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One man’s library …

One man’s library …

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer When he was given the chance to have lunch with Barack and Michelle Obama, University of Chicago graduate Michael Sorkin thought he should bring a gift. So he drafted a plan that would put the presidential museum in Woodlawn. “I always had an interest in Hyde Park and planning and(…)

Lutherans gain new leader

Lutherans gain new leader

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Lutheran School of Theology recently named Esther Menn as dean and vice president of academic affairs. Her five-year term began on Jan. 1 and her installation service will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 5, at the Augustana Chapel, 1100 E. 55th St. “The faculty and I are(…)

“Wait, Wait” doesn’t for tickets

“Wait, Wait” doesn’t for tickets

By JENNET POSEY Herald Intern For the first time ever, the popular radio news quiz show, “Wait, Wait … Don’t Tell Me,” will be recorded on the University of Chicago campus. The recording is scheduled to take place at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 30 at Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57 St. “Wait, Wait … Don’t(…)

Snapshot of HPK icon

Snapshot of HPK icon

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer “What did you guys do New Years Eve? It’s just a couple of days ago, don’t tell me you don’t remember,” Mario Smith joked with his audience on the Jan. 2 episode of his radio show, “News from the Service Entrance.” Smith has been hosting the program on WHPK 88.5(…)

Millions for bird scheme

Millions for bird scheme

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is seeking to rehabilitate Jackson Park over the next five years. USACE is exploring a plan to restore around 160 acres of Jackson Park, beginning this year and lasting through 2019. The project, aimed at removing invasive species and introducing native vegetation, is(…)

CAC drive on

CAC drive on

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference (HP-K CC) Schools Committee is searching for parents, principals, elected officials, faith-based leaders and more community members to help it form a Hyde Park Community Action Council (CAC). A majority of those in attendance at the conference’s Schools Committee meeting last Wednesday at Kenwood(…)

Low turnout blamed for participatory budgeting ending

Low turnout blamed for participatory budgeting ending

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Hyde Parkers met Ald. Leslie Hairston’s decision not to continue the 5th Ward’s participatory budgeting (PB) program this year with a mixed reaction. The 5th Ward’s experiment with PB — a political process born in Brazil in the late ’80s, in which constituents decide how their district’s money is spent(…)

$90M cancer research grant

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago shared in a grant that will exponentially grow the amount in its endowment for cancer research. Ludwig Cancer Research recently donated $540 million to be split equally among six cancer research facilities in the United States, including the U. of C. The $90 million the university(…)