Tale of Two Chicagos: Violence Plagues City's South, West Sides

Tale of Two Chicagos: Violence Plagues City's South, West Sides
After church and Easter dinner with relatives, 11-year-old Tymisha Washington wanted to play before the street lights came on. She joined four friends—none more than 15 years old—at a park near her house on Chicago's South Side. Then a dark car …
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Mayor Emanuel Announces Chicago Exceeds City's Residential Retrofit Goal
CHICAGO–(ENEWSPF)–April 22, 2014. As part of the 2014 Earth Day celebration, Mayor Rahm Emanuel today announced that the residential partnerships of the City's Retrofit Chicago program, is ahead of schedule on the Mayor's goal to retrofit residential …
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Charges filed in fatal stabbing of Chicago man in Salt Lake City
A 31-year-old man has been charged in the fatal stabbing of a Chicago man who was returning from a date to the movies in Salt Lake City, officials said. Shortly before 1:30 a.m. Saturday, Joaquin Gonzalez, 33, was walking with a female friend to his …
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Taste of Chicago 2014 concerts lineup announced
The city announced the lineup of performers at the Petrillo Music Shell for the 34th Annual Taste of Chicago, July 9-13 in Grant Park Monday. Admission is free and festival hours are 11 a.m. 9 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday …
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Learn Spanish in Peru and Tour Cultural Museums

When you learn Spanish in Peru, there is an extraordinary education experience that awaits you through exploring the city’s museums. This cultural experience will enhance your studies and make your entire trip even more intellectually invigorating. These museums will also provide you with a more thorough understanding of the region. Cusco is located in Southeastern Peru near the Andes Mountains. The city has a wide variety of museums that cover a wide variety of subject matters. This location is a major tourist destination due, in part, to the fact that it is the historic capital of the Incan empire. In fact, Cusco was declared a World Heritage Site in 1982.

About a million people visit the city each year and take advantage of the various cultural landmarks. When you attend Spanish school in Cusco, all of these tourist attractions will be conveniently located right in your backyard!

Some of the various notable museums in Cusco include the Inca Museum of the National University San Antonio Abad, which houses ancient stonework, pottery and textiles. Paintings in this museum date back to Cusco’s colonial era. Another famous museum that has objects from the pre-Incan period is the Pre-Columbian Art Museum.

The Regional History Museum of Cusco is one of the most popular museums in the area. It has been in existence since 1946. This museum contains many famous paintings as well as sculptured wood relief carvings. Archaeological pieces are also contained in this museum in addition to agricultural tools and instruments.

If you are looking to see even more archaeology, you can check out the Archaeological Museum of Cusco. This institution is located in an old colonial house called “The House of the Admiral.” The museum showcases pieces from as early as the Incan period.

You can find various archaeological pieces and also pottery, textiles, idols and precious metals.

Yet more art can be found in the Museum of the Archbishop’s Palace, and Museum of Santa Catalina Convent. Further, the Museum of the Convent of the Merced has paintings from the 17th and 18th century and carved stone and religious art. The Santo Domingo Church is another art museum that is housed in a 17th century church. In fact, this museum is located right on the site of The Temple of the Sun, which is a historic site. This is a magnificent building in gothic renaissance style, which has UNESCO World Heritage status. This building displays various holy Christian artifacts including altars, the Maria Angola bell cast in 1659, and the black Christ.

As you can see the amount of museums that will be accessible to you if you choose to study at a Spanish school in Cusco is rather impressive. This is just one of the many reasons to learn Spanish in Peru.

Besides educational opportunities, the country also offers diverse geographical terrain including world famous beaches and surfing, delicious food, nightlife and shopping. As you can see, this country truly offers something for everyone.

You can learn Spanish in Peru at ECELA’s Spanish school in Cusco. Aside from exploring the vast amount of historical sites, you can also volunteer your time in the local community.

