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End of an era at Dyett High School

End of an era at Dyett High School

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer As of Herald press time, the last graduating class of the phased-out Dyett High School was slated to graduate Tuesday morning at the DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Pl. All 13 seniors were accepted into college and three of the students received full or partial(…)

Lauranita Taylor Dugas, 88

Lauranita Taylor Dugas, 88

Lauranita Taylor Dugas, Hyde Park educator and social advocate, died on May 20, 2015. She was 88. Dugas worked for the Head Start Program, the State of Illinois’ Institute for Juvenile Research and for the Chicago Child Care Society as a supervising teacher for 25 years until her retirement. Dugas chaired the Jones-Swift Scholarship fund(…)

Ephraim Miller, 84

Ephraim Miller, 84

Ephraim Miller, a Hyde Park resident throughout the 1970s and 1980s, passed away the morning of May 28, in Beaverton, Ore. Miller was born to Russian, Jewish immigrant parents on Sept. 8, 1930, in New York City. From New York, Miller traveled to Boston to study chemical engineering at MIT. While in Boston working as(…)

Prashant Bhargava, 42

Prashant Bhargava, 42

Prashant Bhargava, an acclaimed filmmaker and commercial director known for revealing the extraordinary in the ordinary, died on May 15, 2015, at the age of 42. Bhargava was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, his work grounded in its rhythms and spaces. The 1990 Kenwood Academy graduate described himself as “one of(…)

Raul Hinojosa, 86

Raul Hinojosa, 86

Dr. Raul Hinojosa died peacefully at the age of 86 in his beautiful home named “El Paraiso” – Paradise – in the state of Morelos, Mexico, where he spent winters with his wife and visiting family and friends. At his side were his son Jorge and wife Berta of 62 years. Dr. Hinojosa had been(…)

Health, gardens, ratings in school news

Health, gardens, ratings in school news

Parent health seminar at Murray Elementary School, 5335 S. Kenwood Ave. Murray Elementary School will be the host of the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Network 9 Parent Health Seminar. The network formed the parent health seminar to promote healthy living for families on the South Side. Parents are invited to learn more about how to(…)

Harper Avenue to be renamed for Oscar Brown Jr.

Harper Avenue to be renamed for Oscar Brown Jr.

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A section of South Harper Avenue will be named after poet, playwright, activist and South Side native Oscar Brown Jr. At 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 30, Harper Avenue, between 52nd and 53rd streets, will be cordoned off to allow for a street naming ceremony. Brown’s daughters, Maggie Brown and(…)

Hales struggles, Kenwood enters new building in school news

Hales struggles, Kenwood enters new building in school news

Sinking enrollment may mean the end for Hales Franciscan High School, 4930 S. Cottage Grove Ave. A dramatic drop in enrollment due to population decline in Chicago, a slow recovery from the economic recession and increased competition from selective enrollment and charter schools has had an adverse effect on Hales Franciscan, according to Principal Nichole(…)

New space, soaring STEM in school news

New space, soaring STEM in school news

Outdoor Learning Space at The Ancona School, 4770 S. Dorchester Ave. The Ancona School has met its financial goals for phase 1 and phase 2 of its Outdoor Learning Space project. The space will be used as an outdoor classroom and play space for all grade levels at the school. The school was able to(…)

New legislation clears way for Obama library

New legislation clears way for Obama library

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Although officially announced last week, South Siders learned in early May that Obama Library would be built here after the President reportedly thanked Illinois Senate President John Cullerton and House Speaker Mike Madigan for their efforts. Cullerton and Madigan had pushed for the passage of HB 373, which amended Illinois(…)

After Obama Library decision, South Siders continue to push for trauma center

After Obama Library decision, South Siders continue to push for trauma center

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Though many applauded last week’s announcement that the Obama Library would be built on the South Side, local advocates are still focused on getting a trauma center. The same day the Obama Foundation announced it picked the University of Chicago’s bid for the library, activists for a South Side trauma(…)

University of Chicago nurses approve new contract

University of Chicago nurses approve new contract

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Union nurses at the University of Chicago Medical Center (UCMC) have agreed to a new contract. The new contract with National Nurses United (NNU) — which was reached over three nights at the Friend Family Health Center, 800 E. 55th St. — stipulates that nurses will no longer work both(…)