Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Far North Side’s food drought coming to an end ]]> Lead story image

Hey, I was wrong, and I couldn’t be happier about it. Last fall, after it was announced that Safeway would close all of its Dominick’s stores, I wrote a column expressing concern that the Far North Side lakefront area — where I live — would become a food desert. Well, Chicago’s Grocery Task Force just announced that the last of the former Dominick’s stores in my area has been sold. In fact, all of the old Dominick’s stores in the city except one — on 71st Street in South Shore — have been purchased and are in the process of … ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 06:19:07 -0500 <![CDATA[ Pass the word, Illinois’ Safe Haven Law works ]]> Lead story image

On Feb, 6, a cold winter day, a young woman gave up the baby she could not keep the right way. According to the short story tucked into a corner of the Sun-Times, the young woman went to a Northwest Side fire station around dinnertime that day and handed over the baby she herself had delivered that same morning. ]]> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 10:52:42 -0500 <![CDATA[ No joy in being right about the Archdiocese’s failures ]]> Lead story image

I was an infant when baptized a Roman Catholic. Went to Catholic grammar school, was married in the church, sent my only child to Catholic grammar school (and three of his four years of high school), was extremely active in my parish (particularly when it came to fund-raising) and went to mass faithfully almost every week (contributing generously), until the current cardinal got so ugly over gay marriage in Illinois. It was only in late 2012 that I stopped attending mass because I did not want to give any money to that mean-spirited effort. Why am I telling you all … ]]> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 15:08:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ The harm of phony mag photos ]]> Lead story image

If ABC’s Dan Abrams’ comments were just evidence of one more guy who likes to look at fantasy women maybe I could roll my eyes and let it go. But these alterted and unrealistic magazine images are damaging when you consider the very real and enormous pressure young girls and young women feel to meet impossible standards when it comes to their bodies. ]]> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 06:22:53 -0500 <![CDATA[ Kids believe, and you will, too ]]> Lead story image

The children who write to Santa Claus in our Season of Sharing campaign are such believers in the magic of Christmas and the ability of that guy from the North Pole to give when they ask. They believe that by doing their chores and homework, it just might be possible that Santa will bring them something they want and need. ]]> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 06:12:50 -0500 <![CDATA[ Trans fat ban won’t be so easy ]]> Lead story image

We want our food to taste good (if in a synthetic way), be dirt cheap and last forever. Trans fats made all that possible, and now the FDA is poised to pretty much eliminate them from our diets. ]]> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 06:33:33 -0500 <![CDATA[ Cutting Latino dropout rate is good for us all ]]> Lead story image

A two-part series by Independent Lens, “The Graduates,” looks at the Latino dropout problem. It airs at 10 p.m. Oct. 28 and Nov. 4 on WTTW-Channel 11. ]]> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 06:37:13 -0500 <![CDATA[ When Dominick’s leaves Chicago’s Far North Side, will a food desert replace it? ]]> Lead story image

Here’s my biggest concern after hearing Dominick’s is pulling out of Chicagoland: that we’ll be adding one humongous food desert on the Far North Side. ]]> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 06:34:42 -0500 <![CDATA[ Hollywood antics fall flat in the real world ]]> Lead story image

SUE ONTIVEROS: It would be nice if we could tell our young girls that when an entertainer like Miley Cyrus takes it all off, nothing good happens. But that’s not exactly true. ]]> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 06:38:53 -0500 <![CDATA[ School cuts highlight parent role as teacher ]]> Lead story image

Though I liked school, as a little kid I was anxious as each new year began. If I were a parent sending a child back to Chicago Public Schools, I know those knots would be in my stomach again, and for good reason. No matter how CPS tries to spin the school closings, you’d have to be pretty naive to think there won’t be schools in upheaval. The massive layoffs and tough budget cuts the schools face have to have an impact, particularly in art and music education. So while I am all for parents continuing this fight for quality … ]]> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 09:52:02 -0500 <![CDATA[ Reality nothing  like television ]]> Lead story image