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NFL meetings notebook: Philbin to improve culture in Miami

NFL meetings notebook: Philbin to improve culture in Miami
Joe Philbin, head coach of the Miami Dolphins, talks with reporters during the AFC head coaches breakfast at the NFL football annual meeting in Orlando, Fla., Tuesday, March 25, 2014. (AP Photo/John Raoux) …
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Har-Ber Village Museum hosts Cherokee culture classes
… a scholar, artist and member of the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians of Oklahoma. Participants will learn about Cherokee language, history and culture and will also hear storytelling by Guess, who co-wrote the book "Cherokee Stories of the …
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As playoffs near, Miami Heat, Indiana Pacers enter 'urgent' season
With a win at Indiana on Wednesday, the Heat can tie the Pacers in the loss column for the first time since Oct. 29, when both teams won their openers. Better yet for the Heat, they are expected to get back shooting guard Dwyane Wade, who has missed …
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XPLANE Culture Map

Check out these culture images:

XPLANE Culture Map

Image by dgray_xplane
Every company has a culture, but it can take time to learn, and the stated culture can often differ significantly from what people actually experience.

At XPLANE we have created a visual map of our culture, to guide our teams in daily decision making and help them make choices that are consistent with what we stand for and who we want to be.

Roll over the photo for notes.


Image by Kenny Teo (zoompict)

Hi everyone, get to know us,singapore in a spectacular perspective,a hilarious way to dry our laundry after wash.
Majority of us, around 70% Of our population dwell in a ”hdb” (Housing development board) Under the goverment scheme to allow all singaporean to have a common n affordable flat to stay.
”Above SHOT” Was the originality way n after effect of our laundry being hang outside our kitchen window FOR sun bath,….
3 great instant effect i call as the giod the bad n the ugly, pls continue reading…..below
1)THE GOOD. Positive effect-a quick way to dry less than 2-3 hours
2)THE BAD. Negative-when it rain u had to be a super man to fly to deliver or reverse how u hang out ur stuff, to keep it from ”not wet”.
3)THE GOOD THE BAD N THE UGLY- The major side effect concerning the upper floor, highest level wash clothes will drip dirty OR CLEAN water all the way down to any lower level trying to dry their stuff.
Ha ha.
dont mind to view large to capture whos underwear here www.flickr.com/photos/cheishichiyo/3259197781/sizes/o/

The Barns at Wolf Trap Welcomes Simon Townshend, Al Stewart, and The Second City

Vienna, Virginia (PRWEB) March 13, 2014

Hailing from one of England’s most musically acclaimed families, Simon Townshend—younger brother of Pete—began his career at age nine when he recorded the backing vocals for The Who’s rock opera Tommy. He has toured with The Who as a guitarist and vocalist since 1996, playing sold out shows worldwide, including the 2010 Super Bowl and 2012 London Olympics.

Townshend’s latest solo album, Looking Out Looking In, was described by Guitar Magazine as “a cut above…melodic, edgy, and creative.” He will be releasing a new album, DENIAL, on April 1, 2014, on his own STIR Music label.

Video: Simon Townshend – “Bed of Roses” (Looking out, Looking in)

Al Stewart

Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 8 p.m.

$ 25-$ 28

British folk revival artist Al Stewart is beloved for notable rock hits like “Time Passages” and “Year of the Cat.” He has released 25 records since he began playing guitar in his teens. In 1976 Stewart put forth his breakthrough album Year of the Cat, which featured two Top 20 hits: the album’s title song and “On the Border.” Sparks of Ancient Light, Stewart’s 2008 album, was praised by AllMusic.com for showcasing “what have always been Stewart’s principal strengths—pleasant haunting melodies, mellifluous vocals, accomplished folk guitar work, and literate, historical-minded lyrics.”

Video: Al Stewart – “Time Passages”

The Second City

Happily Ever Laughter

Friday, April 18, 2014 at 8 pm

Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

$ 25–$ 27

Chicago’s legendary improv troupe The Second City serves up an uproarious revue of sketches and songs, playing off everything from celebrities to the morning headlines in a show that is “guaranteed to make you laugh” (Catey Sullivan, Chicago Theater Beat). The Second City has been leaving audiences in stitches for more than 50 years and today has 11 full-time touring ensembles and resident theatres in Chicago and Toronto. Happily Ever Laughter presents an evening of smart, cutting-edge comedy that draws on classic material from The Second City archives as well as current events. Many of the troupe’s alums (including Bill Murray, Tina Fey, Chris Farley, and Jason Sudeikis) have gone on to star in Saturday Night Live and in popular films.

Tickets can be purchased by calling 1.877.WOLFTRAP or online at wolftrap.org.

