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Budget cuts roil local schools

Budget cuts roil local schools

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Public schools in Hyde Park held community meetings last week to discuss their sharply reduced preliminary budgets for the 2013-2014 school year. An all-schools meeting was also held by the parent group Raise Your Hand for Illinois Education. The group is demanding that Mayor Rahm Emanuel return tax increment(…)

Ray to get added preschool class – if enough parents apply

Ray to get added preschool class – if enough parents apply

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer After a flurry of calls and letters from Ray Elementary School parents, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) is adding another Pre School for All classroom next school year at Ray, which will allow more neighborhood children to attend. CPS is looking for at least 40 children to fill the classroom.(…)

Hudson Lapore remembered by family, friends, U. of C. community

Hudson Lapore remembered by family, friends, U. of C. community

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The family of Austin Hudson-Lapore, the 20-year-old University of Chicago student whose body was pulled from Lake Michigan on Wednesday, said his death was an accident but took comfort in knowing he died doing what he loved. “Austin loved watching the weather. A stormy night on the lakefront with some(…)

O’Gara and Wilson closing its doors

O’Gara and Wilson closing its doors

Longtime Hyde Park used book sellers O’Gara and Wilson is closing up shop in Hyde Park, according to a post on its Facebook page. The store, 1448 E. 57th St., will relocate to Chesterton, Ind., just beyond the Indiana border. “After decades in Hyde Park, O’Gara & Wilson is upping stakes this summer and moving(…)

Body found in Lake Michigan identified as U. of C. student

Body found in Lake Michigan identified as U. of C. student

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A body found in Lake Michigan was identified this afternoon as that of a local student reported missing last week. The medical examiner’s office said the body was missing University of Chicago student Austin Hudson-Lapore, according to the Sun-Times. U. of C. President Robert Zimmer also confirmed the identity of(…)

Tinina Burns returned to her family

Tinina Burns returned to her family

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A 15-year-old girl who was reported missing on May 30 had returned to her family by June 5, Police News Affairs said on Tuesday June 18. Police consider the case closed. Tinina Burns was reported missing from the 5500 block of South Everett Avenue on May 29 at 2 p.m.

Local school budgets shrunk

Local school budgets shrunk

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer With only one week to figure out how to stretch smaller budgets at schools with increasing populations, public schools in Hyde Park are hosting meetings and inviting the community to discuss and review their preliminary budgets. Since Chicago Public Schools’ (CPS) announcement of school closings in May, there seems(…)

Teacher heads to Arctic

Teacher heads to Arctic

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Nell Kemp, 7th grade science teacher at Kenwood Academy High School’s Academic Center, is taking a trip to Alaska to study the influence of wolf spiders on the structure and function of food webs in the Arctic. From June 27 to Aug. 3, Kemp will work with a team(…)