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 A doctor, an HIV diagnosis and a dog

A doctor, an HIV diagnosis and a dog

April 14, 2014

In late 2010, pediatrician Robert Garofalo's career was a juggernaut. Openly gay, he was a national authority on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender health issues, as well as pediatric gender identity. He was the director of an adolescent and young-adult HIV program at one of Chicago's premier hospitals.

  • Americans' feet getting bigger, but shoe choices slim

    April 13, 2014

    Chicago native Karen Williamson began her online women's shoe business a decade ago after years of struggling to find styles for her daughter, who at the time was 18 years old, 6-foot-1 and wore a size 12 shoe.

  • Trice: UIC professor sets phasers to fun in 'Star Trek' Q&A

    April 7, 2014

    Dirk Morr came of age in Germany in the 1970s watching the television show "Star Trek," which was dubbed in German. Imagine Capt. James Kirk's often parodied, halting speech pattern delivered in a foreign language.

  • Trice: Dismissed Kenwood coach defends game plan of grades first

    March 31, 2014

    Earlier this month, the principal at Kenwood Academy High School asked physical education teacher Jim Maley to step down as the school's varsity basketball coach.

  • Trice: Judge's ruling could bring more transparency to CPD's handling of misconduct

    March 24, 2014

    When law professor Craig Futterman co-founded a civil rights law clinic at the University of Chicago Law School more than a decade ago, he knew he wanted it to focus on police accountability and be rooted in the community.

  • Looking for this winter's silver lining

    March 17, 2014

    Before this winter, I would have told you that I flat out love the season. Now, I know I'm much more of a fair weather winter fan. But I have been wondering what effect the arctic temperatures and record snowfall will have on our spring and summer.

  • Trice: Curie basketball scandal highlights academic challenges for teen athletes

    March 10, 2014

    Curie Metro High School's fall from grace — and demise in the state tournament — was tough for Sonny Parker to watch.

  • Tattoo artists want kids to think before they ink

    February 24, 2014

    You can make a homemade tattoo gun by assembling a mechanical pencil, a guitar string, black electrical tape, a spoon or toothbrush, a motor, a cellphone charger and a button, among many other items.

  • Hoop dreams still alive for dad paralyzed in shooting

    February 17, 2014

    Shawn Harrington's mother used to brag about him being in the award-winning 1994 documentary "Hoop Dreams," featuring a teammate from the Marshall High School basketball team.

  • An unseen side of heroin crisis

    February 10, 2014

    Jens Hussey is a psychotherapist who specializes in addiction. He said he's amazed by the number of people who still believe heroin is a drug that affects only poor people of color and a fringe group of celebrities.

  • 'Race is never as straightforward as it seems'

    February 3, 2014

    You may quibble with historian Jacqueline Jones' argument about when exactly race became a national preoccupation in America. But what's clear is that she's a persuasive storyteller, and her new book goes a long way toward showing rather than telling us how the notion of race in this country has evolved over the centuries.

  • What dark skin tells us

    January 27, 2014

    Typically, studies that look at skin color examine the way it's associated with stereotypes. What do you think when you see a dark-skinned black man? What do you feel? How do you react?

  • Nobel-winning meteorologist to speak about environmental justice on MLK Day

    January 20, 2014

    On Aug. 28, 1963, Warren Washington was spending his 27th birthday driving alone from Pennsylvania to Colorado in a car pulling a U-Haul truck with his family's belongings.

  • Nonprofit helps 'all pull together'

    January 13, 2014

    If you know that Kathleen "Keen" Harrison is a Chicago-area geneticist who founded the nonprofit Project Harambee to help Kenyans affected by HIV, you might think that her motivation was rooted mostly in her work as a scientist.

  • Miracle on the Little Calumet

    January 6, 2014

    Before last summer, the property surrounding the former Skipper's Marina, at 134th Street and Vernon Avenue, was a dumping ground of boat carcasses, old tires and a nearly impenetrable thicket of weeds.

