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Loyola: No school connection to shooting

Posted by loyolastudentdispatch on July 12, 2014

Site of shooting. Google Maps.

Site of shooting.
Google Maps.

By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff

Loyola University Chicago Campus Safety has issued an alert stating that there is no connection with the school and a shooting that occurred Saturday afternoon six blocks west of the university’s Lake Shore Campus in Rogers Park.

Here is the alert:

Loyola Community,

Campus Safety is writing to make you aware of a shooting that occurred at approximately 3:30 p.m. today (Saturday) near Devon and Glenwood. At this time, information is limited, but preliminary reports indicate that a non-Loyola individual was shot and is in unknown condition. The Chicago Police Department reports that a suspect is in custody at this time.

The Chicago Police Department is currently investigating the incident. If you have any information about the shooting, please call 9-1-1.

Sincerely,

Tom Murray
Chief of Police and Director of Campus Safety

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Police probe Uptown gang shooting

Posted by loyolastudentdispatch on July 11, 2014

Site of shooting. Google Maps.

Site of shooting.
Google Maps.

By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff
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Chicago Police are investigating an apparent gang-related shooting that took place at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Uptown neighborhood.
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An estimated 5-8 shots were fired in the 5000 block of Marine Drive. The shooting involved people both in a car and on foot. There were no apparent injuries.
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Here is an alert from Edgewater Ald. Harry Osterman (Ward 48):
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Dear Neighbor,

Last night, around 6:00pm there was a gang-related shooting on the 5000 block of Marine Drive. The incident involved several individuals on foot as well as in a vehicle. There were approximately 5-8 shots fired.  Chicago Police arrived at the scene within a couple of minutes and recovered shell casings. The vehicle was last seen fleeing the area heading south on Lake Shore Drive. Last evening I met with the Acting Commander about the incident. 20th District Police are currently investigating the incident and no arrests have been made. Additional gang crime and tactical units have been deployed in the area.   If you have any information regarding the incident, please contact Area North Detectives at 312-744-8200 or Marko Zaric at my office at Marko@48thward.org or 773-784-5277.

 

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Man pulled from lake in Edgewater

Posted by loyolastudentdispatch on July 11, 2014

By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff

A 48-year-old man is in serious condition after being pulled from Lake Michigan late Thursday in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood.

Here is a portion of the story from the Chicago Tribune:

Firefighters pulled a 48-year-old man from Lake Michigan near Bryn Mawr Avenue late Thursday night.

He was bobbing in the water 20 to 30 feet from the shore when someone spotted him and called 911, officials said.

The man was in the water without clothes, though police found those nearby, Chicago Fire Department Battalion Chief Thomas McCormack said.

He was taken to Weiss Memorial Hospital in serious condition, officials said.

Read the entire story at the Chicago Tribune website by clicking here: RESCUE

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Construction closes entrance to Loyola

Posted by loyolastudentdispatch on July 9, 2014

Loyola photo.

Loyola photo.

By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff
Construction and campus events are expected to cause traffic congestion the next few days along sections of Loyola University Chicago’s Lake Shore Campus in Rogers Park, the university announced Wednesday.
A campus entrance at Sheridan Road and Kenmore Avenue will be closed beginning Wednesday due to construction. And student orientations and conference events are expected to increase traffic.
The university is suggesting alternative routes and parking in this memo to students, faculty and staff:
Loyola Community,
Due to construction that begins on Wednesday, July 9, Campus Road will be closed at Sheridan Road and Kenmore Avenue. To access the Main Parking Structure, please use Campus Road at Winthrop Avenue. Additionally, we are expecting heavy traffic on campus due to Orientation and conference activity on Thursday, July 10 and Friday, July 11. Normal traffic patterns will resume on Saturday.
We strongly encourage you to park in the Fordham Garage for the remainder of the week and we ask that you give yourself extra time getting into campus on these days.
If you have any questions, please contact Campus Transportation at 773.508.7036.  Thank you for your cooperation.
Warm Regards,
Campus Transportation

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Burger Wars escalate near Loyola

Posted by loyolastudentdispatch on July 8, 2014

McDonald's Bacon Clubhouse.

McDonald’s Bacon Clubhouse.

By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff

The Burger Wars near Loyola University Chicago’s Water Tower Campus  has escalated to a new level as McDonald’s was handing out coupons Tuesday morning for discounts on its deluxe sandwich meals.

