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The haunted history of the Drake University Observatory – KCCI Des Moines

Posted: October 21, 2021 at 11:15 pm

The Drake University Observatory on the Waveland Golf Course has been central Iowa's glimpse into the unknown for nearly 100 years.Not only has the building been a beacon for sparking curiosity it also could be a doorway into the supernatural. The creator of the building Dr. Daniel Morehouse died in 1941 and his ashes were embedded into the building.And since then, the structure has been a hotbed for ghostly encounters.Tonight at 10 KCCI's Lauren Johnson will share a first-hand experience one professor had alone at the building.

The Drake University Observatory on the Waveland Golf Course has been central Iowa's glimpse into the unknown for nearly 100 years.

Not only has the building been a beacon for sparking curiosity it also could be a doorway into the supernatural.

The creator of the building Dr. Daniel Morehouse died in 1941 and his ashes were embedded into the building.

And since then, the structure has been a hotbed for ghostly encounters.

Tonight at 10 KCCI's Lauren Johnson will share a first-hand experience one professor had alone at the building.

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Paul Sullivan: Spending ‘intelligently’ is the new mantra for Chicago Cubs President Jed Hoyer. But what does it really mean? – Leader-Telegram

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Jed Hoyer on the Carter Hawkins Hire and the Importance of Player Development in This Moment –

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We heard some of the platitudes in Mondays introductory press conference and in the officially official press release, and, while theres nothing wrong with saying generic nice things about a guy you just hired, I dont think Im speaking out of turn when I say that fans mostly just want to know what exactly it is that Carter Hawkins brings to the Cubs organization as the new General Manager.

To be fair, as Ive said, were mostly going to know the answer to that question only over a matter of time. Itll take a good long while for Hawkins to really become so embedded in the Cubs organization that he can make significant impacts across departments, and then itll take an even gooder longer while for those impacts to manifest themselves at the big league level in a way we can evaluate. Its just part of the unsatisfying nature of the process of baseball. It takes time.

However, if I could bring those two long-winded paragraphs together into the point: the hope is that one thing Hawkins will bring to the Cubs organization is an improvement in player development, including players the Cubs just acquired. So, you know, an almost immediate impact.

It wont come from Hawkins, alone, of course, but heres how Jed Hoyer spoke about the importance of player development, and the Cleveland Indians success while Hawkins was a key figure there (via The Athletic):

Thatll be the key to this next wave of success. How well can we take these players weve traded for, international signings, amateur signings and get them to the big leagues. We have to do a great job with player development over the next three to five years, and obviously that was a huge part of my focus in this hire .

(Cleveland has) developed all areas of players really well, but obviously pitching theyve been exceptional. Especially recently when you look at guys like (Shane) Bieber, (Zach) Plesac, and (Aaron) Civale that theyve brought up through (their system). Youre not going to hire a GM based on a couple guys theyve developed, but certainly their ability to develop pitching has been remarkable.

No one is saying Hawkins, alone, is responsible for what the Indians did on the pitching development side, and they certainly arent saying he could just magically and immediately port that over to the Cubs.

HOWEVER, its clear that Hoyer is (rightly) prioritizing player development in this moment, as he did two years ago when he pushed for the organizations player development overhaul. Thats not to say it wasnt Theo Epsteins bag, but it seems like it is more of a focus for Hoyer. That makes sense given where the Cubs are as an organization, and it makes even more sense when you consider that the farm system is as deep in legit prospects (but without much big-league-ready impact talent) as I can remember. This is an unsculpted block of marble. Getting all hands on deck to turn it into David is a great goal, and a great reason to focus on a guy like Hawkins in the GM hiring process.

Scouting will remain critical. Big league free agent signings will remain critical. Finding diamonds in the rough will remain critical. Smart trades will remain critical. It all matters. But fully developing the prospects and players the Cubs already have in the system? That certainly feels like the 1A item on a list that also features 1B through 1E.

More on the GM hire in the latest episode of the podcast I do with Sahadev Sharma and Patrick Mooney for The Athletic:

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Health News Roundup: UK minister failed to ‘expeditiously’ provide for Northern Irish abortion services, court rules; Midnight vigils, snaking queues…

Posted: October 15, 2021 at 9:17 pm

Following is a summary of current health news briefs.

