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Facebook post on U. of C. student’s page not work of hacker

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A Facebook posting that appeared to be racially motivated and that led to a federal investigation last week was not the work of an illegal hacker. University of Chicago Vice President for Campus Life and Student Services Karen Warren Coleman wrote, in a letter sent out to the entire faculty,(…)

Hyde Parker Marlene Van Kley Vellinga dies

Hyde Park resident and active volunteer Marlene Van Kley Vellinga has died. Vellinga sat on the board of the Hyde Park Transitional Housing Project and was a longtime volunteer for the Hyde Park-Kenwood Hunger Programs. For at least more than a decade Vellinga played a crucial role in helping to unload monthly food deliveries to(…)

Hyde Park man charged with shooting death

A Hyde Park man was charged following a fatal shooting on the 5200 block of South Cornell Avenue last night. Paris D. Walker-Rush, 25, was charged with one felony count of involuntary manslaughter and one felony count of unlawful use of a weapon. Walker-Rush, who lives on the 5200 block of South Cornell, was arrested(…)

U. of C. police send out alert

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Police Department alerted residents yesterday after a student was the victim of a burglary near campus. At 2:45 p.m. Monday a student was walking southbound on Ellis Avenue between 61st and 62nd streets when approached by the suspect. The suspect took the victim’s computer, computer bag and iPhone(…)

U. of C. to discuss Obama Library with Jackson Park council

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Jackson Park Advisory Council and the University of Chicago have scheduled a meeting to talk about the Obama Presidential Library. The meeting is scheduled for January, though the agenda is being kept under wraps. “As part of the collaborative effort to bring the Obama Presidential Library to the South(…)

Police issue warnings about Hyde Park robberies

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD) and the Chicago Police Department (CPD) have both issued warnings about armed robberies in Hyde Park. Chicago Police News Affairs declined to say if the two agencies are investigating connected robberies, but did say they are working in conjunction. UCPD issued a security(…)

Lakefront assault suspect caught

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A 17-year-old who is suspected of assaulting two women on Hyde Park’s lakefront in the last week has been arrested. Chicago Police News Affairs said an unnamed 17-year-old male has been charged with two felony counts of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault and one misdemeanor count of Obstructing Identification. The most(…)

Fire at 47th Street Metra stalls morning travelers

Fire at 47th Street Metra stalls morning travelers

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A fire at the 47th Street Metra station briefly halted trains and is still under investigation by the Chicago Fire Department. A fire was reported at 11:24 a.m. Tuesday after a train operator saw smoke. Chicago Fire Department responded immediately, said Meg Reile, Metra spokesperson. One train, bound for downtown(…)

Police: Sexual assault on Lake Shore Drive running path

Police are reporting a criminal sexual assault took place on the 5700 block of South Lake Shore Drive on Friday, Oct. 31. At approximately 11:10 a.m., a female victim in her late 50s was jogging when she was approached from behind and pulled to the ground in a secluded area. She was physically restrained and(…)

Hairston Facebook post triggers investigation

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer At her last monthly meeting of 2014 last Tuesday, Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) addressed questions surrounding a Facebook post inviting voters to enter a raffle with their voter receipts that prompted the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Election Fraud Unit to open an investigation. The post was meant to encourage voting(…)

Neighborhood pushes for UCPD changes

Neighborhood pushes for UCPD changes

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) authorized a Hyde Park journalist to form an ad hoc committee to take a critical look at the University of Chicago Police Department and recommend ways it can better police the community. UCPD came under fire by members of the community for practices that many called(…)

A second chance for Dyett? RFP to be issued

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools (CPS) announced Friday that it will be issuing a request for proposals (RFP) seeking plans for a new open enrollment neighborhood high school to be located at the current site of Dyett High School. “Members of the community have expressed a strong interest in a new school(…)

Police report stabbing on Hyde Park Boulevard

A 23-year-old man was killed last night after being stabbed in the chest by a woman on the 5100 block of South Hyde Park Boulevard. The man was stabbed by a 21-year-old woman in a domestic related incident at 3:10 a.m., Chicago Police News Affairs spokesman Janel Sedevic said. He was transported to Northwestern Memorial(…)

Oscar Brown remembered

Oscar Brown remembered

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Members of Hyde Park’s jazz community will host a memorial for Oscar Brown Jr. on Friday. Brown, who would have turned 88 on Friday, died in 2005. His daughters, jazz musicians Maggie Brown and Africa Brown, will perform as The 2 Brown Sisters at Promontory, 5331 S. Lake Park Ave.,(…)

Review: “The Commons of Pensacola”

Review: “The Commons of Pensacola”

SOMEWHAT RECOMMENDED Where: Northlight Theatre, North Shore Center for the performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie When: through Oct. 19 Tickets: $25-$78 Phone: 847-673-6300 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Actress Amanda Peet’s “The Commons of Pensacola” revels in contemporary relevance, and the Midwest premiere directed by Robin Witt at Northlight Theatre features topnotch acting, but(…)

Guest girds Baroque Band

Guest girds Baroque Band

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Baroque Band opened its 2014–15 season in Hyde Park with yet another one of the special guests which have made their concerts so rewarding over their first seven years. Catalan countertenor Xavier Sabata was the main attraction, singing excerpts from two operas based on Italian poet Ludovico Ariosto’s 16th(…)

Services announced for Dev Bowly

Memorial services have been announced for lifelong Hyde Park resident Devereux Bowly Jr., who passed away on Wednesday, August 6 in Michigan City, Ind., due to complications from injuries sustained in a fall.     A service will be held on Nov. 1 at 2 p.m. at First Unitarian Church, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave. Another(…)

Memorial service planned for Shutsung Liao

A memorial service for Shutsung Liao will take place from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18 at Hyde Park Union Church, 5600 S. Woodlawn Ave. Liao, professor emeritus in the U. of C.’s Ben May Department for Cancer Research, died July 20, at age 83. A Taiwan native and Hyde Park resident(…)

Battery smoke draws firefighters to Harper Avenue

Battery smoke draws firefighters to Harper Avenue

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Four fire trucks responded to heavy smoke at a Harper Avenue apartment building last Monday afternoon. Firefighters responded to a 4:49 p.m. alarm at 5120 S. Harper Ave., where smoke from overheated computer batteries spread through the building, according to Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford. Smoke began spewing onto(…)

U. of C.’s Chicago Innovation Exchange opening Oct. 16

U. of C.’s Chicago Innovation Exchange opening Oct. 16

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Chicago Innovation Exchange, the U. of C.’s new startup business incubator, will officially open next Thursday, Oct. 16, on the second floor of the Harper Building, 1452 E. 53rd St. On the heels of a soft opening earlier in the week, a ribbon cutting will take place there on(…)