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Lexi Elias

Likes: country music, big breakfast with my family, Kentucky Wildcat basketball, St. Louis Cardinal baseball, Friends (both my own and the TV show), cowboy boots, the city of Chicago, my nephew Eli (aka my little stud), Gerard Butler (I’m sorry, but he’s perfect), anything my Tennessee Grandmother cooks – southern style Dislikes: trying to find an apartment in the city I can afford (shout-out to my new, awesome roomie), cats, horror movies, sweet potatoes (besides sweet potato fries - those are delicious) With my Kentucky and Missouri roots, I am currently growing in the best city in the world – Chicago (aside from the fact that it is home to the Chicago Cubs). I have met my best friends at DePaul University where we spend the majority of our time country music singing at Houndstooth Saloon or at the one and only Wellington’s Tavern. In high school, I was just about the worst writer in the class; which actually wasn’t that bad, because I went to school with a bunch of 36-ACT-scorers (my ACT score, however, was average for my state – and proud of it!). My writing career took off when I discovered that I basically wanted to be Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and The City. So, I found my voice, got down to business, and am on my way to being the next Andie Anderson from How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days.

Dr Donald Liu a true hero

This pediatric doctor died saving two children drowning in Lake Michigan


Dr. Donald Liu was merely going on a weekend getaway to Berrien County Michigan with his family this past weekend. However, this heroic surgeon had no idea that he would not be returning home.

Dr. Liu recently celebrated his 50th birthday and was enjoying a weekend away with his family when he awed the world with his true heroism and saved the lives of two children.

While at the Cherry Beach Sunday morning, Dr. Liu spotted two children struggling in Lake Michigan, and could not leave them without help. According to Jeff Thornton, a dispatch supervisor for Berrien Country Public Safety, Dr. Liu went out to help and was pulled under the water and drowned before rescue crews arrived.

“Dr. Liu drowned while successfully saving two children who got caught in heavy surf in Lake Michigan,” said Liu’s friend and colleague, Dr. Jeffrey Matthews. “He really died a hero.”

Dr. Liu worked at the University of Chicago Hospitals for almost ten years and lived in Hyde Park in Chicago, IL. Dr. Liu was named section chief of pediatric surgeon and surgeon-in-chief at Comer Children’s Hospital. Recently, Dr. Liu was awarded a “distinguished clinician” award at the hospital.

“It’s incredibly sad. We are so absolutely heartbroken by the loss of our friend and colleague. Ironically, he died saving children which is what he does every day,” said Matthews. “He was a remarkable human being. We are all shocked. He was very passionate about his work. What the children needed was what always what he talked about. He was a world-class pediatric surgeon who made innovations and advancements in minimally invasive surgery for children and cared for trauma victims.”

Dr. Liu is truly a hero in every sense of the word, and his knowledge, compassion and heroism will live through his wife, Dr. Dana Suskind, and their three children, Genevieve, Asher and Amalie.

Usain Bolt remains the fastest man alive


Four years ago, Usain Bolt awed the world as he beat the world record sprinting the 100 meter dash in 9.58 seconds, making him the fastest man alive. He was going against the fastest men in the world, and blew past them, winning the gold by a long shot, and beginning to slow down to celebrate before he even crossed the finish line. In this year’s 2012 London Olympics, Usain Bolt was striving to beat his own record and hold his title as the fastest man alive. The lightening Bolt achieved his goal as he beat Jamaica’s Yohan Blake (silver) and America’s Justin Gatlin (bronze) by 0.12 seconds.

Usain Bolt wanted to be known around the world as a legend, and leave people turning off the television saying, “wow.” Well, legend he is, and the 6-foot-5 lightening Bolt awed everyone around the world as he raced to victory in the men’s 100-meter final Sunday night. His opponents came to the race knowing how fast he was, but believed that he was vulnerable and starting to decline as he said that he was just 95 percent fit and Yohan Blake beat him in the Jamaican nationals.

However, seven other men were left in the dust to watch as Usain Bolt bolted past them and, once again, stole their dreams of a gold medal away from them.

“Best man won,” American’s Justin Gatlin stated. “And that was Blot.”

 Both Blake and Gatlin ran their fasted race last night; however, no matter how fast they ran, Usain Bolt was ahead of them. As Bolt is too big for the starting blocks, the champ started off the race with a slow start as he stumbled off the blocks a bit before he kicked it into gear.

