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Comey’s YouTube effect is a fiction

To the Editor: At a recent event at the University of Chicago Law School (FBI head visits U. of C. campus, Oct. 28, 2015), UC Alum and FBI Director James Comey spoke to the audience regarding the “Ferguson” effect, in which police officers pull back from confronting some situations because they fear that they will(…)

University of Chicago threatens natural space

To the Editor: Just as the U of C is riding roughshod over our city parks by insisting that the proposed Obama Library be built in a public park instead of by acquiring and improving private land for this worthy project, it now proposes to destroy its own beautiful natural space. As a young child(…)

Timuel Black to receive honors from the Urban League

Timuel Black to receive honors from the Urban League

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Long time Bronzeville resident Timuel Black is receiving the significant honor of The Edwin C. “Bill” Berry Civil Rights Award at the Chicago Urban League’s 54th Annual Golden Fellowship Dinner. Each year, the Chicago Urban League, 4510 S. Michigan Ave., honors those who have left a positive and lasting impact(…)

Program highlights power of women

Program highlights power of women

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Once a month, a group of women meet to talk about inspiration, creativity and resources in their field of work. Although these women’s careers range from designer to musician, and small business owner to photographer, these women all share one common thing: they are all a female boss. The Chicago(…)

Fight erupts in store

Fight erupts in store

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Joush Om, the owner of Valley of Jordan Food, 1009 E. 53rd St., was arrested last Friday, Oct. 23, following an argument with a 12-year-old middle school student. Ebony Byrd Wesley, the boy’s mother, said that after her son used only pennies to pay for a ten cent piece of(…)

Boutique hotel meeting talks design and parking

Boutique hotel meeting talks design and parking

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The second meeting for the boutique hotel proposal for 53rd Street and Dorchester Avenue took place last night to discuss the design’s concept and to address the pressing concerns of the community. GREC Architects presented a design rendering for what the seven-story hotel might look like. Greg Randall, from GREC(…)

Does community policing work?

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS) has long been touted by law enforcement and elected officials as an effective means of addressing the discord between police officers and minority communities. However, The Black Youth Project 100 (BYP 100), a social justice organization located in Hyde Park (5733 S. University Ave.),(…)

Student organization calls for reform of UCPD oversight committee

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Campaign for Equitable Policing (CEP), a student-led organization at the University of Chicago, held a series of events last week with the ultimate goal of encouraging reforms within the university-appointed committee charged with reviewing complaints brought against the University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD). The CEP’s week of teach-ins,(…)

Improv to return to Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer An art form that began in Hyde Park is getting a revival, literally, with a newly established comedy club that will dedicate itself to entertaining audiences, and of course, making people laugh along the way. Hyde Park resident John Stoops has always had a love of comedy, particularly improvisational comedy,(…)

Hyde Park Junior Spartans Football Makes Impact On The Community


Hyde Park Junior Spartans Football Makes Impact On The Community


By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Sports Writer The Hyde Park Junior Spartans hosted the Gators of Garfield Park in a highly anticipated first round playoff match-up, Saturday, Oct. 31., at Hales Franciscan High School, 4930 S. Cottage Grove Ave. The team boasts some of the top talent of the Chicago South Town United Youth Football League (UYFL).(…)

Storytelling on Hyde Park’s history

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On Saturday, Nov. 7, the Hyde Park Historical Society will feature a special presentation about the stories that surround Hyde Park’s history. Susan O’Connor Davis, author of “Chicago’s Hyde Park History”, will discuss little-known stories about the neighborhood and their historic significance. The event will take place at the Augustana(…)

Performance art at DuSable

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Dread Scott, an acclaimed and unconventional artist, will be at the DuSable Museum of African American History, Nov. 12, for a performance art lecture titled “Dread Scott: Revolutionary Art, Propelling History Forward.” The event will take a look at Scott’s artistic endeavors over the past 25 years, which include installations,(…)

U. of C. hosts conference on urban affairs

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer This Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 3-4, University of Chicago (U. of C.) will partner with University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy to host the launch of an international urban affairs symposium titled, “City/Cite: A Transatlantic Exchange.” “City/Cite: A Transatlantic Exchange” is a(…)

Student organization continues action against UCPD

Student organization continues action against UCPD

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Campaign for Equitable Policing (CEP), a student-led organization at the University of Chicago, held a series of events last week with the ultimate goal of encouraging reforms within the university-appointed committee charged with reviewing complaints brought against the University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD). The CEP’s week of teach-ins,(…)

Modern Cooperative celebrates grand opening on Friday

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Hyde Park will add another unique retailer to its growing list when Modern Cooperative holds its grand opening this Friday. From 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Modern Cooperative, 1500 E. 53rd St., will show the public what it has to offer in vintage and furniture, handmade décor and one of(…)

Jewish leaders call on U. of C. to keep its trauma care commitments

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer This Sunday, Nov. 1, the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs (JCUA) will host a community meeting urging the University of Chicago to maintain its commitment of bringing trauma care to Chicago’s South Side. On Sept. 10, U. of C. announced it would be partnering with Sinai Health Systems to open(…)

Hyde Park woman the victim of attempted carjacking at gas station

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer In the early morning hours of Sunday, Oct. 25, Hyde Park resident Olivia Spells was the victim of an attempted carjacking at the gas station on the corner of 51st Street and Cornell Avenue. At approximately 2:45 a.m., Spells was driving to her home in the 4800 block of S. Chicago(…)

Hyde Park Historical Society seeks nominations for the 2016 Paul Cornell Award

Hyde Park Historical Society seeks nominations for the 2016 Paul Cornell Award

The Hyde Park Historical Society is currently seeking nominations for Paul Cornell Awards, named after Hyde Park Township’s founder. These awards recognize individuals and organizations whose work exemplify the values and objectives of the society: recording Hyde Park’s history, preserving Hyde Park artifacts and documents, education, and promoting public interest in Hyde Park history.  The(…)

Founder’s Day at DuSable

Founder’s Day at DuSable

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The DuSable Museum of African American History has served as an institution to preserve and interpret the African American culture since Dr. Margaret Burroughs founded the museum in 1961. On Sunday, the DuSable Museum, 740 E. 56th Pl., will celebrate its annual Founder’s Day to commemorate the initiatives and goals(…)

University of Chicago Medicine earns high safety ratings

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Earlier today, The Leapfrog Group, an industry watchdog that tracks hospital safety nationwide, awarded University of Chicago Medicine (U. of C.) with its 8th consecutive A rating. This places the university’s medical center among an elite group of 133 institutions dubbed by Leapfrog as Straight A hospitals. Since Leapfrog launched(…)