  • Alternate-day dieting: Feast or famine

    January 1, 2014

    Imagine being on a diet that allows you to lose weight and keep it off by alternating between a "fast day" in which you restrict your intake to about 500 calories and a "feast day" during which you eat anything you want.

  • A conversation on how buildings shape lives

    December 30, 2013

    By the time Sunny Fischer started working full time at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation in 2000, she had already had an impressive career funding organizations working on public health, as well as issues regarding women, poverty and immigration.

  • Before selling Women & Children First bookstore, owners offer gift ideas

    December 23, 2013

    We all love great stories. So, for Christmas gift ideas, I asked Linda Bubon and Ann Christophersen, owners of Women & Children First bookstore, to recommend five books with top-notch storytelling.

  • Welfare law formula 'doesn't support the family'

    December 18, 2013

    Say you're a noncustodial father in Illinois whose child's mother depends on government assistance. Say you've been mandated by court order to pay child support and the Illinois Division of Child Support Services is garnishing your wages.

  • Christmas finally returns to Derrion Albert's family

    December 16, 2013

    The living room in Anjanette Albert's modest Bronzeville apartment is festive. A silver spruce is dressed in ornaments. Christmas stockings hang from the mantel of a mock fireplace. And Albert's dog, a white bichon-poodle mix named Cookie Monster, plays with his toys when he's not shadowing her around the room.

  • From foster care to success

    December 9, 2013

    When Antwan Turpeau, 33, was a young boy, his family was homeless on and off for about three years. Some evenings they couldn't get into a shelter, so they would spend the night riding the Red Line from end to end.

  • Foundation hopes to fill a void by helping autistic young adults

    December 4, 2013

    Desperation often occupied the Glenview home of Julie and Michael Tracy when their son John was growing up. Now that he's a 21-year-old living on his own, a different type of desperation has settled in.

  • Missing a father: Words from the Steve Harvey mentoring camp

    December 2, 2013

    I recently wrote about a mentoring camp for black male teens that took place at Chicago State University and was sponsored by talk show host and comedian Steve Harvey.

  • Chicago publisher sued for publishing Malcolm X's diary

    November 28, 2013

    When editors at Chicago's Third World Press purchased the rights to publish a book containing Malcolm X's diary, they saw it as an opportunity for readers to view the last year of the civil rights leader's life through his own words.

  • How John Ridley set a slave's story free

    November 25, 2013

    I don't care much for slave films. So when I saw the trailer to the movie "12 Years a Slave" I was unmoved. But a friend persuaded me to see it earlier this month, and I left the theater feeling transported. I loved, loved, loved the movie — the characters, the acting and most of all the storytelling.

  • Marriage dissolves, love and respect endure

    November 20, 2013

    Endings can be difficult. Just ask Chicago's very own Ina "The Breakfast Queen" Pinkney, who will close her restaurant, Ina's, for good on Dec. 31.

  • Comedian Steve Harvey has serious message for teen boys

    November 18, 2013

    On Friday night, 100 black male teenagers lined up for dinner on the fourth floor of Chicago State University's main library. They were participating in a weekend mentoring camp sponsored by talk show host and comedian Steve Harvey.

  • Sitting down at Ina's — for the food and the stories

    November 11, 2013

    It's a cool and rainy November morning when I arrive at Ina's, the Randolph Street restaurant that since 2001 has offered so much more than delicious food. Owner Ina Pinkney, "The Breakfast Queen" herself, greets me at the door with the most welcoming smile.

  • Chicago conference provides guidance, support for Alzheimer's caregivers

    November 6, 2013

    Here are a few things you may not know about Alzheimer's disease:

  • The last detail: Seeking a pardon 14 years after release

    November 4, 2013

    During the eight years Wilder "Ken" Berry was in prison for a kidnapping and a sexual assault he didn't commit, there were many nights after lockdown when he would look outside his cell window at the moon and wish he was anyplace else.

  • Trice: Artist carves new life into old CPS furniture

    October 28, 2013

    Since the closing of about 50 schools in the Chicago Public Schools system, hundreds of desks, tables and chairs have been sidelined.

