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Hunger Strikers to hold candlelight vigil tonight

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On the 16th day of the Dyett High School hunger strike, protestors and supporters will join the strikers for a candlelight vigil. The 12 hunger strikers and the Coalition to Revitalize Dyett will gather outside of the Tribune Tower, 435 N. Michigan Ave., by the DuSable bust at 7:30 p.m.(…)

Dyett strike lands at Little Black Pearl

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On the eighth day of the Dyett hunger strike, protestors were weak physically, but their spirits were still high. “While my stomach is empty, my heart is full from the community’s support,” said hunger striker Jeanette Taylor-Ramann. On Monday the strikers, as well as supporters, gathered at Little Black Pearl(…)

One-Act play at Dusable shines new light on two familiar stories

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer This September, journalist and author Janet Langhart Cohen is bringing her one-act play, entitled “Anne and Emmett,” to the Dusable Museum of African American History, 740 E 56th Pl. The play retraces the histories of Anne Frank and Emmett Till as they recount to one another their experiences of oppression.(…)

Hyde Park homes sharply increasing in value

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer An interesting spike has occurred in the Hyde Park housing market this summer, according to a recent real estate report. According to a recent Redfin Chicago Market Tracker report, Hyde Park experienced dramatic price jumps last month. Prices were up 42.7 percent a year over year in July across 170(…)

New Chief for U. of C. police department

By Sam Rappaport Staff Writer The University of Chicago has named Fountain L. Walker as their new chief of police. Walker has served as assistant chief of police since 2014 and replaces Marlon Lynch, chief of police since 2009, as the new top cop. In a statement dated Aug. 13, the university’s vice president for operations(…)

University closes Reynolds Club Barbershop

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer On July 17, the University of Chicago permanently closed the doors to the Reynolds Club Barbershop, 5706 S. University Ave, which, for many years, served the haircutting needs of faculty, students and community members alike. In a statement published July 17, the university praised the contributions of the Reynolds Club’s(…)

Farming goes urban in Hyde Park

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Having a successful farm may sound silly in the city of Chicago, but a few places in the Hyde Park area are growing fresh produce in the midst of the urban jungle. In an effort to care for the community’s environment as well as its health, urban gardens are growing(…)

“Dear White People” filmmaker Justin Simien visits Logan Center

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A screening of “Dear White People” accompanied by a question-and-answer session with the film’s writer and director, Justin Simien, was the last event in a three-day series of workshops on race and identity taking place across Chicago. The screening occurred on Sunday, Aug. 16, at the Logan Arts Center, 915(…)

Interim principal at Kozminski has long track record

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Kozminski Community Academy, 936 E. 54th St., is welcoming a new principal this fall to take over the school. Bernadette Glover has been named the acting principal of Kozminski. Previously the assistant principal at Bret Harte Elementary, 1556 E. 56th St., Glover is anything but new to the education system(…)

Raoul and Preckwinkle put youth justice in spotlight

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer State Sen. Kwame Raoul (13th) and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle are setting their sights on juvenile justice reform. Two bills sponsored by Raoul passed the Illinois General Assembly on Tuesday, Aug. 4. House Bill 3718 and Senate Bill 1560 will limit the number of young people committed to(…)

Campus organization’s claims raise UCPD questions

By Sam Rappaport Staff Writer In the current national climate surrounding campus police, the most remote events can have reverberations in Hyde Park. On July 19, an unarmed man was shot in the head by a University of Cincinnati police officer at a traffic stop outside of campus confines. The officer has since pleaded not(…)

Aldermen probe allegations of backlogged rape kits; could impact local case

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Alds. Edward M. Burke (14th) and Carrie Austin (34th) have asked the City of Chicago Committee on Finance to examine a state laboratory’s backlog of unprocessed rape kits involving sexual assaults in Chicago. A Hyde Park resident said she has reached out to the aldermen to make plans to rally(…)

Hyde Parkers bash Metra app

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern Metra is trying to modernize its paper ticket purchase system, but some Hyde Park organizations believe the company is going about it the wrong way. On July 22, Metra held a board meeting to defend its idea for a free ticket app, where riders would download tickets onto their smartphones(…)

Oral history project returns to Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Historical Society invites the community to attend the Hyde Park-Kenwood Stories: An Oral History Program on Aug. 16 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Located at Montgomery Place, 5550 S. Shore Dr., the goal of the event is to invite people to share their memories about faith(…)

Hollywood takes over Hyde Park streets

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Hollywood came to Hyde Park on Friday to film a scene of “Southside With You,” a movie about President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama’s first date. Ald. Will Burns (4th) notified residents and businesses on 53rd Street between Woodlawn Avenue and Kimbark Avenue, and all of Kimbark Avenue between Hyde(…)

Police critics take to street

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Campaign for Equitable Policing (CEP), a student-led organization encouraging accountability and equitable policing practices in the University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD), is canvassing through Hyde Park in the hopes of furthering its relationship with the community. The CEP was formed in 2013 after students from Dyett and Kenwood(…)