The battle intensified with the Monday opening of Red Robin Burger Works outlet at 20 E. Chicago Ave. The new outlet is next door to McDonald’s at 10 E. Chicago Ave. Meanwhile Epic Burger, which opened last year, stands a block away at 40 E. Pearson St. Other competition includes a neighboring Chick-fil-A at 30 E. Chicago Ave.

Red Robin features upscale burgers such as, Burnin’ Love, a hamburger topped with fried jalapeño peppers, salsa, pepper-jack cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and chipotle aioli on a jalapeño cornmeal kaiser roll, for $7.49, and the Bleu Ribbon, a burger topped with tangy steak sauce, chipotle aioli, bleu cheese, tomatoes, lettuce and crispy onion straws, for $6.99.

In an apparent volley, McDonald’s was handing customers coupons Tuesday which offered free fries and a drink if they purchased a Bacon Clubhouse Burger or a Premium Crispy Chicken Bacon Clubhouse Sandwich.

There are 17 sit-down Red Robbin Gourmet Burger restaurants in the Chicago suburbs. Red Robin Burger Works is a specialty concept designed for a smaller space in the city. It features a scaled-down menu and fast-casual service with limited seating.

A Red Robin Burger Works recently opened at 328 N. Michigan Ave. in Chicago. Burger Works outlets have also opened in Colorado, Ohio and soon in Washington, D.C.

 

 

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Red Robin Burger Works opens near Loyola

Posted by loyolastudentdispatch on July 7, 2014

redBy Loyola Student Dispatch Staff

Loyola University Chicago is bracing for an escalation of “Burger Wars,” as the latest Red Robin Burger Works outlet opened Monday near the school’s Water Tower Campus in Chicago’s Gold Coast.

Red Robin opened in the former Qdoba restaurant at 20 E. Chicago Ave. The new outlet is next door to a McDonald’s, while Epic Burger stands a block away at 40 E. Pearson St. Other competition includes a neighboring Chick-fil-A at 30 E. Chicago Ave.

Red Robin features upscale burgers such as, Burnin’ Love, a hamburger topped with fried jalapeño peppers, salsa, pepper-jack cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and chipotle aioli on a jalapeño cornmeal kaiser roll, for $7.49, and the Bleu Ribbon, a burger topped with tangy steak sauce, chipotle aioli, bleu cheese, tomatoes, lettuce and crispy onion straws, for $6.99.

There are 17 sit-down Red Robbin Gourmet Burger restaurants in the Chicago suburbs. Red Robin Burger Works is a specialty concept designed for a smaller space in the city. It features a scaled-down menu and fast-casual service with limited seating.

A Red Robin Burger Works recently opened at 328 N. Michigan Ave. in Chicago. Burger Works outlets have also opened in Colorado, Ohio and soon in Washington, D.C.

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Suburban teen killed in Uptown shooting

Posted by loyolastudentdispatch on July 7, 2014

Site of shooting. Google Maps.

Site of shooting.
Google Maps.

By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff

Chicago police are searching for a gunman who shot and killed a suburban Alsip teen who was sitting inside a car in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood.

Here is a portion of the story from CBS-2 Chicago:

A man was killed in a shooting early Sunday in the Uptown neighborhood.

Kezon Lamb, 19, was sitting in a vehicle with a female in the 4400 block of North Malden Street about 12:20 a.m. when a gunman walked up and fired shots, authorities said.

Lamb, of the 4100 block of West 127th Street in Alsip, was shot in the back and taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 1:05 a.m., authorities said.

Police said the female who also sitting in the vehicle was hit by glass but was not shot.

Read the entire story at CBS-2:    SHOOTING

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Say what? Loyola says fireworks bad for your ears

Posted by loyolastudentdispatch on July 2, 2014

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stlouis-mo.gov

By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff

What’s louder than a power saw, a race car or a rock concert?

Fireworks.

And as the Fourth if July approaches, Loyola University Health System is warning people to protect their ears from fireworks.

Here is a news release from Loyola University Health System:

Summer sounds include much more than crickets chirping. Outdoor concerts, parades, Fourth of July fireworks, public transportation and construction sites all have one thing in common – high decibels of noise.

“Once hearing is damaged, it cannot be repaired,” said Dr. Jyoti Bhayani, a certified audiologist at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, part of the Loyola University Health System in Maywood, Ill. She has blunt advice about using headphones.

“Hearing aids have yet to become status symbols, so young people need to wise up and turn the volume down on their ear buds.”

