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

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer President Barack Obama will make an appearance in Hyde Park next 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,(…)

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 &(…)

U. of C. scientists discuss molecular-level breakthroughs

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer At a free, two-hour event on Wednesday, April 6, scientists from the University of Chicago’s (U. of C.) Institute for Molecular Engineering and Argonne National Laboratory will speak on the molecular-level scientific breakthroughs that are changing the course of our future. The event, titled “Future Science: Small Scale, Big Impact,”(…)

KAM Isaiah Israel talks institutional racism

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 next 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,(…)

Rainbow PUSH to hold Saturday rally for Chicago State University

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer In the wake of employee layoffs at Chicago State University (CSU) due to lack of funding, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr., is calling on help from South Side communities. Jackson announced today a rally in support of CSU will take place this Saturday, April 2 at 9:30 a.m. at Rainbow PUSH(…)

New playgrounds planned for Nichols Park

New playgrounds planned for Nichols Park

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Two new playground complexes will soon be coming to Nichols Park, according to Nichols Park Advisory Council (NPAC) President Stephanie Franklin. They will replace both the park’s ‘baby playground,’ at the park’s southwest corner near Kimbark Ave., and ‘big-kids playground,’ near 54th St. and Kenwood Ave. Franklin said that the(…)

Blackstone Bicycle Works transfers management

Blackstone Bicycle Works transfers management

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Jamel “J.T.” Triggs, 26, and Jermell Akins, 21, have both been repairing bicycles at Blackstone Bicycle Works, 6100 S. Dorchester Ave., since their early teenage years. Their years of apprenticeship paid major dividends, last week, when Triggs and Akins were tapped to oversee the management of the bike shop. Blackstone(…)

Grandparents connection Bret Harte students meet with Montgomery Place residents

Grandparents connection Bret Harte students meet with Montgomery Place residents

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Eighth graders from Bret Harte Elementary School and senior residents at Montgomery Place had the chance to spend an afternoon together through WTTW’s program, Grandparent Connection. On March 23, 38 students from Bret Harte, 1556 E. 56th St., visited their neighbors at Montgomery Place, 5550 S. Shore Dr., for an(…)

The HPNC girls junior roller derby league starts training

The HPNC girls junior roller derby league starts training

By Joseph Phillips  Sports Writer The Second City Slaughter Jr. Roller Derby team held its first fundamental camp for girls ages 8-18, March 26, at the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club. “This is my first season as an instructor with the Second City Slaughter,” said Ragner Rockner, roller derby instructor for the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club,(…)

Local trainer offers fitness tips in observance of National Athletic Training Month

Local trainer offers fitness tips in observance of National Athletic Training Month

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Sports Writer In observance of National Athletic Training Month, Bo Leonard, a certified athletic trainer for Athletico, 1644 E. Hyde Park Blvd., is providing health and fitness tips for athletes throughout the community. According to the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, National Athletic Training Month is held every March in order to spread awareness about all(…)

The South Side with Natalie Moore and Rick Perlstein

By Sophia Benzarti Global Voices Metcalf Fellow On March 31st,the Global Voices Author Lecture Series at International House will partner with the UChicago Urban Network, the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture, and the Seminary Co-op Bookstore to present “The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation.” WBEZ’s Natalie Moore(…)

Review: “Butler”

Review: “Butler”

RECOMMENDED Where: Northlight Theatre, North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie When: through April 17 Tickets: $25-$79 Phone: 847-673-6300 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic “Butler” is set in the commander’s office at Fort Monroe, Virginia, in the first month of the Civil War, but Richard Strand’s play has the same appeal(…)

Review: “Long Day’s Journey Into Night”

Review: “Long Day’s Journey Into Night”

RECOMMENDED Where: Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave. When: through April 10 Tickets: $45-$65 Phone: 773-753-4472 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Of all the production I’ve seen of “Long Day’s Journey Into Night,” a play so personal Eugene O’Neill didn’t want it ever to be produced (and stipulated it shouldn’t be published until 25 years(…)

Young singers command the stage at Lyric Opera’s Rising Stars concert

Young singers command the stage at Lyric Opera’s Rising Stars concert

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center is a training program for young, emerging opera singers which offers instruction and performance opportunities for talented singers. The Rising Stars concert is an annual event that turns the main stage at the Civic Opera House over(…)

Dorothy Naomi Eldridge Green passed away on March 14. She was 89. 

Dorothy Naomi Eldridge Green passed away on March 14. She was 89. 

Hyde Park resident Dorothy Naomi Eldridge Green was born on July 31, 1926 in Chicago to Johnella and Charles Henry Eldridge. The second child to her older sister, Harriet Elizabeth Eldridge. Eldridge Green attended John Farren Elementary School, DuSable High School and graduated with a degree in teaching and liberty science at Pestalozzi-Frobel Teacher’s College.(…)

Ray, Murray, Ancona, U. of C. Charter in school news

Ray, Murray, Ancona, U. of C. Charter in school news

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Local teachers recognized Ray Elementary School, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave., Principal Megan Thole and Ray teacher Andrea McGehee were recognized as part of the 2016 class of the National Board Certified Chicago Public Schools (CPS) teachers. Thole and McGehee were part of a group of teachers that engaged in over(…)