UK minister failed to 'expeditiously' provide for Northern Irish abortion services, court rules

The United Kingdom's Northern Ireland Secretary failed to comply with his duties to "expeditiously" provide women in the region with access to high-quality abortion and post-abortion services, a judge in the British-run province ruled on Thursday. Mr Justice Colton declined, however, to issue an order compelling British Secretary of State Brandon Lewis to set out a timetable for the provision of the services, and dismissed a claim for a judicial review against the jurisdiction's minister of health and the Executive Committee.

Midnight vigils, snaking queues as some Indians await COVID vaccines

Residents of a city in northeast India are spending nights in snaking queues outside vaccination centres awaiting their turn for a COVID-19 shot, an anomaly in a country with a surplus of vaccines. In Siliguri, a city in West Bengal state close to India's border with Bangladesh, local police sometimes have to be brought in to control unruly crowds of people gathered outside vaccination centres.

New Zealand reports biggest rise in COVID-19 cases in six weeks

New Zealand reported on Thursday its biggest rise in COVID-19 infections in six weeks, with all cases detected in Auckland, raising prospects of a further extension of lockdown restrictions in the country's largest city beyond next week. Some 1.7 million people in Auckland are under strict stay-home orders until Monday as officials look to stamp out the highly infectious Delta outbreak, the first major spate of community cases in the country since early in the pandemic.

EU starts real-time review of AstraZeneca COVID-19 antibody cocktail

Europe's drug regulator said on Thursday it had started a real-time review of the antibody-based COVID-19 therapy developed by AstraZeneca, roughly a week after the Anglo-Swedish drugmaker sought emergency approval from U.S. authorities. The decision to begin the assessment by the human medicines committee of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) was based on early results from clinical studies, the regulator said in a statement, without specifying when a conclusion was expected.

Russia's daily COVID-19 cases, deaths surge to record highs

Russia on Thursday reported a record 986 coronavirus-related deaths in the last 24 hours and 31,299 new cases, its highest one-day infection tally since the pandemic began. The Kremlin has blamed the rising death toll on Russia's slow vaccination campaign and has appealed to people to get the shot. Take-up has been slow, with many Russians citing distrust of the authorities and fear of new medical products.

U.S. pastors, advocacy groups mobilize against COVID-19 vaccine mandates

From the outside, First Harvest Ministries in Waveland, Mississippi, could almost be mistaken for a storage shed were it not for the steeple. From the modest building however, Shane Vaughn, the Pentecostal church's pastor, has helped spearhead an online movement promoting personal faith as a way around workplace COVID-19 vaccine mandates.

Britain's COVID-19 situation stable - health minister

Britain's defences against COVID-19 are working and the pandemic situation is currently stable, health minister Sajid Javid said on Thursday. "Overall things feel quite stable at this point. The numbers are a bit up, a bit down over the last few weeks," he told Times Radio.

English school return spurred COVID in children, but cases fell in adults - study

COVID-19 infections in children in England rose in September after schools returned from summer holidays, helping to keep cases high even as there was a fall among adults, a large prevalence study showed on Thursday. Infection numbers in Britain are currently much higher than in other western European countries, but have not risen above summer levels following the return of schools in September in England despite higher infection rates in children.

Second Ebola case confirmed in eastern Congo, health official says

A second case of Ebola has been confirmed in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a health official said on Thursday, a week after a young boy died of the disease, raising fears of another outbreak. A 42-year-old woman tested positive in the city of Beni on Wednesday, the same day that medics began an Ebola vaccination campaign there, city health official Michel Tosalisana said.

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Is Alec Mills Locked Into the Cubs’ 2022 Rotation? How Much Do the Cubs Need to Add? –

Posted: September 24, 2021 at 10:30 am

That was a rough night for Alec Mills, who is on a rough run now after a great stretch to open his 2021 rotation exploits. Mills season ERA has ballooned to 4.83, with a 6.34 mark in his last six starts.

Three of those six starts have been wholly unusable, and its probably closer to four (depending on how you land on that one scoring change). Everyone goes through rough patches like that, and we already knew the margin for error on command/control guys is smaller. Sometimes, Mills is gonna get HIT. But the hard contact, especially in the air, is creeping up right along with the walk rate (just like with Kyle Hendricks), which means the command is not where it needs to be. Mills will not have the velocity or the stuff to get away with any serious bouts of command trouble, so youd like to see him sort it out before the season ends (unless you want to try to talk yourself into it being a fatigue/end-of-season thing, though that narrative is at least slightly more compelling with Hendricks).