  • Engineering a healthier you

    October 23, 2013

    Enid Montague is an assistant professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and an assistant professor in the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Her research is in designing health care systems and technologies that are based on the total patient.

  • Trice: New views on Chicago's old public housing high-rises

    October 21, 2013

    For years, Audrey Petty's perspective of public housing high-rises came from a series of glimpses.

  • Doctor offers a second opinion on health careers

    October 9, 2013

    I recently wrote a column about Regnal Jones, the executive director of a wildly successful program that has helped nearly 5,000 students from underrepresented racial and socioeconomic groups enter health professions.

  • 'Shadow Town' shines light on sex trafficking

    October 6, 2013

    Mary Bonnett became aware of how devastating sex trafficking could be a few years ago when one of her theater students told her about a 15-year-old friend who'd been gang-raped and repeatedly sold on the streets.

  • Trice: Voices of Chicago's youth violence ring out in free book

    September 29, 2013

    When 16-year-old Derrion Albert was beaten to death four years ago this month, DePaul University assistant professor Miles Harvey, like many people, felt the need to do something. But he wasn't sure what.

  • Expert's new career prescription: Forget about becoming a doctor

    September 25, 2013

    I was talking to Regnal Jones recently about the Chicago Area Health and Medical Careers Program, where he's been executive director since 1985 and has helped nearly 5,000 students from underrepresented racial and socioeconomic groups enter the health professions.

  • Trice: Italian researcher studies African-American vocal traditions

    September 22, 2013

    Gianpaolo Chiriaco is an Italian researcher who's in Chicago studying African-American vocality. What is vocality, you ask? It's the entirety of values, qualities and techniques related to voice, independent of language.

  • Championing health careers to students who might otherwise fall by the wayside

    September 16, 2013

    Regnal Jones is a University of Chicago-trained molecular geneticist. John Bradley has a master's degree in urban education from Harvard. The two have devoted the bulk of their careers and lives to helping Chicago-area students become doctors, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, veterinarians and so much more.

  • Study: Some people just like liking things

    September 11, 2013

    How do you feel about that new project the boss just handed you? What about spinach? A Shakespearean sonnet? How about vaccines?

  • A book that binds black history in Illinois

    September 8, 2013

    Brian Dolinar's new book, "The Negro in Illinois: The WPA Papers," was released this summer, and if the title sounds dated it's because the book began its long road to publication in the late 1930s but was sidelined by two formidable obstacles — World War II and a rejection letter.

  • 'The Butler' hits home for Chicago siblings

    September 2, 2013

    In the hit movie "Lee Daniels' The Butler," there's a scene in which lead character Cecil Gaines is trying to get a job on the White House service staff and he's interviewed by the head butler, an African-American man.

  • After prison time, women have H.O.P.E.

    August 28, 2013

    For about 15 years, Sheryl Abel was in and out of the city lockup, Cook County Jail and the state's prison system for crimes she committed to feed her heroin addiction.

  • Trice: Bayard Rustin was key to March on Washington

    August 25, 2013

    Although Bayard Rustin was one of the chief architects and organizers of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, the civil rights strategist existed for years mostly on the margins of history.

  • Wedding justice, 50 years later

    August 17, 2013

    Earlier this month, Ed and Donnie Wallace celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary by spending the night in a two-room, deluxe suite at Chicago's Palmer House Hilton hotel. Staff provided Champagne, cider and strawberries dipped in chocolate.

  • Northwestern lecturer pushes for answers in brother's death

    August 5, 2013

    Cheryl Owsley Jackson grew up in a small Indiana town where race played a major role in her family's life. So it's not surprising now that she wonders whether it has been a factor in the investigation of her brother's death.

  • STAR program helps survivors of childhood cancer navigate long-term later years

    July 31, 2013

    It used to be that when a child received a cancer diagnosis, the focus was primarily an immediate one: To cure the child.

