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Joseph Erbentraut

For Crime-Weary Neighborhood, Yoga Classes Are About So Much More Than Yoga

HuffingtonPost.com | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 08.22.2014 | Black Voices

Though Tameka Lawson has been practicing yoga for only a bit over a year, the art form has already made a big impression on her life and on the Chicag...

Joseph Erbentraut

Dancer Gives Back To His Community One Tap At A Time

HuffingtonPost.com | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 08.21.2014 | Black Voices

Bril Barrett was just 5 years old -- or 4, according to his mother -- when he met the love of his life: tap dance. And It's clear from speaking to ...

World War II Love Letters FINALLY Reach Their Rightful Recipient

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 08.08.2014 | Good News

Mystery solved. Mostly. A couple of weeks ago, two already opened, taped-together letters addressed to a Dorothy Bartos arrived at the Chicago home...

What This Woman Does On Her Lunch Break Will Inspire You To Step Away From Your Desk

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 06.17.2014 | Religion

For most office workers, lunch hour is a practically sacred time -- the workday's lone opportunity to run a mid-day errand or get away from the desk. ...

WATCH: Pug Reunited With Owner 3 Years After He Went Missing

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 06.13.2014 | Good News

A pug with a reputation for being an "escape artist" of sorts has been reunited with his family after being found tied to a pole in Chicago. The 8-...

Inner-City High School Celebrates First College Graduates

AP | SHARON COHEN | Posted 06.08.2014 | Good News

CHICAGO (AP) — Jamil Boldian headed to college four years ago, arriving in small-town Ohio with a one-way Megabus ticket and $17.91 to his name. He...

This 'Little Hero' Saved His 10-Year-Old Neighbor From Being Abducted In An Incredible Way

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 05.28.2014 | Good News

If it weren't for the intervention of a brave 6-year-old boy, this story might have had a very different ending. But instead, Kaylen Woodard's quic...

Joseph Erbentraut

Don't Believe Everything You've Heard About Chicago's Most 'Dangerous' Neighborhood

HuffingtonPost.com | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 05.23.2014 | Black Voices

Odds are, if you've heard a story about the South Side Chicago neighborhood of Englewood in the news recently, it had something to do with crime or po...

Kim Bellware

5 Lessons The World Can Learn From One Of History's Most Intrepid Cities

HuffingtonPost.com | Kim Bellware | Posted 04.18.2014 | Good News

This post is part of HuffPost's Good News USA series, which showcases both past and present ways cities across the country have created a positive imp...

Superhero Window Washers Swoop In To Brighten Up Kids' Day At Hospital

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 04.17.2014 | Good News

Window washers at Chicago's Lurie Children's Hospital this week continued what is fast becoming a popular tradition to help put a smile on the faces o...

WATCH: Man Leaps Onto Train Tracks In Dramatic Rescue Caught On Video

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 04.03.2014 | Good News

Were it not for the actions of an off-duty Chicago TSA worker acting on instinct, this story would have had a much different ending. When 50-year-o...

High School's 'Happy' Will Definitely Put A Smile On Your Face

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 03.17.2014 | Teen

Students, teachers and staff at Chicago's Amundsen High School clearly aren't letting any winter blues get them down. The school on the Windy City'...

This Olympic Hockey Star Just Made A Bunch Of Second Graders' Day

Posted 02.20.2014 | Sports

When Christy Gibbs, a Chicago-area second grade teacher, tweeted a good luck message to Blackhawks star Patrick Kane on behalf of her class, she certa...

This Man Didn't Have Valentine's Plans. So He Did Something Way Better.

Posted 02.16.2014 | Impact

A 25-year-old Chicago man didn't have a sweetheart this Valentine's Day and went out of his way to spread some love and pay it forward instead. To ...

Sweet Message In Snow Cheers Up Entire Hospital

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 02.11.2014 | Good News

If only all cancer patients were lucky enough to have a family like this surrounding them. On Monday, Chicago's Rush University Medical Center took...

Good Samaritans Help Rescue Man And His Dog From Icy Lake

Posted 02.05.2014 | Good News

A Chicago man who jumped into the frigid waters of Lake Michigan in an attempt to save his dog has a jogger to thank for playing a pivotal role in his...

Joseph Erbentraut

Chicago Woman Aims For Engagement, Empowerment With Black Book Exchange

HuffingtonPost.com | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 02.04.2014 | Black Voices

CHICAGO -- If Baltimore native and Chicago transplant Savannah Wood has one regret, it's that she didn't take enough time to read all the books she sa...

This Video Of A Dog's Rescue From An Icy Lake Will Warm Your Heart

Posted 01.31.2014 | Chicago

The video of a Chicago fire crew's rescue of a dog that fell into icy Lake Michigan earlier this month documents the final moments of a situation that...

This Charismatic Toddler Is Helping Other Kids Learn What Different Looks Like

Posted 01.31.2014 | Chicago

Story by Howard Ludwig, courtesy DNAinfo Chicago: Mary Cate has already had four surgeries. Children diagnosed with Apert syndrome can have upward ...

This Kitten Was Born Unable To Walk Or Stand. Not Anymore!

Posted 01.24.2014 | Chicago

A kitten born with a rare deformity and found living in a suspected hoarding situation has a second chance at life after a Chicago animal shelter help...

New Hydroponic Garden Will Feed The Homeless, High-End Diners

Posted 01.25.2014 | Chicago

Story by Lizzie Schiffman, courtesy DNAinfo Chicago: CHICAGO — A nonprofit that works with homeless HIV/AIDS patients will build a hydroponic veg...

One Woman On Quest To Make Up For CPS Library Shortage

Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago

Story by Paul Biasco, courtesy DNAinfo Chicago: LINCOLN PARK — The 2012 Chicago Public Schools teacher's strike had an unintended consequence, pa...

UPDATE: Jeweler Says Insurer Won't Issue Refunds In Snow Bet

Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago

A Chicago-area jewelry store's snow wager appeared set to cost him some $151,000 in refunds to his customers -- but the shop's insurer is reportedly r...

9-Year-Old Girl Helped Deliver Her Baby Sister

Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago

A 9-year-old Chicago girl, relying on what she had seen on a medical TV show, proved integral to the delivery of her baby sister this week. Accordi...

WATCH: These Brave Souls Started 2014 With A Polar Plunge

Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago

Some 30 Chicagoans got their 2014 off to a frigid start when they took an icy plunge in Lake Michigan on Wednesday. Those partaking in the plunge h...