Biden in Chicago to raise funds for Obama, epilepsy research

Xinhua English
June 22, 2011

Text and photo by Ted Regencia

CHICAGO — Splitting his time between political and civic events in Chicago, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden flew in on Tuesday to raise funds for the 2012 reelection campaign of President Barack Obama and for a group that funds epilepsy research.

Biden met donors with deep pockets and collected 5,000 to 35,000 U.S. dollars per person. In return, Biden met donors privately at a restaurant by Lake Michigan.

The money raised goes to the Obama Victory Fund, which hopes to bring in 60 million dollars by the end of June, according to news reports.

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NU professor apologizes over sex education controversy

March 05, 2011

Text and photos by Ted Regencia

EVANSTON, Ill — A long-time psychology at Chicago’s Northwestern University has issued an apology for allowing an after-school live sex demonstration, as part of his Human Sexuality class, expressing “regret” over the controversy that followed.

In a letter published online, Prof. John Michael Bailey said, “I regret the effect that this has had on Northwestern University’s reputation, and I regret upsetting so many people in this particular manner. I apologize.”

“In the 18 years I have taught the course, nothing like the demonstration at issue has occurred, and I will allow nothing like it to happen again,” Bailey added. Continue reading “NU professor apologizes over sex education controversy”

FBI raid nets Chicago-area health care workers

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By Ted Regencia

(Photo credit: Reuters)

SKOKIE, Ill — It is the largest health care fraud crackdown in U.S. history, according to Attorney General Eric Holder.

And here in Chicago, at least 13 individuals in the health care industry, including residents of Lincolnwood and Morton Grove, and employees of a shuttered Lincolnwood home health agency, are facing charges ranging from fraud to falsification of documents.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation charged on Thursday, February 17, a Chicago-area doctor, two chiropractors, three nurses,  a pharmacist, and several home health staff.

They are among the 111 defendants from nine major U.S. cities; from Chicago to Miami, Detroit to Dallas. They are accused of illegally billing medicare, more than $225 million dollars. Continue reading “FBI raid nets Chicago-area health care workers”

Bike ride raises over $50K for cancer research (Published in Elmhurst and Highland Park)
October 5, 2010

Text and photos by Ted Regencia

HIGHLAND PARK, Ill — Wearing a Team In Training jersey and sporting a helmet in hand, Bryn Lerud steadied herself as she listened to the final instructions for her first charity bike ride. Accompanying her was Andrew, her 23-year-old son, who wore a matching purple, green and white uniform.

The mother-son duo from Elmhurst joined the early morning Blood, Sweat & Tears (BST) ride in Highland Park on Sunday to honor Mike, Bryn’s 17-year-old son and Andrew’s younger brother.

Bryn turned red-faced and misty eyed when she mentioned Mike’s name. Andrew stared blankly while holding back tears.

A senior at York High School, Mike died a week ago. He was buried three days before the charity event.

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The sweet buzz in Highland Park

September 27, 2010

Text and photos by Ted Regencia

HIGHLAND PARK, Ill — It was a scene straight from a science fiction movie: Men, women and children in white hazmat-like suits marched as if they were ready to board a spacecraft, or escape an alien invasion.

The nippy September air and overcast skies hinted rain, but the head of the group, Leah Holloway, showed no signs of turning back. In the shadow of the oak-hickory forest of Heller Nature Reserve, she strode confidently ahead of everyone while carrying a smoldering metallic device.

The assembly was en route to smoke out the nature reserve’s beehive. Despite the threat of getting stung, the novice crowd of children and parents were buzzing with excitement.

“Wow, that is so cool,” Jadin Knowles observed as she inspected a swarm of bees sluggishly clinging to a wooden frame packed with honeycomb. The eight-year-old looked like a mini-astronaut in her head-to-toe bee suit.

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