  • Drawing inspiration from the past

    July 29, 2013

    For the last couple of weeks, Chicago artist Garland Martin Taylor has been at Yale University making presentations to curators whose museums have artifacts predating the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation.

  • TRICE: South Side student makes art in the kitchen

    July 22, 2013

    As a young boy, Darrell Crawford played his heart out on the basketball court in his South Side neighborhood, imagining he'd one day become an NBA star.

  • There's no 'urgent' in an urgent care

    July 17, 2013

    A few Sundays ago, my husband fell off a ladder and hit his head. He appeared to be fine and it turns out he was, but to be sure I drove him to the Ingalls Urgent Aid facility in suburban Flossmoor where we've visited before.

  • Sense of loss comes from moving backward in 'post-racial' world

    July 16, 2013

    George Zimmerman's acquittal in the shooting death of unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin has me feeling an immense sense of loss.

  • Trice: Group battles homelessness, blight by taking over abandoned homes

    July 15, 2013

    Since 2010, the Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign has taken over nearly 30 abandoned South and West Side residences, rehabbed them and moved in homeless families.

  • Grieving Chicago mothers plea for community's help in solving sons' 2011 killings

    July 8, 2013

    On July 9, 2011, Demitrius Chrystal, 23, and Jeffrey Butler, 19, were killed in a double homicide in the Englewood neighborhood.

  • Retired engineer builds bridges to kids' math success

    July 1, 2013

    In the 1940s, Kenneth Hill was growing up in a one-bedroom apartment in the Altgeld Gardens public housing project. His mother and older sister slept in the bedroom. He slept on the sofa in the tiny living room amid a sprawl of Erector Set parts.

  • An author interviews his mom before it's too late

    June 19, 2013

    I recently moderated a panel discussion on the kind of storytelling that informs us about history and ultimately ourselves. It occurred to me that this is the time of year when families get together for reunions, and it's a terrific opportunity to interview your mom, dad and other relatives so that you can record your own family history.

  • Chicago students excel at National History Day competition

    June 17, 2013

    Earlier this year, I told you about Chicago Academy High School sophomores, Le'Asia Williams, Summer Braxton and Hannah Modjeski, who were preparing a performance for the Chicago Metro History Fair.

  • Chicagoan's long road from housing project to DePaul graduation

    June 10, 2013

    In 2004, Credell "Cre" Walls was working at the Garfield Park Conservatory when he took a group of teens from Chicago's West Side to Peru to study tropical plants.

  • 'First ladies' preach health awareness

    June 5, 2013

    In many churches, the first lady is the pastor's wife and sits next to him on the pulpit. While her husband's chief concern might be his parishioners' souls, hers often is what the church can do to improve parishioners' lives and well-being.

  • Artists to gather to celebrate late poet Gwendolyn Brooks

    June 3, 2013

    Haki Madhubuti met the late, great poet Gwendolyn Brooks in 1967 in a South Side church where she was teaching poetry writing to members of the Blackstone Rangers street gang.

  • Safe Haven gives veterans a hand getting back to 'normal' life

    May 27, 2013

    Neli Vazquez-Rowland believes that the best way to honor fallen soldiers is by supporting veterans who are struggling to make the transition back to civilian life.

  • From foster parent to full-on mom

    May 22, 2013

    When the two young brothers came to live with Cedra Watson in 2007, all three of them had been through a lot.

  • CPS training video helps improve ties between school guards, students

    May 20, 2013

    Until this school year, Ranice Green never thought she could have a say about how she interacted with the security guards at Hyde Park Academy, where she's a senior.

  • Chicago's black legal community meets to stem youth violence

    May 13, 2013

    Herschella Conyers is an attorney who, along with several judges, recently invited a bunch of people to the University of Chicago to talk about violence and the growing number of teens getting entangled in the criminal justice system.

  • UCAN to break ground on new campus, address gun violence

    May 8, 2013

    Before Tom Vanden Berk's 15-year-old son was shot and killed at a Rogers Park house party in 1992, Vanden Berk didn't think much could be done about gun control. But since then, the gun violence prevention movement has been front and center in his life.

