Friday, January 21, 2005
- Two Chicago-area chemists are putting their money and energies into founding a home-grown pharmaceutical company to manufacture drugs in Africa:
...Paul Lartey and Alexandra Graham decided that something big needed to happen if Africa is ever to eradicate the diseases that ravage its people...the couple hopes their brainchild, LaGray Chemical Company, will make a measurable difference in the treatment and spread of diseases throughout Africa.
The facility that will house LaGray is currently being built in Ghana. It is the first company of its kind on the entire African continent and will employ a trained African labor force to manufacture medicine to fight HIV/AIDS, malaria and hypertension, among other illnesses. 'The basic critical needs of the continent in terms of drugs aren’t being met,' says Graham. ...[O]n a continent where three out of four adults suffers from hypertension, medicine to fight the disease is about as difficult to come by as a glass of uncontaminated drinking water. [read full article]
- North Shore Magazine's list of the best ethnic restaurants in Chicago features truly unusual offerings like Skokie's Kabul House (Afghani) and St. Rustaveli's (Georgian/Russian), Evanston's Mount Everest (Nepalese), and Flowers Pot on Clark (Belizean)
- Sorry, I was busy Polishing the Bean: Anish Kapoor's Cloud Gate sculpture in Chicago's Millennium Park (aka 'The Bean') is temporarily closed for maintenance of its metal seams. Since the Bean "was made possible by a gift from the SBC corporation," I fear it may someday be called the "SBC Bean." Oops - someone beat me to it.
- Word of the Day: VOXEL. Correctly played, this would make a good Scrabble™ word, especially with that "X" in a Triple Word Score box. Crafty (or cheap)? Here are instructions for making your own "Scrabble" board.