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South Side peace effort meeting

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Residents of the Hyde Park, Kenwood and Woodlawn neighborhoods are invited to an anti-violence informational at the Grant Memorial Church, 4017 S. Drexel Blvd., on Tuesday, May 31, from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. The Make Peace Chicago organization is asking the communities to come together to form a strategy(…)

U. of C. panel focuses on the data analytics of political campaigns

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Remember the Harper’s Magazine subscription you signed up for last month? The Clinton campaign knows about it, and there’s a good chance they’re using that information to help predict who you’ll be voting for in November. Modern day political campaigns are tapping into exhaustive databases of voter information, which could(…)

LSC meeting talks about sudden firing of Murray assistant principal

LSC meeting talks about sudden firing of Murray assistant principal

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer An emergency Local School Council (LSC) meeting was called last night to discuss the sudden termination of the Murray Language Academy Assistant Principal, Rhonda Butler. Butler was fired on Monday, May 16, by Principal Gregory Mason, after working there for two years, and the school’s staff and parents had to(…)

Similarities between Wednesday shooting on Ingleside and Tuesday shooting on Kimbark

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A shooting involving multiple young men took place in the 6100 block of South Ingleside Avenue on Wednesday, May 25, according to a resident of the block. University of Chicago student who wished to go by the initials T.L., said he was walking near the former Fiske Elementary School building,(…)

U. of C. Lab School director steps down

U. of C. Lab School director steps down

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The University of Chicago (U. of C.) Laboratory Schools Director, Robin Appleby, announced in a letter to the lab community yesterday, May 25, that she will be resigning from the position after only two years. “Over the past two years, we have been engaged in the complex and satisfying work(…)

Metra cutting down trees between 47th St. and 51st St.

In recent days, Metra has cut down multiple trees along the railroad track embankment between 47th Street and 51st Street in East Hyde Park. Metra spokeswoman Meg Riley said the trees were casualties of ‘general maintenance’ work and did not offer any further details.

Hyde Park woman missing

Hyde Park woman missing

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A woman has gone missing from the 5000 block of South Lake Shore Drive, according to Chicago Police. Tanya Martin, 45, was last contacted on Wednesday, May 25. Police said she my be carrying a black purse and driving a silver, four door, 2014 Toyota Avalon. Martin is described as(…)

Revamped Clarke’s Diner is open for business

Revamped Clarke’s Diner is open for business

  By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The new and improved Clarke’s Diner, 1447 E. 53rd St., will have a soft opening this weekend to test the waters on the refurbished restaurant. Franchise owner Tom Tsatas said that they will be up and running Friday, May 27, but that they are still in the process of(…)

Hairston announces community meeting to clarify parkland proposals

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) has set a date for when Chicago Park District officials will speak with community members about recent and proposed changes to Jackson and Washington parks. The meeting aims to assuage the concerns of park goers who have felt, in recent months, that park revamps are going(…)

Police searching for four suspects in Woodlawn shooting

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Chicago Police and University of Chicago (U. of C.) Police responded to a shots fired call in the 6100 block of South Kimbark Avenue, Tuesday, May 24, at approximately 3:25 p.m. According to an U. of C. security alert, four possible suspects in a white Chevrolet Impala were seen leaving(…)

Shoesmith raised money for education

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Sixth grade students at Shoesmith Elementary School, 1330 E. 50th St., have raised over $1,000 to be donated to two different organizations that impact children’s education worldwide. Students committed to giving up their lunch and recess time to plan a school-wide Penny Wars fundraiser to raise money towards education quality.(…)

53rd Street boutique hotel approved

53rd Street boutique hotel approved

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Chicago Plan Commission approved the proposal from Smart Hotels, LLC to move forward with the boutique hotel on 53rd Street and Dorchester Avenue at a meeting last Thursday, May 19. The hotel’s plan includes a seven-story building with 100 rooms, a ground floor restaurant and a rooftop amenity area.(…)

Shop Talk: From basketball to professional barber

Shop Talk: From basketball to professional barber

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS  Sports Writer A former semi-pro basketball player and current barber at the infamous Hyde Park Hair Salon, 5234 S. Blackstone Ave., De Andre Lindsey has established himself as one of the top stylists in the city when it comes to precise cuts, fades and trimmings. “I’ve been cutting hair since I was(…)

Review: “The Producers”

Review: “The Producers”

RECOMMENDED Where: Mercury Theater Chicago, 3745 N. Southport Ave. When: through June 26 Tickets:$30-$65 Phone: 773-325-1700 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Mel Brooks’ “The Producers” is a big musical that depends on a certain amount of spectacle, so there’s a risk involved in tailoring it to a relatively small stage like that at the Mercury(…)

Barbara Muriel Greenberg, 88

Barbara Muriel Greenberg, 88

Barbara Muriel Greenberg passed away peacefully on May 13, 2016 in Chicago. She was 88.   Born in the Bronx on May 6, 1928, Greenberg graduated from New York University in 1949 and received her Masters in Social Work from University of Kansas in 1952. She married her husband Bernie on September 1, 1949, in(…)