For more information, call The Barns at Wolf Trap at 703.938.2404 or our general information line at 703.255.1900.

High-resolution images of the artists listed are available on Wolf Trap’s website: wolftrap.org/Media_and_Newsroom/Photos_for_Publication.aspx.

Simon Townshend

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 8 p.m.

$ 24


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Brandon Fields, Pierre Gar

Arlington, VA (PRWEB) March 05, 2014

Twitter Pitch: @b_fields2, @PierreGarcon & @TheJimmyGraham make #USOmoments on @the_USO @NFL tour! #NFLSalute

Brandon Fields of the Miami Dolphins, Pierre Garçon of the Washington Redskins and Jimmy Graham of the New Orleans Saints help the USO make “Every Moment Count” with troops during week-long USO/Armed Forces Entertainment tour to the Middle East. Continuing a time honored USO/NFL tradition, the group is busy visiting troops and sharing special moments with troops downrange. **USO photo link below**


    Five days into their moment-filled USO/NFL tour, the players have visited with and dined alongside hundreds of troops stationed at Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan and Khalifa Port in the United Arab Emirates.

    The NFL teamed up with the USO in 1966 and became the first sports organization to send players to Vietnam and other parts of Asia. Since then, the NFL has worked tirelessly to provide memorable USO moments for 48 consecutive years.

    Last year alone, 14 active and former NFL players participated in four USO tours and created memorable moments for more than 21,000 troops and military families stationed in Germany, Spain, Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, United Arab of Emirates, Djibouti, Italy, Greece and a ship at sea. Among those players who traveled overseas with the USO last year were Peyton Manning, Vincent Jackson, Austin Collie, Champ Bailey, Von Miller, D’Qwell Jackson, Davin Joseph, Steve Smith, J.J. Watt, Chris Draft, Donnie Edwards, Eric Metcalf, Bill Polian and Matt Light.

    The USO kicked off the “Every Moment Counts” campaign on Veterans Day 2013. The campaign invites Americans to join the USO in honoring and creating moments that matter for our nation’s troops and their families – like this USO/NFL tour to the Middle East. The campaign centers around the countless every day moments – from family dinners, date nights and the holidays to children’s births and bedtime stories – that our troops and their families miss and selflessly sacrifice due to their commitment and service to our country. To learn more visit USOmoments.org.

    Brandon Fields has been an integral part of the Dolphins since he was selected by the team in the 2007 NFL Draft. A 2014 NFL Pro Bowl and AP All-Pro second-team selection, he became just the second Miami punter to be named to the Pro Bowl. Fields currently ranks first in Dolphins history in highest gross punting average (46.8) and net punting average (39.3). His career average of 46.8 yards per punt ranks the seven-year veteran third all-time in NFL history. He completed the 2013 season ranked second in both the AFC and the NFL in punting, and first in the AFC and second in the NFL in net punting.

    Garçon, a tenacious blocker and explosive receiving threat, signed with the Redskins as an unrestricted free agent in 2012. Garçon became a key component of the Redskins’ offense in 2012, leading the team to a 9-1 record in games in which he played, amassing 633 receiving yards in just 10 games. Garçon finished the 2012 season having played in 68 regular-season games with 53 starts, totaling 232 receptions for 3,152 yards and 20 touchdowns for the Colts and Redskins. In 2013, Garçon broke Art Monk’s team record for receptions in a season, posting a career high 113 receptions for 1,346 receiving yards and five touchdown grabs. Garçon has appeared in five postseason games, starting all five and posting 30 career postseason receptions for 413 yards with three touchdowns.

    Graham was a third-round draft choice of the Saints in 2010. In just four seasons, he has become one of QB Drew Brees’ favorite targets. In only 62 games with 36 starts, he has 301 catches for 3,863 yards with 41 touchdowns and has already shattered the club’s all-time receiving record for a tight end. Graham, who played four years of basketball and one year of football at the University of Miami (Fla.), has recorded 270 receptions for 3,507 yards with 36 touchdowns the past three seasons, ranking him fourth in the NFL in receiving, first at his position. In 2013, he led the Saints in receiving for the third consecutive season with 86 grabs for 1,215 yards with a club-record and NFL-best 16 touchdowns, leading NFL tight ends in all major statistical categories. Graham was voted all pro this year and selected to play in the 2014 Pro Bowl.


