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

Balitang America and

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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Filipino Nurses Follow Well-Worn Path to Jobs in Skokie

August 15, 2010

Text and photos by Ted Regencia

SKOKIE, Ill — When Cecilia Buenaflor came to Chicago after she left the Philippines in 1992, she was on her own. The newcomer, who had worked at a New York hospital, did not know anyone. As a single parent, she was struggling to balance motherhood and the demand to earn a living, and being 8,000 miles away from home didn’t help.

“Economically, I cannot survive in the Philippines just being a nurse,” Buenaflor said. “I have a family that I have to support.”

Working as a nurse at a senior living facility in the Philippines, Buenaflor was paid $10 an hour. With two young daughters at home and an extended family back in her homeland to support, it was a “tough” time for her, she said.

“But as long as you work hard, you will be rewarded,” Buenaflor said of her philosophy. Continue reading “Filipino Nurses Follow Well-Worn Path to Jobs in Skokie”

White House chef returns to Chicago to promote healthy eating

The Filipino Channel’s Balitang America
April 2010

Text and photo by Ted Regencia

CHICAGO — On a cold December in 1983, a young lady from Sampaloc, Manila landed at Chicago’s O’Hare airport to join her family and start a new life here.

Last Friday, April 23, she flew in from Washington D.C. and was warmly greeted as a homecoming hero; an American success story.

White House Executive Chef Cristeta Pasia Comerford returned to her adopted city, to speak at an Earth Day event at Northwestern University.

Combining inspiration and motivation, Comerford talked about running the White House kitchen, while stressing the importance of local food sourcing and healthy eating.

White House Chef Cristeta Comerford returns to Chicago from Ted Regencia on Vimeo.

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Pinay receives ‘gift of life’ from stranger

The Filipino Channel’s Balitang America
April 2010

Text, photo and video by Ted Regencia (VO by Balitang America)

CHICAGO — Myra de la Vega is a single mother from the province of Laguna; Dan Coyne is a husband and father of two from the state of Ohio. Their lives are worlds apart, but they fortuitously intersected in Chicago. It’s an unlikely story between two strangers, who now share a lifetime bond.

Three years ago, Coyne, a resident of the near north Chicago suburb of Evanston, was doing his grocery at Jewel, when he struck a conversation with the cashier, de la Vega.

“She’s the type of employee that is hard to train or educate. It’s in her heart. She just treats all people, all her customers with respect,” Coyne told this reporter. “When you’re shopping at the store, you want to go through her grocery store line.”

Coyne later learned that de la Vega’s kidneys were failing and she needed a transplant to live.
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