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OPINION: Back-to-school season combats the normalization of gun violence

OPINION: Back-to-school season combats the normalization of gun violence

September 24, 2019

Scissors and colored pencils come in handy for self-defense, knee-high socks are a lifesaver as a makeshift tourniquet and a phone is great for staying in touch with loved ones to say I love you one last time. A b...

Four police officers fired for their part in Laquan McDonald shooting, cover-up

Four police officers fired for their part in Laquan McDonald shooting, cover-up

July 18, 2019

Four police officers were fired by the Chicago Police Board Thursday night for their involvement in the 2014 shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. The officers allegedly attempted to cover up...

Fatal shooting on Ida B. Wells Drive

Fatal shooting on Ida B. Wells Drive

April 26, 2019

An alleged carjacker was fatally shot early April 26 on Ida B. Wells Drive. The shooter, a 41-year-old male, said he was driving his 2015 BMW between Clark and LaSalle at approximately 3:15 a.m. when...

Columbia students honor victims of Christchurch shootings

March 22, 2019

Columbia's Student Diversity and Inclusion office encouraged students to gather in Grant Park on March 18 for a 10-minute moment of silence and candlelight vigil in honor of the victims of the March 15 sh...

West Town demands answers for surge in violent crimes

West Town demands answers for surge in violent crimes

February 13, 2017

Leah Bindig was walking through the front door of her business, Aeslin Pup Hub, five minutes prior to shots being fired Feb. 3, outside 1810 W. Chicago Ave.  Had the bullet been 25 feet north, it would...

Local web series to depict needed representation, friendship

Local web series to depict needed representation, friendship

February 6, 2017

To combat media’s historically heavy focus on straight, white characters, the creators of the “Brown Girls” web series say they aim to bring humorous and touching stories of friendship told by women, pe...

Chicago Plays! to finish a year early

Chicago Plays! to finish a year early

October 31, 2016

Nearly four years after launching the Chicago Plays! playground initiative, 327 playgrounds will have been repaired or built in the city by this December, according to an Oct. 17 press release from Mayor...

CPD should not be able to ditch body cams

April 18, 2016

In the third fatal shooting this year by Chicago Police Department officers, a 16-year-old boy was shot in the chest April 11 during a chase in which he was suspected of driving a car involved in a shooting earlier the same day, according to an April 13 Chicago Tribune article.A video posted to Facebook by someone in the neighborhood at the time of the shooting showed officers gathering around the boy and shining flashlights aro...

Government must be held responsible for Flint crisis and its solutions

February 1, 2016

All around the country, we are watching the greatest environmental crisis in decades unfold. We are waiting for the governments—local, state and national—to expedite the remedies.In April 2014, city officials in Flint, Michigan, officially changed the city’s water source from the much-admired Detroit water system to the highly polluted Flint River to cut costs. This caused immediate problems including harmful water qualit...

Jason Van Dyke appears in Court for status hearing | The Columbia Chronicle

February 1, 2016

Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke appeared in court Jan. 29 for a status hearing for the murder of unarmed teenager Laquan McDonald.Protesters gathered outside the courthouse to express their conc...

Pride Parade may see its final year in Lakeview

Pride Parade may see its final year in Lakeview

May 11, 2015

The 46th annual Chicago Pride Parade, scheduled for June 28, may leave its usual Lakeview location after this year. The mayor’s office, Alderman Tom Tunney (44th Ward) and Alderman James Cappleman (46th Ward) have ...

CHI-TOWN LOW DOWN: Chicago’s diverse population is divided, neglected

By Managing Editor

May 4, 2015

The city’s segregation problem has been the underlying theme in most of my columns this semester because it is at the root of increasing crime, gang violence and poverty rates.Chicago is the seventh most diverse city in the U.S. However, the city is also the most segregated in the country, leaving communities sectioned off by racial demographics, according to a May 1 FiveThirtyEight.com report, which used data from Brown...

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