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                                                                                      Educational Summit                                                             THIS ISSUE
                               Megan Sieberg                                                                       James Glover

Donna Thompson, CEO of Access Community Health Network, speaks out against
breast cancer disparities between African American and White women in Chicago

    Last     Wednesday,          The          Since 1980, the black-white
Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer       disparity in breast cancer mortality in
Task Force released a major report       Chicago has been steadily rising from
outlining 37 recommendations for         almost zero to 68 percent, according
                                                                                                                                                                      JERWANE FORD
lowering breast cancer mortality rates   to the report. By comparison, the rate                                                                                      FROM COLLINS TO
among African-American women in          of mortality among black women in
Chicago. The report, entitled            New York City in 2003 was only 11         Caption: At the Pilsen Education Summit, Martha Monrroy a Principal at Copper        COLLEGE
Improving Quality and Reducing           percent higher than that of white         Dual Language Academy and Co-Chair of the Pilsen Education Task Force was
Disparities in Breast Cancer             women, and the rate of the disparity
                                                                                   joined by some of her students for the full day of educational workshops. Photo
                                                                                   credit: Johanna Diaz/Afterschool Alliance
                                                                                                                                                                        PAGE - 6
Mortality, comes at a time when          across the U.S. was 37 percent.
disparities between African-                  “In Chicago, African-American            On Saturday, October 20, Benito      of neighborhood residents, community
American and white women in                                                        Juarez High School hosted the first      organizations and higher education
                                         women have been left behind in the        annual Pilsen Educational Summit. The    institutions, brought out hundreds of
Chicago are at an all time high.
                                                     See Cancer page 10            summit, which was the cumulative idea               See Summit page 7

 CTA Problems Creating Hardship for Everyone
                                                                          Wendell Hutson

         Insufficient Funds
                                                                                       If the CTA implements it’s so-       two months and the CTA wants to
                                                                                   called “doomsday” plan Nov. 4 as         throw me out on the streets now.
                                                                                   scheduled riders will not be the only    Boy, are they considerate and
                                                                                   ones facing economic hardship.           appreciative of the 12 years of my
                                                                                       Just ask 37-year-old Jamie           life I gave them.”
                                                                                   Taylor, a bus driver for the CTA.            The list of angry CTA
                                                                                   Taylor, who has been with the CTA        employees goes on and on and
                                                                                   for seven years, is among the 600        riders, who will also be faced with
                                                                                   employees slated to be laid off next     new challenges to get to work,
                                                                                   week, which is based largely on          sympathize with them.
                                                                                   seniority. Another 1,799 employees           “I know exactly how they feel,”
                                                                                   would then be laid off in the CTA’s      said Sheila Garrison, 51, who works
                                                                                   second round of fare hikes and           as a housekeeping supervisor at a
                                                                                   service cuts in January.                 West Side hotel. “I worked 10 years
                                                                                                                                                                     THEATER REVIEW:
                                                                                       “I thought when I got hired I        at the Hyatt Hotel in downtown               MILK
                                                                                   would have job security since I am       Chicago and when business got
                                                                                   a union employee,” she said. “But        slow, they laid me off (indefinitely).      PAGE - 9
                                                                                   now I learn that even if you are a       This is why so many employees
                                                                                   union employee, you can still be laid    change jobs so often because they
                                                                                   off. If I knew that I would have kept    know their employer will not be
                                                                                   my previous factory job where I had      loyal to them when it counts.”
                                                                                   been for 10 years.”                          Fortunately for Garrison she
                                                                                       The fact that 599 other              will still be able to get to work even
                                                                                   employees are set to lose their jobs     though the no. 127 bus will be
                                                                                   with her is little comfort to Taylor,    eliminated.
                                                                                   a single mother of two.                      “Yeah, luckily I will be able to
                                                                                       “What do the CTA expect me to        take the no. 12 Roosevelt bus to get
                                                                                   do? They have no idea how hard it        to my job, but others may not be so
                                                                                   is to find a job toward the end of       fortunate,” she said.
                                                                                   year,” she added.                            CTA President Ron Huberman
                                                                                       And she is not alone when it         admits the service cuts will
                                                                                   comes to frustration toward the          ultimately hurt workers.                  LOCAL RADIO
                                                                                   CTA.                                         “There will be people who
                                                                                       Alvin Jacobs, 43, has been a         simply can’t get to work through
                                                                                                                                                                     ROUNDSUP TGOG
                                                                                   CTA bus driver for 12 years and he       transit,” said Huberman.                    ELECTION
                                                                                   too is set to be laid off next week.         The CTA expects to lose about
                                                                                       “I just bought my first house and    250,000 rides a day from the impact        PAGE - 10
                                                                                   I have a baby on the way,” he said.      of the service cuts and fare hikes.
                                                                                   “And to top it off, Christmas is in                 See Hardship page 3

