Bringing the Farm Downtown
How the Purple Porch Co-op Cultivates Local Food in South Bend

By Leong Weng Kuan and Molly Seidel

In the heart of South Bend’s East Race district sits a tiny brick building with a wide-reaching impact. “PURPLE PORCH CO-OP” is spelled out in iron letters over the door, through which a constant stream of people flow.

Inside, the small space is packed with shelves of nutritious whole foods, vibrant produce, and a cozy cafe with delicious smells that waft through the store.

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The Street View of Purple Porch Co-op in South Bend, IN

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A man attacked a D.C. pizzeria with a rifle

By Queenie Leong

Attached is a Storify project recording a trending news story about a N.C. man attacked a D.C. pizzeria with a rifle since he read fake news online.

Dec 4 2016, Edgar M. Welch, a father of two from North Carolina, was arrested by firing 3 shots in a Washington D.C. pizzeria with an AR-15-style rifle. He alleged that he fired since he had read online about young children were haboured as sex slaves led by Hillary Clinton in this pizzeria.

The gunman shot on the walls, desk, door, door lock and computer tower. Nobody was injured. He claimed that he was there to self-investigate the “Pizzagate” theory which was wide spread on social media for over a month.

Top 10 Chinese Restaurants in South Bend

By Queenie Leong

Regarding to Yelp, the best 10 Chinese restaurants in South Bend are attached in this Google MyMaps for you to explore them in one glance. They include J.W. Chen’s, Ho Ping House, Garden Wok, China House, Cre-Asian, Mandarin House Restaurant, Ichiban Golden Dragon, Oriental Express, New China Buffet and Golden Dragon.

All of these restaurants serve Chinese food and in addition, some of them serve Vietnam and Japanese food along as well. Let’s go and try one in this weekend!

Map by Queenie Leong

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Gov. Pat Quinn talks about MAP grants at DePaul University. (Photo by Josclynn Brandon)

Editor’s note: This story was originally posted on Dec. 12, 2012 and is housed at

By Bob Smith

Gov. Pat Quinn visited DePaul University’s Loop campus on Wednesday to discuss how pension reform is harming the Monetary Award Program (MAP) college scholarships and access to higher education in Illinois.

“This is so important to our state, not only in the past, but certainly now and in the future,” Quinn said.

“We want everyone to have the opportunity to go to college that has the ability to go to college.”

MAP grants are need-based college scholarships that allow merit students who are in need across the state and do not need to be repaid by the student. Quinn said that due to cutbacks and having to pay more money in the pension amount, almost 18,000 students lost their MAP grant scholarships this year.

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