Keep an open mind, I told myself the day I opened the press kit for “Pregnant & Dating,” a show that debuted in May on WE tv. But honestly, I thought my head was going to explode. Really, this is Women’s Entertainment? I am not a fan of reality TV. I don’t get the fascination with watching people behave badly. Everyone talks sooo slow, like forming a thought takes too much effort. No one sounds as if they ever have read the side of a cereal box, let alone a book. I take issue that so many of these shows … ]]> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 06:43:39 -0500 <![CDATA[ Dad’s gone; time for Chinese food! ]]> Lead story image

SUE ONTIVEROS: There’s not a whole lot to laugh about when you’re watching your father die of cancer, especially in those last weeks. You witness a once strong body grow too weak to even stand unassisted, see an independent man who was always on the go now confined to spending his days in a solitary room. But the multiple requests for Chinese food never ceased to make me laugh for one simple reason: he never ate Chinese food before! ]]> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 06:47:33 -0500 <![CDATA[ Billboards make you wonder, what if males were the ones who got pregnant? ]]> Lead story image

SUE ONTIVEROS: The most provocative part of the Chicago Department of Public Health teen pregnancy prevention campaign is the billboards at L stations, bus stops and sprinkled through neighborhoods that have the highest rates of teen pregnancy. ]]> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 08:16:02 -0500 <![CDATA[ Sing out for the U.S. after Boston ]]> Lead story image

No doubt about it, watching — and listening — to video of the crowd in Boston sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the Bruins game Wednesday night really tugged at our collective heartstrings. There it was, the first sporting event in Boston after the terrible tragedy inflicted Monday on that city — and the rest of us. Tight security outside TD Garden. Inside, an anxious crowd ready for the emotional release of some hockey. Walking down your familiar streets and seeing law enforcement in hazmat jumpsuits can’t be easy. Then in that darkened stadium the singing began, gaining strength as more … ]]> Wed, 22 May 2013 06:26:54 -0500 <![CDATA[ Memorials reveal a sense of helplessness ]]> Lead story image

Those memorials drive me crazy. You know the ones I’m talking about. The piles of teddy bears and flowers sitting below balloons at the site of where yet another person has been gunned down in Chicago. Those memorials that TV cameras flock to, where they’ll capture images of yet another crowd of young people writing on poster boards, not for a school project but to scribble words of sympathy. Those memorials that will be in the photos that newspapers — and now social media — take of crowds wearing buttons and T-shirts with the victim’s photo, manufactured in what seems … ]]> Thu, 18 Apr 2013 06:26:44 -0500 <![CDATA[ For-profit joints can’t beat an SIU ]]> Lead story image

The conversation between the mom and daughter walking in front of me had grown quite animated, so I decided to listen in. From what I could gather, Mom herself hadn’t gone to college and admitted it wasn’t something she knew much about. Still, she had her reservations. But that wasn’t stopping the teen from putting on the hard sell about why she should do this. And with that, they walked into one of those for-profit colleges. No, I wanted to shout, don’t do that! Just last summer U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) headed a committee that released a highly critical … ]]> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 06:31:37 -0500 <![CDATA[ Adele is patron saint of new moms ]]> Lead story image

SUE ONTIVEROS: In this season of awards for entertainers, I would like to nominate Adele as patron saint of new moms. ]]> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 06:19:19 -0500 <![CDATA[ Latin superstar Jenni did it all ]]> Lead story image

Like so many others, I was shocked by the sudden death of Latin superstar Jenni Rivera. Just hours before the plane she and her entourage were traveling in went down last weekend, the Diva of Banda had performed before thousands in Monterrey, Mexico. Many in mainstream America might have been unfamiliar with Rivera, despite the Mexican-American entertainer having record sales rivaling Taylor Swift and a host of other successful businesses. But that was just about to change, and it’s that lost opportunity for not only Rivera but Latinos in general that has me wistful. In the week before her death … ]]> Thu, 17 Jan 2013 06:23:05 -0500