The Columbia Chronicle

Bruno reaches for high hopes

By Nader Ihmoud

April 2, 2012

Despite his team’s season coming to an end, Head Coach Doug Bruno believes DePaul University’s Blue Demons will be capable of reaching their ultimate goal of winning a national championship and consistently competing in Final Fours before he has to say “adios.”The Demons women’s basketball team failed to reach its third Sweet Sixteen appearance in school history following its 63-48 loss to the Tennessee University ...

Cycling made more accessible

By Kaley Fowler

March 23, 2012

During the past decade, cycling has picked up speed in Chicago and has become a way of life for many. In following the trend, a new initiative aims to recruit additional bike enthusiasts through increased access to bicycles.On March 14, Mayor Rahm Emanuel introduced an ordinance to the City Council seeking to enter a contract with Alta Bicycle Share Inc., a Portland, Ore.-based company, to implement a large-scale bike share p...

Wrongful conviction settlement could have gone to better use

By Gabrielle Rosas

March 19, 2012

Chicago is world-renowned for many different things, ranging from being the deep-dish pizza capital of the nation to being the sixth most miserable city in America, no thanks to Forbes magazine. Unfortunately, there are two more dirty little words associated with Chicago and its police detectives: coercive interrogation.Last semester, The Chronicle followed the wrongful conviction case of Terrill Swift, a man who was convicted at...

San Fran dance troupe visits Dance Center

By Heather Scroering

February 20, 2012

By Tyler McDermottContributing WriterKicking off the Center’s spring 2012 season ,Members of the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company explored the connections between emotion and nature Feb. 9 at the midwest debut of “Light Moves” at Columbia’s Dance Center, 1306 S. Michigan Ave.The San Francisco-based dance troupe ventured onto campus Feb. 9 for a three-day run of the collaborative piece that portrays the simulation betwee...

CPD calls on the Feds

By Aviva Einhorn

February 20, 2012

Chicago’s battle against high crime rates and gang violence is entering yet another phase by adopting plans to bring in forces from the feds to try to win the war.Chicago’s Violence Reduction Initiative, an effort launched last month to deploy more police units into the Englewood and East Garfield Park communities, is taking the strategy to the next level by recruiting assistance from federal law enforcement.Mayor Rahm ...

Cameras catch speed

By Gregory Cappis

November 14, 2011

It’s all about the children, according to Mayor Rahm Emanuel.Both houses of the Illinois General Assembly have approved a bill that would allow speed cameras to be placed within 1/8 of a mile of schools and parks. Current red-light cameras could be converted to monitor speed, and mobile monitoring units could be put in priority zones, if Governor Pat Quinn signs the legislation. The cameras would ticket motorists traveling...

Put effort into privacy

By Luke Wilusz

September 19, 2011

A hacker group calling itself Hollywood Leaks made headlines last week when it posted nude photos of Scarlett Johansson, which were apparently stolen from her mobile phone, to the Web.The FBI is currently investigating this intrusion, along with alleged hacks of several other celebrities’ email accounts, because apparently Johansson’s breasts are a national treasure and must be defended at all costs.All joking aside, though, this...

FBI needs oversight, regulation

By Editorial Board

February 7, 2011

The Federal Bureau of Investigation raided the homes of several anti-war activists in Chicago and Minneapolis in September 2010. Since then, several more protesters have been subpoenaed to testify before grand juries, although no charges have been filed against them, and no evidence has been disclosed by the Bureau. This lack of justification seems to support the demonstrators’ claims that the raids were just a show of power and...

FBI investigations on the rise

By Cristina Aguirre

January 31, 2011

A protest was held on Jan. 25 in front of the Dirksen Federal Building, 219 S. Dearborn St., in which an estimated 250 people demanded the FBI cease unsubstantiated investigations into the lives of the subpoenaed activists as well as the millions of U.S. residents of which it has demanded information.“We fear the government may be seeking to use the recent Supreme Court decision Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project to attack...

FBI expansion of power hits home

By Darryl Holliday

January 31, 2011

Federal investigations into U.S. residents’ private lives are on the rise, both nationally and in the city of Chicago because of suspected terrorist links that many say are unfounded, and in effect, constitute violations of privacy and First Amendment rights.Two forms of federal subpoenas, national security letters and grand jury subpoenas are increasingly used by the FBI to obtain personal records and private documents...

FBI raids activists’ homes

By The Columbia Chronicle

October 4, 2010

by: Darryl Holliday and Meghan KeyesIt is 7 a.m. on a Friday morning, and Doug Michel is in Minnesota visiting his friends, whom he met working on a protest at the 2008 Republican National Convention. There’s a knock at the apartment door. The FBI enters, serving a search warrant and a subpoena to one of the roommates, Tracy Molm. By Michel’s account, he and friends were instructed to sit in the corner, asked not to move...

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