Millennials tend to overspend when using mobile banking

By Yimian Wu

While mobile banking engages the Millennial generation, those Americans born between 1982 and 2000, it may also lead to overspending due to online shopping and easy access to credit, said financial experts and government officials in Chicago Wednesday.

They spoke at a financial literacy summit organized by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and Visa Inc. at the Chicago bank in the Loop.

“It is not only easier to save with mobile banking, but with technology being what it is, it is easier to spend. People don’t have to leave their houses to buy just about anything,” said Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez.

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CSX profit grows despite dropping coal exports

By Sean Froelich

CSX Corp., a Jacksonville Florida train transportation company, reported an 11 percent increase in net income in the first quarter, outperforming analyst expectations.

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Boston bombings highlight lasting effects of anniversary trauma

By Christina Bucciere

New York writer Christine Skopec ran her first Boston Marathon the year after the bombs exploded.

Instead of a day shrouded in grief, though, Skopec, 26, found herself joining thousands of other runners and cheering fans for a day-long celebration of community.

“The general atmosphere was jubilant,” Skopec said. “Everyone was really emotional, but not in an upset way. Some people said they didn’t care how fast they ran, they were just excited to run on the anniversary.”

Today is the second anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings as convicted bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 21, faces sentencing and a possible death penalty.

But on anniversaries of traumatic events, many people relive the pain in an anniversary reaction, a psychological and physical response to the anniversary of a traumatic event as the person essentially re-experiences it.

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VIDEO: Cheating In Sports – A Learned Behavior

By Joe Musso

Since the inception of organized competition cheating and sports have been inseparable.  Competitors are under the immense pressure of being the greatest version of themselves at all times, and in certain instances that weight can become too much.  In the recent past we have seen examples of point shaving, performance enhancing drug use, general rule breaking and other types of foul play, but what perpetuates the unbreakable trend of cheating in sports?

Joe Musso sits down with renowned sports psychologist Dr. Michele Kerulis to examine the deeply rooted motivating factors of cheating in young athletes.

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VIDEO: Tugboats, pushing along the Illinois economy

The Illinois waterways provide a cheap and efficient route for manufacturers to transport raw materials and products. Each year this industry contributes $6.4 billion to the state’s economy, according to the Illinois Chamber of Commerce. The barges transporting the hundred of millions of tons of freight yearly depend on tugboats to get to the destination. The tugs push and pull the barges, sometimes one at a time, sometimes in packs of up to 15, from Lake Michigan to the Mississippi River.

Captain Teddy Long is with Calumet River Fleeting Inc. and has navigated these waterways for 35 years.

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Evanston baseball’s arms are set to build on Historic 2014

By Tim Penman

As junior pitcher Dylan Mulvihill worked out his arm on the sidelines of practice, he smiled at several Evanston teammates teasing him while flexing their muscles like Randy “Macho Man” Savage.

The hard throwing righty, along with right-handed senior Russell Snapp, leads an impressive Wildkit starting rotation that aims to guide the team one step further than last year’s 4A supersectional berth and into the four-team state tournament.

“[In the postseason] I learned that pitching carries the team,” Mulvihill said. “We are a good one-two punch.”

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VIDEO: ‘Mr. Singer’ develops a following among the pre-school set

By Tanni Deb

Musician Neil Firstenleit, who is also known as Mr. Singer, spends his time teaching at his own music school and performing for children at the Lincoln Park Zoo.  In the video below, he explains how he became so passionate about music, and why he is so devoted to sharing it with young people.

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Of Coca-Cola, apples and freedom

As U.S.-Cuba relations undergo historic change, Cubans in Chicago tell their stories

By Patrícia Gomes

On a recent Friday night of single-digit temperatures in Chicago, the 90 Miles Cuban Café in Logan Square is in full swing. The waiters’ movement between the two dining rooms and kitchen seems like an uninterrupted dance: full trays in, empty trays out. The walls are filled with photos of Cuba and front pages of Cuban newspapers – both from a time before relations with the U.S. ground to a halt after revolution swept Communists into power on the island nation in 1959.

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VIDEO: Taking college life — and Diabetes — one shot at a time

By Melissa Schenkman

When Michelle Stephens packed her bags for college two years ago, she brought the usual items, but had to add a few things to the pile that many of her fellow classmates did not: syringes, vials of insulin and a glucose monitor.  Nine months before embarking on college life Michelle was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus.

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VIDEO: Medillcast

Produced By: Julie Woon

Medillcast is a weekly newscast covering events and issues in Chicago.  Courtney Dillard and Joe Musso bring you this week’s top stories. The headlines include a review of the mayoral runoff candidates, renovation problems at the Cubs stadium, and business problems in the Lakeview neighborhood. Continue reading