Gator Watch 2019

18 Jul 19
Global News

A search warrant for pet food, reported stolen to Delta police in April, stemmed from two previous search warrants in June.

17 Jul 19
FanBuzz - Sports News - NFL | NCAA | NBA | WWE

Last year, the Alabama Crimson Tide won every regular season SEC game by at least three touchdowns. The offense, led by Heisman Trophy runner-up Tua Tagovailoa, scored 45.6 points per game (3rd in the FBS), averaged 522.0 yards per game (6th), converted over 52 percent of its third downs (3rd) and scored fewer than 24 […]

17 Jul 19
Block Club Chicago
DOWNTOWN — Frank Robb, the man who caught Humboldt Park’s alligator, became an overnight sensation in Chicago. Chance the Snapper was caught early Tuesday. Robb’s been hailed as a hero for saving the gator, Chance the Snapper, from almost certain death in the lagoon after catching the crocodilian early Tuesday. He spoke at a news conference, threw out the first pitch at a Cubs game and even turned on Buckingham Fountain on Wednesday morning. “I’m not famous in Florida. I wouldn’t say I’m famous here. It’s just I was able to help the city, do a service for the city,” Robb told Block Club Chicago after turning on the fountain. “I’m a very humble man and this whole thing, I’m not sure how to process it.” Robb, who lives in eastern Florida, said he and his uncle — who taught him how to trap gators — had been following the Chance the Snapper saga in the news from home. So it was a surprise when Chicago officials reached out to him and asked him to come catch Chance. “We were commenting and thinking about it, saying it’d be interesting to be able to go up there and help them with this, and then we got the phone call,” Robb said. “It was shocking.” He's trapped alligators for 24 years, catches about 400 every year and the biggest he gets can hit 12 feet. pic.twitter.com/E8sBv536o1— Kelly Bauer (@BauerJournalism) July 17, 2019 Chance, who was first spotted in the Humboldt Park lagoon on July 9, had captivated the city for a week before Robb came: Hundreds of people came to the lagoon to get a glance at the gator, who only periodically came up to the surface. Chicagoans tried to catch him with chicken but otherwise danced, picnicked, had family time or met with neighbors along the water’s edge. The city’s fascination with the gator, who was named Chance the Snapper through a Block Club poll, made national news. But experts worried Chance wouldn’t survive a cold winter in the lagoon (and he might not be the friendliest to the area’s pets and people), so they called in Robb. He planned to “catch the gator incognito,” he said. Robb arrived in the city Sunday, set up Monday and had already reeled in Chance by 1:30 a.m. Tuesday. And just like that, Robb became a hero to people throughout Chicago. People have been recognizing him on the street and stopping him, he said. They also keep giving him pizza recommendations, he said, but he’s never been to the Midwest so he’s not sure which one to try. The attention is a far cry from what Robb experiences in Florida, where he catches about 400 gators per year — some up to 12 feet long, some just tiny hatchlings — and has worked trapping alligators for 24 years. He’s not too famous there, he said. His plan was to "catch the gator incognito." Then Chicago fell in love with him. (It feels like 88 degrees out here and this man was wearing a long-sleeved shirt AND a Chance the Snapper T-shirt.) pic.twitter.com/tykWiln11g— Kelly Bauer (@BauerJournalism) July 17, 2019 Robb said he plans on leaving Chicago on Thursday afternoon and doesn’t have any more events lined up for now. But there’s good news for his fans: Robb’s single and could be looking for love in Chicago, he joked. (For those curious, he’s thinking about hitting up some museums on Wednesday afternoon.) And Robb had kind words to say about his alligator foe, Chance: He said the gator was a “handsome little alligator” and he thinks his name is funny. “I don’t know how to put it into words. I really don’t,” Robb said. “It’s been a great blessing.” Thank you to alligator expert Frank Robb, who safely and humanely captured the Humboldt Park Lagoon alligator, for joining us tonight! pic.twitter.com/mXMFfKzdSU— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) July 16, 2019 Do stories like this matter to you? Subscribe to Block Club Chicago. Every dime we make funds reporting from Chicago’s neighborhoods. GATOR WATCH 2019 COVERAGE Chance The Snapper, Humboldt Park’s Beloved Alligator, Wore A Dashing Bow Tie To His Press Conference Captured Humboldt Park Alligator Is 5-Foot-3, Healthy And Pretty Tired With No New Humboldt Park Alligator Sightings In 24 Hours, Concern For Reptile’s Health Rises The Humboldt Park Gator Has A Name Thanks To Thousands Of Voters: Chance The Snapper 10 Things Alligator Bob Taught Us About Gators, Life And Everything In Between As Humboldt Park Gator Watch Enters Day 3, Alligator Bob Says The Creature Is Getting Comfortable Chicago’s Alligator Search Highlights Illegal Pet Dilemma, But Experts Urge: Please Don’t Just Dump Them It’s GatorWatch In Humboldt Park As Chicago Comes Together To Search For A Scared Alligator How Did A Gator End Up In The Humboldt Park Lagoon? Here’s How Experts Rescue Exotic Animals in the City Yes, There’s An Alligator Living In The Humboldt Park Lagoon … And Chicago Is Cheering It On GATOR WATCH SWAG Yes, we made shirts to commemorate this very Chicago news story. Designed by local artist Ryan Duggan, get your limited-edition tote and t-shirt here while supplies last. All proceeds will benefit Block Club Chicago, an independent, nonprofit neighborhood newsroom. 
