A pair of octogenarian siblings were two of the first visitors to the recent opening of the former Stony Island State Savings Bank on Chicago’s South Side. They were last inside the building nearly 70 years ago, when their Greek father ran a small food stand in one of its alcoves, back when it was still a bank. Today, the building has awoken from a decades-long slumber of dereliction and abandonment as the Stony Island Arts Bank, an art gallery, community arts space and archival library. It’s the showpiece of Chicago artist Theaster Gates, who’s parlayed his art world star power to develop a handful of arts-focused community projects that mix art-making with neighbourhood development. Trained as an urban planner, he’s one of a growing group of artists who are turning art into urban regeneration, and urban regeneration into art. The two siblings wandered through the main gallery space, currently housing a cardboard building frame-like installation by the artist … [Read more...] about From Theaster Gates to Assemble: is there an art to urban regeneration?
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© AP Photo/ Gunnar RathbunBlack Friday Violence: Deadly Shootings, Fights Across the US (VIDEO)Approximately 150 protesters gathered in the city’s Magnificent Mile shopping district to stand against police brutality on Black Friday. “We are fully aware that calling for a Boycott of the Magnificent Mile on the day after Thanksgiving is a bold move,” the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression said in a statement. “It is bold because, in calling for and executing this Boycott Black Friday movement, we are confronting the corporate bosses of Chicago, and this nation, who have their hands on all the levers of power.” The demonstration was much smaller than last year’s, when thousands of people participated in the protest. The 2015 protest led to the entrances of stores such as Apple, Ralph Lauren, Banana Republic, Neiman Marcus, … [Read more...] about Police Brutality Protesters Target Black Friday Shopping in Chicago
Most women don't know the signs of gynecological cancers, and are especially unaware of symptoms unrelated to the reproductive organs, such as back pain and increased urination, according to a new study.There are five main gynecological cancers — cervical, ovarian, uterine, vaginal and vulvar — and screening is recommended only for cervical cancer. Therefore, early detection may depend on women recognizing the symptoms and making a doctor's appointment."Our findings illustrate the need to inform women about gynecologic cancer symptoms, and when to seek care," said study researcher Cynthia Gelb, a health communication specialist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.However, many symptoms of these cancers are common, and are not cause for alarm — they may indicate benign conditions, Gelb said. "The only way to know what is causing them is to see a health care provider."The study was published online Sept. 3 in the journal Family Practice.The signs of … [Read more...] about 5 Signs of Gynecological Cancer Women Ignore
Howdy, I’m your host, Houston Mitchell. Talk of that UCLA football resurgence may have been premature.UCLA FOOTBALLRemember when UCLA won three games in a row, and fans thought maybe the program had turned a corner? Remember when Bruins fans were excited that the team could reach the Rose Bowl game? Remember when Bruins fans thought, while it would be tough to beat Utah, it was certainly possible, and seemed almost likely after the offense began clicking the last three weeks? Remember all of that? Keep that memory, because here is what happened Saturday:Utah 49, UCLA 3. Advertisement That’s not a misprint. Let me run that again for you: Utah 49, UCLA 3. To paraphrase Harry Doyle in “Major League,” “That’s all we got, three lousy points?”UCLA (4-6 overall, 4-3 Pac-12) had won three consecutive games against average-to-good teams but did not stack up against one of the nation’s best. Now the Bruins’ margin for error in reaching a … [Read more...] about The Sports Report: UCLA tries to cash in, gets reality check instead
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is recommending a mixture of technologies including loud noises and water jets at a crucial site in Illinois to prevent Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes. The corps released a draft report Monday analyzing options for upgrading the Brandon Road Lock and Dam near Joliet. The complex is on the Des Plaines River a few miles downstream from electric barriers intended to prevent fish in the Mississippi River watershed from reaching Lake Michigan through Chicago-area waterways. According to fisheries research scientist Greg Sass, up to nine out of 10 fish are Asian carp. Brandon Road is considered a bottleneck where new structures or technologies could strengthen defenses against Asian carp. Scientists say if the carp reach the Great Lakes, they could devastate a $7 billion fishing industry by crowding out native species. The report also suggests installing another electric barrier. … [Read more...] about Army Corps of Engineers offers plan to keep Asian carp out of Great Lakes