Usain Bolt explained his philosophy as “stop worrying about the start, the best part of the race in the end.”

Deep Dish Lacrosse

This elite lacrosse program truly prepares players for the collegiate level


The fastest growing sport in America is making its mark in Chicago and the Midwest with Deep Dish Lacrosse. Blending the East Coast elite lacrosse mentality, education and opportunities with Midwestern principles, valuing the importance of family and community pride, Jake Padilla has put incredible time and dedication into creating the unique, competitive experience of Deep Dish Lacrosse. 

Established in Chicago, IL, Deep Dish Lacrosse is a newly emerged traveling lacrosse program guaranteeing to give their players an intimate team setting, high quality coaching and the opportunity for each player to be recognized and succeed at the collegiate level. Through maintaing a 7:1 player to coach ratio, Deep Dish Lacrosse offers an elite level of play to truly prepare players for the collegiate level. 

“It’s about symbolizing and executing the deep devotion and quality the game of lacrosse deserves,” says Founder and Executive Director of Deep Dish Lacrosse, Jake Padilla. “You need to respect, nourish and take pride in your roots before you can grow.”

Padilla is a Chicago native that has, over the years, established his strong roots in the lacrosse world. Finding his passion at a young age, Padilla picked up his first lacrosse stick as a young boy, and first learned how to play the game he loved using a girls stick in order to emphasize stick skills. He began his high school lacrosse career at Lyons Township before making his way to New York to finish is high school career at Trinity Pawling, an all male boarding school that plays in the New England Founders League, one of the most competitive lacrosse leagues in the country. Continuing down his path, Padilla went on to play Division One lacrosse at Hobart College in New York where he played under former national team coach, Matt Kerwick. After learning from the best and molding himself into a prominent figure in the lacrosse world, Padilla is now head coach and Lacrosse Program Director at Nazareth Academy, where he earned the title as the youngest head lacrosse coach in Illinois. Before finding Deep Dish Lacrosse, Padilla held both coaching and administrative positions at True Lacrosse, Ante-Up Lacrosse and Western Springs Lacrosse.

Through focusing on the qualitative development of the player’s overall lacrosse skills and character, Deep Dish Lacrosse strives to create a rich, unique and strong platform that will enable players to confidently and successfully adapt to the advanced game of lacrosse at the collegiate level.

To find out more about Deep Dish Lacrosse, visit their website at www.ddlacrosse.com and attend their information night Friday, August 17 at Irish Times – Back Cottage in Brookfield, IL.

Same Sex Kiss Day at Chick-fil-A

Gay rights supporters will hold a counter protest tonight at 5pm


After Chick-fil-A President, Dan Cathy, voiced his opinion on same sex marriage, both supporters of him and gay rights supporters have been protesting either for or against Dan Cathy and Chick-fil-A. 

Supporters of Cathy’s message of “the biblical definition of the family unit” have been lining up around Chick-fil-A’s around the country showing their support for their company. Wednesday was “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day,” where there were long lines at more than 1,600 Chick-fil-A’s across the country.

However, tonight at 5 p.m. gay rights supporters will be holding a counter protest against Chick-fil-A and their message in San Diego called “National Same Sex Kiss Day.” Gay rights supporters are trying to make this protest a fun way to show equality and say that they are going to be themselves. There will be a kissing booth and many signs up in order to encourage people to be themselves at same sex kiss day. This counter protest against Chick-fil-A and their supporters is a way to speak out when being discriminated against. 

Although Dan Cathy voiced his personal opinions on same sex marriage, a company statement stated that, “The Chick-fil-A culture and 66-year-old service tradition in our restaurants is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect – regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender.”

Gabby Douglas wins the gold medal and makes history

The 16-year-old is the first African American to win the gold in the women’s all-around


Gabrielle “Gabby” Douglas secured her place in history and now holds a special place in the hearts of all Americans, and in the hearts of all African-Americans in particular. The sixteen-year-old USA gymnast took first place in the world last night and will go down in history as the first African American to win the gold medal in the women’s all-around competition.

Gabby Douglas also found herself standing with the rest of her USA teammates, otherwise known as the “Fab Five:” Aly Raisman, McKayla, Maroney, Jordan Wieber and Kyla Ross, with a gold medal around their necks. The Fab Five won the team final, and sent Gabby Douglas and Aly Raisman to represent them, and America, in the finals of the women’s all-around competition.

