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Donna Vickroy was born on Chicago’s South Side and spent most of her formative years in the south suburbs, sharing a small bungalow with …

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Vickroy: Southland hospitals prepare but risk of Ebola is low

What spreads faster than a viral outbreak? Fear. There’s no denying that the Ebola virus is horrific, fatal in about half of cases and is spreading rapidly in three West African countries. But, to date, only two cases have been diagnosed in the United States. …

Vickroy: We don’t have to like them to love their story

I was only a few chapters into the novel “Gone Girl” when it occurred to me — I didn’t like either of the main characters. Granted, likability is not a requirement for popularity in the fiction world. Consider Holden Caulfield from “Catcher in the Rye,” …

Vickroy: From Brothers Grimm to palm reading, local libraries busy at Halloween

You think Sleeping Beauty went from a single kiss to a lifetime of bliss? Sure, it’s a fairy tale, but that doesn’t mean the original story was all twinkles and Dinseyfied charm. In the original tale collected by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm and adapted by …

Relic believed to be bone of St. Jude Thaddeus, one of Jesus’s apostles, in the Southland

Catholics often appeal to a saint to join them in praying to God on their behalf. In times of distress, followers of the faith frequently reach out to St. Jude Thaddeus, the patron saint of difficult or seemingly hopeless situations. Many believe that St. Jude …

Vickroy: Morgan Park long fought becoming part of Chicago

It was a year of power struggles, alliances and outright war. Globally and on the south side of Chicago, too. Sure this year marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the Great War, a war that would alter the face of Europe, but it …

Vickroy: Final curtain coming down on Riley’s Trick Shop

This is not the way that Jim Riley thought it would end. In their Palos Hills shop filled with whoopee cushions, fake vomit and relighting birthday candles — a place that for 77 years has made people smile, chuckle and scheme all sorts of silliness …

Vickroy: Positive reinforcement is the best way to parent

There is a silver lining to the dark clouds hovering over the National Football League these days — conversation. People are now talking openly about the issues of domestic violence and corporal punishment. And discussion is the first step toward change. I sat down this …

Vickroy: The amazing life of Mike Giordano

Mike Giordano handles this aging thing like he’s handled pretty much everything in his 90-plus years: like a winner. Then again, what do you expect from a guy who’s got so much going for him? “I’m a lucky man,” Giordano said last week while reminiscing …

Vickroy: Hatching turtles help make science lessons a snap

Sometimes the field trip comes to you. Students in Chad Robson’s science classes at Tinley Park High School have been getting a hands-on lesson in reptile hatching since a retired Cook County Forest Preserve District employee brought them 19 snapping turtle eggs at the start …

Vickroy: SD 230 bass fishing club casts eye toward future

Fishermen often brag about what they take out of the water, but on this beautiful afternoon, the pride was all about giving back. About 20 members and their coaches from Consolidated High School District 230’s bass fishing club trolled across Orland Park’s Lake Sedgewick on …

Vickroy: Community leaders coming together to combat bullying

Statistics show that bullying affects a third of all teens. But if we want to be honest, we must concede that it really affects us all. Victims, bullies, bystanders. If we haven’t been in those shoes ourselves, we know someone who has. So it makes …

Vickroy: Changing the face of beauty

Lila Napientek has big dreams. Among them, to get her book published, to attend Yale or Harvard and to become a pediatric plastic surgeon. “I want to travel to Haiti and Africa and help kids like me,” she said. In addition to being smart, fun …

Vickroy: Aspiring chef shares recipe: Find your passion, pursue it

Kristyn Chatlosh recently returned to her alma mater to give high school students two things they typically love: inspiration and food. Chatlosh, a 2012 graduate of Andrew High School in Tinley Park, is enrolled in the culinary arts program at Joliet Junior College. She also …

Vickroy: Safe transport — more obese patients challenge EMS workers

It’s a sign of our times — Americans are getting fatter. The Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation this month released the annual State of Obesity report, which shows that 68.5 percent of Americans are overweight with nearly 35 percent considered …

Vickroy: Chicago-based group to honor fallen Marines at Ground Zero

Cpl. Steve Olson’s best Marine Corps buddies were killed on the same night by the same gun. When Cpl. Brandon W. Pearson and Cpl. Matthew J. Broehm went on post on the night of Nov. 4, 2010, they had no idea that the Taliban had …

Vickroy: Author to speak about desperate attempts to save family of Anne Frank

Among the many questions that arise from reading “The Diary of Anne Frank,” is why Anne’s father, businessman Otto Frank, didn’t try to get his family out of occupied Amsterdam before they were captured by the Nazis. The answer is he did, which, of course, …

Vickroy: JRW success shows that character counts

Between his power naps Tuesday, I caught up with Darold Butler, head coach of the U.S. Little League champs. He was still in shock from the welcome home hoopla that Jackie Robinson West received Monday at Midway Airport. “I had no idea all these people …