Attributed to Brandon Fields:

“My experience has been an amazing one, very eye opening and humbling. The best part of this trip is being able to spend time with the troops and interact with them. It has been great to bring a little part of home to them and see them relax and smile as we talked and took pictures. We are truly blessed because of the sacrifices that our men and women of our armed forces are willing to make.”

Attributed to Pierre Garçon:

“Being a part of this USO tour has been a very memorable experience for me, seeing everything the men and women in uniform do for us back home. Talking with the troops and seeing the effects we had on them will live with me forever. I’m so happy I came on this trip and now I I’ve met some friends that I will remember forever. Thank you to the troops for all that you do.”

Attributed to Jeremy Graham:

“This experience for me has truly been life-changing. The personal connection I’ve been able to make is something that will be with me forever. I grew up in a Military home and this just makes me more of a patriot. I have more of an appreciation for the little things we have back home each and every day.”


USO Tour Photos: http://bit.ly/1drBGPi

About the USO

The USO lifts the spirits of America’s troops and their families millions of times each year at hundreds of places worldwide. We provide a touch of home through centers at airports and military bases in the U.S. and abroad, top quality entertainment and innovative programs and services. We also provide critical support to those who need us most, including forward-deployed troops, military families, wounded warriors and families of the fallen. The USO is a private, non-profit organization, not a government agency. Our programs and services are made possible by the American people, support of our corporate partners and the dedication of our volunteers and staff.

In addition to individual donors and corporate sponsors, the USO is supported by President’s Circle Partners: American Airlines, AT&T, Clear Channel, The Coca-Cola Company, Grand Canyon University, jcpenney, Jeep, Kangaroo Express, Kroger, Lowe’s, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Procter & Gamble and TriWest Healthcare Alliance and Worldwide Strategic Partners: BAE Systems, The Boeing Company, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft Corporation and TKS Telepost Kabel-Service Kaiserslautern GmbH & Co. KG. We are also supported through the United Way and Combined Federal Campaign (CFC-11381). To join us in this patriotic mission, and to learn more about the USO, please visit uso.org.

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Cast and Creators of NBCs New Comedy Undateable Embark on Multi-city Stand-up Comedy Promo Tour

Los Angeles, Calif. (PRWEB) February 25, 2014

Breaking the mold of a typical pre-launch promotion, the cast and creators of NBC’s upcoming comedy series “Undateable” are hitting the road on a multi-city, cross-country comedy tour.

Led by the show’s co-creator and executive producer Bill Lawrence (“Scrubs,” “Spin City,” “Cougar Town”), series stars Chris D’Elia, Brent Morin, Ron Funches and Rick Glassman — all stand-up comedians — will bring the “Undateable” comedy tour to venues across the country.

Each performance will showcase a stand-up set from each of the actors with Bill Lawrence serving as host. This tour will give audiences a sneak peak of the comedic humor that viewers can expect when “Undateable” premieres later this year on NBC.

“Since it’s so hard to launch a network comedy in this competitive landscape, we thought we would try a little grassroots marketing,” said co-creator and executive producer Adam Sztykiel (“Due Date”). “Plus, it will be exciting to see Bill travel around in a van.”

A list of confirmed first-leg tour dates can be found below. For information on venues, additional dates or to purchase tickets, please visit nbc.com/undateable/comedy-tour


3/2/14 New York City, NY; Carolines On Broadway

3/3/14 Boston, MA; Laugh Boston at The Westin Boston

3/4/14 Philadelphia, PA; Underground Arts

3/5/14 Washington, D.C.; DC Improv

3/11/14 Dallas, TX; Addison Improv

3/12/14 Houston, TX; Houston Improv

3/17/14 Chicago, IL; Up Comedy Club

3/18/14 Detroit, MI; The Magic Bag

3/20/14 Los Angeles, CA; TBD

About “Undateable”

From Bill Lawrence (“Scrubs,” “Spin City,” “Cougar Town,” “Clone High”) and Adam Sztykiel (“Due Date,” “Made of Honor”), ”Undateable” is a new comedy series about a group of friends who are thisclose to finding a relationship — they just need a little help.