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   YOUTH MUST BE AWARE OF                                                                                 COMMUNITY LEADERS SPEAK OUT
EVENTS HAPPENING AROUND THEM                                                                                AGAINST GUN VIOLENCE AT
                                        Lavonte’ Roache’
     Youth awareness is a very important
 thing in today’s society because the youth
                                                       Programs such as the Ceasefire and Boys
                                                   and Girls Clubs of Chicago have taken
                                                                                                            BETHEL LUTHERAN CHURCH
                                                                                                                                                 Megan Sieberg
 need to know about what’s going just as well      massive hits financially, potentially lowering
 as the next person.                               the huge positive effects that these particular
     With all the things happening in the City     programs bring.
 of Chicago as well as the North Lawndale              We deserve the chance to fight for things
 community alone that should give enough           given to us instead of just letting them be
 reason for the youth to be informed about         taken away. Community schools lose
 what’s happening in there surroundings.           programs every day and instead of being
 However, with the focus on the latest trends      able to act and fight to protect the programs
 and what it takes to remain in the “circle.”      that help us improve as youth, we don’t get
 There is little attention paid to the fact that   informed until the last minute and suffer
 awareness amongst youth needs to be talked        because of our own personal lack of
 about now.                                        awareness. . We need things like after school
     Such pressing issues that are alarming        programs. A program like that helps keep
 or should be alarming the youth should be         kids and young adults off of the street like
 things such as the current CTA crisis, state      me, that’s a positive thing in my eyes. All
 budget cuts and racism fueled violence.           I’m saying is give us the chance to do
     “I agree completely that we should be         something about it before it’s too late.
 paying attention to what’s going on in our
 neighborhood and around the world,” said               The next thing I wanted to talk about is
 Roland Sessions, Junior at Manley Career          youth violence which is becoming a major
 Academy. “We can’t be out here only               concern in the North Lawndale Community.
 worried about who has the best weed or            When you read the paper on a daily bases I
 which two girls are sleeping with that same       guarantee you will read about at least one
                                                                                                        Youth listen as community leaders speak out against gun-violence at Bethel Lutheran Church
 dude. That’s nothing in the long term view        youth violent act every time.
 of things. We need to know about what’s                Every couple days you hear about some                Last Thursday, the Willie Williams III
 going on with war and how the city is             teenager being jumped on, shot, or stabbed           Program held a meeting at Bethel Lutheran
 playing with the CTA and bus fares. That’s        and even killed in the North Lawndale                Church to discuss gun violence with youth
 important.”                                       community and the bad thing is we are doing          and parents from around the area. A panel of
     The first thing is statewide budget cuts.     it to ourselves. This year has been one of           community leaders from various backgrounds
 Budget cuts are one of the biggest concerns       the worst years for youth violence in the            spoke at the event, encouraging youth to act
 because when Governor Blagojevich                 Lawndale community. The city had to                  against gun violence and make good life
 decides that cuts need to be made a lot of        increase the number of police on the street          decisions in the face of negative influence.
 programs suffer that could be beneficial to       to try and stop the violence from happening.              Hogan Williams, substance abuse
 kids and young adults and these are things             Also, in our school system, racially            counselor for the Youth Service Project,
 that we need to be informed about to gives        fueled violence going on at schools like             discussed the role drugs, gateway drugs in
 us a chances to fight things like this.                                See Youth page 8                particular, play in youth violence. Although
                                                                                                        a major problem in low income communities,
Hardship from front page                                                                                Williams explained that taking drugs is a
                                                                                                        personal choice, and drugs cannot be held
                                                                                                                                                          Willie Williams Jr., who's son was shot and killed
                                                                                                                                                          in 2006, speaks out against gun violence to youth
                                                                                                                                                          at Bethel Lutheran Church
                                                                                                        fully responsible for people’s actions.
                                                                                                             “We think that drugs are the reason why      Hampton, director of 311 City Service.
                                                                                                        all the violence is going on today. But we        Living in disadvantaged circumstances, many
                                                                                                        want you guys to understand it’s not the          youth in Chicago are confronted with issues
                                                                                                        drugs,” he told the young audience. “You are      of drugs and violence on a daily basis. Often,
                                                                                                        the reason why drugs are so prevalent today       parents are unable to supply children with the
                                                                                                        because you have the power to say ‘no.’ ”         tools they need to overcome negative
                                                                                                             Azim Ramelize, assistant deputy              influence, so children must be able to find it
                                                                                                        commissioner for the Department of Children       within themselves to stay in school and stay
                                                                                                        and Youth Services, spoke about his own           out of trouble. This, Hampton told the
                                                                                                        experience with gun violence. When he was         younger children, can be a hard reality to live
                                                                                                        17, Ramelize spent a year in the hospital after   with.
                                                                                                        suffering a gun shot wound to the back.               “We live in a world where your parents
                                                                                                        Although he was able to move on with his          may not be providing for you like they
                                                                                                        life, graduating from college and becoming a      should,” he said. “Bottom line, if you’re
                                                                                                        lawyer, he is no longer able to walk.             gonna make it, it’s on you.”
                                                                                                             While speaking about his past, Ramelize          Last year, 34 children were killed in the
                                                                                                        made it clear he was not looking for sympathy.    City of Chicago as a result of gun violence.
                                                                                                        He was there to send a powerful message.          This year, 27 children have been killed
                                                                                                             “People die every day,” he said. “This is    already and the number is still climbing. On
                                                                                                        not a joke.”                                      April 1, 2006, Willie Williams III became one
                                                                                                             Slamming the podium several times,           such victim. As a result, his father, Willie
                                                                                                        Ramelize simulated the sound of a gun shot        Williams Jr., created the Willie Williams III
                                                                                                        for the stunned youth sitting before him. That,   Program in honor of his son’s life.
                                                   considered alive.                                    he explained, is how quickly life can change.         The program, supported by Purpose Over
Its bus service accounts for two-thirds of the          But CTA unions wouldn’t have to honor                More broadly, Ramelize encouraged the        Pain, C.A.P.S., 311, Bethel Lutheran Church
                                                   pension and health-care concessions made by          children to “do something” with their lives.      and the City of Chicago, was established to
1.6 million rides that the transit agency
provides each weekday.                             its members and retirees if the pending House        He advised them not to listen to anyone in        give support to inner-city children.
    Riders like Garrison could see fares           legislation does not become law by Jan. 1.           life who tells them not to bother aiming high.        The goal of the program, according to
                                                        And the CTA’s budget deficit for next year      In a fast paced world, Ramelize explained,        founder Willie Williams Jr., is to provide
increase to $3 and the loss of 39 bus routes
next week, if the General Assembly fails to        includes $44 million in employee pension and         being educated and making good decisions          inner-city youth with positive outlets such as
provide new funding to balance the CTA’s           retiree health care costs that it hopes to reduce,   is vital.                                         job training, sports programs, arts & crafts
                                                   said Huberman.                                            “Don’t let people dumb you down,” he         and mentorship.
2007 budget. When Jan. 6 arrives, CTA fares
would increase to as much as $3.25 and 43               The House bill, considered by many              said. “If you don’t know how to use a                 By not only informing youth about the
additional bus routes would be eliminated.         experts as the long-term solution to avoid           computer, if you don’t know how to speak to       dangers of gun-violence and gang
                                                   annual transit funding crises, would increase        people, if you don’t know how to read and         involvement, but also by shedding light on
    However, there would be no fare increase
for disabled, elderly and student riders.          the sales tax imposed by the Regional                write you’re finished!”                           alternative lifestyles, the Willie Williams III
    Thirty-day passes, now $75, would              Transportation Authority in the six-county                Vance Henry, director of CAPS, indicated     program teaches kids to make healthy choices
                                                   area by 0.25 percent in Cook County and 0.50         that “good decisions” are not only important,     in order to live in a safer world.
increase to $84 in November and $94 in
January, likely resulting in massive rider         percent in the collar counties. The five collar      they are a matter of life and death. He told           “Life happens very fast,” Henry informed
losses and more traffic jamming expressways,       counties would have the authority to use half        the youth that unless they decide to get          the youth. “You need to make the right
                                                   of the sales tax increase for much-needed road       educated and stay off the path of drugs and       decisions.”
major streets and parking garages, Huberman
explained.                                         improvements.                                        violence they will be choosing what he called         Megan Sieberg is a recent graduate of
    Gov. Rod Blagojevich opposes a                      Wendell Hutson is a Chicago-based               “the path of death.”                              Northwestern University. She has a degree
                                                   freelance writer for NLCN and various                     “Good decisions,” however, are not easy      in Communication Studies and is currently
proposed sales tax hike in northeastern Illinois
to aid CTA, Metra and Pace. That legislation       publications. To comment on this article visit       for children growing up in low-income             the Communications Manager at the North
failed to pass in the House but is still           our weblog at: www.nlcn.org.                         communities to make, according to Phillip         Lawndale Community News.
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                                                                              Education and Training
                                                                                                       James Glover

