News In Brief

Players help you brush up on Shakespeare

The Hyde Park Community Players are reprising their annual acting workshop on Shakespeare early next month. “Getting Shakespeare Off the Shelf!” will take place 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 10, at Augustana Lutheran Church, 5500 S. Woodlawn Ave. Ages 15 and up and all levels of experience are welcome. For more information, e-mail(…)

“Hall of Khan” closes with a splash

The Hyde Park Art Center will mark the Saturday, July 27 closing of its exhibit by former artist-in-residence Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford, “Hall of Khan,” with a horse parade viewing. Hulsebos-Spofford will discuss his work centering around horses at the art center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave., during the first hour of the exhibit’s closing ceremony. Afterward, the(…)

Ray Lahood to join Axelrod team

Ray LaHood recently joined the University of Chicago Institute of Politics Board of Advisors. The Institute of Politics is a non-partisan program directed by former Obama Administration senior advisor David Axelrod. The former transportation secretary served under the Obama Administration and was seven-term Illinois Republican congressman. The board also includes New York Times political columnist(…)

Local parks getting boost

Local parks getting boost

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Construction has begun on the first 50 of 300 of Chicago’s aging playgrounds, which include Harold Washington, Bessie Coleman and Jackson parks. Earlier this month Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Park District (CPD)  CEO Michael P. Kelly broke ground on a new playground at Harding Playground, 3921 W. Division(…)

Popcorn lady files Metra complaint

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Gloria Henderson, former owner of Glorious Confectionery, a popcorn shop once located at 1551 E. 51st St., filed a complaint June 20 with the Circuit Court of Cook County against her onetime landlord, Metra. Henderson, whose five-year lease for the space located under Metra’s train tracks ended April(…)

Police issue alert

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Chicago Police News Affairs issued a warning after a man attempted to lure a 13-year-old girl into his vehicle on the 5000 block of South Dorchester Avenue. News Affairs said an African American male, either in his late 30s or early 40s, with a dark complexion, bald head, heavy build(…)

Liberal studies retirement

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The longtime dean of the University of Chicago Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies announced his retirement last week. Dan Shannon has been dean of the school since 1996. He will formally step down from the job at the end of June 2014. A faculty committee chaired by(…)

World’s fair grounds tour offered

A tour of the 1893 World’s Fair grounds will take place in Jackson Park on Saturday, July 20, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The tour will be led by retired Chicago policeman and historian Ray Johnson and will begin at the Clarence Darrow Memorial Bridge, located behind the Museum of Science and Industry, 5700(…)