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Thursday, June 9, 2005 03:40 pm

quick takes 6-9-05

TALESPINNER TAKES TO THE AIR

Local writer and Illinois Times contributor Roberta Codemo is the host of a new storytelling show that airs at 3 p.m. each Monday on WQNA (88.3 FM).

The two-hour program, named Tale Bites, features an interview segment with a guest, then an hour of stories, including fairy tales, folks tales, and “whatever piques my curiosity,” Codemo says.

The show made its debut this week with guest Mike Anderson, a Jacksonville storyteller and musician. On the June 13 program, Codemo will examine creation stories and myths.

For more information, visit Codemo’s Web site, talespinner.ciretex.com.

BLOOD DRIVE ON MONDAY

Volunteers are asked to help replenish local blood supplies, which are expected to run low during the summer holiday season. Area hospitals and the Central Illinois Community Blood Center are co-sponsoring a drive from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, June 13, at the Illinois State Police, 500 Iles Park Place.

The ISP is one of five local public-safety organizations supporting blood-donation efforts as part of the “Badges for Life” blood challenge.

For more information about donating blood or sponsoring a drive, call 866-GIVE-BLD (866-448-3253).

FORMOSA PLANT FEATURED

Biologist Sandra Steingraber takes critical look at the production of polyvinyl chloride and last year’s explosion at the Formosa Plastics Corp. resin plant in Illiopolis in the current edition of Orion, an environmental magazine.

The April 2004 explosion killed five workers; in the article, available at www.oriononline.org, Steingraber argues that exposure to PVC production poses significant long-term health risks.

A visiting scholar at Ithaca College, Steingraber is the author of Living Downstream: An Ecologist Looks at Cancer and the Environment and Having Faith: An Ecologist’s Journey to Motherhood (see www.steingraber.com).

Although Formosa vowed to reopen the plant in eastern Sangamon County, company officials have since acknowledged that they are looking at other sites, according to industry reports.

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