Specific Objectives Prevent Athletes’ Social Media Mistakes

By Eric Clark

Social media can be treacherous terrain for professional and college athletes. But if used with a specific objective, experts say, there might not be a more powerful marketing tool.

At the collegiate level, athletic departments generally monitor athletes’ Twitter use carefully, but it’s impossible to police entirely. Former North Alabama football player Bradley Patterson was dismissed after posting a racist tweet about President Obama in 2012, while former Oklahoma wide receiver Jaz Reynolds was suspended for insensitive tweets after a shooting incident at Texas in 2010.
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History & fashion of the Mag Mile on display

By Mallory Hughes

“Upper Michigan [Avenue] will be properly designed for magnificence, dignity and character, and will be like no other
commercial thoroughfare in the world.”

– Chicago real estate developer Arthur Rubloff, 1947

Imagine a time in Chicago when North Michigan Avenue, now unofficially known as the Magnificent Mile, wasn’t lined with vertical shopping malls and skyscrapers. Imagine a time, instead, when Michigan Avenue between Ontario and Oak streets was just an understated thoroughfare, linking Chicago’s bustling downtown centered at State and Madison to the residential Near North Side.

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Garcia and Emanuel ‘likely even’ heading into April 7 runoff

By Matt Yurus

Ogden & Fry’s latest poll on Chicago’s mayoral race reported that Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Jesus “Chuy” Garcia are “likely even.”

Dr. Dick Simpson, a political scientist at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Garcia supporter, said that he is now a legitimate candidate, but the “critical element” to winning could boil down to whether Garcia can raise enough money to deliver his message to Chicago voters before the April 7 runoff.

Medill Reports’ Joe Musso contributed to this report.

Dick Simpson says Garcia is now a legitimate candidate to become Chicago’s first Latino mayor. (Matt Yurus / Medill)

Hall of Fame snub doesn’t tarnish Minoso’s legacy

By Eric Clark

Hall of Famer and former Cub Billy Williams remembered Minnie Minoso as a player who gave everything he had to his team, teammates and fans – even if he didn’t always get the respect he deserved.

“We all thought of him as the Jackie Robinson of Latin players,” Williams said.
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‘Dunsinane’ spins Macbeth at Chicago Shakespeare Theater

By Jessica Gable

David Grieg’s Dunsinane may share a host of characters and a location with William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, but the similarities to the Scottish play end there. Dunsinane, a production of the National Theatre of Scotland and the Royal Shakespeare Company presented by the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, is a witty, gritty and sometimes uncomfortably familiar look at the aftereffects of foreign military occupation. Buoyed by spectacular performances, brilliant staging and a hefty amount of sheer novelty, Dunsinane overcomes its pervasive, somewhat heavy-handed metaphorical tone to shine as a unique and profound bit of stagecraft in its own right, independent of its illustrious parent.

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Social media creates solidarity for those affected by eating disorders

By Lucy Vernasco

Tweets lit up the emotional landscape for people affected by eating disorders. The messages surged through an hour session Sunday to kick off National Eating Disorders Awareness Week.

Social media outlets have become conversation spaces for providing support and a community oasis for those who the know the toll disordered eating can take on people’s lives. So on Sunday night, Adios Barbie, a media outlet celebrating healthy body image, hosted a party – the third annual #AdiosED twitter party. Body-image activists served as  “panelists” participating from their laptops included Sharon Haywood, Melanie Klein, Melissa A. Fabello, Dagan VanDemark and Gloria Tepiliuelia.

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VIDEO: Chicago’s food deserts still a problem

By Janel Forte

Imagine having to go further than 2 miles from your home to get fresh produce, and even then it’s not guaranteed that it’ll be affordable. That’s a reality for many people throughout the Chicagoland area.

Despite efforts by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to cut the number of food deserts, many Chicago neighborhoods still don’t have accessibility to fresh produce, fruits and vegetables. Continue reading

VIDEO: Lagging Wrigley Renovations Affecting Neighborhood Activity

By Joe Musso

Bats and balls have been exchanged for jackhammers and hard hats this off season at 1060 W. Addison. The sprawling Wrigley Field renovations aim to bring the landmark stadium into the 21st century, but some neighbors are experiencing the cost of business first hand.

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VIDEO: Chicago embraces indoor cycling, new studio coming this spring

By Mariel Turner

A new Gold Coast SoulCycle studio opening this spring is just one example of the growing popularity of indoor cycling. Chicago residents have fallen for the exercise with attendance increasing at many studios in the city. Indoor cycling has provided some cycling enthusiasts with not only physical endurance, but mental tranquility as well.

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VIDEO: Local transgender women of color fight brutality, discrimination

By Mariel Turner

As national homicide rates continue to rise, young transgendered women of color are fighting back. Women who identify as transgendered, especially minority women, are disproportionately targeted for hate crimes and assault. In Chicago, many of these women find refuge amongst each other, and face stunning obstacles in their pursuit for a safe and welcoming community.

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