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Providing mental health care for immigrants ‘personal for me,’ Pilsen Wellness Center director says

‘The communities we serve are very complex,’ Nestor Flores says. ‘These are vulnerable populations that are struggling to survive, low-income in many cases.’

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She fixes forklifts, smashes glass ceilings in auto mechanics industry

Kittra Headtke tells girls and women: "If it’s something you love, do it no matter who you are."

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Muralist Sam Kirk explores identity, culture through public art

The Chicago artist’s work speaks to housing insecurities and the threat of displacement and expresses LGBTQ pride.

Health and fitness expert Stephanie Mansour demonstrates a Superman/Superwoman back stretch.
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Strengthen your back with these exercises — even if you’re on the couch

Improving your back strength can help reduce back pain, shoulder pain, and also improve posture.

Tortelli, zucchini, casarecce, and chiusoni pastas served at Tortello.
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Tortello’s handmade pasta a thrill to eat, watch being made

Owner Dario Monni, who grew up eating pasta everyday, flew in experts from Italy to train his employees how to incorporate old world traditional techniques using imported flour from Italy.

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Chicago Marathon national anthem singer also clutch performer at Special Olympics, behind camera

Jana Kennedy-Long, who has won gold medals as an athlete, will sing before 45,000 people later this month.

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Ex-presidential bodyguard now holding line in year-long hotel strike

Sam Yolo is leading the charge of about 30 workers who have been on strike from the Cambria Chicago Magnificent Mile hotel for the past year.

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WATCH: ‘SNL’ brings back Maya Rudolph to play Kamala Harris, Larry David as Bernie Sanders

The show’s season premiere also had host Woody Harrelson as Joe Biden, opening up questions about future plans for that role.

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West Side kids are learning to play lacrosse, thanks to this program

Sam Angelotta founded OWLS, which teaches students how to play one of the fastest growing sports in the U.S.

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Power tools are precision instruments for worker in the guts of the Lake Shore Drive bridge

Matt Clement works as a millwright, one of the world’s oldest professions.

D-Erania Stampley
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Grammy nominated sax player comes home to Maywood to help locals work on their chops

With Wayne Shorter’s prowess on the tenor saxophone as a guide, D-Erania Stampley went on to master the higher and brighter-toned alto sax. And now, with two CDs, a Grammy nomination and multiple tours under her belt, Stampley is bringing it all back home.

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How flying pucks and slap shots can get kids excited about math and science

Noah Doppelt, the NHL and EverFi have teamed up to help 30,000 students — including many in CPS — learn STEM concepts.

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A database of FBI files on people with Chicago and Illinois ties

The Sun-Times has compiled a database of FBI records on notable people with ties to Illinois, including politicians, gangsters and religious leaders. Keep checking back for updates.

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From ‘Joker’ to ‘Irishman’ to ‘Frozen 2,’ 20 movies Richard Roeper can’t wait to see this fall

Watch the trailers for promising films starring Meryl Streep, Eddie Murphy, Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson.

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His magic helps kids heal

‘We’re committed to empowering hospitalized kids through magic,’ says Neil Tobin of Open Heart Magic, a Chicago nonprofit that trains and sends volunteer magicians to hospitals to cheer up sick children.

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How a Chicago woman is helping get exercise into the daily lives of girls

Alecia Ivery is a senior manager with Girls in the Game, which provides sports, health, and leadership programs for 45K young women across the city, especially on the South and West sides.

Abad Viquez, 17, a senior at Senn High School, placed first in the qualifying rounds of the August Wilson Monologue Competition in Chicago.
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Theater, music open new worlds for gifted teen, budding actor Abad Viquez

"I hope my story motivates people to keep on going with their dreams," says the Senn High School senior.

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Kwaku Owusu: Lack of minorities in drug trials demanded attention, so he launched a company

‘It just hit me that this is a problem that I want to solve,’ the founder of Drugviu says.

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Rev. Leon Finney Jr.’s free fall

For decades, the Rev. Leon Finney Jr. won praise from Chicago politicians and appointments to powerful public posts. In just 10 years, his nonprofits got more than $20 million in taxpayer money while managing about a quarter of the city’s public housing. Now, he faces allegations of fraud and self-dealing.

Tim and Ruby Johnson, parents of Piper Johnson who was hospitalized with a severe pulmonary illness believed to be the result of vaping,
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New Lenox family says daughter almost died from a vaping-related illness

Ruby and Tim Johnson hope to create greater awareness about what they say are the dangers of electronic cigarettes.

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Jacqui Giuliano: World champion triathlete, suburban math teacher still hasn’t reached her peak

"I like to find out what my potential is. I feel like I haven’t quite reached that yet," the Ironman All World Athlete of the year says.

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Why these Chicagoans left other careers to work in ‘boots and jeans and ... with my hands’

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Kara Maude, Elbert Walters and John Felke take pride in keeping the lights on.

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Watch Lori Lightfoot’s sit-down with the Sun-Times Editorial Board

The morning after her televised "State of the City" address, Mayor Lightfoot discusses her remarks in the Sun-Times newsroom.

Stephanie Mansour demonstrates how to use a gallon of milk as a weight in this V-sit and reach workout to strengthen and tone core muscles.
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A gallon of milk goes a long way toward kicking your workout up a notch

If you don’t own a medicine ball, you can substitute household items for weights and achieve the same level of resistance in your workouts.

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BGA president accuses mayor of failing to articulate crime-fighting strategy, leading to ‘very little progress’ stopping violence

As a twice-appointed Police Board president and co-chair of former Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Task Force on Police Accountability, Lori Lightfoot should have had a crime-fighting strategy ready to implement on Day One, David Greising said. But if Lightfoot really does have a crime-fighting strategy, Greising said he hasn’t seen it.

Better Government Association President and CEO David Greising was interviewed by Fran Spielman Friday, August 23, 2019.
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The Fran Spielman Show: David Greising

The president and CEO of the Better Government Association discusses Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s first 100 days

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Derek Daniels: Adaptive sports program director brings out the best in others

"What’s important to me is getting more people involved in the sport and widening the opportunity for people who want to play sled hockey or adaptive sports," he said.

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Patrick Byrne: He lost a leg — but not his love for working with heavy machinery

Despite his accident, the operating engineer’s co-workers "don’t look at me as a person that has a physical disability. They look at me as one of their brothers."

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Dr. Sindhu Rajan: With 90 million at risk, preventing diabetes essential to improving global health

Her digital diabetes program is helping fight the spread of the epidemic, particularly in the Asian-Indian community.

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Why tearing down Englewood to save it hasn’t worked

Englewood and West Englewood have experienced the second- and third-most demolitions among Chicago neighborhoods since 2008. Still, development lags, and huge stretches of vacant land remain.

Jumping as high as you can, your feet should remain spread apart during a jumping wide leg squat as seen here by Stephanie Mansour. July 31, 2019 | Brian Ernst/Sun-Times
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Step up your workouts by adding jumps to pushups, lunges, squats

Incorporating jumps into your regular workout moves will get your heart rate up but fatigue your muscles faster.

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Housing commissioner says budget shortfall will make it tougher to solve affordable housing crisis

Marisa Novara says it’s "painful to me to be in the realities of our fiscal situation."