Gabby Douglas held the top spot in the standings after the first rotation on vault. The incredibly talented Douglas never gave up that number one position as she went on to win the all-around gold medal. As for Douglas’s teammate, Raisman made a surprising and uncharacteristic error on the beam that left her in fourth place. Russia came out of the gates fighting to beat the USA after we won the team finals; however, Gabby Douglas secured America’s title as number one. Russia’s Viktoria Komova and Aliya Mustafina fell in second and third place, winning the silver and bronze for their country.

Unfortunately for Raisman, her and Mustafina finished with identical scores; however, in the event of a tie, the sum of the gymnasts’ highest three scores is used for the tie-breaker.

Gabby Douglas came out on top with a total score of 62.232. When her score flashed across the scoreboard, Gabby Douglas waved to the crowd and flashed her million dollar smile as her family cried tears of joy, happiness and pride.

When being compared to Dominique Dawes, a member of the gold medal-winning 1996 team, Gabby Douglas was honored. “She’s [Dawes] definitely one of my inspirations and role models growing up,” said Gabby Douglas. “Everyone’s comparing me to her, and I feel honored to be compared to her.”

Jordyn Wieber gets her dream of winning the gold medal taken away from her

The current world champion failed to qualify for the individual all-around finals last night

Current World Champion and leader of women’s gymnastics Team USA, Jordyn Wieber, had her dreams crushed Sunday night. The 17-year-old gymnast was eliminated from the individual all-around final at the London Olympics. It was shocking to see Jordyn Wieber have a couple unexpected slip-ups that cost her one-tenth of a point, putting her in third place behind two of her teammates on Team USA, and failing to qualify for the individual all-around final.

Jordyn Wieber landed third place behind Team USA’s Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas that will be heading to the finals in hopes of winning the gold medal. Since one country can enter only two gymnasts in the all-around final, Wieber was eliminated.

John Geddert, the coach of Jordyn Wieber, refused to talk to the media about the situation; however, he had plenty to say on Facebook.

“We have always known the 2 per country rule, we are not crying of spilt milk, yet it makes it difficult to explain how the 4th best AA finisher, the former world champion, does not get a shot at fulfilling her dream, just because her country happens to be incredibly strong,” Jordyn Wieber’s coach John Geddert wrote. “The sting of this injustice is painful and for the record I have voiced this opinion time and time again …. To penalize an athlete or country for being OUTSTANDING is not in the spirit of sport and certainly not the spirit of the Olympic Games.”

Although Jordyn Wieber is dealing with extreme heartbreak and disappointment as her dreams of winning the individual gold medal has been taken away from her, she is trying her best to put the disappointment aside and focus on helping Team USA win the gold medal as a team on Tuesday.

Late Sunday night, Jordyn Wieber tweeted, “Thank you all for your love and support. I am so proud of our team today and I can’t wait for the team finals!!”

Consumer Product Safety Commission files lawsuit against Buckyballs

Keep Buckyballs of out children’s reach

Attention to all parents, older siblings, aunts, uncles, and babysitters! Buckyballs, the little, silver magnetic toy balls, have been declared not safe for children. The Consumer Product Safety Commission filed lawsuit last week to block continued sale of Buckyballs as they have been stated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission as being a, “substantial risk of injury to the public.”

Braylon Jordan, a two-year-old little boy, has been hospitalized due to swallowing eight Buckyballs. Jordan has been through extensive medical care and had to undergo recent surgery, and is still in the hospital since swallowing these powerful magnetic toys. Little Braylon Jordan has had to undergo five life-saving surgeries and is now in critical condition. After seeing that the Consumer Product Safety Commission blocked continued sale of Buckyballs, Jordan’s mother, Meaghin Jordan, stated that she’s “very relieved.”

Swallowing two or more magnets is much more dangerous than merely swallowing any other small toy. When one swallows two or more Buckyballs, or any magnets, they can attach together through the stomach and intestinal walls, which results in serious injuries. According to Consumer Product Safety Commission, when the attachment of the Buckyballs occurs, it can result in holes in the stomach and intestines, intestinal blockage, and blood poisoning.

“I’m hopeful that with this action (by the Consumer Product Safety Commission) no other child will have to go through what my son has,” Meaghin Jordan said.