Until this stretch, though, Mills had looked like a guy who took a step forward especially against lefties and could be an effective, lower-cost starting pitcher for the Cubs next year, when there are obviously significant rotation needs. I still think you wind up seeing him open the 2022 season in the rotation, and I am still basically fine with that as a 4/5. Maybe he winds up swinging in and out of the rotation, or maybe he sticks. Either way, I would like to see him get another 20+ starts next year at the back of the rotation.

Speaking of the rotation

If you are not ready to anoint any of Adbert Alzolay, Justin Steele, or Keegan Thompson *DEFINITE* starting pitchers to open 2022, then youre talking about the Cubs absolutely having to add at least three starting pitchers this offseason, and probably more like four or five, at least for some additional depth. Its going to be a very tall task relative to be creating a competitive rotation. But you know youll need those three guys to make starts next year at some point, and behind them, there isnt really much big-league-ready quality depth. So those guys have to be that depth. Which means adding more sure-fire options in front of them. (Lotta discussion about that on our latest Onto Waveland podcast at The Athletic, by the way.)

To that point, a concurring comment from David Ross when asked about his expected starters next year, and who was penciled in ( Thats a good question. I would definitely pen in Kyle Hendricks. I think Alec Mills has made a pretty strong case for a guy that you can count on and a reliable starter . Maybe one of those three guys [Alzolay, Steele, Thompson] can fit in there somewhere. The experience theyve gained this year, and having an offseason to work on things, and coming in and making an impression will be a nice thing well have going into next years Spring Training.

Sure sounds like Mills is ahead of Alzolay/Steele/Thompson, in terms of who is expected to be in the rotation next year. Again, I dont really have a problem with that, becauseI am very confident that the latter trio will contribute to the Cubs next year, probably in a mix of relief appearances and starts.

But I dont know how the Cubs could head into this offseason and eschew opportunities in free agency or trade because they are PLANNING on any of those three being sure-fire, full-season starting pitchers for 2022 (heck, maybe Mills, too). You want to provide chances for those guys to take a job and run with it, yes. But because they have shown they can pitch out of the bullpen already, and because you dont want to leave yourself exposed to unnecessary rotation risks next year, there still have to be external additions.

So maybe that means you add two sure-fire starting pitchers to lock into the rotation, and then another two or three reclamation/competition guys, who could emerge as real contributors, but wouldnt block, for example, Alzolay from taking a rotation spot and running with it?

Play with the numbers however you want. I think we would all mostly agree, though that:

Mills is probably going to open the season in the rotation, and if hes at the back, thats fine.

Some of Alzolay/Steele/Thompson will make starts next year, and should be given chances to make lots of starts. But they shouldnt be ASSUMED to be in the rotation as of this moment.

The Cubs need to add at least two sure-fire, definite starting pitchers this offseason (i.e., front-half-of-the-rotation).

The Cubs need to add two or three more interesting/possible/upside/etc. starting pitcher types. Yes, its a whole lot of starters to add in a single offseason, but if they want to compete in 2022, its necessary.

The Cubs have to stay flexible enough to allow a guy to break out, but be covered enough not to open up disastrous gaps in the rotation (since the minor league depth behind this group is just not there yet).

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Twins 9, Cubs 5: Back to the drawing board – Bleed Cubbie Blue

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Of all the baseball games the Chicago Cubs have played in the 2021 season, Tuesday nights was most certainly one of them.

Thats about the most positive thing I can say about a very long, mostly awful 9-5 loss to the Twins on a fall-like evening at Wrigley Field.

Alec Mills started this game off poorly, with hits allowed to the first two Twins batters. A stolen base and a bad throw by Willson Contreras scored the first Twins run and a sacrifice fly made it 2-0 within the games first four batters.

The Cubs got one of the runs back in the bottom of the first. Singles by Rafael Ortega and Ian Happ put runners on first and third and Contreras brought Happ home [VIDEO].

Mills settled down and allowed no further baserunners through the third inning. The Cubs tied the game in the bottom of the second courtesy of Trayce Thompson [VIDEO].

