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Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference proposes increased funding for parks

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference’s (HP-K CC) proposed 2014-2015 budget would boost funding for area parks, a favorite item for the decades-old neighborhood group. HP-K CC will vote on the budget at its next meeting in November. If approved, $700 will be given to the group’s Parks Committee, which will(…)

Logan Center to host 31st Annual Chicago International Children’s Film Festival

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The University of Chicago’s Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts will be one of the screening venues for the 31st Annual Chicago International Children’s Film Festival. This year the festival will screen 290 children’s films from almost 40 countries at venues including the Logan Center, 915 E.(…)

Local non-profit taking St. Thomas students to Museum of Science and Industry

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Students from St. Thomas the Apostle School have been gifted a free trip to the Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) through the City Museums For Kids program. Joe Jaycox, founder of City Museums For Kids, has made it his mission to broaden the minds of economically challenged youth(…)

Hyde Park woman charged in stabbing death

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A Hyde Park woman has been charged with murder following the death of a 23-year-old man. Shawanda Swain, 21, of the 5100 block of South Chicago Avenue, was charged with one felony count of murder in the first degree Friday. She was taken into custody by the Chicago Police Department(…)

Police report stabbing on Hyde Park Boulevard

A 23-year-old man was killed last night after being stabbed in the chest by a woman on the 5100 block of South Hyde Park Boulevard. The man was stabbed by a 21-year-old woman in a domestic related incident at 3:10 a.m., Chicago Police News Affairs spokesman Janel Sedevic said. He was transported to Northwestern Memorial(…)

Ancona to host discussion series on sex and gender

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Ancona School will host a series of discussions on the subject of gender and sexuality at its Honest Conversations symposium. Honest  Conversations  is a parent-organized discussion group that meets at Ancona, 4770 S. Dorchester Ave., about five times during the year to discuss issues such as race, gender,(…)

Hyde Park Ph.D. student named Amtrak writer-in-residence

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Sixth-year U. of C. graduate student and Hyde Parker Korey Gerard Garibaldi will take part in Amtrak’s first-ever writer’s residency. Garibaldi is one of 24 writers-in-residence —and 16,000 applicants — selected go on a free, round-trip writing retreat in a sleeper cabin. The train travel enthusiast, whose past journeys have(…)

Violent crime in Hyde Park in steady decline

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Violent crime over last summer was down significantly from the previous summer, according to data provided by the Chicago Police Department. Violent crime, defined by CPD as murder, criminal sexual assaults, aggravated assaults, robbery or battery, has been on a steady decline since 2009, the oldest year with data available.(…)