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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.(…)

A year of culmination and new beginnings at the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Neighborhood Club’s board of directors held its annual meeting Thursday night, Sept. 18. Leadership changes, program growth, space usage, building upgrades and the club’s 105th anniversary gala were topics of discussion during the meeting. Past director Jennifer Bosch received praise from the board for her work(…)

No trauma care, but trauma counsel support from U. of C. Medical Center

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer While the South Side still does not have an adult trauma care center, the University of Chicago Medical Center is helping to provide counseling for survivors of violence. UCMC, Northwestern Medicine and the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago will work with Bright Star Church, 735 E. 44th St., to combat(…)

Jay Travis heading Karen Lewis’ mayoral exploratory committee

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Bronzeville resident Jay Travis, who challenged state Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) in the Democratic primary earlier this year, has signed on as coordinator for CTU President Karen Lewis’ mayoral exploratory committee. Travis, who began serving in the new role three weeks ago, says hundreds have reached out to volunteer. “We’ve(…)

USDA: Harold Washington Park birds likely killed by toxins

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Toxins in the water likely led to the deaths of more than a dozen birds at the model yacht basin at Harold Washington Park, according to a biologist from the USDA, which has been investigating the matter. The 18 mallard carcasses the USDA collected earlier this month were too degraded(…)

Police issue alert regarding burglaries

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Chicago Police Department issued a warning Wednesday about a string of burglaries in Hyde Park. In August and September the burglars entered through the rear of the building during the day. Burglaries were reported on the 5200 block of South Ingleside Avenue on the morning of August 25, the 900(…)