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The Wine Riot – the Andersonville Dessert Crawl

This week, I found cool events for drinkers and non drinkers!  Here were the hits and misses for both: The Wine Riot:  The first of my excursions was to the Great Hall in Union Station for the Wine Riot.   At the Riot, you have your chance to try 250 (yes, that’s two HUNDRED and fifty!) wines of just about every variety! While a lot of wine tastings tend to lean sharply in one direction of the taste spectru ...

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Prissi’s Corner – Bag Lady

‘Hi my name is Priscilla and I’m an over packer.’   It is nearly impossible for me to get dressed away from home, therefore I’m forced to pack everything but the kitchen sink. I thrive on options, and as my wardrobe generally reflect my mood, it makes for toting around bags and satchels full of clothing, accessories and shoes. I recently spent the night with a friend and I had a book bag, a tote bag, as wel ...

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Prep Your Devices for Travel

The busiest travel weekend of the year is just around the corner and a smart traveler knows that before you hit the road here in the U.S. or head overseas, you do some planning and prep. Wardrobe, medications, itinerary- but what about your phone? Have you made sure you’re maximizing your phone’s usefulness and minimizing your costs? These travel prep tips will help you get the most out of your phone and he ...

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State Rep. Art Turner Sponsors Creative Artists Town Hall

By: Mary L. Datcher Staff Writer                                       The West Side of Chicago best known for its radical movement in politics, the inception of the Conservative Vice Lords and the street influenced style of Hip Hop music. Artists such as Da Brat, the first female Hip Hop artist to go platinum wit ...

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Gina the Dreamer – Gina Prince-Bythewood Interview: The “Beyond the Lights”

By: Kam Williams Columnist                                                   Born on June 10, 1969, Gina Maria Prince-Bythewood studied film at UCLA before beginning her career as a writer for the TV sitcom, “A Different World.” In 2000, she made a noteworthy directorial debut with th ...

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President Obama Visits Chicago: Encourages Early Voting

By: Mary L. Datcher Staff Writer                                       The arrival of the United States President has become a regular routine for many South Side residents as expressway entrance and exits are blocked with the flashing lights of the CPD vehicles.  His official caravan is familiar as it rides throu ...

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Prostate and Breast Cancers: More Similar Than You’d Think

It’s rare to find the words “prostate cancer” and “breast cancer” in the same sentence. After all, one (prostate cancer) affects only men. The other affects mostly women. But despite their differences, the two diseases actually have a lot in common, particularly in the way those diagnosed with either one evaluate their options and make decisions about treatment. Jim Morning, of Dover, Delaware, got used to ...

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Staying Alive Longer: Medicaid Gets a Facelift

By: Mary L. Datcher Staff Writer     Dr. Cheryl Whitaker, MD, Chairman and CEO of Next Level Health has been awarded the largest African American and Minority owned contract by the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services to provide care coordination to seniors, persons with disabilities, childless adults and newly insured African American and Hispanic men who now have Medicaid in Coo ...

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A Mother’s Mission: Combating Domestic Violence – Part 2

By: Mary L. Datcher Staff Writer               Struggling on the financial side and seeking assistance; Nova soon realized she was pregnant with their second child-Ava. Although, Loni felt that the support of family would be enough to sustain and help Nova through the hurdles she faced as a single Mom; the decision to approach Curry for child support was necessary. At the ...

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Ald. Thompson and Obudsman opens third school on South Side

    Alderman JoAnn Thompson celebrates with Ombudsman Chicago students and staff during a ribbon cutting ceremony honoring the grand opening of Ombudsman’s third Chicago Options School. Ombudsman Chicago offers teens a second chance at achieving academic success and building a bright future as they work toward earning a CPS diploma. Ombudsman offers open enrollment throughout the school year and i ...

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