  • Young Chicago poet Malcolm London speaks up for education on TED show

    May 6, 2013

    On Tuesday night, if you tune into PBS' one-hour special "TED Talks Education," you'll see host John Legend and an array of prominent speakers, including Bill Gates, giving impassioned talks about ways to reinvent education.

  • Trice: Musical tells transgender woman's story of learning happiness

    April 29, 2013

    Honey West will tell you that for the first four years of her life, she was "unedited." Her parents allowed her to play with her sister's dolls, and she was so eager to wear her sister's tutu that she would pull it off the laundry line and put it on before it was completely dry.

  • The skinny on fasting

    April 24, 2013

    First, a couple of definitions:

  • Cool Classics! hits close to home with schoolchildren

    April 15, 2013

    Mara Tapp was driving through the North Kenwood neighborhood on Jan. 29 when she saw a swarm of police cars. She knew something was wrong but continued to the after-school class she teaches at nearby Reavis Elementary.

  • Now's time to critter-proof home

    April 10, 2013

    Over the years, wildlife biologist Sandy Banks has encountered an array of animals in precarious situations: A couple of bucks that locked horns and had to be pried apart; a wood duck that had to be rescued from a chimney; a sharp-shinned hawk trapped in a high school gym.

  • Arts Incubator space revitalizes troubled youth, neighborhood

    April 8, 2013

    When Gregory Harden and his family moved into the Washington Park neighborhood in 2005, he was 16 and his mother didn't want him going anywhere near the stores on the southeast corner of 55th Place and Prairie Avenue.

  • Gay activist sees a sea change in movement for marriage equality

    April 1, 2013

    When Art Johnston recalls how difficult life was for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the early 1970s when he arrived in Chicago, several examples immediately come to mind.

  • Dawn Turner Trice: Making the most of postpartum depression

    March 27, 2013

    When Chicago clinical psychologist Susan Benjamin Feingold had postpartum depression more than two decades ago, not many people were taking the illness seriously. Some doctors were even telling women all they needed to do for their "baby blues" was to eat more apples or bananas to feel better.

  • Have dreadlocks outgrown their old meaning?

    March 25, 2013

    When Timothy Simmons decided to let his hair grow into locks in 2005, he did so out of pride for his African-American culture. For years, his reddish-brown hair was well-coiffed and grew until it cascaded down to the middle of his back.

  • Dawn Turner Trice: Addie Wyatt exhibit opens

    March 18, 2013

    When Chicago's Rev. Addie Wyatt died last year at 88, I wrote that she was a dynamo in the labor, civil and women's rights movements. That was a mere snapshot.

  • Out of Africa and into the Ivy League

    March 13, 2013

    Parents often flock to books dispensing advice about how to rear children who possess both the social skills to be well liked among their peers and the academic chops to make it to the Ivy League.

  • At 5-4, point guard carries sky-high dreams

    March 11, 2013

    Jaleesa Armstrong grew up with the sound of her three older brothers constantly bouncing their basketballs throughout the family's Englewood neighborhood home.

  • Trice: Woman meets ex-prostitute who set her straight — 20 years earlier

    March 4, 2013

    Until recently, Brenda Myers-Powell had no idea the impact she had on Tilisha Harrison's life more than 20 years ago. In fact, for a year, the two women crossed paths in the hallway at work and never knew they shared a past.

  • History is for the young

    February 25, 2013

    National science fairs, spelling bees and spoken word contests seem to get their share of attention. But over the next few days, schools in the Chicago area will host a less-heralded competition — their history fairs, with students hoping to win and eventually make it to the annual National History Day event in Maryland in June.

  • Trice: In face-to-face with president, young men had nation's attention

    February 17, 2013

    When I sat down with 18-year-old seniors Vontate Stewart and James Adams at Hyde Park Academy on the day before their meeting with President Barack Obama, they were excited about the visit, but rather reserved.