That ball was sliced through a pretty strong wind blowing in, and was Thompsons second home run in as many games. With Alfonso Rivas now on the injured list and Jason Heyward still out, Thompson might get some playing time over the seasons final 11 games. Its way too early to make any judgment about Thompson after 11 plate appearances, but it should be noted that he had a couple of decent years as a spare-part outfielder for the White Sox and Dodgers in 2015 and 2016. Its not impossible for him to play the same role well for the 2022 Cubs.

Also, you dont see numbers like this often, even in a very, very small sample size, so I thought Id preserve these Thompson numbers from the at-bat following the home run (at the time, 2-for-5, both hits home runs, plus three walks):

Anyway, the Cubs then took the lead 3-2 in the third, courtesy of Contreras [VIDEO].

Look at the exit velocity on that one:

If the wind isnt howling in, that ball likely makes Waveland.

Mills fell apart in the fourth, with a walk, wild pitch and single tying the game and then a two-run homer by Nick Gordon making it 5-3 Twins. The Twins put two more on the board off Mills and Scott Effross in the fifth, the runs charged to Mills, the second time hes allowed seven runs in a start this year (also August 22 vs. the Royals).

It was 7-3 Twins after five, but the real problem here was the Cubs failure to take advantage of a lot of baserunners allowed them by Twins pitching. Sure, there were a pair of solo homers, but the Cubs left the bases loaded in the second and fourth and two runners on in the third. Many more runs could have scored, especially after Twins pitchers spent those three innings hitting four Cubs batters (none intentionally, those pitchers just didnt have good control or command).

The Cubs did come back to within 7-5 in the sixth. Ortega led off with a single and Frank Schwindel hit a ball that stuck in the ivy for a rule-book double. Two outs later, Patrick Wisdom drove them both in [VIDEO].

That was a nice bit of hitting, going the other way with that pitch.

Trevor Megill gave those runs right back in the seventh, and the Cubs had a couple of baserunners after that but could not put any further runs across and that was that, loss number 84 of the season. Game summary from a Twins beat writer:

I should also note that the game comprised 353 pitches, 185 by Cubs pitchers and 168 from the visitors, which is way way way WAY too many. The MLB average for a nine-inning game this year is about 290, and that should explain why this nine-inning game ran four hours and five minutes, which is just a ridiculous slog of a game. Even a pitch clock might not have helped this mess.

The Cubs struck out 14 times Tuesday night, and have 1,502 for the season. They need just 17 more to break the franchise record (1,518, set in 2015), which could possibly happen Wednesday evening, but if not, certainly in Fridays first game against the Cardinals.

One last thing we could have had, but didnt, in Tuesdays game:

I call your attention to this weather forecast for Wednesday. Tonights game wont be affected by rain, but look at the wind forecast:

Windy, with a north northeast wind around 30 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph.

That should make fly balls and popups a real adventure.

Kyle Hendricks will start for the Cubs Wednesday and Joe Ryan is the scheduled starter for the Twins. Game time is again 6:40 p.m. CT and TV coverage will be via Marquee Sports Network.

SITE NOTE: Youll note this recap is posted a bit earlier than usual. Outside The Confines, usually posted at 7 a.m. CT, will follow later this morning.

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When art and life are intertwined – Chicago Reader

Posted: September 22, 2021 at 3:14 am

What kind of a community do you want to live in? That question, which can be found on the Stockyard Institutes home page, is at the core of the organizations identity. Founded by Jim Duignan in 1995, the Stockyard Institute is part civics project, part art practice, and wholly an experiment in liberatory social practice that aims to do nothing less than help participants reenvision and remake their worlds into something more equitable.

Duignan is a galvanizing force. He works as an artist and visual art education professor at DePaul Universitys College of Education and is also a world-class connector, adept at meeting like-minded folks and building relationships and networks into a never-ending web of collaborations. The Stockyard Institute has been his primary concern for most of his working life, and its 25-year history was honored with a retrospective exhibition that opened in September at the DePaul Art Museum (DPAM).

The Stockyard Institute retrospective isnt your typical blend of past artworks, documentation, and historical ephemera. It includes some of that, but Duignan prefers the term prospective. Duignan hopes that the museum show will provide an opportunity for him to connect not only with artist and teacher collaborators from the Institutes past, but also forge new potential partnerships. Its going to be a kind of station to look ahead at the next 25 years, he says. In addition to the work on view, the exhibition includes a working low-power radio station that broadcasts biweekly programs, a day of workshops for musicians, and a series of public conversations and performances, among other events. Its going to be a working retrospective in a way, Duignan says.

