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Former CPS head: Closures flawed

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Hyde Park resident Argie Johnson, former superintendent of Chicago Public Schools, said while she is not opposed to school closings, CPS could have created a more inclusive process that might have made the transition smoother. She said should CPS decide to close Canter Middle School, a phase out approach(…)

Guns, drugs found at former Kozminksi VP’s home

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A former vice principal at Kozminski Community was arrested Saturday night after Chicago Police Department discovered a cache of assault weapons and drugs in his home. Jeremy Lydon, 43, was charged with one count of unlawful use of a deadly weapon with a silencer, one count of unlawful use of(…)

U. of C. urged to shed fossil fuels

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer University of Chicago students overwhelmingly voted to encourage the school to remove its investments in companies that profit from fossil fuels and move those investments to greener companies. Last week, 2,183 students at the university voted on the student government election ballot in favor of the referendum while 714 voted(…)

Nile Moving

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Park restaurant The Nile is leaving its location after 22 years and moving further west. General manager Rashad Moughrabi said the new location, 1162 E. 55th St., will have seating for approximately 20 more people inside the restaurant and another 24 on the back patio. “It’s really cool. The(…)

McMobil topic of forum

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Kenwood Community Conference will host a discussion on the planned development for the McMobil site at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, May 6 at the United Church of Hyde Park, 1448 E. 53rd St. The meeting, which will be open to the public, will include information from zoning(…)

Funding sought for 57th Street mural

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Donations to the 57th Street Underpass Mural Project, which entails the installation of panel mosaics in the west underpass connecting Jackson Park to the Museum of Science and Industry, could receive a partly matching contribution by 3Arts, a Chicago non-profit organization promoting area artists. The project will obtain(…)

Players have a new complex

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Community Players (HPCP) have collaborated with the University of Chicago Classical Entertainment Society to present their first play together “Oedipus! The Musical!” “It’s Mel Brooks writing a parody of Oedipus with songs by Weird Al Yankovic,” said writer John Poole. The show is a modern parody of(…)

Harper Avenue shooting leaves one dead, one injured

The Chicago Police Department is reporting one man dead and another injured following a shooting inside an apartment building in the 5200 block of South Harper Avenue last night after midnight. At approximately 12:15 a.m. Tuesday morning, two males were standing in a hallway in an apartment building when they were approached by a third(…)