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MAC teardown hurts preservationist rep

To the Editor: Just over a month ago, the Hyde Park Historical Society presented MAC Property Management with the Marian and Leon Despres Preservation Award for the restoration of the Shoreland Hotel. Now we watch the same company’s demolition of the elegant and historic greystone rowhouses on Harper just north of Hyde Park Boulevard. And we(…)

Reporter Jamie Kalven prevails in legal battle with police

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A local reporter and nonprofit leader recently won a key legal battle over police transparency in the Illinois Court of Appeals. Kalven v. Chicago Police Department was settled Monday, March 14, years after after Jamie Kalven, founder of the not-for-profit journalist collective Invisible Institute, 6100 S. Blackstone Ave., filed suit.(…)

Reporter Jamie Kalven prevails in legal battle with police

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A local reporter and nonprofit leader recently won a key legal battle over police transparency in the Illinois Court of Appeals. Kalven v. Chicago Police Department was settled Monday, March 14, years after after Jamie Kalven, founder of the not-for-profit journalist collective Invisible Institute, 6100 S. Blackstone Ave., filed suit.(…)

Seeking new status, U. of C. police make changes

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Police Department is making changes that create greater transparency and that would hold it to standards set by a law enforcement accreditation agency. UCPD will host a public forum as part of the process to becoming an accredited law enforcement agency. A public information forum will(…)

Hyde Park G and S’s “Pinafore” shines

By M L RANTALA Music Critic Hyde Park’s own Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company welcomed spring with another fun and frothy production of “H.M.S. Pinafore.” This silly story of “The Lass that Loved a Sailor” was given three performances this past weekend at Mandel Hall. Since 1960 this troupe has been offering the works of(…)

Parents debate the merits of firing Kenwood Academy basketball coach

Parents debate the merits of firing Kenwood Academy basketball coach

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Kenwood Academy parents continue to debate the fairness of the school’s decision to fire its varsity basketball coach. Some parents said they are concerned about the basketball team’s academic future while others said the team needs a coach, who can lead the team to more victories. Jim Maley was(…)

State Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie sails to victory

State Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie sails to victory

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie sailed uncontested to her 19th term as Hyde Park’s representative in the 25th District Tuesday night. The 2014 primary was less stressful than her first election in 1978. In Currie’s first primary, she ran in a 10-candidate race that included an alderman and an(…)