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Sophia King named as 4th Ward Alderman

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Monday night that Kenwood resident Sophia King was selected as interim Alderman of the 4th Ward. “For almost 30 years, Sophia King has not just lived in the 4th Ward, she has worked to improve the quality of life for everyone who lives there,” Emanuel said(…)

70-year-old missing

70-year-old missing

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer James Bell, a 70-year-old South Side resident, has been missing since April 5, 2016, according to Chicago police. He was last seen in the area of 6100 S. Kenwood Ave., on Monday, April 4, wearing a navy blue baseball cap, jeans, a hooded sweatshirt and a vest. Police described Bell(…)

Dyett town hall meeting set for later this week

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On Thursday, April 14, there will be a town hall meeting regarding Dyett High School, 555 E. 51st St. The meeting will take place from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Mount Pisgah Church, 4622 S. King Dr. Chicago Public Schools will reopen the to students at the start of(…)

A. O. Scott visits KAMII

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer New York Times film critic A. O. Scott will make an appearance at KAM Isaiah Israel, 1100 E. Hyde Park Blvd., Saturday, April 16, to discuss film, television and the state of the arts. Mark Bazer, a contributing writing for Chicago magazine, will interview Scott, who, in addition to serving(…)

New report from U. of C. focuses on youth/police interactions

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A new report published by the University of Chicago (U. of C.) Law School seeks to call attention to the perspectives and experiences of the young Black people most affected by urban police practices. The paper, entitled “They Have All the Power: Youth/Police Encounters on Chicago’s South Side,” was the(…)

St. Thomas highlights its stars in annual Starry Night benefit

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The St. Thomas the Apostle School, 5467 S. Woodlawn Ave., is gearing up for its annual fundraiser night on Saturday, April 23. St. Thomas will host its “Starry Night” signature benefit beginning at 6 p.m. “Starry Night” is the main fundraising event for the school, and last year, the event(…)

Obama discusses Supreme Court nomination

Obama discusses Supreme Court nomination

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer University of Chicago (U. of C.) faculty, law students and Illinois politicians all crowded into U. of C.’s Harold J. Green Law Lounge, 1111 E. 60th St., Thursday, April 7, to hear President Barack Obama discuss his recent Supreme Court nomination of Merrick Garland. Obama, who was a professor of(…)

Quilt Show at United Church of Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The 26th Annual Quilt Show is scheduled for Friday, April 15 and Saturday, April 16 at the United Church of Hyde Park, 1448 E. 53rd St. Last year was the first time the event was held for two days, and the two-day spread continues this year from noon to 6(…)

Hairston proposes alternative to IPRA

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) is forwarding a proposition to abolish the city’s Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA) and replace it with what she calls “a truly independent police oversight agency.” Hairston said she would introduce the ordinance at an April 13 City Council meeting. The new agency would be called(…)

CHPV to celebrate neighbors leaving community

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The next Chicago Hyde Park Village (CHPV) Drop-In will pay special tribute to four notable residents that are leaving the neighborhood. On Wednesday, April 13 from 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at Augustana Lutheran Church, 5500 S. Woodlawn Ave., CHPV will honor Michael McGuire of the recently closed Supreme Jewelers,(…)

Obama visit prompts street closures

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Due to President Barack Obama’s return to the University of Chicago Law School, Thursday, April 7, there will be several street closures. In a statement released Wednesday, April 6, University of Chicago Associate Vice President for Safety, Security and Civic Affairs Marlon Lynch said that the community should be prepared(…)

Review: “Matilda the  Musical”

Review: “Matilda the Musical”

SOMEWHAT RECOMMENDED Where: Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph St. When: through April 10 Tickets: $24-$123 Phone: 800-775-2000 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic You don’t have to be a preteen, an indulgent parent or a diehard fan of Roald Dahl’s 1988 novel (Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) to enjoy “Matilda the Musical” at the Oriental(…)

Review: “Blood Wedding”

Review: “Blood Wedding”

SOMEWHAT RECOMMENDED Where: Lookingglass Theatre Company, Water Tower Water Works, 821 N. Michigan Ave. When: through April 24 Tickets: $40-$75 Phone: 312-337-0665 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Lust, longing, and revenge drive Federico Garcia Lorca’s 1933 “Blood Wedding,” yet Lookingglass Theatre Company’s production of this powerful, poetic play is surprisingly flat. Daniel Ostling has designed(…)

U. of C. Lab School finds new high school principal

U. of C. Lab School finds new high school principal

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer After an extensive search that began at the end of the 2014-2015 school year, the University of Chicago Laboratory High School (U-High) finally appointed Stephanie Weber as the new principal for the high school. U-High, 1362 E. 59th St., conducted the search alongside the national recruitment firm, Carney, Sandoe &(…)

Nichols Park, a safe haven for basketball players

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Sports Writer With over 13 years of coaching experience in the game of basketball, coach Mike Hill, an employee of Nichols Park Community Center, 1355 E. 53rd St., has impacted so many lives throughout his career in the Amateur Athletics Union (AAU) circuit. But in spite of his influence, Hill believes that(…)

KAM Isaiah Israel talks race

KAM Isaiah Israel talks race

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The congregation of KAM Isaiah Israel, 1100 E. Hyde Park Blvd., will host a two-day event on institutional racism and community solutions this weekend, April 8-9. Hyde Park journalist Jamie Kalven and University of Chicago professor Craig Futterman, who were both instrumental in the reporting surrounding the Laquan McDonald case,(…)

Support across the neighborhood for CTU strike

Support across the neighborhood for CTU strike

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Chicago teachers stayed out of their classrooms and took to the streets on April 1 protesting as part of a citywide “Day of Action”. The Chicago Teacher’s Union (CTU) began protesting outside of Chicago Public Schools (CPS) at 6:30 a.m. on Friday with organized protests and events that lasted throughout(…)

Natalie Moore discusses segregation at U. of C. book chat

Natalie Moore discusses segregation at U. of C. book chat

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer WBEZ reporter Natalie Moore stopped by the University of Chicago’s (U. of C.) International House, 1414 E. 59th St., on Thursday, March 31, to discuss her new book, “The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation.” Rick Perlstein, a U. of C. graduate and author of “Invisible Bridge:(…)

Non-profit campaigns against junk food marketing in  schools

Non-profit campaigns against junk food marketing in schools

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A non-profit grassroots organization is getting community members and schools of Hyde Park to stop the junk food propaganda in Chicago Public Schools (CPS). Corporate Accountability International (CAI) launched the Value [the] Meal Campaign in Chicago at the beginning of this year. The goal of the campaign is to stop(…)

Obama to discuss Supreme Court nominee at U. of C.

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer President Barack Obama will make an appearance in Hyde Park this week to discuss his Supreme Court justice nomination with University of Chicago (U. of C.) law students. Obama recently selected federal appellate judge Merrick Garland as his choice to fill the vacant Supreme Court seat left by Antonin Scalia,(…)