Winter 2016

Roscoe Village businesses anxious to see the last of Western Viaduct

By Siri Bulusu

Area businesses are enthusiastic about a city plan to transform the crumbling Western Ave. viaduct into a pedestrian-friendly boulevard, but wish the city would let them in on the details.

The four-phase project, estimated to last between 18 and 24 months, will replace the Western Ave. viaduct with a five-point intersection between Western, Belmont and Clybourn Avenues, with wider sidewalks, pedestrian islands and landscaping, said a spokesperson for the Chicago Department of Transportation at a public forum this week.

The 54-year-old viaduct is an eyesore for community residents who have long awaited a solution from the city.

“I will be very happy when that bypass is gone,” said Laura Davis, owner of Fixture, a boutique retail store located at 2108 W. Roscoe Street, just a few blocks from the future construction site. “I feel like it’s very easy for people to not come into the neighborhood because of it.” Continue reading

Dirty little secret about ancient Rome: Latest poop on the empire

By Kathleen Ferraro

Ancient Rome was famous for its sanitation: latrines, sewer systems, piped water and public baths believed to improve public health. But a University of Cambridge researcher found just the opposite in his research published in the January issue of the journal Parasitology.

Piers Mitchell, a paleopathologist, or specialist in ancient human diseases, found that Roman hygiene proved insufficient to protect the population from parasites.

It turns out Roman times weren’t necessarily the glory days we watched in the 2000 epic “Gladiator.”

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Williams shows a different side in Whitney Young’s victory

By Aishwarya Kumar Lakshminarayanapuram

It was a pleasant surprise to coach Corry Irvin to see the usually somber 6-foot-1 junior forward Danyelle Williams excited and perky on the court. Her high-fives and loud cheering energized Whitney Young in a 61-51 victory against North Lawndale College Prep Thursday.

The curly-haired Williams, who usually is more laidback, stepped up her game in the first half, scoring six two-pointers in an otherwise slow game. She made use of her height, creating space and taking calculated risks in driving to the basket.

“I realized that I have to pep up and play with more confidence now that we are in the second half of the season and doing that has made me a bigger part of the team today,” Williams said.

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Anger erupts over “comfort women” settlement between Japan and South Korea

By Jenny Lee and Jenny G. Zhang

Min-Ah Cho feels like the last 20 years have been wasted.

Cho visited Chicago for a demonstration last Wednesday to protest a recent settlement reached by the foreign ministers of Japan and South Korea to end the two countries’ long-standing dispute over Japan’s sexual enslavement of thousands of women, known as “comfort women,” during World War II.

Under the so-called “final and irreversible” Dec. 28 resolution, Japan issued an apology and pledged 1 billion yen ($8.3 million) for a reparations fund. In return, South Korea promised to refrain from further criticizing Japan over the issue and to consider addressing Japan’s wish to remove a statue honoring the women from in front of the Japanese embassy in Seoul.
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Grassroots organization hosts legal workshops to prevent expected deportations

By Hannah Rank

As families filed into the chilly main auditorium of Pilsen’s Lincoln United Methodist Church last Saturday afternoon, signs reading “Holy Ground,” and “ICE Free Zone” lined the walls next to the pews.

“They’re frightened,” Reverend Emma Lozano, founder of Centro Sin Fronteras, said. “A lot of people didn’t want to come today because they’re frightened to come out because we’re all there and maybe immigration [Immigration and Customs Enforcement or ICE] will show up.”

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City lawmakers join local activists to prevent immigration raids

By Jay Bouchard

Chicago activists and city politicians are responding to the federal government’s increased deportation efforts by organizing community awareness campaigns and filing resolutions condemning raids on undocumented families.

Several Chicago-area immigration rights organizations have hosted workshops and led door-knocking campaigns in an effort to educate undocumented immigrants about their rights in the instance of an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raid.
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Famous Violinist Itzhak Perlman Breaks Societal Stigma

By Shen Wu Tan

Rows and rows of cushioned seats at the Harris Theater filled with spectators with and without disabilities last Wednesday to hear a moderated afternoon talk featuring Itzhak Perlman. The renowned violinist confidently zipped onstage in his scooter to share his experiences as a musician with a disability to the eager crowd.

As a culmination to the 25th year anniversary celebration of the American with Disabilities Act, the renowned violinist led a Juilliard orchestra performance of Tchaikovsky later that evening.

To celebrate the passage of the 1990 act, organizations across Chicago joined the ADA 25 campaign in 2015 by pledging to build a more inclusive community for people with disabilities.

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IIT wins battle of words, falls on scoreboard

By Grant Miller

Illinois Institute of Technology’s freshman guard Anthony Mosley schooled the upperclassmen Thursday night with his third consecutive 20-point game in a loss to Aurora.

“He was calling me soft,” Mosley said about Spartan junior guard Jordan LaGrone. “I had to show him a thing or two.”

Mosley, one of IIT’s four freshmen starters, jawed with LaGrone early in the second half before stealing a pass from him and dunking the ball on a fast break. With LaGrone on the bench the next possession, Mosley then beat the shot clock with a jumper en route to his 22 points, glaring at LaGrone as he ran back on defense.

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Methadone: An Addictive Remedy to Heroin

By Patrick Martin

Alvin Darton is a homeless, HIV positive heroin addict who tried using methadone to control his addiction, but withdrawing from the medication left him feeling as though his entire body was collapsing.

“It’s like cold water rushing through your bones and veins; you have diarrhea, aches and pains, and no appetite,” Darton said.   After seven stints of inpatient treatment, he is currently a client at the Bobby E. Wright Comprehensive Behavioral Health Center, which does not distribute methadone. Darton said he didn’t want to use methadone, but he continues to use heroin, and that addiction often leaves him feeling deeply depressed.

“I feel suicidal, I just want to quit,” said Darton. “I don’t look at it as hurting myself, I look at it as ending the pain.”

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More touts outsider status, slams Alvarez, at campaign kickoff

By Max Greenwood and Thomas Vogel

A former federal prosecutor running for Cook County’s top attorney job called for more steadfast investigation and prosecution of police-involved shootings Wednesday, and criticized State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez’s handling of the 2014 shooting death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.

Donna More kicked off her campaign at a Michigan Avenue hotel Wednesday morning with pointed criticism of Alvarez as a political insider, contrasting herself as a lawyer who has never pursued elected office. Continue reading