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Kenwood crowns DuSable in conference match

Kenwood crowns DuSable in conference match

By Joseph Phillips Sports Writer Coming off an impressive victory over King College Prep on Tuesday night, the Kenwood Academy High School Broncos (5-1) hosted conference foes the DuSable High School Panthers (0-3) in a game featuring two of the city’s top players, which also happen to be Kenwood students, Zion Morgan and Nick Robinson of Kenwood. Although Morgan(…)

U. of C. changes course, brings adult trauma care center to Hyde Park

U. of C. changes course, brings adult trauma care center to Hyde Park

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer In a surprising turn of events, University of Chicago Medicine (UCM) announced Thursday morning that it will construct an adult level one trauma care center on its Hyde Park campus. The decision deviates from the university’s previous intentions of partnering with Sinai Health System to bring a center to Holy(…)

Jane Averill remembered as a passionate teacher

Jane Averill remembered as a passionate teacher

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Hyde Park lost a long-time community member and passionate teacher Monday Dec. 7. Jane Averill passed away after her battle with cancer. Averill was a pre-K teacher at Ray Elementary School, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave., from 2001 until April of this year when she retired. Inside her classroom, room 413,(…)

Project 120 update

Project 120 update

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Chicago Cultural Center, 50 E. Washington St., hosted a lecture on Thursday afternoon, Dec. 10, that focused on the history and future of the city’s South Side parks. The discussion, titled “The South Parks: An American Story,” was led by Bob Karr, president of Project 120, the non-profit organization(…)

Red Mango closed

Red Mango closed

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer After a year of a half in the neighborhood, Red Mango’s Harper Court location, 5221 S. Harper Ct., has closed permanently. According to a statement from the University of Chicago, the owner of Red Mango made the decision to close the weekend of Nov. 28. No details about the reason(…)

Holiday concert at Hyde Park Union Church

Holiday concert at Hyde Park Union Church

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Union Church is hosting a free holiday concert this weekend. Hyde Park’s Le Cantanti Di Chicago women’s choir, led by Dhilanthi Fernando will perform at the concert, which will begin at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 20 at the Hyde Park Union Church, 5600 S. Woodlawn Ave.(…)

Chicago Urban League hosts forum on police

Chicago Urban League hosts forum on police

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Legal scholars and activists convened at the Chicago Urban League, 4510 S. Michigan, Wednesday evening, to discuss the state of the Chicago Police Department (CPD) and possible means of reform. The discussion, titled “Truth and Justice for All: Advancing Police and Community Accountability,” consisted of seven panelists, including University of(…)

Hunger strikers reflect, talk about next steps

Hunger strikers reflect, talk about next steps

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Advocates of the #Fight for Dyett campaign have been quiet since the 34-day hunger strike this summer, but the Coalition to Revitalize Dyett has been reflecting on the experience and planning its next steps. During a panel discussion, Thursday, at the University of Chicago building in Harper Court, 5235 S.(…)

Local activists: McCarthy’s resignation “not enough”

Local activists: McCarthy’s resignation “not enough”

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Following Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy’s resignation last Tuesday, Dec. 1, Hyde Park activists and politicians are calling for sweeping reforms of the Chicago Police Department (CPD). On Sunday, Dec. 6, Everloyce McCullough, a member of Mothers Against Senseless Killings (M.A.S.K.), stood in Bixler Park at 57th and Kenwood recruiting local(…)

Travis’ run for Springfield

Travis’ run for Springfield

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer It was a close race in the 2014 election for the 26th District State Representative. State Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) beat candidate Jay Travis by less than 6 percent. For the 2016 race, Travis is continuing her fight to Springfield. “We were able to build a racially diverse, multi-generational community(…)

Mitchell focuses on results

Mitchell focuses on results

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer State Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) is in the midst of his 2016 campaign. For this time around against candidate Jay Travis, Mitchell is emphasizing the results he has made in Springfield. “I think the major theme of this campaign is not just who is going to be an effective progressive,(…)

Rainbow PUSH welcomes DOJ investigation of CPD

Rainbow PUSH welcomes DOJ investigation of CPD

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Rev. Jesse Jackson led a press conference Monday, at Rainbow PUSH headquarters, 930 E. 50th St., praising the move by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to launch an expansive investigation into the Chicago Police Department (CPD). U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said on Monday that the DOJ’s investigation will(…)

Uncertain future for Washington Park Vet Center

Uncertain future for Washington Park Vet Center

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A Washington Park organization serving Chicago’s homeless veterans is facing closure after being hit by the city with 38 building code violations. The organization’s founders suspect that the city’s scrutiny was motivated by parties interested in obtaining property surrounding the likely location of the Obama Presidential Center. The Remake The(…)

Einstein grand opening

Einstein grand opening

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Einstein Bros. Bagels, 5230 S. Harper Ct., has been welcomed in the neighborhood warmly since it first opened last month. On Thursday, Dec. 10, the store will officially be a part of Hyde Park at its grand opening event. From 4 p.m. – 8 p.m., guests will receive a 10(…)

Domino’s operations suspended by public health department

Domino’s operations suspended by public health department

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Domino’s at 1453 E. Hyde Park Blvd. has been temporarily closed by the Chicago Department of Public Health. The department placed a notice on the storefront’s door Tuesday that stated that the pizza restaurant’s license has been suspended. Representatives from the Chicago Department of Public Health declined to comment(…)

Hyde Park responds to Laquan McDonald shooting

Hyde Park responds to Laquan McDonald shooting

By ALLISON MATYUS and SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writers Last week, Chicago held its breath while awaiting the outcome of a released video depicting a Chicago police officer shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. On Oct. 20, 2014, McDonald was shot 16 times by Chicago Police Officer, Jason Van Dyke. Tuesday, Nov. 24, Van Dyke was charged with(…)