Police Still Investigating Lincoln Park Muggings from Summer 2009

In the summer of 2009, a series of muggings took place in Lincoln Park.

Several men were attacked. The victims were white males in their mid-twenties, and they were walking alone.

Five of these strong-armed robberies were linked, and police believe the other two are related. As of Sept. 1, 2010, no arrests have been made.

Grant Money Allows Gapers Block to Expand

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Andrew Huff speaks to DePaul students on April 4, 2011. (Photo by Mike Reilley)

By Tiffany Boncan

Andrew Huff has plans to reinvigorate Gapers Block, the hyper-local news blog he founded in 2003.

This website houses stories about Chicago arts, life, politics and sports, submitted by volunteer writers from all over the city.

In 2009, Gapers Block received a $35,000 Chicago Community Trust grant from the Knight Foundation. The foundation wanted to help build a community news source, and the LLC took on the challenge.

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Twenty-Somethings of the 21st Century: We Are Worth Waiting For

To be a twenty-something in the 21st century is to be distinctive from any other generation of young people who have come before us. Defining this generation, exploring their behaviors and choices, and passing judgment on whether or not this is the right way to live, has been the task of many writers outside the age group.

But this writer would like to take a stab at characterizing her own kind, to see if there might be a more accurate portrait to paint, a more optimistic look at the people that are responsible for the future of this society.

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‘Good Day DePaul’ Asks Students about Political Expression on Campus

“But what we cannot do is use this tragedy as one more occasion to turn on each other. That we cannot do.” – President Barack Obama.

When President Obama spoke at the Arizona Memorial for the Tucson shootings in January, he advocated tolerance in light of a politically divided nation.

Jared Loughner, the shooter in this tragic event, was a 22-year-old college student with political motivations that may have contributed to him shooting 19 people, six fatally. House Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head.

Loughner’s targeting of the congresswoman sparked a media blitz regarding the political implications this event. Good Day DePaul wanted to know how students feel about political expression on our diverse campus. Do you feel safe expressing your personal views on campus?

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BeMoved® Brings Dance to a New Demographic

Awaken the body, stimulate the mind, free the soul.

Sherry Zunker, 50, was looking for something new. As the former Artistic Director of River North Chicago Dance Company, Zunker had 30 years of dance and choreography experience under her belt. She need a way to exercise and stay healthy, but none of the workouts or classes she had tried held her interest. They did not satisfy her desire to create, to perform, to be an artist. As she put it, “I like yoga. But it isn’t dance.”

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It’s Been Entirely Too Long. But I’m Coming Back, Baby.

I have missed you all terribly. But I hope the holidays treated you well, and that your 2011 looks promising!

I took a much needed break from writing to focus on friends and family. To be quite honest, the inspiration just wasn’t there. But boy, are we back in business now. Recent events have gotten me all fired up, and hopefully I’ll be posting yummy morsels for you to read and watch very very soon.

Thanks to those who have been checking periodically, or stumbling upon my blog by accident. It helps to know that my absence hasn’t driven you all away. I look forward to your critiques and support every time I post. 🙂

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First Package for Good Day DePaul, Our University TV Newsmagazine

Latest package, first for Good Day DePaul. Figured I’d start out with a university story, suggested by our faculty advisor. Not too enthused about this one – should have corrected the lighting for my open, and the editing is a bit quick. Didn’t have a lot of time for turn-around. But… it is what it is, and I’ve put my name on it, so I like it.

I’ve gotten positive feedback so far – but maybe they’re only being nice?

Better stories to come, my friends, better stories to come. Harder, more thought provoking stories. I promise.

So, here we go 🙂

P.S. I forgot how awful it is to lug equipment around. I might just have to do a story on how bad it is for one’s health – especially when you’re as small as I am!