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Families say silence the norm after Chicago homicides

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Families say silence the norm after Chicago homicides

Victoria Alvarez, Veronica Lewis and Annette Cannon wonder if anyone will ever be charged with killing their sons. The three women share the same sad, seemingly unending journey of seeking justice for a loved one lost to violence – one that hundreds of other Chicago families know all too well. Cannon, whose 29-year-old son, Steven […]

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Family seeks answers after 8th grader’s murder

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Family seeks answers after 8th grader’s murder

Rocio Alvarado wonders if anyone will be charged with the shooting death of her 14-year-old brother. An unknown assailant shot Alejandro “Alex” Jaime May 18, 2012, as he rode his bike with a friend near his family’s home in Brighton Park just two weeks before the family had planned to move to a safer neighborhood. […]

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Argument over basketball game takes parents’ only child

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Argument over basketball game takes parents’ only child

Basketball posters cover the walls of Tony McCoy Jr.’s room. Trophies from the sports teams he played on line the shelves, and an unorganized collection of CDs can be found throughout the room. There are enough gym shoes to equip an entire basketball team. It looks like any other teenage boy’s bedroom, except there’s a […]

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Left in the dark

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Left in the dark

More than eight months after the killing of an Uptown salon owner, friends and family are growing impatient with the Chicago Police Department’s progress in finding her killer. Since Sept. 2, 2012, when 45-year-old Yolanda Holmes was found dead of multiple stab wounds and a gunshot wound to the head in her apartment, police have […]

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Grassroots Documentary Could Bring You $2,000

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Grassroots Documentary Could Bring You $2,000

Thom Clark, CMW Image by biverson via Flickr The Community Media Workshop (CMW) is raring to give $2,000 to a student with the best grassroots class project at the Studs Terkel Community Media Awards. If you aren’t sure exactly what a “grassroots project” for the Studs Terkel Community Media Awards should be, check out the […]

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West Side Residents Take a Stand, Demand Partnership with US Bank

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The message – Step Up, US Bank- was loud and clear Tuesday night at Hope Community Church in Austin as over 150 people gathered to voice their concerns over the foreclosure crisis that has hit hard the West Side neighborhood. Two US Bank representatives joined locally elected officials and community activists in search of a partnership […]

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Journalists, Activists Debate Haiti News Coverage

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On Jan. 12, a magnitude 7 earthquake hit near Port-Au-Prince and wiped out most of the city’s infrastructure in what experts say could be the worst natural disaster in modern history. The latest reports indicate that more than 200,000 have died and more than 1 million are left homeless. These are the facts that we […]

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