  • Documentary spotlights civil rights pioneer

    February 13, 2013

    When we hear the name Whitney Young, most Chicagoans probably think of the city's Whitney M. Young Magnet High School, rather than the man after whom it was named.

  • Search for natural father leads to racial discovery

    February 11, 2013

    For the first 34 years of his life, Michael Sidney Fosberg believed he was white, just like the rest of his family.

  • Dawn Turner Trice: Lester and Nancy McKeever's South Shore legacy

    February 4, 2013

    Meet the McKeevers.

  • Dawn Turner Trice: A visit to the herbalist to talk about the flu

    January 30, 2013

    Apparently your tongue speaks volumes about your health without you saying a word. And this is why Lisa Lau, a Chicago herbalist, recently had me saying "Ahhhh."

  • 'All of them gunned down'

    January 29, 2013

    When I first met Shirley Chambers in 2000, she'd lost three children to gun violence. She had one child left, Ronnie Chambers, who was then 21. Because word of each child's death had arrived with a call, she hated the sound of her telephone ringing.

  • King would still be fighting poverty

    January 21, 2013

    Aldon Morris is a Northwestern University professor who has accompanied busloads of students traveling from the school's Evanston campus to Chicago's Far South Side, passing through areas where President Barack Obama once stomped as a community organizer.

  • Dawn Turner Trice: Dance instructor takes steps to overcome illness

    January 14, 2013

    You might find Cescily Washington teaching a dance class at a Chicago public school, standing before her young students dressed in her black leotard with her hair pulled back into a bun.

  • Menopause study has the skinny on belly fat

    January 9, 2013

    Lynda Powell is the chairperson of preventive medicine at Rush University Medical Center and the architect of its nearly 20-year-old menopause study that has been following a diverse group of women in Chicago's Beverly/Morgan Park neighborhood.

  • In Pilsen area, a volunteer health worker offers answers about pelvic health

    January 7, 2013

    Ana Cazares is a volunteer community health worker who's so determined to broach taboo health subjects in her Pilsen neighborhood that she uses every opportunity that presents itself.

  • Little Company of Mary looks to transplant heart of old building into new facility

    January 2, 2013

    At night, when Marie Moore is driving west along 95th Street near California Avenue, she looks up at the 25-foot spire atop Little Company of Mary Hospital and the concrete statue of the Virgin Mary standing aglow in a nearby alcove.

  • Dawn Turner Trice: Lessons from 2012

    December 31, 2012

    What big thing did you learn in 2012 that will affect your work in 2013? That's what I recently asked four Chicagoans I interviewed this year who work with young people. Here's an edited version of what they had to say:

  • Trice: Holidays difficult for those struggling with grief

    December 17, 2012

    When Frank Reid's wife was alive, their suburban Addison home was always decorated for the Christmas season.

  • Maritime official floats a career idea for youths

    December 4, 2012

    It's a safe bet that for many youngsters a career in the maritime industry isn't one that immediately leaps to mind. Capt. Mark Stevenson wants to change that — particularly among black students.

  • Hero's blood spilled in Vietnam still heals today

    November 28, 2012

    Chinta Strausberg was visiting a relative's South Side business in January 1993 when — out of the blue — an elderly uncle telephoned her at the automotive parts shop.

  • Trice: Woodlawn's Experimental Station market succeeds

    November 26, 2012

    A couple of decades ago, in another incarnation, the industrial building that is Woodlawn's Experimental Station was a dark and brooding drop-off recycling center.

  • Mayor Harold Washington took taxi fight to the streets — for cabbies

    November 19, 2012

    Recent taxicab news in Chicago has been fairly tame: Cabdrivers request a fare hike. The mayor announces he wants to lease and auction no more than 100 cab medallions to raise $14 million for city coffers.

  • Proof math can be a real pain

    November 14, 2012

    Sian Beilock is the author of "Choke: What the Secrets Of the Brain Reveal About Getting It Right When You Have To."