The distributor of Buckyballs has decided to fight the Consumer Product Safety Commission lawsuit by saying that Buckyballs markets to adults. However, it is still extremely dangerous for parents to have Buckyballs in their house. If merely two of the tiny magnets are somehow within your child’s reach, your child might have to go through the same heartbreaking trauma that two-tear-old Braylon Jordan is having to go through.

Adrienne Maloof and Dr Paul Nassif file for divorce

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ stars are keeping their childrens’ best interest at heart

Apparently, Beverly Hills is not a good place to live if you want to be happily married. Real Housewives of Beverly Hills stars Adrienne Maloof and husband Dr. Paul Nassif are planning to file for divorce this week, according to TMZ.

“I’m so sorry that this is happening but my children are my life and sometimes we need to do what’s best for them,” Adrienne Maloof said.

Before Adrienne Maloof and Dr. Nassif separated, Camille and Kelsey Grammer’s marriage ended in divorce on the show as well. Unfortunately, the marriage drama does not end with these two divorces.

Last year, Russell Armstrong committed suicide after Taylor, his wife, filed for divorce. When filing for divorce, she stated that she had been suffering from physical and verbal abuse from her husband.

Although Adrienne Maloof and her husband did often fight on camera on the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Adrienne Maloof appeared to be the housewife with the marriage that was the most stable. However, after ten years of marriage, the couple will be filing for divorce as they are trying to keep their three sons’, Gavin, Christian and Colin, best interest in mind.

 “It’s an unfortunate situation but, I have to have my kids’ best interest at heart,” Adrienne Maloof said.

Dana Vollmer is the ultimate underdog

Nothing stopped her from winning the gold medal Sunday night

Dana Vollmer is the perfect underdog story for all of the United States to cheer for. Four years ago, Dana Vollmer did not even qualify for the 2008 summer Beijing Olympics. However, after four years of training, she not only qualified for the 2012 London Olympics, but, as of yesterday, she is a gold medal winner.

After dealing with the disappointment of not qualifying for the 2008 summer Olympics, Dana Vollmer had to overcome injuries, health problems and doubts of ever competing again.  However, the 24-year-old swimmer pushed herself and is now the queen of the water in the 2012 London Olympics.

“I was just thinking about all the work so many people around me have put in, and the belief that everyone had in me,” Dana Vollmer said. “There have been multiple moments in my career where I didn’t know if I was going to be able to keep going.”

Dana Vollmer won her first gold medal Sunday night as she broke the world record in the women’s 100-meter butterfly with finishing just over 56 seconds. Nothing could stop Vollmer from finishing first and beating the record set by Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom in 2009. Not even her top cap popping off in the water midway through the race could set back Dana Vollmer and stop her from receiving her gold medal.

“The top cap came off,” Dana Vollmer said after winning her first individual gold medal. “I have never had that happen before. I thought about it, and maybe it kept my mind off my legs hurting or something. I don’t know.”

United States field hockey team falls short during their first game

Germany beat the United States field hockey team 2-1

The women’s United States field hockey team stepped onto the field Sunday for the first time during the 2012 London Olympics with butterflies in their stomachs. The look of nerves, excitement and determination was plastered all over the faces of the women’s American field hockey team while they stood proudly, with their hands over their hearts, during our country’s national anthem.

However, those nerves took over their ability to succeed in scoring, defending and outplaying the women’s German field hockey team during the first half of the game. Unfortunately, the field hockey game was at an exhausting time for an athlete as it did not begin until 9:15 p.m., two days after the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics. Clearly, the United States had a much harder time adapting and dissolving their nerves as the German field hockey team dominated the first thirty-five minutes of the game as they took the lead 2-0.

Field hockey is an intense game of momentum that the United States did not gain until the second half. The American team showed their true ability as they dominated the field the second half. The United States was going against arguably the best defense in the game of field hockey, and they pressed them hard to get back the two goals they gave up in the first half. However, we were only able to score one goal, ending the United States’ first field hockey game with a 2-1 loss.

“A lot of it was just nerves,” said Keli Smith-Puzo of Oxford, Ohio. “It took us too long to get into the game and get our touch on. I think in the [halftime] locker room, we knew we had to come out fighting. It’s unfortunate we didn’t do it sooner in the game.”

Although Germany ran away with a win as the United States only showed up to play to their full potential during the second half, the American field hockey team has broken away from their nervous chains and are ready to take on Argentina on Tuesday.