                                                                                                                 from around the City of Chicago who support          School Program, said “The ability to work
                                                                                                                 high level and high educational value after          with children and help them accomplish goals
                                                                                                                 school programs through out the city. Former         should be a joy to anyone, and everyone
                                                                                                                 Chicago Bull and current Bulls radio                 should jump at the chance should it present
                                                                                                                 broadcaster Bill Wennington spoke at the event       itself,” said Rodriguez. “We need to be out
                                                                                                                 about the opportunities provided by businesses       here, active in our children’s lives so that they
                                                                                                                 such as Washington Mutual and CitiCorp.              can grow to help the next generation, who
                                                                                                                      “The work that you guys have put in to          may be in even greater need of support.”
                                                                                                                 make sure that our children, and the future of           BUILD, or Broader Urban Involvement
                                                                                                                 our children remains stable is remarkable,”          and Leadership Development, partnered
                                                                                                                 said Wennington. “Through strong support             with Casa Puertoricana and several other
                                                                                                                 from the businesses and foundations like             community agencies across the city to march
                                                                                                                 yourself, we can give our kids the proper            with lights through Humboldt Park. Children
                                                                                                                 support to succeed long term.”                       of all different ages and races came together
                                                                                                                      The Currie High School Gospel Choir             in what turned into a both a celebration of
                                                                                                                 also sang at the breakfast. Henry Green, a           after school activity, and a show of racial
                                                                                                                 member of the choir participates in an Arts          unity. Mycal Davidson, a senior at Von Stuben
                                                                                                                 Program funded by Citi Bank, and says that           participating in BUILD said, “I felt good to
                                                                                                                 the opportunities provided by after school           be able to do something with the other
                                                                                                                 programs are really helpful.                         community residents and other children who
                                                                                                                      “There aren’t a lot of people out here          are receiving the same great opportunities as
                                                                                                                 nowadays who are looking to see you                  me. Also, to show that blacks and Hispanics
                                                                                                                 succeed. So when someone or a group of               can come together for more than violence was
                                                                                                                 people, especially a group with money comes          also an added bonus.”
Students, parents and community leaders march from San Lucas United Church of Christ to Casa
Puertoricana, as part of the BUILD (Broader Urban Involvement and Leadership Development) Lights
                                                                                                                 out and goes out of their way to make sure               Chicago Public Schools CEO Arne
On Afterschool march through Humboldt Park on Oct. 18. The group stopped at neighboring after-school             that you actually have something positive to         Duncan, who oversaw the day’s event said,
programs to raise awareness about the critical role that after-school programs play in the lives of youth. The   do, away from the violence and the drugs,            “I think that all in all we saw some real
Resurrection Project                                                                                             it’s only right that you show them through           positive actions from the students, showing
    On Thursday, October 18, CPS                        open, in our schools after hours,” said Arne             hard work and appreciation that the effort isn’t     both their appreciation for what the programs
participated in a nationwide Lights On After            Duncan, CEO of Chicago Public Schools.                   being wasted.”                                       has done and for anticipation for what’s next
School program, taking the time to celebrate            “Our students need the extra enrichment, and                  Over at Little Village Lawndale High            with the programs and their education.”
the positive effect of After School Programs            they need a safe place to go after the school            School, various events took place such as a              James Glover is a North Lawndale
created by the Public School System. Here               bell rings. We need to make sure they get it.”           Candle Light Virgil, Dinner, Award                   resident who does freestyle writing for the
in Chicago, a few schools held events to give               Chicago Public Schools kicked off the                Ceremonies and various games such as Bingo.          NLCN. He is also involved in Non For Profit
the celebrations not only an educational, but           citywide event with breakfast at the Holiday                  Alicia Rodriguez, executive director of         work and Community Organizing. To
a cultural feel as well.                                Inn, located at 506 W. Harrison. At the                  The Classroom to The Boardroom Project,              comment on this article visit our weblog at:
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                                                                                                       David Tenorio

