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Rally protesting police

The Rainbow PUSH Coalition will join the National Conference of Black Lawyers (Chicago Chapter) and about 200 community leaders in a mass march at City Hall to demand police accountability. The organizations plan to rally at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 28, at Federal Plaza on Dearborn and Adams streets and March to City Hall(…)

Jacksons sentenced

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Former Hyde Park Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. was sentenced on Wednesday to 30 months in prison, after pleading guilty to misusing more than $750,000 in campaign funds. His wife, former Ald. Sandi Jackson (7th), was sentenced to 12 months for filing a false tax return. Judge Amy Berman Jackson, unrelated(…)

Vandervoort recognized for service

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern The Jackson Park Advisory Council has awarded its first “Golden Lady Volunteer of the Year Award” to Hyde Parker Fran Vandervoort. In her case, though, it’s being called the “volunteer of the decades” award. Vandervoort has been volunteering for JPAC since 2004, when she returned to the parks after working(…)

Writer explores Prairie School’s Barry Byrne in new book

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Author Vincent Michael will return to Chicago, Sept. 17 to Sept. 21, to discuss and sign his book “The Architecture of Barry Byrne: Taking the Prairie School to Europe.” Byrne was a radical architect who was an apprentice to Frank Lloyd Wright and was inspired by Louis Sullivan. A(…)

Readers support Hales co-ed choice

Hales is changing, and Herald readers like it. As recently reported in the Herald, Hales Franciscan High School, 4930 S. Cottage Grove Ave., is accepting young women as students for the first time since its founding in the 1960s. Shortly after breaking the news of the transition, the Herald asked readers to participate in a(…)

U. of C. seeks to improve water

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago has named a new director for its water research initiative at the Institute for Molecular Engineering. Steven Sibener began serving his two-year term on July 1. The water initiative is new, only launching in June. The initiative is in collaboration with Ben-Gurion University of the Negev(…)

Davis’ Hyde Park book sets standard

To the Editor: Thirty-five years ago, the University of Chicago Press published Jean Block’s “Hyde Park Homes” and it became the benchmark for community standards, preservation significance, even real estate values. The press now has published the next benchmark: Susan Davis’s “Chicago’s Historic Hyde Park,” listing 910 buildings and 141 architects. It establishes the enduring(…)

Deadly birds? Here we go again

To the Editor: Was it just yesterday when complaints rained in that peregrines — a handsome falcon only recently rescued from extinction — were wiping out local populations of pigeons and monk parakeets? Today the villains seem to be Cooper’s hawks, now reported to be damaging birds in Nichols Park. I will respond as I(…)