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Local man charged in April murder

A Hyde Park man was charged with a murder that took place in April on the 1000 block of West 51st Street. Kevin Culverson, 21, of the 700 block of East 50th Place, was charged with first- degree murder and Judge Donald Panarese Jr. ordered him held on $1.5 million in the death of 15-year-old(…)

Police searching for shooter

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Chicago Police have no new information of the man who was shot on Sunday, Oct. 27. CPD said an unnamed man was shot at 8:55 p.m. Sunday on the 5400 block of South Cornell Avenue. He sustained multiple gunshot wounds, including a wound to the head. He was taken to(…)

School of dance’s “Nutcracker”

The Hyde Park School of Dance (HPSD) concludes its 20th anniversary season with its annual Nutcracker performances in December. This year’s production features a record 170 dancers and, as special guests in the role of Mother Ginger, Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) and Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Wallace Goode. Performances are Dec. 14(…)

Camp Douglas subject of discussion

David Keller, managing director of the Camp Douglas Restoration Foundation, will speak at 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 10, at the Hyde Park Historical Society, 5229 S. Lake Park Ave. Keller will discuss the history and group’s archaeological study of the Camp Douglas civil war prison, according to the society. More than 25,000 soldiers were trained(…)

After small glitch, Jackson locked up

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Former Hyde Park Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. reported to prison last week, four days early. Jackson was ordered by the court to report to the federal correctional center in Butner, N.C., on Nov. 1. He was initially turned away when he attempted to report on Monday, Oct. 28. He was(…)

“… and they put up a parking lot”

To the Editor: It’s certainly been a bad year for old Hyde Park buildings. First, the University of Chicago’s Ingleside Hall went down and now MAC is planning to bulldoze three luxury 1892 rowhouses from the Columbian Exposition era now standing on the 5100 block of Harper. All fine buildings, one sacrificed to a big(…)

Save the 47th Street fitness complex

To the Editor: Hyde Park has a wonderful asset which we might lose. For the past several months, rumors have spread about the property at 47th Street and Lake Park Avenue. Currently, it houses the following facilities: XS Tennis, an indoor tennis club, LA fitness and the University of Chicago Physical Therapy and Advocate Health Outpatient(…)

University concern about input hollow

To the Editor: So the South East Chicago Commission is now conducting a traffic study “as a result of the 53rd Street Visioning Workshops.” I applaud the volunteer spirit of the community members who will serve on the committee. But the concerns about traffic were raised at the first Visioning Workshop in 2007, so why(…)