    As the costs associated with higher                 application process, how to pay for college,             unfortunate part is that more than $19 million       (GPA) will also hopefully open the door to
education continues to spriral upward, pre-             and how to apply for financial aid.                      dollars in financial aid was left untapped           scholarships which students do not have to
college students and parents alike must take                Featured speaker during the fair was                 during the 2006-2007 academic year because           pay back. There are also grants available
the initiative to research various funding even         Mariela Dabbah, author of the book, “Help                not enough students applied.”                        from various sources that, if obtained, do not
before the student finishes high school.                Your Child Succeed in High School and Go                     Ms. Dabbah, along with financial aid reps        have to be paid back. The final resort for
    At a recent college financial aid fair              to College,” who spoke on the advantages and             from several local area colleges, urged parents      financial aid seekers are loans or paying out
sponsored jointly by the Hispanic Scholarship           values of completing college and who also                to become more involved in their children’s          of one’s pocket.
Fund (HFS) and McDonald’s restaurants,                  passed out free autographed copies of her                higher educational plans by helping them                 Additionally parents should help students
more than 500 parents turned out to learn the           book. “I cannot emphasize enough the need                research colleges and universities online and        apply to various colleges and universities and
ins and outs of how to apply for funding for            for all students, particularly minorities, to            also seeking as much financial aid as they are       help them put together a “student resume”
their children. Entitled “Steps for Success             attend college,” said Ms. Dabbah. “Statistics            entitled to.                                         entailing what their child has done
Saturdays,” the college fair, which was held            have proven that individuals with a college                   A workshop entitled “Preparing Your             academically and outside of the classroom
at Kelly High School, opened its doors to               degree can have lifetime earnings of one to              Students for College” focused on what                that would help them toward obtaining a
parents and students in grades 7th through 12th.        three, million dollars above those who don’t             students and parents alike need to do to seek        college degree.
    Open to students of all ethnicities, the all        graduate from college. Parents need to start             higher education after high school. High                 David Tenorio is a North Lawndale
day fair offered workshops designed to inform           saving for their children’s college education            grades are not only required for most big            resident. To comment on this article visit our
parents and students about the college                  as early as the day they are born. The                   name colleges, but a high grade point average        weblog at: www.nlcn.org.