  • Trice: City Colleges offers special help for veterans

    November 12, 2012

    When Meosha Thomas joined the Navy in 2000, she had just turned 18 years old, and her goal was to serve her country and earn money for college.

  • What we can learn about ourselves from rats

    November 5, 2012

    After the University of Chicago's experiment on empathetic rats made news last year, people from around the world contacted neurobiology professor Peggy Mason to share their anecdotal tales of animals appearing to exhibit compassionate behavior.

  • Helping men become better fathers

    October 31, 2012

    Many of the men in the Fathers, Families and Healthy Communities Demonstration Project have at one time been the type of people they wouldn't have wanted their own children associating with.

  • Scholars fix gaze on changing racial landscape

    October 29, 2012

    Laura Kina, 39, is half Asian-American and half white. Her husband is Jewish, and her stepdaughter is half Hispanic. Her family, including her fair-skinned, blue-eyed biological daughter, lives near Devon Avenue in the heart of Chicago's Indian and Pakistani community.

  • Language offers rare insight into ancient Egyptians

    October 22, 2012

    Long before Facebook posts and tweets, long before letters with postage stamps, ancient middle and upper-middle-class Egyptians scrawled notes on pieces of clay pots and handed them to children who ran across the village to deliver the messages.

  • Study: Stress a weightier problem for black girls

    October 17, 2012

    We know that the country is facing an epidemic of obesity-related chronic diseases in young people. We also know from studies (as if we parents need studies) that the level of stress and anxiety teens face is at an all-time high.

  • 'Slow moving holocaust' keeps prisons full

    October 15, 2012

    The first thing you notice about the 1905 mug shot of Laura Scott is her Sunday-go-to-meeting hat, large with wayward bows. Then, you take in the information surrounding the photograph that reveals her physical measurements and describes her as a 40-year-old, Alabama-born "Negress."

  • West Side woman wants to liberate residents

    October 8, 2012

    The Cynthia Bell of today is a passionate cyclist who puts on her helmet and rides from her North Lawndale home to her job in downtown Chicago. Sometimes during the day she even rides to far-flung neighborhoods for appointments.

  • YMCA manager gets 2nd chance to help aging veteran see World War II memorial

    October 3, 2012

    About eight years ago, Sam Rea planned to take his father to see the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. He thought the trip would be an opportunity to honor his dad, but also a chance to bond and get answers to questions he'd always wanted to ask.

  • Trice: Recalling an oasis known as Idlewild

    October 1, 2012

    Since the mid-1920s, Ann Hawkins has summered on an idyllic oasis in northwestern Michigan called Idlewild, once known by some as the Martha's Vineyard of the Midwest, but for well-to-do black folk.

  • Chicagoan raises tens of thousands for charities while biking or walking

    September 24, 2012

    Desmond Campbell is a marathon man who has traveled miles and miles — many of them by foot, some of them by bike and quite a few of them while virtually standing still. During the course of his travels, he has helped people in extraordinary ways.

  • Trice: A more holistic approach to health care for LGBT community

    September 19, 2012

    Keith Green knows that physicians read books and take classes on how to provide the best health care for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

  • Trice: Much has changed in CPS since the '70s

    September 17, 2012

    In 1974, when Benjamin Malone taught fourth grade at James R. Doolittle Jr. Elementary on Chicago's South Side, he was my first male teacher and my first real crush.

  • Child's character matters in education

    September 10, 2012

    Jeff Nelson and his team at OneGoal knew they couldn't just focus on academics when they began to put together a strategy in 2007 to help underperforming Chicago Public Schools students enter college and earn degrees.

  • Study nothing to yawn about

    September 5, 2012

    How many of you feel as though you get enough sleep every night? Raise your hand. Anyone?

  • Trice: Lawyer has unenviable job of defending those accused of abuse

    September 3, 2012

    Diane Redleaf is an attorney who defends people accused of abusing or neglecting children. Her job makes a lot of folks wince.