This sort of community-engaged, multiauthored programming is typical of the Stockyard Institute. When asked about the exhibition, he immediately launched into a list of participating artists and collaborators. You can really tell, for Jim, the relationships are the practice, says Rachel L.S. Harper, one of Duignans longtime collaborators, and a curator of the exhibition. He goes right into talking about what all these programs will be like, what people will be coming in and out, how the space will serve as an activation site for human beings being together and learning together.

Stockyard Institute: 25 Years of Art and Radical Pedagogy, on view Wed-Sun through 2/13/22 at DePaul Art Museum, 935 W. Fullerton, 773-325-7506,

The first iteration of the Stockyard Institute coalesced in the mid-90s in the Back of the Yards neighborhood, which inspired the Institutes name. Brother Ed Siderewicz and Brother Gordon Hannon, cofounders of the then-brand-new San Miguel School, approached Duignan to put together an experimental arts curriculum for neighborhood youth who had left the traditional school system. Duignan began meeting with a small group of middle school-age kids; for months all they did was talk.

I told them: Im not your teacher, Im not a social worker, Im not a priest, Im here to build some practices, Duignan says. They just kind of hung out until one of the kids had said one of his biggest fears was being shot in the back accidentally on his way to school. And it became a kind of moment where we pivoted and thought, Well what if this group was a kind of design collective? What would this thing look like if we decided to build it? And it became really quiet in the space. I think that revealed a certain need that the kids had to present their voice in an authentic way that was very intimate, and it made me quiet too. And I thought, Well, lets move on this.

Duignans teaching philosophy is anti-hierarchical. He doesnt begin with an idea or end result in mind but instead lets the project and the process come from the community hes working with. The makeshift class spent months working on the idea, which resulted in the creation of Gang-Proof Suit. The project, part real-life armor against gun violence and part sculpture, resulted in a five-foot-tall suit made of chicken wire, papier-mch, and found objects. Over the five years that the class worked on the project, designers, creative people from the neighborhood, and other collaborators were invited in to advise on logistics and other details. I invited maybe 100 artists in that community over the course of the mid-90s to just sort of think about this project that I saw as a sort of artistic and pedagogical framework for how I wanted to work, Duignan says. And, as Rachel pointed out without me really realizing, this was a method. And that was kind of the beginning of that.

Davion Mathews met Duignan around 1999, when he was in the fifth grade. Mathews was attending an extracurricular tutoring session at a school in Austin, when a room of clear bubble Macs caught his attention. Never having used a Mac before, Mathews sat down and quickly made a short movie. He and Duignan were both intrigued with one another, and made fast friends.

We would just converse about different things and he would ask me different questions about projects, Mathews says. Thats how we will come up with a lot of projects that we worked on.

One such project, developed for the art collective Hahas public art piece Taxi, involved imagining a piece of digital advertising that would display on top of a cab. The ad was connected to a GPS program so that the ad text would change when it entered a new neighborhood. Mathews came up with the text, Dont mess with my fro, in response to a classmate who was always pulling his hair. Mathews credits the Stockyard Institute with not only teaching him things he never would have learned in school, but for shaping the path his life took. Hes now a graphic designer who still frequently collaborates with Duignan.

I always replay my life in different scenarios, Mathews says. What happens if I never met Jim, if I never went into that room, what or where would my life be? I think it shaped it in a positive way, just having different opportunities and being able to learn certain things, just getting out of the community for one, seeing that theres a different side to life versus what you see every day.

Duignan is well aware of the long history of white artists, often older white men such as himself, entering into under-resourced neighborhoods and starting programs or projects with little or no input from the residents. He strives to operate in complete opposition to that type of colonial thinking. Duignan takes a democratic approach to knowledge-making, inspired in part by Brazilian educator Paulo Freires philosophy that students must play a role in the construction of their own education. Duignan also believes in sharing authorship of the Stockyard Institutes work with all its participants. The museum publication that accompanies the DPAM exhibition includes a section on past projects, listing sometimes dozens of contributors for each work.

Whats been important to the architecture of how Stockyard Institute has evolved, is that none of those relationships end, Harper says. Its a cumulative network where every project has a slightly different quality because it contains the ones who were in the former ones. Its like a big, rhizomatic family almost, of people who are interested in looking at how to create civic change and pursue justice.