                                                                                                    Jaira J. Harrington
                                                                                                                                                                      neighborhoods where the total population of
     The media has given a great deal of                past, our community has been environmentally                                                                  people of color is about 72 percent. All of these
                                                                                                                 regulations without discrimination based on          communities have a sizeable population of
 attention to the so-called “green movement”            violated. In this manner, among others, we have          race, ethnicity, and /or socioeconomic status.
 and environmental patterns of degradation              experienced a great injustice—an environmental                                                                impoverished families and individuals. This is
                                                                                                                 Environmental racism is the when                     a dubious coincidence.
 throughout the world through climate change.           injustice.                                               environmental policies (including land use,
 Having worked in the environmental policy                   So what is environmental justice, exactly?                                                                   Clean air, clean water and a healthy
                                                                                                                 development of new chemical plants, landfills,       environment in which one can live, work, play
 realm as an intern with the Sierra Club in             At the People of Color Environmental                     toxic dumps, etc.) deliberately or unintentionally
 Atlanta, I saw the environmental awareness             Leadership Summit in 1991, a diverse group of                                                                 and pray should not be a luxury. These
                                                                                                                 pose disproportionate harm to people of color.       expectations are fundamental human rights.
 gap between upper-middle class,                        great minds including businesspeople,                        The issue of environmental justice should
 predominately white communities and just               academics, government officials and concerned                                                                 Until there is a more balanced approach to
                                                                                                                 not be glossed over as a passing trend.              environmental issues, especially equal
 about every socio-economic stratum in                  citizens overwhelmingly demanded that the US             According to a forthcoming study led by
 communities of color.                                  government take a firm stance against the                                                                     protection under the law; communities like
                                                                                                                 environmental justice advocate and expert Dr.        North Lawndale will continue to be besieged
     Presently, I live in California where              disparate exposure of poor communities and               Robert Bullard of Clark Atlanta University,
 environmental awareness is hard to ignore. The         communities of color to environmental wastes                                                                  by environmental injustices.
                                                                                                                 ranked the top 10 metropolitan areas in the U.S.         Jaira J. Harrington is a North Lawndale
 august foothills and mountains serve as the            and toxins. This group formed a clear, concise           with the largest number of minorities living in
 awe-inspiring backdrop for the landscape. My           definition: Environmental justice is the pursuit                                                              native. She is currently a Bess K. Gallard
                                                                                                                 neighborhoods that contain hazardous waste           English Teaching Fellow at the Branson School
 native North Lawndale hardly has this level of         of equal justice and equal protection under the          facilities. In this study, Chicago ranked fifth.
 an intimate connection to the land and, in the         law for all environmental statutes and                                                                        in Ross, California. To comment on this article
                                                                                                                 Hazardous waste facilities are located in nine       visit our weblog at: www.nlcn.org.
           October 24 - October 30, 2007         THE NORTH LAWNDALE COMMUNITY NEWS               Page 5
                                                                                  Murphy Hill Gallery
              POLICE ROUNDUP                                                     A Unique Addition To
                                                                                                      October 24
                        By Ferman Mertell Beckless
   MAN SHOT DEAD IN LAWNDALE gunshot wound to the
    Area 4 Homicide investigators were            back. The unidentified
                                                                                      Lawndale        Black Facts                                                  Toya Goldsmith
without an arrest or motive in the early          victim was rushed to Mt.
Sunday morning shooting of a 21-year-old          Sinai Hospital and Medical Center where                                                               Inside the historic Sears and Roebuck
man in the 2700 block of South Spaulding.         he was listed in critical condition and is                                                        building is one of Lawndale’s best kept
    Officers from the city’s 10th District        being treated.                                                                                    secrets. Murphy Hill Gallery, located at 3333
responded to a call just before 2 a.m. and             Police were told that the shooting victim                                                    W. Arthington, is a gem ready to be
found the unidentified man unresponsive           was sitting in a vehicle when a gunman,                                                           discovered by the community.
after sustaining a single gunshot wound to        described as being male and Hispanic
                                                                                                                                                        Since opening its doors in November of
the back. He was pronounced dead on the           between the ages of 17 and 25, approached
scene and his body was later moved to the         and shot him before fleeing on foot. Area 4                                                       2006, one weekend a month, the gallery
Cook County medical examiner’s office for         Violent Crimes investigators were without an                                                      presents various forms of art such as
an autopsy.                                       arrest.                                                                                           paintings, photographs, sculptures,
    Unidentified witnesses told police the            DRIVE-BY WOUNDS MAN                                                                           performing arts, independent films and
victim was walking when an unidentified               A 25-year-old man was shot while                                                              documentaries. It is a taste of art and culture
gunman in a black vehicle held a brief            walking in the 4000 block of West Jackson                                                         presented in a way that many residents have
conversation with the victim. The passenger       Boulevard, leaving him hospitalized in                                                            never seen. There are families who live on
then exited the vehicle and fired several shots   critical condition while being treated for                                                        the West Side that have never visited an art
from a handgun, striking the victim before        multiple gunshot wounds.                                                                          gallery, making Murphy Hill Gallery a unique
fleeing.                                              Paramedics rushed the unidentified                                                            addition to the Lawndale community.
    TEENS SHOT                                    victim to Illinois Masonic Hospital just after
                                                                                                                                                        Every month there is a featured artist. The
    Two teens sustained life-threatening          the 9 a.m. shooting last Wednesday morning.
gunshot wounds in two separate and                He was reportedly standing on the street         Langston Hughes                                  artist of the month for October was Steve
apparently unrelated shootings last Saturday      when an unknown gunman in a red vehicle                                                           Fisher, a gifted painter who created some very
morning.                                          fired several shots before fleeing.                  * On this date in 1935, Langston Hughes’     large paintings of magazine covers. One of
     In the first shooting that occurred in the        Area 4 Violent Crimes investigators         “Mulatto” opened. Mulatto was the first          his pieces featured Oprah Winfrey on the
3400 block of West 30th Street just after 1:30    were without an arrest.                          Black-authored play to become a long-run         cover of “O” Magazine.
a.m. that morning, a 17-year-old youth                Ferman is a former columnist for the         Broadway hit.                                        “I have been painting for at least 40 years
sustained multiple gunshot wounds to the          Chicago Defender and the Chicago Metro               * On this date in 1935, Italy invaded
                                                                                                                                                    and I enjoy doing what I do,” said Fisher.
buttocks and right leg. Paramedics rushed         News. He has also written for Chicago            Ethiopia. American Blacks held mass
                                                                                                   meetings of protest and raised funds for the         Founders Ralph Murphy and Bill Hill are
him to Mt. Sinai Hospital and Medical             Athlete Magazine, Windy City Word and The                                                         the creative force behind Murphy Hill
Center where he was listed in guarded             Rockford Chronicle. His column has been          Ethiopian defenders.
                                                                                                       * On this date in 1972, Jackie Robinson,     Gallery. The original concept for the gallery
condition.                                        syndicated by five different radio stations:
                                                                                                   first African-American player in Major           was to showcase student’s work. The gallery
    Witnesses told police that the victim was     WMPP, WWCA, WWYCA, WSSD and
standing at that location when an unknown         WXFM. He is the founder of the Reckless          League Baseball, died in Stamford,               has now evolved into featuring artists of every
gunman approached and fired several shots         Beckless Foundation, offering scholarships       Connecticut at the age of 53. Robinson           kind. Murphy Hill prides itself on creating
from a passing vehicle before fleeing. Area       to student athletes in the Chicago Area.         professional baseball’s color barrier on April   opportunities for artists who would not
4 Violent Crimes investigators were without       Ferman currently writes for the North            15, 1947 when he appeared at first base for      normally be seen in a gallery setting.
an arrest in that shooting.                       Lawndale Community News. You can reach           the Brooklyn Dodgers                                 Murphy and Hill together had the vision
     In the second shooting that occurred in      Ferman Beckless at beckless@yahoo.com.               * On this date in 1948, Rep. Kweisi          to bring an art gallery to an inner city West
the 2200 block of South California Avenue,        To comment on this article visit our weblog      Mfume was born in Baltimore, Maryland. In
                                                                                                                                                    Side neighborhood.
another 17-year-old youth sustained a             at: www.nlcn.org.                                1996 Mfume became president of the
                                                                                                   NAACP.                                               “I’m from the West Side,” Murphy said.
                                                                                                                                                    “We knew that we needed to create an outlet
                                                                                                                                                    for our young people.”
                                                                                                                                                        Murphy believes that art allows individual
                                                                                                                                                    expression. Hill is a gifted photographer who
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                                                                                                                                                    which gives more clarity as to why Murphy
                                                                                                                                                    Hill Gallery was created.
              312/492-9090                                                                                                                              For more information on featured artists,
                                                                                                                                                    gallery details, or upcoming classes, contact
                                                                                                                                                    www.MURPHYHILLGALLERY.com or call
                                                                                                                                                        Toya Goldsmith is a North Lawndale
                                                                                                                                                    resident. To comment on this article visit our
                                                                                                                                                    weblog at: www.nlcn.org.