Whether it’s due to a lack of style, the wrong job or even just a bad haircut, everyone goes through a time in their lives when they’re undateable. Most of us eventually grow out of it, but some people need a little more help than others. Enter Danny Burton (Chris D’Elia, “Whitney”). Confident, attractive and impervious to outside opinions, 29-year-old Danny — who may be in a state of arrested development himself — decides to help out his new roommate, Justin Kearney (comedian Brent Morin), the owner of an unsuccessful bar and a chronic overthinker, and Justin’s group of oddball friends — Shelly (comedian Ron Funches), Burski (comedian Rick Glassman) and Brett (David Fynn, “Game of Thrones”). Danny introduces the gang to his recently divorced older sister, Leslie (Bianca Kajlich, “Rules of Engagement”), who immediately bonds with this group of guys, as she feels a little stuck in her own life as well. The gang spends most of their time at Justin’s bar, helping solve each other’s respective problems over beers, and while they love to give each other a hard time, they always have each other’s back.

Executive produced by Lawrence, Sztykiel and Jeff Ingold (“Ground Floor,” “Surviving Jack”), “Undateable” is inspired by the book “Undateable: 311 Things Guys Do That Guarantee They Won’t Be Dating or Having Sex,” by Ellen Rakieten & Anne Coyle. The series is produced by Doozer in association with Warner Bros. Television.

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Warner Bros. Television

Katie Tisherman

(818) 954-4462, katie(dot)tisherman(at)warnerbros(dot)com

Twitter: @katietish35

Marc Klein

(818) 954-7668, marc(dot)klein(at)warnerbros(dot)com

Twitter: @mklein1


Chris DiIorio

(310) 854-4866, Chris(dot)DiIorio(at)pmkbnc(dot)com

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The NA Office of Duesseldorf Tourism and Airport Announce: Art Building Designed by Late New York Architect Raimund Abraham Completed at Island Hombroich in Germany

Düsseldorf, Germany (PRWEB) February 06, 2014

When New York City-based architect Raimund Abraham died in a car accident in Los Angeles on March 4, 2010, his design for a building on a former NATO rocket base in Germany had been finalized and construction begun. The building was completed in December 2013, and is now an integral part of the cultural sphere Hombroich, a fascinating art and exhibit center that is both a park and a museum and combines architecture, art and nature on more than 60 acres near Düsseldorf. The area includes also the Museum Insel Hombroich (museum island Hombroich), founded in 1987.

The story of Abraham’s design from sketch to new art center began in 1996, when a rendering of the sculptural building by Abraham was exhibited at the Architecture Biennale Venice and caught the eye of sculptor Erwin Heerich, who connected Abraham with the founder of Museum Island Hombroich, Karl-Heinrich Mueller. Mueller invited Abraham to see the art island’s former NATO missile base (called “Rocket Base”), and Abraham was immediately inspired. Other renowned architects, including Alvaro Siza and Tadao Ando, also designed buildings at the Rocket Base Hombroich, making the area a gem for architecture enthusiasts.

The cornerstone for the Abraham building was laid in 2006. Its focal point is a concrete disc almost 110 feet in diameter, which seems to float in the air despite weighing 1,500 tons. The disk is slightly tilted and has at its center a triangular opening that points at the tower sitting as a relic on the former NATO rocket base.

The building features four two-story rehearsal spaces, a studio, a communal area, four living units, a library space, a courtyard, and a subterranean arena. The building offers many options for usage, and proposals for its eventual purpose were solicited in a competition and are currently under review.

The cultural sphere Hombroich, Rocket Base, and Museum Insel Hombroich, are only about 10 miles from the center of Düsseldorf, and can be reached easily by car and public transportation.

Fore more information on Museum Island Hombroich and the new building at its Rocket Station, visit http://www.inselhombroich.de.

For more information on the destination and art city Düsseldorf, visit http://www.visitduesseldorf.de.

Düsseldorf’s tourism office is offering hotel and city specials for visitors interested in the extensive art scene of the city and region throughout 2014. Packages, called “Welcome2Art” can be booked right from the tourism office’s website at http://www.duesseldorf-tourismus.de/nc/en/hotel-packages/hotel-package-welcome2art/. Prices start at €58 per night per person based on double-occupancy for a 2-3 star hotel in the city center and at €93 per person for a 4-5 star hotel. All packages include breakfast, a Düsseldorf Welcome Card (free public transportation within city limits plus 30 free or reduced admissions to city attractions), 1 ticket to the permanent collection at the Museum Kunstpalast, 1 ticket to the permanent collection at the Kunstsammlung NRW, K20 Grabbeplatz, and a city information package. Some art-related hotel packages also include admission to current exhibits. Please check the website for current information.

