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Jan 212011

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This is just around the corner from our station, on Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. South. They seem to be popping up all over the state along highways

Oct 062010

Koro language, spoken by roughly 1,000 people, has been discovered in a remote corner of northeast India. Researchers looking into the Koro language had to travel on foot to reach many in this area.

A “hidden” language spoken by only about 1,000 people has been discovered in the remote northeast corner of India by researchers who at first thought they were documenting a dialect of the Aka culture, a tribal community in the foothills of the Himalayas.

They found an entirely different vocabulary and linguistic structure.

Even the speakers of the tongue, called Koro, did not realize they had a distinct language, linguist K. David Harrison said Tuesday.

Culturally, the Koro speakers are part of the Aka community in India’s Arunachal Pradesh state, and Harrison, associate professor of linguistics at Swarthmore College, said both groups merely considered Koro a dialect of the Aka language.

But researchers studying the groups found they used different words for body parts, numbers and other concepts, establishing Koro as a separate language, Harrison said.

“Koro is quite distinct from the Aka language,” said Gregory Anderson, director of the Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages. “When we went there we were told it was a dialect of Aka, but it is a distant sister language.”

The researchers said they hope to figure out how the Koro language managed to survive within the Aka community.

They said Koro is a member of the Tibeto-Burman language family, a group of some 400 languages that includes Tibetan and Burmese. While Koro differs from Aka, it does share some things with another language, Tani, which is spoken farther to the east.

The research was started in 2008 to document two little known languages, Aka and Miji, and the third language, Koro, was discovered in that process.

Full story…

Linguists and National Geographic Fellows Dr. Greg Anderson and Dr. K. David Harrison discuss the newly identified Koro language, other endangered languages, and the Enduring Voices Project’s efforts to document humanity’s threatened linguistic diversity. Read Harrison’s new book, The Last Speakers: The Quest to Save the World’s Most Endangered Languages, and learn more about Enduring Voices .

Jul 162010

~By Megan Craig / TribLocal Reporter

Two patrons were ejected from the Six Flags Great America theme park in Gurnee this week after allegedly striking repeatedly a woman dressed as Porky Pig, police said Tuesday.

The woman, an employee of the park who was dressed as the Warner Brothers character, was hit 10 to 15 times on the head at about 4 p.m. Monday, according to police and a statement by Great America.

Witnesses reported seeing Taras Sikalchuk and Dmytro Petrychenko hit the character on the back, sides and top of her head after posing for a picture with the character, Gurnee police said.

The victim was taken to Six Flags’ first aid station, and said she was experiencing a headache and sore neck and shoulders. A Great America spokeswoman described the employee’s injuries as “minor.”

“This was an isoloated incident,” the spokeswoman said in a statement. “We have a Guest Code of Conduct at the park that we expect all our park guests to abide by. These guests clearly violated our Code of Conduct.”

“Park security responded immediately and ejected the guests from the park,” the Great America statement said.

Near Great America on Tuesday afternoon, park-goers expressed support for the worker.
Sikalchuk, 19, and Petrychenko, 20, both of Waukegan, denied hitting Porky Pig, police said. But both were cited for battery and released from custody – and the park.

Linda Lozano, 14, Joliet, said she’d tell the nearest Great America employee if she saw Porky Pig getting beat up. And she might have a few words for anyone attacking the character.

“I would tell them to back off, because she probably didn’t do anything that bad – or anything at all, maybe,” she said.

“There’s a lot of security people around,” added Jacob Verner, 14, of Saint Charles. “You want to help them, but there’s probably someone better to do it.”

“What a loser!” said Mike Kuhn, 15, also of Saint Charles, when told of the incident. “Why would you pay … to come here just to get kicked out?”

“I’d be like, ‘What are you doing? That’s just a helpless cartoon character!’” he added. “… I’d wrangle up all the cartoon characters and riot.”

Joanna Chavez, 19, of Brookfield, didn’t think it was a laughing matter.

“That’s kind of disgusting,” she said. “You just have to feel bad for these people. They’re out there in the hot sun all day.”

Jul 092010

~My FOX Chicago


Chicago – A massive 84-pound Asian carp was caught Thursday night in a Chicago park lagoon.

Spencer Miller was fishing in Garfield Park Lagoon Thursday night when he caught an Asian carp the size of a large child.

About 7 p.m. Miller took the 84-pound fish to Henry’s Sport & Bait shop at 3130 S. Canal St., shop owner Tom Palmisano said in an interview with FOX Chicago News.

Miller told Palmisano that the huge carp was caught using a hook and line.

“We have had Asian carps in caught in our lagoons,” Palmisano said. “We have seen them for 10 years in the lagoons.”

Palisano said that a couple of days ago the Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources was killing weeds in Garfield Park Lagoon. He said he heard that fish had floated up dead.

Miller’s 84-pound Asian carp is the biggest fish Palmisano said he’s seen caught in a Chicago park.

Palmisano said he called the authorities to alert them about the enormous fish. They stored , bagged and tagged the carp., put it on ice, and the Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources is coming to check it out.

Asian carp have been causing problems in the Chicago area, as the invasive species has infiltrated local waterways. Fear that the carp, which are voracious eaters, could make it into the Great Lakes and disrupt a billion-dollar sport fishing industry have spurred other states to sue Illinois to close Chicago shipping locks. The Supreme Court has rejected the suits thus far.

Jun 112010