As a lifelong Chicagoan, Duignan also has a personal connection to each of the areas he works. His paternal grandfather worked in the stockyards from which Back of the Yards takes its name. Other family members lived in Englewood and Lawndale; his maternal grandmother taught at Hull-House, of which the social-minded communalism greatly influenced Duignan. As a kid, the whole city seemed ripe for exploration. Its worth noting that the Chicago of Duignans childhoodhe was born in 1958looked very different from the Chicago of the 90s or the Chicago of today. The city was always being built as it was being torn down, he says in the DPAM publication. When he was growing up around Waveland Avenue, the area was rife with neighborhood gangs. Duignan sees some of his own experiences as a Chicago youth reflected in the lives of the young people he works with now.

We were more feminist and sensitive to those kinds of conditions because we lived them, playing with gang life and dealing with violence and substance abuse and all that stuff, Duignan says of the Institutes approach.

I see in this practice someone coming from a very personal position of trying to work out the problems of his own personal experience in these neighborhoods, Harper says. It doesnt mean that there doesnt have to be a constant, foreground awareness of what privilege is and what it does, especially in association with big institutions like DePaul or other sort of ways. But the way I see it is like looking at all those institutions of privilege or institutions of plenty, and how do we sort of subvert the status quo narrative by connecting institutions so that resources flow differently.

Chicago is key to both Duignans practice and that of the Stockyard Institute. He uses the city as a medium, tapping into the histories and nuances of each neighborhood. The Austin Tourist Bureau, developed with a then-ten-year-old Davion Mathews, consisted of a used Chevrolet van that the pair used to offer guided tours of the neighborhood. Urbs in Horto, a collaboration between Stockyard Institute and the late artist Michael Piazza, was a yearlong activation of Austins Columbus Park, and consisted of radio broadcasts, impromptu music performances, information kiosks, sculptures, and more.

The Institutes radio projects allow community members to record their stories and broadcast them directly to the neighborhood, a low-watt transmitter ensuring the range remains hyperlocal. The Institute initially thought of using radio not only because its low-cost and accessible, but also because its facelessness offers a kind of anonymity. Duignan recalls in the mid-90s when police used high school yearbooks to identify local kids. No one wanted to be photographed. No one wanted to be filmed, he says. Radio became a perfect tool for kids to speak freely and safely, sharing sometimes intimate stories that they didnt have other opportunities to talk about. Now with COVID-mandated social distancing, radio has again become an important, and safe, tool for connecting and sharing stories.

Similarly, the Institutes ongoing planter boxes project was inspired by the homemade wooden boxes that lined the alleyways of Duignans youth. He and his friends would often hide treasured found objects, contraband, or notes for one another in the planters dirt on their way to school. Duignan has repurposed planter boxes for several projects. The planters evoke a specific Chicago feeling for Duignan, portraying Chicagoans industriousness and the tactility of building something with your own hands. A 2011 iteration was labeled Gun, and served as a receptacle for discarded firearms. For 2012, he created one titled Salve for the Chicago Torture Justice Memorials project, which was planted with aloe and other succulents known for their healing properties. A new iteration is now underway, in collaboration with the University of Hip-Hop founder Lavie Raven and other artists, to paint 24 boxes for installation around Back of the Yards.

Looking back on the Institutes first 25 years, Duignan recalls something the artist Julia Fish said to him when he was an art student at UIC in the early 90s. She said: Your art, your life, and your work are a seamless, uninterrupted action. It is true that Duignans life and work, both as an individual artist and with the Stockyard Institute, are so intertwined, it is hard to pull out just one strand or one project and make sense of it.

The way I see it is this practice is only durational, Harper says. I have a suspicion based on that, to your question about how do you sustain it, I think actually the question for Jim would be how you possibly stop it, because I dont think he can. I think it has a force thats just his internal life force.

Harper believes that Duignan is never out of the studio. His is a lived practice, where every encounter and every action feeds into the work of connecting people, building relationships, teaching and learning, and expressing oneself through art. In his work as a professor, he often plugs his students into Stockyard Institute projects. In turn, students and former students often invite him to take part in their own works. Duignan describes his practice as what it looks like to use your whole life in ones art. Its about this very open, loving kind of relationship with the space and thinking that, all of the things that have happened to me, thats the material that I use.