  • Trice: Chicago had its own black renaissance

    August 27, 2012

    In 1997, Darlene Clark Hine came across an essay in which Harlem Renaissance writer Arna Bontemps argued that black Chicago had its own, little-known renaissance that began in the 1930s and rivaled the famous one that occurred in 1920s New York.

  • Healing hands lead the way

    August 22, 2012

    Burleigh is a Bernese mountain dog who is more mountain than dog. At 120 pounds, the 16-month-old bounds into the examining room at a Des Plaines doggy fitness center like an animal a quarter of his size.

  • Sculptor shares vision for activist's tribute

    August 20, 2012

    It's astonishing the way the award-winning Chicago sculptor Richard Hunt makes stainless steel seem light and fanciful. His sculptures appear to defy gravity as they soar into the heavens.

  • First lady's ancestry an American story

    June 18, 2012

    Many Americans are fascinated by the family history of Michelle Obama, a descendant of slaves who is the nation's first African-American first lady.

  • Trice: Obama-inspired quilt exhibit had troubled past

    January 9, 2012

    When Jim Smoote II completed his quilt, called "Obama 44," in time for an exhibition that opened in Washington for the 2009 presidential inauguration, he expected that the exhibit — like others he'd been involved in — would travel widely to museums in cities around the country.

  • Wiccan church honors dead in eco-friendly cemetery

    October 31, 2011

    Amid graves that have been cleared of leaves and adorned with wreathes of thyme and mint, members of the Wisconsin-based Wiccan church Circle Sanctuary on Monday will celebrate the last day of a pagan festival that rings in the new year and honors the dead.

  • Indian dance binds mother, daughter

    October 11, 2011

    When Hema Rajagopalan was about 5 years old, growing up in 1950s India, she loved dancing so much that when her parents took her to performances, she would leap from her seat and twirl in the aisles. She'd put on such a display that the audience would turn its attention away from the stage to her.

  • For infertile couples, help and support

    August 10, 2011

    Katie Davis, 24, lost her ovaries to cancer when she was 12. Doctors told her that if she wanted to have a baby one day, she would have to use donor eggs and undergo in vitro fertilization. She has been trying to have a baby since September 2010, but so far no luck.

  • Daley didn't like votes against him

    April 30, 2011

    For years, everyone knew Mayor Richard Daley had an iron grip on the City Council. However, like any savvy dictator, he didn't brag about it. He wasn't overly cocky.

  • Making Alzheimer's patients comfortable

    January 24, 2011

    Until Bryan Le Blanc's 93-year-old mother died earlier this month, she had spent the last four years of her life in the Alzheimer's unit at Maryhaven Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in north suburban Glenview.

  • Witnessing redemption after a life goes awry

    November 12, 2007

    During moments of reflection, many of us comb through our lives with questions of "what if?" But few of us have the type of "what ifs" that my childhood friend Debra Trice has. Hers go something like this:

  • When world's ceiling fell in on Debra

    November 11, 2007

    Inside the prison's visitor's center, she waits for me. Though I'm about 30 feet away and haven't yet crossed the sally port, I can see her through the window sitting at a table in a small room with her hands folded, looking nervous. An armed guard stands nearby.

  • Students rally for own future and immigrants'

    April 10, 2006

    One of the things that has struck me most about the immigration reform rallies in Chicago and other cities has been the large number of students participating.

  • Mortgage fraud can no longer be ignored by officials

    November 14, 2005

    If you didn't read last week's Tribune investigation on mortgage fraud, titled "The New Street Hustle," you missed a gem.

  • Lousy service trumps name change any day

    September 21, 2005

    Renaming Marshall Field's indeed is a boneheaded move.

  • Pivotal choices separate Obama from Patterson

    March 22, 2004

    Former Death Row inmate Aaron Patterson and I sat down at a soul-food restaurant in Englewood last week to talk about his failed candidacy for the South Side's 6th House District seat.

  • Obama unfazed by foes' doubts on race question

    March 15, 2004

    From the beginning, one of the questions that has dogged U.S. Senate candidate Barack Obama has been whether he would hit it off with African-American voters, his presumptive base.