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Magill retires

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer University of Chicago Laboratory School Director David Magill announced that he plans to retire in June 2014. The university has appointed a task force to find his replacement. Magill, who has been the director of the schools for about 11 years, said he is announcing his retirement early so the(…)

Authors come to HP

Two high-profile journalists and a renowned artist will speak in the neighborhood today and next Tuesday, Jan. 29. Sun-Times columnist Neil Steinberg will discuss his new book, “You Were Never in Chicago,” at Blackstone Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave., at 6 p.m. His appearance is the second of The Friends of Blackstone Library’s five-part(…)

An evening with Muhammad

“An Evening with the Prophet,” a celebration of the birth of the prophet Muhammad, will feature Muslim chant and poetry. The event will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26, at Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave. Tahir Abdullah, who was recently appointed assistant director of spiritual life at Rockefeller, brought Muslim(…)

HPAC artist master of surprising

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern Aliyah, a junior at the Chicago High School for the Arts (ChiArts), lifted her foam horse from a piece of newspaper on the studio floor. An imperfection in the mold she had used left a large, saucer-shaped blob on its head, and she warned that she “hadn’t done it right.”(…)

Teachers helping at Blackstone

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Library Commissioner Brian Bannon recently announced the expansion of the Chicago Public Library’s homework help program “Teacher in the Library.” The “Teacher in the Library” after-school homework program has been a part of the Chicago Public Library (CPL) for 12 years. The current program is(…)

Local pols join jobless youth talk

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, Ald. Will Burns (4th) and Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) will join state and local legislative, educational, civic and community leaders for a hearing on youth joblessness. A diverse group of youth will testify on their experiences and the opportunities that employment and education provide. Additionally, education and youth advocacy(…)

Kenwood student in D.C.

By Daschell M. Phillips Staff Writer Kenwood Academy High School sophomore Arianna Alexander was chosen by the High School Presidential Inaugural Conference to attend the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C. The High School Presidential Inaugural Conference is held every four years in conjunction with the inauguration of the president and vice president of the(…)

Gun violence talk draws big names to U. of C.

Gun violence talk draws big names to U. of C.

A high-profile discussion on firearms, “The Politics of Guns in America,” took place Tuesday, Jan. 15, at the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics, 5707 S. Woodlawn Ave. Institute director Darren R. Riesberg and top Obama strategist David Axelrod spoke briefly at the start of the program and panel members, who included Mayor Rahm Emanuel,(…)