17 Jul 19
Block Club Chicago
HUMBOLDT PARK — Chicago’s favorite wayward alligator, Chance The Snapper, was caught early Tuesday, ending a six-day-long watch party in Humboldt Park. The hunt had people from all over the city rushing to the neighborhood’s namesake park to try and catch a glimpse of the elusive reptile. In between sightings, people enjoyed the sun, ate, met their neighbors or had family time — all in Humboldt Park. For six days, it felt like Chance The Snapper — and Humboldt Park, Chicago’s Puerto Rican enclave — was all anyone was talking about. Locals say that positive attention was good for the neighborhood. “Often times in the media, you see violence being highlighted,” said Ruben David Feliciano, longtime Humboldt Park resident and member of the Puerto Rican Agenda. Gator catcher Frank Robb holds Chance the Snapper at a press conference Tuesday. “I saw this as a positive. People are learning about our community, they’re coming to Humboldt Park.” In a Facebook post, a member of the East Humboldt Park Neighborhood Association said the gator frenzy “showed our beautiful neighborhood in a different light.” “We are a neighborhood of families, small businesses, an entrepreneurial spirit, resilient residents, and amazing culture, all anchored by Chicago’s most beautiful park,” the post reads. Feliciano said community leaders have worked hard to make sure the park is “welcoming and inviting.” “There was a time not too long ago that our park was disinvested,” he said. Today, the park hosts all manner of events, including the Puerto Rican Parade and Sangria Festival. The local little league team that plays at the park’s Little Cubs Field is headed to the state championship. “There’s a lot of events,” he said. “It’s just a matter of connecting all of these events so more residents” know about them. Feliciano and other residents said the gator frenzy introduced people who weren’t otherwise familiar with Humboldt Park to the neighborhood park and all of the great things happening there. Several food trucks, all of them serving traditional Puerto Rican food, are stationed around Humboldt Park. Of the few food truck operators interviewed by Block Club, only one said she saw a significant boost in business during the gator frenzy. “Too much people,” said Sonia Cervantes, employee at El Secreto del Sabor, as she prepared delivery orders. Sonia Cervantes, employee at El Secreto del Sabor, a food truck stationed in Humboldt Park. Alex Oliver, operator of Boritacos food truck, said he was struck by all of the new faces in and around the park. “Normally, in the past, we don’t see that. So that’s good,” Oliver said, adding that he noticed more people walking and riding scooters past his truck. Milagro Figueroa, who helps run Latin American Restaurant food truck, laughed when a Block Club reporter asked if she found the hunt exciting. “For me, it’s nothing new. In Puerto Rico. … there were all kinds of animals,” said Figueroa, who moved from the island to Chicago in 1973. Humboldt Park resident Mari Rodriguez, who came to the park to look for the gator over the weekend, said the experience was fun — and good for the neighborhood. “This is good publicity for Humboldt Park and I think it’s bringing revenue and it’s bringing people from other places to come and visit Humboldt Park. It’s a good thing.” Do stories like this matter to you? Subscribe to Block Club Chicago. Every dime we make funds reporting from Chicago’s neighborhoods. Hundreds of people visited the park to try and catch a glimpse of the elusive gator. GATOR WATCH 2019 COVERAGE With No New Humboldt Park Alligator Sightings In 24 Hours, Concern For Reptile’s Health Rises The Humboldt Park Gator Has A Name Thanks To Thousands Of Voters: Chance The Snapper 10 Things Alligator Bob Taught Us About Gators, Life And Everything In Between As Humboldt Park Gator Watch Enters Day 3, Alligator Bob Says The Creature Is Getting Comfortable Chicago’s Alligator Search Highlights Illegal Pet Dilemma, But Experts Urge: Please Don’t Just Dump Them It’s GatorWatch In Humboldt Park As Chicago Comes Together To Search For A Scared Alligator How Did A Gator End Up In The Humboldt Park Lagoon? Here’s How Experts Rescue Exotic Animals in the City Yes, There’s An Alligator Living In The Humboldt Park Lagoon … And Chicago Is Cheering It On
17 Jul 19
Bored In Pittsburgh

