years, 14 mummies came back home for a final run in Chicago at the Field Museum. The primary theme of the exhibit is how scientists — using modern technologies such as CT scanning — can look […]

Vending machines fill in for a labor shortage in Japan

By Xinyi (Ethel) Jiang Medill Reports Tourists are often surprised by the large number of vending machines in Japan. “When you are thirsty, you always have something to drink, because there are vending machines for everything,” said visitor Angelica Spadaro. There are more than 5.5 million vending machines in Japan — one for every 23 […]

For families transitioning from a shelter to a new home: a design surprise

By Xinyi(Ethel) Jiang Medill Reports After staying in a shelter for four months, Rasheena Hill and her 14-year-old daughter Jada, were happy to have a new house. But today, they’re in for another surprise. Their empty new home was completely furnished — for free — by the non-profit Humble Design. Jada got a princess room […]

Cyclists call for more funding in the city’s budget

By Xinyi (Ethel) Jiang Medill Reports On the last Friday in January, morning bike commuters gathered at Daley Plaza to petition for more cycling funding in the city’s budget. Elizabeth M. Adamczyk, a daily bike commuter and advocate for bicycling in Chicago, wants to see a separate bike network spreading through the city. The non-profit […]

Candidates canvass for votes for open seat in Illinois 4th District House race

By Xinyi (Ethel) Jiang Medill Reports On a chilly Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, Delia Ramirez trudges through the snow, knocking on doors. She is introducing herself to voters in the Illinois 4th state house district in Chicago. The Illinois 4th is a heavily Latino district, stretching from West Town through Humboldt Park in Chicago. […]

West Side Church Provides a Safe Haven for Chicago Veterans

By Xinyi (Ethel) Jiang Medill Reports More than a hundred Austin neighbors from the West Side gathered on the Saturday before Thanksgiving to celebrate and honor the service of veterans at the Healing Temple Church. This “Musical and Award Luncheon” is part of the “Standup for Veterans” program sponsored by the Arthur Lockhart Resource Institute. […]

Former Marine Uses Lessons He Learned in the Military to Thrive in the Business World

By Xinyi (Ethel) Jiang Medill Reports Before starting 3rd Coast Imaging, Inc., veteran George Chrisopulos was an electronics communications technician in the Marine Corps. His time in the military prepared him for life after the Marines. “When I was a marine, everything was on paper, and we had to have three copies. And every single […]

B-Sides Coffee and Tea spins tunes and brews coffee for the South Side

By Xinyi (Ethel) Jiang Medill Reports Kevin and Karen O’Malley, Beverly residents and music lovers, are thrilled to be part of the community on a small business level. The couple opened B-Sides Coffee + Tea on the South Side of Chicago. The shop, located near the 99th Street Metra depot, is a throwback, decorating its […]