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            JERWANE FORD –From Collins to College
                                                                                            Todd Thomas

    Former Collins football player Jerwane            North Park is a pretty talented football       but football is much more than just
Ford has done an admirable job using his          team, but they play in the highly competitive      a sport, it’s about building a family
success in football to further his athletic and   CCIW Conference and wins have been hard            and I enjoy every chance I have to
academic goals. He played for Collins High        to come by. As the team’s defensive captain        come to the field and play with the
School from 2000 to 2004 and he’s now in          Ford shoulders a lot of the responsibility as      rest of my brothers on the team. I
his senior year at North Park University,         far as team morale is concerned, but he’s been     consider everyone in the locker
where he plays football and studies               doing it since high school and he knows what       room as brothers, and that’s fun in
communications. Ford is also the defensive        his role is.                                       itself.”
captain for the North Park Vikings.                   “Being a captain is a lot of responsibility         North Park University is
    Ford started all four years for the Collins   and you’re not always liked by the rest of your    located on the North Side of
Cobras and was a team captain for the entire      teammates because of the simple fact that          Chicago on a beautiful well-
time. He was also voted the team’s MVP in         you’ve got to make them do stuff that they         tended, and well-funded private
2003 and 2004. He played on the defensive         don’t want to do. Even when you’re losing          campus. Ford grew up on the West
and offensive line, as well as linebacker, but    you’ve got to make them keep pushing               Side in the area known as K-Town
he’s slimmed down from 225 pounds to his          themselves,” Ford said. “You’ve got to show        and like most young men there he
current playing weight of 205.                    leadership and patience, and you’ve got to         had to avoid the pitfalls of the
    “When I came to North Park I started off      be able to keep your morale up, and boost          street life that always lurks nearby.
as an outside linebacker like I was in high       other people’s morale,” he said.                   The neighborhood was tough and
school, but I lost a little weight, became more       He’s been up to the task as a team captain     challenging but he was never
agile and athletic and moved to strong safety     since his years with Collins and his former        discouraged by it. He’s also
where I became more of a playmaker,” Ford         head coach, Anthony Andrew, recalls a young        naturally gregarious and that
said.                                             man that had the innate qualities of leadership.   helped him out growing up.
    Fords has been starting for the Vikings           “He had a good attitude about life and              “The toughness of the city had
since his junior year and he’s seen significant   would do whatever it took to make the team         no effect on me wanting to leave
playing time since his sophomore season. He       better,” said Andrew. “He would do whatever        and go to North Park. I’m a social
finished fourth on the team with 54 tackles       he could to the best of his ability and he also    guy and I was friends with just
last season, to go along with two sacks. He       has the gift at being good at conversation.”       about everyone,” Ford said.
got his first career interception this season         The struggles Ford and the Vikings have             He didn’t live in isolation from
and he loved the feeling of his first pick.       had on the field are a little different from his   the violent crime, however, and he
    “That’s an indescribable rush,” Ford said     experiences at the high school level with          attributes his well being to his faith
                                                                                                                                            Jerwane Ford
of his interception against Carthage, which       Collins where he won the conference                and his focus on his goals.
he returned for 7 yards. “When you get an         championship as a sophomore and won many                “I try to live my life without worrying football and he plans to keep studying and
interception it seems like everything moves       more games than he lost, but in his eyes there     about it. With God on my side I wasn’t get a degree in communications in spring
slower. You can feel people around you and        is more to the football experience than            worried about a stray bullet. I was just worried 2008. He’s been able to move steadily toward
without even looking at them you know             winning and losing, as he explains.                about going to school and getting the grades. his goals and he has some advice to pass on
exactly where they’re at. It’s a great feeling        “It’s the love of the game, you’ve got to      My Mother supported me 100 percent and to high school athletes and students who want
knowing you have an opportunity to make           love football. You don’t come on the football      that’s all I needed,” he said.                     to move on and attend college. He stresses
points on defense.”                               field only to win. That’s the main objective,           This is Ford’s last year of collegiate                              See Ford page 9

                                                                                                                                ON VIDEO
                                                                                                                               Compiled and Reviewed by David H. Schultz