One of my big hopes for this exhibition, by examining a practice like this, is that we might all be able to see how all of our lives are seamless uninterrupted actions, that all of us are living as a work of art, whether were seeing it that way or not, Harper says. We can examine our own lives and the interconnected motivations of everything we do. Thats a sort of self-educational practice that helps us to more effectively make the kind of positive changes in the world that we really wanna see.

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Amid the losing, Cubs trying to win their side of Craig Kimbrel trade by threading the needle with Codi Heuer,… – The Athletic

Posted: September 20, 2021 at 8:31 am

Chris Young understands the equal and opposite reactions on both sides of the trade deadline. While on the road as a major-league scouting supervisor for the Astros, Young felt the excitement, tracking Justin Verlanders final starts with the Tigers and following Houstons potential opponents in the 2017 playoffs. Acquiring Verlander at the Aug. 31 deadline for postseason roster eligibility a deal the Cubs didnt make to defend their World Series title helped Houston win its first world championship.

As the Cubs neared the end of that competitive cycle, a sense of dread and uncertainty hung over the team. Young, the Cubs bullpen coach, had grown close to veteran relievers Craig Kimbrel, Ryan Tepera and Andrew Chafin. As Young said, You spend three hours locked in a cage with these guys 200 days a year, so you build relationships.

After the Cubs traded Chafin to Oakland on July 26 the details of that deal leaked out in the middle of a night game Kimbrel and Young hung out with Chafin in the Wrigley Field clubhouse. Chafin and Kimbrel walked toward the players parking lot around 1 a.m. and chatted with a few fans on Waveland Avenue before going their separate ways.

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Hurricane Nicholas throttled the Texas coast with damaging winds, then soaked the northern Gulf Coast with flooding rain and storm surge.

Nicholas became the 14th named storm of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season on Sept. 12 over the southwest Gulf of Mexico.

The following night, Nicholas strengthened into the sixth hurricane of the season just off the Texas coast.

Track history of Hurricane Nicholas from Sept. 12-15, 2021.

It made landfall just northeast of Matagorda Bay, Texas, less than 3 hours later as a Category 1 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph.


The upgrade to hurricane strength was prompted by a WeatherFlow sensor at Matagorda Bay, Texas, which recorded sustained winds of 76 mph and a gust to 95 mph.

Several other locations along the Texas coast clocked wind gusts at least to 60 mph including a 77-mph gust at Palacios.

Port O'Connor, Texas, measured gusts up to 75 mph, and water levels rose quickly, with 3 feet of inundation, according to a NOAA gauge.

In the Houston metro, winds gusted over 50 mph in several locations, and a 63 mph gust was clocked at the University of Houston.

At its peak, more than 500,000 homes and businesses were without power in southeast Texas, including the Houston area, according to

A few wind gusts from 40 to 50 mph were clocked near the Louisiana and Mississippi coasts, as well, according to the National Weather Service.

Storm Surge

Storm surge and rainfall flooding prompted the closure of the only road from Matagorda to Matagorda Beach, Texas.

Storm surge of 3 to 6 feet above normal tide levels was observed on the upper Texas coast, with the highest surge around Galveston Bay.

Persistent onshore winds even as Nicholas weakened to a tropical depression continued to produce coastal flooding on Sept. 15 along the Mississippi coast, including Waveland, which had some of the highest storm surge from Hurricane Ida in August.

Heavy Rain/Flooding

Flooding rain first closed some roads in Corpus Christi while Nicholas was still offshore.

By the morning after landfall, over a dozen stretches of Houston metro freeways were flooded, including Highway 225 in Pasadena and stretches of Interstate 45.

Some areas of high water were reported on feeder roads adjacent to the Gulf Freeway (Interstate 45) in Galveston County and on Broadway in the city of Galveston, according to the National Weather Service.

Rainfall in Houston ranged from 1 to 3 inches on the metro's west side to locally over 6 inches in the east and south metro. Deer Park, Texas, which is located just east of Houston, had the highest believable storm total rainfall in the metro with 9.85 inches.

Water flooded several roads in and near Beaumont and Orange, Texas, a pair of east Texas cities ravaged by flooding from Tropical Storm Imelda in 2019 and Harvey in 2017.

In Louisiana, isolated heavy rain well ahead of Nicholas triggered street flooding in East Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Sept. 13, before Nicholas made landfall in Texas.

Bands of heavy rain also triggered street flooding in New Orleans. Multiple underpasses were reported impassable in New Orleans East.

