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  • Six expert tips on making the most of charitable giving after a disaster

    CHICAGO — As one disaster after another struck in recent months, Americans stood up again and again, rolling up their sleeves – and opening their wallets – to help victims in any way they can. According to one estimate, Americans give away about $1 billion a day on average. Whether it’s contributing to a cause you care about or pitching in to help in the wake of a disaster, we asked philanthropy consultant Lisa Dietlin for tips on how to […]

  • Officers who ‘mishandled’ removal of doctor from United flight fired, official says

    CHICAGO —  Two Chicago aviation officers were fired over a notorious incident where a doctor was dragged from an overbooked United flight in April, including a sergeant involved with removing “material facts” from reports, according to Chicago Inspector General Joseph Ferguson. Dr. David Dao was forcibly removed from an April 9 flight from O’Hare to Louisville, Kentucky after he refused to give up his seat to airline employees looking to travel on the overbooked plane. Videos recorded of officers dragging Dao […]

  • Kenneka Jenkins’ death ruled an accident

    CHICAGO — The Cook County Medical Examiner ruled the death of 19-year-old Kenneka Jenkins an accident caused by cold exposure after she entered a walk-in freezer in a Rosemont hotel, according to a statement released Friday. The medical examiner said intoxication caused by alcohol and topiramate, a medication used for epilepsy and migraines, were “significant contributing factors” in her death. Her blood alcohol concentration was 0.112, which is higher than the 0.08 BAC typically used to rule if an individual […]

  • Being prepared could save your life in an active shooter situation, experts say

    It’s a scenario no one wants to imagine: you’re in a crowd of people when gunshots ring out, as they did Sunday night at a country music concert in Las Vegas. Active shooter situations are usually over within 10 to 15 minutes, according to the Department of Homeland Security, and public safety experts say following a few basic principles whenever you go to a public event could save your life: Pay attention to your surroundings Personal safety consultant Doug Cummings […]

  • How to talk to your child about mass shootings

    In the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, many parents are faced with a difficult question: what should I say to my child? Between social media and the school lunchroom, news travels fast. For school-age kids, it’s almost inevitable they’ve heard many things about the mass shooting in Las Vegas- and not all of them may be true. Here is some advice from two psychologists on how to work through the day’s events with your child: […]

  • Traffic ‘hotspot’ on I-90 among the worst in the U.S., study finds

    CHICAGO — A new study examining congestion in the U.S. ranks Chicago as the sixth worst in the nation, and singles out a stretch of westbound I-90 as the fifth worst traffic “hotspot” in the country. According to Seattle-based traffic data firm Inrix, the average traffic jam on westbound I-90 between Harlem Ave. and 47th St. lasted 79 minutes and covered 8.55 miles. There were 238 traffic jams on that stretch of I-90 in March and April 2017 alone, when […]

  • The Cubs ‘Nacho Man’ parody you knew was coming is here

    CHICAGO — Just as the force of gravity inevitably pulls a tray of nachos down to earth, the ubiquity of the Internet inspires artists to turn a moment into a work of art, and in this case, a parody of a disco classic called “Nacho Man.” During a game against the St. Louis Cardinals on their home turf Monday night, the Cubs’ Addison Russell made a dramatic dive for a fly ball as it headed into the stands in left field. […]

  • Krispy Kreme offering pumpkin spice doughnut for one day only

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.– As sure a sign of fall as leaves changing color, pumpkin spice season is officially upon us. Krispy Kreme is doing its part to offer gourd-flavored goods with a pumpkin spice doughnut that will only be available on Friday, Sept. 8 in participating U.S. shops. The pumpkin spice doughnut is the same original doughnut with “a hint of cinnamon and pumpkin spice flavor,” the company said in a statement. It’s not the first time Krispy Kreme has capitalized […]

  • ‘Poop Man’ is a name of honor for elderly hospital volunteer

    CHICAGO — There are hundreds of volunteers who donate their time to help sick kids at Lurie Children’s Hospital, but only one has a distinguished title: Milt Levin, the “Poop Man.” Milt has been a fixture at Lurie for 25 years, and most people don’t know his first name, but instead refer to him by his fecal nickname. “Would you like to know why they call me that? Because everywhere I go, I carry a chunk of dinosaur poop that’s 140 […]

  • Thousands of Iowa fans wave to kids watching from hospital in heartwarming tradition

    Best new tradition in all of sports? #FTK @UIchildrens 💚 pic.twitter.com/8PU35XhhoN — University of Iowa (@uiowa) September 3, 2017 IOWA CITY, Iowa — At the end of the first quarter of the Iowa Hawkeye’s inaugural home game, the near sell-out crowd turned their attention from the play on the field to wave at a group of special kids watching from the children’s hospital nearby. The new University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital is just across the street from the Hawkeye’s […]