Damage to hearing is one component of summertime living that holds dangers that many people often ignore, Loyola experts say. Other things activities be cautious of include:

  • Beginning in early summer, trauma centers around the country see patients injured by fireworks. Hand and finger damage are the most comon types of trauma.
  • Friends and family gathering around a fire pit or camprire must be particularly serious and attentive. Young children can easily get injured around cooking grills.
  • Young children can be particularly susceptible to ear damage from the high volume of thunderous fireworks displays. (You can protect their hearing by watching from farther away from the sound.)

One in 10 Americans – mostly grownups – has hearing loss that affects their ability to understand normal speech. Aging is the most common cause of this condition. However, exposure to excessive noise also can damage hearing in higher pitches.

“Hearing loss due to excessive noise is totally preventable, unlike hearing loss due to old age or a medical condition,” Bhayani said.

Here are the registered levels for common sounds, according to the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery:

  • 30 decibels – soft whisper
  • 50 decibels – rain
  • 60 decibels – normal conversation/computer typing
  • 70 decibels – expressway traffic
  • 85 decibels – earplugs are recommended for prolonged exposure at this level
  • 90 decibels – subway, lawn mower, shop tools
  • 100 decibels – chainsaw, snowmobile, drill
  • 110 decibels – power saw
  • 115 decibels – loud rock concert, sandblasting, car horn
  • 130 decibels – race car
  • 150 decibels – fireworks/jet engine takeoff
  • 170 decibels – shotgun

“It is important to know the intensity of the sounds around you,” said Bhayani, who regularly cares for construction and factory workers, frequent air travelers and seniors at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital. “I recommend using hearing protection devices for those who are exposed to excessive, loud noises and musician’s earplugs, which simply attenuate the intensity/loudness without altering frequency response.”

Loud noise destroys ear nerve endings

Three small bones in the middle ear help transfer sound vibrations to the inner ear where they become nerve impulses that the brain interprets as sound.

“When noise is too loud, it begins to kill the hair cells and nerve endings in the inner ear,” Bhayani said. “The louder a noise, the longer the exposure and the closer you are to the noise source, the more damaging it is to your nerve endings, or your hearing.”

As the number of nerve endings decreases due to damage, so does your hearing. Nerve endings cannot be healed or regenerated and the damage is permanent.

Ear bud warning

Use of ear bud headphones may save your ears from being assaulted by the noise of your teenagers’ music or electronic games, but it may be damaging your child’s hearing.

“About 3 in 5 Americans, especially youth, are prone to hearing loss due to loud music being delivered via ear buds,” Bhayani said.

Helpful hearing hints

Here are a few summertime tips:

  • Cover your ears: “Generic, over-the-counter earplugs are inexpensive and can be found at any drugstore,” Bhayani said. “However, they can be custom-made for comfort and durability. Buy earplugs now and keep them handy in wallets, backpacks, briefcases and purses so you can pop them in when noise is loud and continuous.” Bhayani also suggested using a scarf or even covering your ears with your hands to muffle sound.
  • Swimmer’s ear: “Swimmer’s ear is caused by painful membrane swelling due to trapped moisture in the outer ear,” Bhayani said. “Multicolor, customized plugs for swimming are available and a good investment to avoid painful, or costly, ear infections.” After swimming, Bhayani recommended tilting the head to drain water from each ear and gently wiping the outer ear with a towel.
  • Cotton swabs:  Do not use cotton-tipped swabs to clean ears. “Swabs can actually push wax or harmful material farther into ears and many people use them improperly or too forcefully, which can cause pain or damage.”
  • The plane truth: Many air travelers complain about ear discomfort when the plane is taking off or landing. “Yawning, swallowing, chewing gum and sucking on hard candy help to unplug the ears,”  Bhayani said. If yawning and swallowing are not effective, pinch the nostrils shut, take a mouthful of air and direct the air into the back of the nose as if trying to blow the nose gently. This may have to be repeated several times during the plane’s descent.

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Computer stolen from office at Loyola

Posted by loyolastudentdispatch on July 1, 2014

By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff

A computer was stolen Sunday from an office in Coffey Hall at Loyola University Chicago’s Lake Shore Campus in Rogers Park, university Campus Safety reports.