Debris from Hurricane Ida blocking ditches and storm drains, not to mention saturated ground, contributed to flash flooding in southeast Louisiana from Nicholas, according to the NWS office in Slidell, Louisiana.

Heavy rain flooded roads in several areas on Sept. 15, including Livingston Parish, Louisiana, Gulfport, Mississippi, Bayou La Batre, Alabama, and Pensacola, Florida.

In Baldwin County, Alabama, the heavy rain triggered a sinkhole near Seminole, according to local emergency management.

In general, 4 to 10 inches of rain fell near the middle and upper Texas coast, 5 to 9 inches in southern Louisiana, 4 to 8 inches in southern Mississippi, 4 to 7 inches in southern Alabama and 2 to 9 inches over the far western Florida Panhandle.

Estimated rainfall (heaviest in yellow, orange and red contours) and reports of flash flooding during Nicholas.

The Weather Companys primary journalistic mission is to report on breaking weather news, the environment and the importance of science to our lives. This story does not necessarily represent the position of our parent company, IBM.

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The time of waiting is over, now is the time to at least try for big fall Chinook on the Chicago lakefront; p – Chicago Sun-Times

Posted: September 8, 2021 at 10:19 am

I nearly stepped on a young raccoon as I crossed the crease between two big rocks to reach the west jetty at Montrose Harbor. The coon ambled off a bit too casually for my tastes.

Behind me, a guy mowed a green at Sydney R. Marovitz Golf Course (Waveland, for those with long memories) in the headlights of his tractor. On the other side of the mouth, light danced from the headlamps of anglers and flashers occasionally flared lighting glow spoons.

The fall return of Chinook is underway in Chicago, enough to draw scores of anglers out before dawn at Montrose. I had two-hour window early before the start of family Labor Day stuff.

I heard plenty of lines whipping the air as light seeped in, but I heard no yelps or chatter that comes with somebody hooking one.

I think it was you, lol, Stacey Greene at Park Bait posted. A guy caught one not long after you left, about 14 pounds.

My soulmate is Jonah.

On Aug. 28, Jason Special One Le documented what I think was the first shore Chinook in Chicago. It was caught by his friend Dong Ho at Montrose. In the next few days, Greene noted a few more caught at Montrose and some at Belmont.

It struck me that my odds of hooking a Chinook are much lower than my chances of catching a muskie. I expect to catch a muskie about every six to eight hours of effort. I cant even guess what my rate would be for hooking a Chinook. Maybe one in 50-plus hours.

So I asked a few people.

So far, I put 40 hours in already, but nothing for it yet! Le texted. Lost one last week, thats all! Catching one in Chicago is very hard, but trying to catch one in Wisconsin is a piece of cake! Lol.

At Henrys Sports and Bait, where they weighed in their first Chinook of the season from shore Friday a 13-pounder caught by Jesus Maya at Montrose on a 1-ounce Moonshine lure at 6:30 am. Steve Palmisano laid out the truth.

Thats not a fair question, LOL, he texted. Ten hours for the first, but it could be 10 minutes for the second. Do the math: five hours, five minutes. Dont even try to calculate a third. Chinook throw the law of averages right out the window.

Theres a lot of truth in that.

Carl Vizzone, who runs the fishing programs for the Chicago Park District, texted: Started to see a few jumpers early last week at Northerly Island. Montrose is better bet by the mouth of harbor. Fish were being caught there early last week until lake got churned up. Jason Special posted a couple on YouTube. And Stacey mentioned a few more.

Its definitely happening. Just got to be there at right time. Outside the pipe by Shedd was really rough all last week. Should get better with west winds this week. As water clears, in front of McCormick may start to produce, too.

Hope lives.


Joshua Osborn began aerial teal flights Thursday for the Illinois Natural History Survey. He noted that we dont have the booming teal numbers we did at this time last year, [but] were still on par [Illinois River] or well above [Mississippi River] for the 10-year averages for blue-winged teal along the survey route. Click here for a fuller breakdown.

Wild things

Last week at a Pirates-White Sox game, Christian Howe spotted at least two common nighthawks. On Sunday evening, Rob Abouchar messaged, Nighthawks circling in Island Lake. . . . Many readers noted the monarch migration is spiking.

Stray cast

Joe Rogan is to truth what bighead carp are to native species.

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