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Düsseldorf Marketing & Tourism GmbH is the visitors and convention bureau of the city of Düsseldorf. Its responsibilities include tourism and city marketing, as well as conference and meeting marketing, hotel reservation services, fairs and convention services, city event ticket sales and advance ticket reservations. For more information, visit http://www.visitduesseldorf.de.

Düsseldorf Airport, Germany’s Next Generation HubTM, offers several non-stop flights from US & Canadian cities (Atlanta, Chicago, Ft. Myers, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Newark, Toronto), as well as convenient connections to many European cities. For more information about the airport, visit http://www.dus.com.

Family Health Network Continues Rapid Growth of Provider Network for Medicaid Consumers

Chicago, Illinois (PRWEB) February 09, 2014

The Family Health Network (FHN), a nonprofit health plan serving Medicaid recipients, has seen its network of providers double over the last three years, from 2,078 primary-care physicians, specialists, hospitals and clinics in 2010 to 4,299 at the close of 2013.

The FHN network grew by nearly 15 percent in 2013, sustaining the dramatic growth spurt since 2010. Key additions to the network last year include the Erie Family Health Center (EFHC) and UIC Hospital.

“Erie felt that Family Health Network would be a good business partner as Illinois moves to a managed care model for Medicaid. As a provider-owned company with roots in the local safety-net health care system, FHN understands Erie’s mission and shares our commitment to helping our patients maintain good health. From a business perspective, FHN demonstrated flexibility in meeting Erie’s business needs as well as serving the interests of our patients,” said Lee Francis, President and CEO, EFHC.

The FHN provider network expanded 32 percent in 2011 and 36 percent in 2012. The number of network specialists increased by 107 percent through 2013. The number of Cook and Collar County hospitals in the network increased from 29 to 49 over three years.

FHN brings 18 years of experience in the community outreach and engagement that is essential to positive health outcomes. FHN is pioneering member engagement strategies that are showing real results. FHN membership has grown to 88,514 from 44,510 three years ago.

“Medicaid recipients are increasingly being enrolled in managed care plans, and our long experience serving these populations has taught us that community-level outreach and education is the key to achieving positive health outcomes,” said Keith Kudla, FHN CEO. “As other Medicaid health plans have come and gone, we have grown and are well positioned to contribute to better health quality for Medicaid enrollees entering managed care plans.”

About FHN

Family Health Network (FHN) was founded in 1995 with an important objective – bringing quality health insurance to those who need it the most. FHN is the only not-for-profit managed care community network serving Chicago and Cook County, and is directed by local health care providers. In our 18 year history, we’ve developed strong and lasting relationships with our medical providers and greatly improved overall access to medical care for the families and individuals we serve.

About Erie

Erie Family Health Center delivers high-quality, culturally-sensitive, bilingual health care to more than 45,000 medical patients and 9,000 dental patients. Our community-based health care centers are portals to high-quality care – and a higher quality of life – regardless of a patient’s ability to pay. Since 1957, when the Erie Family Health Center was first established as a volunteer clinic by doctors from Northwestern Memorial Hospital, it has been our mission to consider health care a right, not a privilege. Today, Erie serves patients from 12 sites, including six large primary care facilities (three with integrated, on-site dental care), five school-based health centers and the only freestanding comprehensive teen health provider in Chicagoland.


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30 September 2012

NATO 2012 Chicago

A belated post.


"I'm just gonna attack a cop and get arrested!" - a youth
"Did you bring your gun?" "Nah." - two suburbanesque officers of the law
"What is NATO again? National..?" - a woman perusing the protesting crowd
"I am so disappointed that your generation can't do better..." - a man who has likely lived in Haight-Ashbury since the late 1960's

Some photos:

16 August 2012

Do you like coffee?

Made some simple Twin Peaks (David Lynch, Mark Frost) posters after a rewatch marathon on Netflix (irony regarding previous post noted). The series was in HD, I really couldn't resist. Bonus points if you get every reference.

...and now some more! Couldn't resist.

19 July 2012

Oh deer!

