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Sue Ontiveros biography

Sue Ontiveros has probably one of the wackiest double jobs around. She writes a column on the Saturday editorial pages and is the editor of …

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Making sure new shows with Latinos stick around

I wasn’t crazy about Sofia Vergara’s appearance at the Emmys last month. If you missed it (I don’t blame you; what a snooze fest), Vergara — the hilarious Colombian actress who stars on “Modern Family” — stepped onto a platform that proceeded to rotate and …

When Robin Williams died, she thought of her brother

When Sabrina Tengelsen Guthrie learned Robin Williams killed himself, she was devastated. The Bucktown resident had lived for years in California’s Marin County, where Williams was “a permanent fixture.” But for Guthrie, executive director of the Tengelsen Family Foundation, it was more than just the …

How to boost Latino vote influence

They were there when Latina author Carmen Boullosa spoke at the National Museum of Mexican Art. And again when the new students arrived for orientation at National Louis University. When the dancers in their traditional costumes traveled down 18th and 26th streets, they were there, …

Fighting back against bullying

The first time I saw a photo of Camille Paddock, I thought, what a nice smile. It wasn’t until closer examination that I realized she had only one eyebrow. Now something like that can be noticed by an adult and it might trigger curiosity, but …

  • Parents, ease up on that leash

    Here’s the story I heard on Facebook a couple of weeks back. Apparently, this mother had been phoned by her child’s away camp to urge her to write. (Mail from home actually was on its way.) Seems all the other kids were getting multiple letters …Read More

  • Scooby-Doo lets girls down

    Scooby-Doo, what the heck’s the matter with you? For crying out loud, there should be no problem with kids watching a video of a mystery-solving dog and his crew. Oh, the Scooby-Doo jokes can be corny, but the long-running feature has been tame otherwise. After …Read More

  • Film tells aftermath of mill closing

    I was holding my breath that the Kickstarter campaign for Exit Zero would be successful. And it was! It was only in the last days of the campaign to raise $15,000, which ended Aug. 13, that I stumbled upon it. Exit Zero examines deindustrialization in our country through the story of Christine Walley and her family when Wisconsin Steel shut down in 1980.

  • Farmers market sells fruit, veggies and ethnic pride

    Like others, the farmers market at Seaway Bank and Trust Company has booths full of fresh fruits, vegetables and prepared foods. But what’s also on display is a strong sense of community, family and ethnic pride. This is the 10th season the Chatham market has …

    Teens take on serious summer games

    Evan, Armani and their new friends have spent most of their summer playing games. And that’s a good thing. Oh, they’re not your stereotypical teens of summer, lost in solitary play while hunched over a laptop. While these 70 Chicago teens — predominantly male, primarily …

    Teen girls need a little Zumba

    After I had a chance a couple summers back to do Zumba with its creator, Beto Perez, I felt like, well, I can die and go to heaven now; that’s how high that had been on my bucket list. I know, a little crazy, right? …

    Shootings dim Chicago summer’s allure

    Summer always has felt like one sun-soaked gift to me. I savor it, like a coveted chocolate treat. As I walk in the quiet of morning or sit outdoors at night, I think, this is what I longed for as I waited on snow-slicked L …

    Running teaches teens life lessons

    You think running’s all about the physical? No way, says 16-year-old Icabel Rodriguez. “It’s all mental,” she told me during a recent phone interview. “If you tell yourself you can do, you can do it.” That’s just the lesson the CARA (Chicago Area Runners Association) …

    Wedding photos lower the lens

    I’d like to think of today’s column as a public service for those of you attending a wedding for the first time in a while. After all, it is the wedding season and there are new attractions, if you will, when it comes to the …

    Rogers Park doubles down on artsy

    With fairly affordable housing, good public transportation and proximity to the lake, Rogers Park always has attracted artists. There’s an effort going on now to make sure that tradition continues and maybe brings a boost to one of the area’s commercial districts in the process. …

    We thought we knew about eating right

    Everything we think we know about how to eat right is wrong. The advice that one must eat a low-fat diet — one that avoids meat, butter, eggs, cheese — to be healthy has been drilled into us for decades by doctors, dietitians, government, the …

    Beware high school Summer Melt

    The last thing Nia Abdullah wants this summer is melting. Melting? Isn’t that something that happens as winter turns to spring? The Summer Melt is a term educators are all too familiar with, and Abdullah, the principal at Bowen High School, is working hard not …

    Yikes! Another mattress store

    I thought my head would explode the day I realized another mattress store was opening just blocks from the one already in my neighborhood. The only thing that bugged me more was seeing not one, but two branch banks being built near me. How can …