                                                                                                                                                                         pawn to confront the
                                                                                                                                                                             PG-13; 139min. Sony
                                                                                                                                                                         Pictures Home Video:
                                                                                                                                                                         Available: Oct. 30
                                                                                                                                                                             NEARING GRACE
                                                                                                                                                                         (**1/2) A typical coming of
                                                                                                                                                                         age story of a young teenager,
                                                                                                                                                                         Henry Nearing (Gregory
                                                                                                                                                                         Smith) trying over come the
                                                                                                                                                                         death of his mother that leads
                                                                                                                                                                         to his strained ands different
                                                                                                                                                                         relationship with his father
                                                                                                                                                                         (David Morse) who hasn’t
                                                                                                      Toby Maguire in Spider Man 3                       gotten over his loss becomes a 70’s flower
                                                                                                           SPIDERMAN 3 (***) Even though                     While Henry is unable to notice the
                                                                                                      this trilogy retains most of its dazzling,         natural match he has with his observational
                                                                                                      visual appeal; there is still a bit of a letdown   gal pal, Merna (Ashley Johnson) over
                                                                                                      compared to the previous films. From the           spirited and sexy, cool Grace Chance
                                                                                                      script showing slippage into occasional soap       (Jordana Brewster) that opens him up to the
                                                                                                      opera scenarios in a movie that shows us           confusion in love and relationships.
                                                                                                      it’s flashy while just being adequate.                 Aptly handled along with the rock and
                                                                                                           Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire)’s positive       soul music pieces by director Rick Rosenthal
                                                                                                      popularity as his superhero alter ego takes a      in this variation to a John Hughes-type 80’s
                                                                                                      bow that nearly turns this movie into and          teen angst melodrama. R; 105min. First
                                                                                                      “Everybody Hates Spidey” outcry.                   independent Pictures/ Whitewater Films/
                                                                                                           When his heroics makes him neglect his        Vivendi Visual Entertainment
                                                                                                      girl, Marty Jane (Kristen Durst) in her legit          Coming Soon to Home Video: SNL
                                                                                                      acting debut on Broadway; witnessed by             regular Adam Shamberg stars in “Hot Rod”
                                                                                                      Parker’s sympathetic best friend, Harry            (Nov. 27); “Shrek the Third” (Nov. 13);
                                                                                                      Osborn (James Franco) plotting revenge on          “Chappelle’s Show: The Complete Series
                                                                                                      Spidey for killing his father (Willem Dafoe).      Collection” (Nov. 20); Will Arnett and Will
                                                                                                           While Spiderman interferes with an            Forte star as “The Brothers Solomon” (Dec.
                                                                                                      escaped convict (Thomas Haden Church)              26); “”Monty Python’s Life of Brian” makes
                                                                                                      who suffers an accident with the powers to         its DVD debut (Nov. 20); Lindsay Lohan
                                                                                                      rob a bank for the money to help his ill           stars in “I Know Who Killed Me” (Nov. 27)
                                                                                                      daughter and an aggressive street                      David Schultz is a film critic for NLCN
                                                                                                      photographer (Topher Grace) who stricken           and other publications. To comment on this
                                                                                                      by a parasite from outer space that makes a        article visit our weblog at: www.nlcn.org.
                                                                                                      triple threat of evil using Mary Jane as their
              October 24 - October 30, 2007                                THE NORTH LAWNDALE COMMUNITY NEWS                                                                                                  Page 7

   Economic Forum Educates African-Americans About Financial Literacy
                                                                                                      James Glover
                                                                                                                                                                       and a reputation for on time bill pay. Those are
                                                                                                                community and that’s a problem we need to              things that matter in today’s society and the
                                                                                                                educate ourselves on.” State Rep Turner is also        African-American youth especially sometimes
                                                                                                                treasurer on the board of the NBCSI. Also              destroy credit before they know what it is and
                                                                                                                present was State Senator James T. Meeks and           lose out on so much opportunity because of that,”
                                                                                                                State Representative Constance Howard.                 Cheeks said.
                                                                                                                    Bijesh Tolia, PhD. CFA from Chicago State              One of the points also stressed at the event
                                                                                                                University talked in depth about Basic Financial       was the fact that income levels were playing a
                                                                                                                Education in Underserved communities. “I’m             minor factor in loan acceptance rates, as the loan
                                                                                                                sure that everyone has seen, heard of and seen         approval rate for African Americans has gone
                                                                                                                concrete evidence of the disparity that exist          down in recent years regardless of income levels.
                                                                                                                between the African American and White                     At the Event, Strategic Human Services was
                                                                                                                communities when it comes to the difference            presented with a five thousand dollar check by
                                                                                                                between not only the availability of credit and        the NBCSI. SHS which publishes the North
                                                                                                                the balance of credit that is made available,” said    Lawndale Community News will also
                                                                                                                Tolia. “Therefore, we should be pushing financial      incorporate financial literacy into NLCN’s after
                                                                                                                education, which empowers us to make decisions         school programs and its other youth programs.
                                                                                                                that will eventually allow the African-American        NBCSI’s Executive Director Tom Bacote
                                                                                                                community to make strides towards not being            presented NLCN with the check.
                                                                                                                manipulated when it comes to the rules of the                “It was very informative, I definitely learned
                                                                                                                game. If the lenders and banks can change their        a lot of new information and they refreshed my
                                                                                                                strategy and adapt, so can we as consumers.”           memory over again with information that I had
                                                                                                                    Financial literacy among youth was also a          previously forgotten about. Personally, I feel it
                                                                                                                major point. The message to be more intelligent        needs to be repeated frequently so that these
Thom Bacote, Executive Director of NBCSI presented Strategic Human Services, Executive Director
Isaac Lewis, Jr. with a check for $5,000 to help provide financial literacy in its adult and youth programs.    with money and keep credit in tact was                 practices are not forgotten and they will help you
                                                                                                                emphasized. Bill Cheeks of the program                 position yourself for a secure financial future,”
    Last week, the National Black Caucus of            succeed in an increasingly difficult financial
                                                                                                                JumpStart Financial Smarts for Students educated       said Fred Little, accountant for SHS/NLCN who
States Institute held its Illinois Economic            market.
                                                                                                                the audience about educating their minds about         attended the event.
Empowerment Forum at the House of Hope                     “The idea that a dollar doesn’t last in our
                                                                                                                financial responsibility and its long term                 James Glover is a North Lawndale resident
located at 752 East 114th Street. The focus of the     community but only fifteen minutes should
                                                                                                                importance.                                            who does freestyle writing for the NLCN. He is
event was financial literacy and the need for the      concern citizens,” said State Representative Art
                                                                                                                     “The goal is to educate kids not just about       also involved in Non For Profit work and
African-American community to become                   Turner, 9th District. “Either we carry them out
                                                                                                                cost cutting techniques but about the long term        Community Organizing. To comment on this
informed of the financial battles they face, the       or we send them out but we never shop in our
                                                                                                                benefits of having things like a clean credit record   article visit our weblog at: www.nlcn.org.
economic war in the background and ways to             community, we don’t financially support our

