New exhibit at Museum of Science and Industry examines the science of everyday life

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Museum of Science and Industry recently opened an exhibit that hopes to explain the simple materials that make day-to-day life happen. “Materials Science” opened at MSI, 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr., in the Lower Level galleries on Thursday and will stay through January 2016. Broken into two galleries, one(…)

Alds. Hairston, Burns split on move to eliminate red-light cameras

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Hyde Park aldermen split on an effort to force a vote on an ordinance that would eliminate the city’s controversial red-light cameras by 2018. Introduced by Ald. Roderick Sawyer (6th) last October, the ordinance was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Public Way. Eight aldermen — including Leslie Hairston(…)

Former Kenwood Academy student injured by Virginia police

Former Kenwood Academy student injured by Virginia police

A 2012 graduate of Kenwood Academy High School was injured Wednesday night during an arrest by police in Charlottesville, Va. The incident occurred around 12:45 a.m., after Johnson, a 20-year-old University of Virginia student, was denied entry to a bar. Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control agents detained Johnson for questioning. “In the course of(…)

Wicker Park’s Silver Room to relocate in Hyde Park next month

Wicker Park’s Silver Room to relocate in Hyde Park next month

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Wicker Park boutique The Silver Room, a longtime cultural hub, will soon call Hyde Park home. Entrepreneur Eric Williams will move and reopen permanently on April 2 in the former location of pop-up store Neighborly, 1506 E. 53rd St. The University of Chicago will be his landlord. Since he opened(…)

Ald. Will Burns says Michael Reese site unfit for Obama Library, despite parkland controversy

Ald. Will Burns says Michael Reese site unfit for Obama Library, despite parkland controversy

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Though the vacant lot where Michael Reese Hospital once stood has already been ruled out as a potential site for the Obama Library, some Chicagoans are urging reconsideration of the location. Ald. Will Burns (4th) disagrees, maintaining that it lacks accessibility. The Obama Foundation rejected the 48-acre space last fall(…)

After a global search, Lab picks local as middle school principal

After a global search, Lab picks local as middle school principal

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Sandy Bixby was appointed to the position of middle school principal at University of Chicago Laboratory School. This is a promotion for Bixby, who has been a member of the school’s science department since 2007. A search advisory committee at Lab, 1362 E. 59th St., has spent the last(…)

St. Thomas the Apostle to host prayer breakfast, anti-violence talk

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church will host a prayer breakfast and fundraiser on Saturday. The 12th annual breakfast, hosted by the Madonna Della Strada Ladies Auxiliary – Knights of Columbus, will be 10 a.m. Saturday, at St. Thomas the Apostle School, 5467 S. Woodlawn Ave. The Rev. Andrew C.(…)

Kenwood Academy language students collect shoes for those in need worldwide

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Spanish Department at Kenwood Academy High School is collecting gently used shoes for those in need all over the world. For the past two years, Spanish teacher Shenel Conde has been working with students at Kenwood to collect shoes for Share Your Soles, a Chicago-based non-profit that collects(…)

U. of C. Institute of Politics names spring 2015 fellows

The University of Chicago Institute of Politics (IOP) will host eight fellows this spring. Since its January 2013 founding the IOP has hosted 44 fellows, who present public seminars and talks each quarter. Next quarter’s fellows are: CNN and ESPN columnist LZ Granderson, Chicago Sun-Times deputy editorial page editor Kate Grossman, “An Inconvenient Truth” director(…)

Rahm Emanuel and Chuy Garcia spar at first debate since election

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Mayor Rahm Emanuel and challenger Cook County Commissioner Chuy Garcia squared off this evening in the first of three debates before the April 7 runoff election. The debate, co-sponsored by the University of Chicago Institute of Politics and Harris School of Public Policy, was shown on NBC 5 and moderated(…)

Police Search for Hyde Park resident suspected of stabbing roommate

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer     Chicago Police are searching for a 27-year-old Hyde Park man accused of stabbing his roommate multiple times last night.     Ross Jacobs, of the 5400 block of South Hyde Park Blvd., is suspected of attacking his 27-year-old roommate, causing severe injuries. Police say Jacobs fled the apartment in an(…)

U. of C. Woodlawn charter school to abandon Wadsworth, build on 63rd Street

U. of C. Woodlawn charter school to abandon Wadsworth, build on 63rd Street

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Representatives from the University of Chicago’s Office of Civic Engagement met with the residents of the Greenwood Block Club, community members living on Greenwood Avenue between 63rd and 64th streets, to share U. of C.’s plans to build a new building for the University of Chicago Charter School Woodlawn Campus(…)

Jackson Park Advisory Council holding youth photo competition

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Jackson Park Advisory Council is holding a youth nature photography contest. The group is inviting children ages 10 to 18 to submit a camera or phone photo from any park or playground in Hyde Park and surrounding areas through April 10. The top three winners will receive cash prizes and(…)

Hairston campaign manager voices support for Garcia

Ald. Leslie Hairston’s (5th) campaign manager Delmarie Cobb sent out an e-mail Wednesday afternoon voicing support of mayoral candidate Jesus Chuy Garcia. In a mass e-mail from her firm, The Publicity Works, entitled “Where’s The Real Rahm Emanuel,” Cobb slammed the mayor’s recent appearance on WTTW’s “Chicago Tonight.” “That Rahm Emanuel was arrogant, combative, rude(…)

UCPD meeting to be held by advocates

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The public is invited to a meeting about the University of Chicago Police Department, at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the McCormick Tribune Lounge in the Reynolds Club, 5706 S. University Ave. The meeting will be hosted by the Coalition for Equitable Policing, a student organization that wants reforms to the way(…)

Herald launches poll on Obama Library

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Barack and Michelle Obama are expected to announce which university will host the Obama Presidential Library sometime in April. While the University of Chicago (U. of C.) is considered a frontrunner, it also presented the most controversial option. The Chicago Park District has already approved transferring more than 20 acres(…)

Spruce Park on track to get advisory council

A meeting will take place next week to organize an advisory council for Spruce Park, 5337 S. Blackstone Ave. The purpose of the meeting, which will take place at 6:30 p.m. next Monday at the Nichols Park field house, 1355 E. 53rd St., will be to nominate officers and identify goals for the new advisory(…)

Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Yeomen of the Guard” at Mandel Hall this weekend

Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Yeomen of the Guard” at Mandel Hall this weekend

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company’s stage director promises that this year’s production of “The Yeomen of the Guard” will make the audience laugh more than “H.M.S. Pinafore.” The 55th production in the company’s history, “Yeomen” is one that came later in the collaborative history of W.S. Gilbert and Arthur(…)

New law from local representatives could shed light on University of Chicago police

New law from local representatives could shed light on University of Chicago police

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Contributor New legislation may be a major victory for activists concerned about transparency in the University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD). Introduced in the Illinois House of Representatives by state Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25) with Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26), the bill would force the UCPD to the same standard for(…)

Former Hyde Parker might go to Mars

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Mars One, a Dutch not-for-profit organization, has set the ambitious goal of sending 24 people to colonize Mars in ten years. Mead McCormick, now a California resident but a 2009 graduate of the University of Chicago, hopes to take some of the filmmaking skills she learned in Hyde Park to(…)