Stories by Kristen Thometz

Report: Young Black Men at High Risk of Homicide by Firearm

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In 2016, the number of young black men killed by a firearm in Chicago was nearly 50 times the national rate, according to a new report analyzing such deaths among 15- to 19-year-olds.

10 Things to Do This Weekend: March 7-10

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Chocolates, an artisan market and a sweet walk in the woods usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

West Side United Invests in Neighborhoods, Businesses

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Over the past two years, a newly formed coalition of health care institutions and professionals has raised $10.5 million to fund initiatives it deems vital to improving the life expectancy of West Side residents.

Walmart’s Greeter Phaseout Worries Disabled Employees, Advocates

In this April 21, 2018 photo provided by Rachel Wasser, Walmart greeter John Combs works at a Walmart store in Vancouver, Washington. (Rachel Wasser via AP)

Last month, the big-box store announced a second round of cuts as it phases out store greeters in favor of a more demanding customer host role. A local disability advocate calls the move “shortsighted.”

Northwestern Researchers Create Wireless Sensors to Monitor NICU Babies

Researchers model the wireless sensors on a doll, alongside a traditional monitoring system composed of electrodes and wires. (Courtesy of Northwestern University)

Soft, flexible sensors developed by Northwestern University researchers measure an infant’s vital signs and allow physical bonding between baby and parent.

10 Things to Do This Weekend: Feb. 28-March 3

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An icy dip in the lake, film festivals, Mardi Gras pastries and a shopping cart race usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

Survey: Gun Violence, Bullying Top Social Issues Facing Chicago Youth

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Chicago parents say gun violence, bullying and poverty are among the top 10 social issues affecting the city’s youth, according to a citywide survey.

New Program Aims to Give Cancer Patients a Road Map for Treatment

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Navigating cancer treatment can be overwhelming. A new pilot seeks to improve the process for patients by consolidating all aspects of treatment into one all-encompassing care plan.

Valentino, Antelope Born on Valentine’s Day at Brookfield Zoo, Euthanized

Valentino, a small African antelope, was born Thursday at Brookfield Zoo. (Cathy Bazzoni / Chicago Zoological Society)

The tiny African antelope born on Valentine’s Day was euthanized Tuesday, according to zoo officials, who identified a birth defect that affected the animal’s ability to swallow normally.

10 Things to Do This Weekend: Feb. 21-24

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Blooming orchids, an outdoor beer fest and a massive bike ride usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago. 

GoFundMe Campaign Created to Support Aurora Shooting Victims’ Families

Mourners place flowers at the crosses outside of the Henry Pratt Co. in Aurora, Illinois, on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, in memory of the five employees killed on Friday. (Jeff Knox / Daily Herald via AP)

A fundraiser started by City of Aurora officials has raised more than $72,000 in just two days to support the families of those who lost their lives in a shooting at a local manufacturing plant.

DEA Launches Digital Billboard Campaign Against Opioid Use

Robert J. Bell, U.S. DEA associate special agent in charge of the Chicago field division office, announces Thursday, Feb. 14 the launch of a yearlong digital billboard campaign against the opioid epidemic. (Kristen Thometz / Chicago Tonight)

As part of its ongoing efforts to combat the opioid epidemic, the Drug Enforcement Agency announced Thursday it’s launching a yearlong digital billboard campaign across the Chicago area.

10 Things to Do This Weekend: Feb. 14-17

Madeline Lauzon, front, with, from left, Shelby Marie Edwards, Allison Taylor and Ricci Prioletti in “Lucky: A Musical,” part of Underscore Theatre Company’s 5th annual Chicago Musical Theatre Festival. (Photo by Evan Hanover)

New musicals, vintage wedding dresses, motorcycles and encased meats usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago. 

Chicago Sues 27 Online Retailers Over E-Cigarette Sales

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A new report details a rise in the use of e-cigarettes by young people across the country as the city of Chicago files a lawsuit against online sellers it claims illegally sold tobacco products to minors.

IIT Awards $500K to Researchers Creating Advanced Cancer Screening Tool

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A pair of Illinois Institute of Technology researchers developing technology to detect early stage tumors have won the university’s Nayar Prize, which includes a $500,000 award.

Loan Repayment Program for Clinicians Also Seeks to Fight Opioid Crisis

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Qualified clinicians can receive up to $75,000 in student loan repayment through a new federal program. In exchange, they must serve three years on the front lines of the opioid crisis in underserved communities.

10 Things to Do This Weekend: Feb. 7-10

Amelia Earhurt vs. Winderella at the Chicago League of Lady Arms Wrestlers’ CLLAW XXXI match at Logan Square Auditorium. (Photo by Trainman Photography)

Brawny babes, discount theater tickets, hot rods and cool jazz usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in Chicago.

Chicago Police Officer Gino Garcia Invited to Attend State of the Union

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Gino Garcia’s work to raise awareness of domestic violence caught the attention of U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski. On Tuesday, Garcia will attend Trump’s address as a guest of the congressman. 

Dorothy Brown Endorses Amara Enyia for Mayor

Cook County Clerk Dorothy Brown announces her endorsement of Amara Enyia for Chicago mayor.

In announcing her endorsement of Amara Enyia, Cook County Clerk Dorothy Brown called Enyia “a breath of fresh air” that will give Chicagoans hope.

10 Things to Do This Weekend: Jan. 31-Feb. 3

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As the polar vortex moves out, groundhogs, cocoa-inspired treats, craft brews and experimental theater usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

UIC Receives $12M to Study Latino Health

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The University of Illinois at Chicago will continue its role in the largest-ever prospective epidemiological study of Latinos, the largest minority population in the U.S.

Chicago Could Break its Record for Coldest Temperature

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Chicago's lakefront is frozen over Friday, Jan. 25, 2019.  (Tyler LaRiviere / Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Wednesday’s forecast shows a daytime high of around 14 degrees below zero, which would beat the city’s all-time coldest high of minus 11. When wind chills are factored in, temperatures could reach minus 35. 

When Does Early Voting Start for Chicago’s Feb. 26 Election?

You don’t have to wait till election day to cast a ballot. On Tuesday, early voting will start at the city’s downtown “super site.” Find out when and where you can cast your ballot.

Study Accurately Predicts Severity, Length of Postpartum Depression

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A new Northwestern Medicine study was able to successfully predict whether women would experience worsening depressive symptoms within the first year of childbirth by identifying four maternal characteristics that put them at risk.

Doomsday Clock Remains 2 Minutes to Midnight

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The clock hands didn’t move this year, but that’s no “sign of stability,” says Rachel Bronson, president and CEO of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. Instead, she calls it a “stark warning.”