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  • Free Play in the Park Day in Palatine Jul 21, 2014 7:26 AM
    Palatine Park District offers a free day of games and activities on July 24.

  • Can kids who have lost a paired organ play sports? Jul 21, 2014 6:33 AM
    The student was a natural athlete, but in an anatomical quirk of fate, had been born with only one kidney. Protective parents would naturally assume such children need to refrain from competitive sports, but that’s not always the case.

  • Had your fill of fillings? An electrical device may be just as good Jul 21, 2014 6:00 AM
    There may come a time in the near future when fillings for minor cavities are a thing of the past. Researchers at King’s College London are developing a procedure that uses low-frequency electrical currents to help teeth “self-heal” lesions, or cavities, without drilling.

  • Ditka golf event hits long for people with visual impairments Jul 21, 2014 3:06 PM
    Over 65 golfers came out to support Chicago Lighthouse North at The Chicago Lighthouse’s second annual Mike Ditka Charity Golf Tournament.

  • How Santa keeps his cool at Banana Split’s Christmas in July Jul 21, 2014 4:44 PM
    Nothing cools you off on a hot day like sitting outside the elf house on Santa's lap near a Christmas tree as you wait for your Frozen Hot Chocolate and Gingerbread Flurrie. The Banana Split in Aurora uses its Christmas in July to have fun and raises funds for the Salavation Army.

  • Batavia dog rescuers help counterparts in Tennessee Jul 21, 2014 5:04 AM
    Traveling hundreds of miles to rescue dogs from death isn't anything new for volunteers with Batavia-based Casey's Safe Haven Horse and Dog Rescue. But a dozen volunteers went to Tennessee two weekends ago with a different mission: to rescue a rescue. “It was an eye-opening experience. We had no idea the conditions we were getting into,” Kathy Schweisthal said.

  • Center for History Honors the Memory of the Eastland Disaster on July 27 Jul 21, 2014 4:58 PM
    99th anniversary program and exhibit on Eastland Disaster in Chicago River

  • Businessman rides motorcycle to help disabled veterans Jul 21, 2014 11:01 AM
    Naperville resident Jim Hughes has ridden motorcycles all his life and done plenty of charity rides. But the memory of a vet he met on his first ride with the Wounded Heores Foundation sticks in his memory.

  • Your health: Americans’ top 10 foods Jul 21, 2014 6:58 AM
    Is it any wonder that many Americans struggle with their weight when few of them are following federal dietary guidelines, which recommend daily servings of dark green vegetables, orange vegetables, legumes, fruits, whole grains and low-fat milk. Instead, we eat foods full of refined grains, sugar, fat and calories — just check out this list of the top 10 sources of calories in the U.S. diet.

  • Sometimes it may be wise to say, ‘Hey, kid, get off my lawn’ Jul 21, 2014 5:00 AM
    This is the time of year when pesticides get sprayed on lawns, parks and golf courses. Though the goal may be to make these green spaces more pleasant places to play — fewer bugs, fewer weeds — these treatments may not be as safe as you assume.Most people are “not aware of the hazards that the unthinking use of pesticides poses to their children,” says Philip Landrigan, dean for global health and a professor of pediatrics at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. Pesticides include herbicides to kill weeds and insecticides such as those sprayed to manage cockroaches and other pests.

  • Jazzercise: Still evolving after 45 years Jul 21, 2014 7:08 AM
    Zumba might be the current leading trend in dance exercise, but Jazzercise, which has roots in the Chicago area, is still going strong after 45 years. And so is its 70-year-old founder, Judi Sheppard Missett.

  • Add zing to notebooks, store-bought or DIY Jul 21, 2014 4:45 AM
    When it’s time to start stocking the school backpack, it’s easy to just grab a stack of plain, boring notebooks. But since kids have to tote these things to and fro every day, why not trade the standard-issue ones for something snazzy and personalized? There are plenty of eye-catching options to buy or to make yourself.

  • Kids studying abroad are now never out of touch Jul 21, 2014 6:00 AM
    A generation ago, students on semester abroad were practically incommunicado, aside from airmailed letters and one or two calls home. These days, from the minute the plane lands, kids studying overseas are connected with home via Skype, Facebook, and messaging apps like Viber and WhatsApp. Has technology altered semester abroad by making it impossible to immerse yourself in another culture? Or does staying in touch simply increase comfort levels, easing both homesickness and parental worries?

  • How to handle family games Jul 22, 2014 12:24 PM
    My husband's family likes to play games, like pingpong, bean-bag toss or cards. I am not a real fan of games, I get incredibly self-conscious and I am not very good at most of them. Several of his family members are very competitive and the pressure to play well doesn't help. Whenever I try to bow out, his aunts or other family members will convince me to play. I just don't like games, but I do like chatting with people while they play.We are all getting together soon, and I would appreciate some guidance on how to either get the game-players off my back or learn to relax and just play.

  • Lush photos and flavors help teach budget cooking Jul 21, 2014 3:36 PM
    Leanne Brown didn’t set out to write a buzz-worthy cookbook for people who want fine-dining taste on a food stamp budget. Because “Good and Cheap,” a beautifully photographed e-book packed with low-cost, fuss-free recipes, actually began simply as a master’s thesis for the 29-year-old NYU food studies program graduate.

  • Winning the rat race not all it’s cracked up to be Jul 20, 2014 1:01 AM
    Our Ken Potts says winning the rat race isn't all it's cracked up to be. Before you count your possessions, he says, you might want to take a minute to check out all the love around you.

  • Doctors, nurses relying more on tablets in hospitals Jul 20, 2014 7:32 AM
    Hospital employees are increasingly using mobile devices -- tablets, smartphones, and occasionally wearable computers such as Google Glass -- to access electronic medical records, both at the patient’s bedside or in the operating room.

  • Hidden gems of the Dalmatian Coast: Stunning scenery, rich culture make these Adriatic ports worth a stop Jul 20, 2014 5:30 AM
    Mention the Dalmatian Coast and many travelers think of Dubrovnik, that popular tourist city heavily shelled following the breakup of Yugoslavia and since restored. But while this big sister steals the spotlight — and the drama — other ports continue to display their quiet charm through historic old towns, lovely landscapes and colorful folklore.

  • 5 money saving tips for exchanging currency Jul 20, 2014 7:33 AM
    Headed overseas for summer vacation? It’s easy to get hit with extra fees and expensive exchange rates when switching currencies. Some currency exchange tables in airports and tourist areas offer bad rates, taking more of your money. Here are five tips to maximize your dollars.

  • Health officials: Food label changes not enough Jul 20, 2014 7:37 AM
    Nutrition facts labels on food packages list ingredients and nutrient levels, but they don’t tell consumers outright if a food is good for them. Public health advocates say that information is necessary to help consumers make healthy choices at the supermarket.

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