I got some design frustration out via Photoshop therapy. Here are the byproducts.

15 July 2012

Addendum: The Rip Tide

The fact that Zach Condon likely denies the existence of the American Midwest and Southeast is frustrating no doubt, but he's almost made of for it with the latest music video off of The Rip Tide.

Houmam Abdallah's video is a striking companion to Beirut's titular track. Influenced by Dalí, Seurat, and JMW Turner, the work, a living painting, is simple but stunning and I can't deny I've watched it on loop far too many times.

Not that you can ever have enough Beirut.

02 July 2012

Pedantic Social Commentary No. 5: The Netflix Prison.

Ranking amongst the greatest oxymorons of all time, likely somewhere between airplane food and peace force, is television marathon.

TV marathons are probably the furthest from actual physical activity marathons that they can possibly get. Sure, in both cases your vision probably gets a bit blurry, your muscles begin to ache, and you are somewhat closer to death, but the similarities end there.

Personally, the blame falls on Netflix. To me it is the root of all evil. The greatest catastrophe to hit already pop-culture satiated plebeians of all time. The plastic shopping bag in a tree to my personal Liz Lemon.

Netflix is the type of evil which reels you in with the promise of all five million seasons of such and such with the simplest click of a button. Then it… delivers. And soon enough you’ve opened the Pandora’s Box of media overstimulation and you’re being uncannily accurately suggested programs you forgot and/or never knew existed and your Netflix Instant Queue is in the triple digits.

Some British TV program you vaguely remember enjoying years ago? Seven seasons of god knows how many episodes? Sure. Whatever. Let’s go.

I should mention that there should really be a large flashing neon sign of some sort presented to you when you press play on a show of 5+ seasons that reads no stop it’s a trap. Because that’s what it is. A trap. A sort of self-imposed prison of conveniently instant amusement that pushes you more and more towards maximum security every time you press “next episode”.

Before you know it “just a few episodes” has turned into “all the episodes”. You’ve become one with your sofa. A box of gorgonzola chips probably meant for 10 or more party guests is nearly empty and you’re sipping from a plastic bottle of ginger ale like it’s one of those gerbil cage drinking bottle things.

Eventually your net physical movement is reduced to the trifecta of sofa-bathroom-fridge. You actually begin to practice one of the three songs you know on ukulele in a futile attempt to restore your depth perception because rubbing your eyes isn’t helping anymore. The narration of your thoughts is suddenly in David Mitchell’s voice. You shut your blinds to the world because the glare is ruining your picture. You’ve reached the ultimate stage of hermitude. Netflix has won.

In this state you can almost feel the sun’s rays desperately grasping through the gaps in your blinds whispering come back I miss you and the glaring lack of real social contact enveloping your black hole of a soul. There’s this vague incipient sense of shame gnawing at you like a mosquito bite on the back of your thigh that won’t go away.

And yet, you continue searching for new positions on the sofa that don’t ache. You withdraw further and further into television until you’re a dried husk of a human. You consume an amount of programming meant to be spread out over actual human years in a 9-hour timespan.

Then, tragedy strikes. You stare at your screen blankly as any semblance of willpower or purpose drains from your body. The carefully constructed glass castle of entertainment and emergent self-loathing you’ve built for yourself is shattered.

There’s no “next episode” button.

09 June 2012

Faux Mad Men Ads

Mad Men makes fake ad campaigns for a plethora of companies, so I figured why not make some fake ad campaigns for Mad Men itself. Featuring various products of actual and/or Mad Men universe fame, here are some faux magazine ads with whichever character (Betty, Don, Roger, Pete, Peggy, and Joan) and campaign seemed most... fitting. Esoteric plot-related quips included.

01 May 2012

Adventures in Archaic Film Technology

After cherishing the review and autofocus features on my digital camera, I somehow persuaded myself that a venture back into film was a good idea. So I found an old USSR-made Zenit TTL 1980 Olympic Edition, bought some (probably too much to be honest) expired Kodak 100 film, and tried it out. I would go into the trouble I had to go through to get it developed, but I'd rather not.

The first roll of film has all the markings of, well, a first roll of film with a "new" camera. Subject matter is inane, countless photos are out of focus, and a bunch are disgustingly grainy because somehow I decided that shooting in a dark library was a good idea. Here it is anyway.