Here is the full alert from Campus Safety:

Loyola Community,

Campus Safety is writing to notify you of a burglary that occurred in Coffey Hall around 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 29. The offender knocked out the sidelight of an office door, entered the room, and removed a computer.
A suspect has been identified as wandering various buildings on campus and was in Coffey Hall at the time of the burglary. He is described as: male, approximately 5′ 9″, dark complexion, slender build, black mustache, with short braids in his hair. He was last seen wearing dark pants and a white t-shirt, carrying a light-colored backpack, and riding a BMX-style bike on campus.
If you have any further information, please, contact Campus Safety at 773.508.6039.
We remind you to:
  • Always lock your doors.
  • Avoid leaving valuable items out in the open where they can be easily seen.
  • Consider securing smaller items in a drawer or cabinet that can be locked.
Sincerely,
Tom Murray
Chief of Police and Director of Campus Safety

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Loyola doctors discuss “five-second rule”

Posted by loyolastudentdispatch on June 27, 2014

When grilling, remember the "five-second rule." cdc.gov image

When grilling, remember the “five-second rule.”
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By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff

You’ve heard of the “Five-Second Rule.”

You’re grilling a burger.

It falls off the spatula.

It lands on the patio.

You scoop it up and flip it back onto the grill.

You shout: “Five-Second Rule.”

And you tell your guest not to worry about the germs.

Well, the minds at Loyola University Health System spent time mulling over the “five-second rule,” and here’s what they have to say:

MAYWOOD, Ill. – The burger patty that slides off the plate, the ice cream treat that plops on the picnic table, the hot dog that rolls off the grill – conventional wisdom has it that you have five seconds to pick it up before it is contaminated.

Fact or folklore?

“A dropped item is immediately contaminated and can’t really be sanitized,” said Jorge Parada, MD, MPH, FACP, FIDSA, medical director of the Infection Prevention and Control Program at Loyola University Health System. “When it comes to folklore, the ‘five-second rule’ should be replaced with ‘When in doubt, throw it out.’ “

All items that come into contact with a surface pick up bacteria (and dirt!). How much bacteria and what kind of microbes it pick up depends on the type of object that is dropped and the surface it is dropped on, he said.

“If you rinse off a dropped hot dog, you will probably greatly reduce the amount of contamination, but there will still be some amount of unwanted and potentially nonbeneficial bacteria on that hot dog,” said Parada, who admits to employing the five-second rule on occasion. “Maybe the dropped item only picks up 1,000 bacteria but typically the innoculum, or amount of bacteria that is needed for most people to actually get infected, is 10,000 bacteria. Well, then the odds are that no harm will occur. But what if you have a more sensitive system, or you pick up a bacteria with a lower infectious dose? Then you are rolling the dice with your health or that of your loved one.”

And using your own mouth to “clean off” a dropped baby pacifier?

“That is double dipping – you are exposing yourself to bacteria and you are adding your own bacteria to what first contaminated the dropped item. No one is spared anything with this move,” Parada said.

Parada likened this scenario to being burned, with temperature and time being analogous to type and amount of bacteria.

“The hotter the surface, the easier and worse you will be burned – like the more virulent, or harmful, the bacteria, the easier and sicker you may get. One only has to touch a white-hot surface momentarily to get burned and sometimes it doesn’t take a lot of bad bugs for you to get sick. On the other hand, if hold your hand to a less hot surface but do so for a longer period, the more you will be injured, too.”

Parada said there are degrees of risk of contamination.

“So a potato chip dropped for a second on a rather clean table will both have little time to be contaminated and is likely to only pick up a miniscule amount of microbes – definitely a low risk,” he said. On the other hand, food that lands on a potentially more contaminated spot – such as the floor – and stays there for a minute is going to pick up more bacteria and pose a greater risk.

“In the same time period, a rock candy is less likely to pick up contamination than a slice of cheese. As an extreme example, whether it’s a rock candy or a slice of cheese, I don’t think anyone would invoke the five-second rule if it fell in the toilet,” said Parada, a professor at Loyola’s Stritch School of Medicine. “At the end of the day, this is a polite social fiction we employee to allow us to eat lightly contaminated foods,” Parada said.

And that old saw about building up a healthy immune system through exposure?

“There actually is certain research that supports the importance of being exposed to bacteria at critical times in a child’s development,” Parada said. “But I believe this development applies to exposures of everyday living. I do not advocate deliberately exposing ourselves to known contaminants. That would probably be a misplaced approach to building up our defenses. If you want to be proactive in building up your defenses, eat right, exercise and get adequate sleep – and remember to get your vaccines.”

 

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