(To be clear, this piece is not about alcohol or apparel–although, at the festival, I did enjoy a few beers and buy some clothing from the awesome Ooh Baby–I just really needed to make that admittedly terrible Hunter S Thompson pun) “How is it that you guys can’t just make us a flatbread?!” The bearded […]

17 Jul 19
Quinn Douglas

The Wolverines had to take good, long look at the program after they finished the 2018 season with a 62-39 loss to arch-rival Ohio State and 41-15 loss at the hands of the Florida Gators in the Peach Bowl. Head coach Jim Harbaugh re-evaluated what needed to happen in his program, which led to the […]

16 Jul 19
Across the Board

August 24th 5:00 P.M. Florida @ Miami (FL)+7 50.5 FLORIDA -7 Over 50.5 Florida 37 Miami 20 Week 0, the two best words of the Summer. We are starting a week early with what used to be a premiere matchup. Now its the “Camping World Kickoff” hosted in Orlando, Florida. Miami is coming off a […]

16 Jul 19
News Directory

ESPN flew an UNC basketball program in its latest 25 poll “Way too Early” which was updated this week t We are still a few months away from the start of the 2019-20 basketball season as the recruitment week was successful in the past week. With coaches able to go out and watch recruits, the […]

16 Jul 19
Defy Life

With most teams a little more than a week away from starting training camps, I wanted to look at the second- or third-year players, who I think will make the biggest jumps in 2019. Obviously I did not want to name Pro Bowlers or guys with All-Pro nominations and no Rookie of the Year candidates […]

16 Jul 19
Halil's Real Footballtalk

With most teams a little more than a week away from starting training camps, I wanted to look at the second- or third-year players, who I think will make the biggest jumps in 2019. Obviously I did not want to name Pro Bowlers or guys with All-Pro nominations and no Rookie of the Year candidates […]

16 Jul 19
Photoxtee-All photo, image about funny shirts, hoodies, sweaters

You are absolutely right, it is a basic human right to walk down the street and be free from getting shot and I too wish the Women Do Not Have To Be Thin Cook For You Have Long Hair Wear Make Up Shirt gun laws are more strict than they are now. It is a shame […]

16 Jul 19
Local Pros

Morning Wonketariat! Here’s some of the things we may be talking about today. ICYMI: Trump doubled down on his overtly racist tirades against four progressive women of color in the House yesterday. During the third annual “Made in America Showcase,” Trump said his critics, informally known as “The Squad” on the Hill, “hate our country” […]