    North Lawndale YMCA Celebrates Program, Honor Local McDonald’s Owner
                                                                                                      James Glover

      On Wednesday, October 18th Ron Lofton,           environment conducive to education, yet                  followed with a speech, saying “We would like          thirty. Although the program seems to be doing
 owner of McDonald’s located at 3200 W.                beneficial because they do have a fair amount of         to thank Mr. Lofton and McDonald’s for giving          quite well, George says that they are always
 Roosevelt Road for honored as part of National        social interaction. It’s been a really great             us a place to study and have fun. Also, thank you      looking for help from the community. “We could
 Lights on after School. Lofton was honored for        partnership and definitely something to thank Mr.        for taking the time with homework and giving us        always use tutors and people to help with
 his partnership with the YMCA of Metropolitan         Lofton for.”                                             a better chance to succeed.”                           computer techniques for the children. The best
 Chicago. At the McDonald’s, Lofton provides               The YMCA Chicago/McDonald’s                               “I’m holding this award but this program is       way for children to learn is in an environment
 a great location for after school programming,        partnerships supplies children with school               really about the effort and the hard work these        full of diverse personality who helps with
 meals for each child who successfully completes       supplies catered to their grades levels through a        children put in on a daily basis, understanding        different aspects in a child’s life.”
 their homework and encouragement for any              sponsorship from kitsforkids, as well as                 the value of a great education and putting the              DeVonte Woods, a 7th grader participating
 student looking for assistance to succeed in          computers the children can use for such things           time forth to accomplish their dreams. You can         in the program said “Its good to know we have
 school.                                               as internet research and typing reports. The can         look at these children and know that obviously         somewhere to come to where we can focus away
      “We’ve been doing the program here at            also learn to improve typing skills and                  they are going to become quite successful.             from all the bad stuff that goes on in the
 McDonald’s for about a year now and so far we         occasionally view education videos.                      Providing the things that we do here is the least      neighborhood. I’m happy that I can come here
 think it has been to the great benefit of the             At the event, Ron Lofton Jr., accepted the           we can do and we’re more happy to work                 and I’ve made some new friends that I would’ve
 children participating,” said Kimberly George,        award of his father’s behalf and took note of all        alongside the YMCA and these wonderful                 have if I wasn’t allowed to be here every day. I
 program director for the YMCA/McDonald’s              the good work the children have been putting in.         children.” The program is currently at about           hope that we can keep doing the program,
 Program. “The children get placed in an               A young girl, Tamira, presented the away and             eighteen students, with a maximum capacity of          because I’ve learned a lot.”

Summit from front page
families to all areas to listen to guest speakers,     Chief Executive Officer Arne Duncan. “This
attend workshops and talk with representatives.        summit offers families a chance to learn about what
     Representatives included City of Chicago          our schools in the Pilsen area have to offer so they
Colleges as well as Robert Morris, DePaul              can become involved in the lifelong education of
University, University of Wisconsin and                their children.”
Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Loyola University as well              The Educational Summit was organized as a
as both the University of Chicago and Champaign-       family event where parents and students were able
Urbana.                                                to meet one on one with local organizations to ask
     “We see education as a never ending process       questions and receive assistance.
that starts at birth and continues throughout the           ”What makes this event unique is our intent
life of a child. With this summit we are trying to     to create lasting relationships with parents that
establish a lifelong connection with the families      attend. Our message is that this event will not
attending this event,” said Alvaro Obregon, NCP        end when families walk out of the door on October
manager of The Resurrection Project. “Our goal         20th,” said Martha Monrroy, principal at Cooper
is to help make the transitions between preschool,     Dual Language Academy and chair of the Pilsen
grade school, high school and college smoother         Educational Summit. “We will be following up
for students and parents by connecting them with       with families through home visits and telephone
the resources in the neighborhood, ensuring the        calls. To continue providing them with the
best educational experience possible.”                 resources to help make their child’s continued
     Amongst the guest speakers at Saturday’s          educational process a life long and enjoyable
event where Chicago Public Schools CEO Arne            pursuit.”
Duncan, Chair of Education of the Illinois State            Victor Calinte, a single father to four children,
Board of Education Jesse Ruiz, City Clerk Miguel       says the education summit really provided a way
Del Valle, Alderman Danny Solis and Dr. Sylvia         to get the information he needed as a single parent      At the Pilsen Education Summit, students filled up the classroom as presenters from universities like
Ramos, president of Daley College.                     of a household full of school-age children. “I have      DePaul and National Louis explained the ins and outs of the college application process. Photo credit:
     Students and their parents were advised to take   children that cover the whole educational map            Johanna Diaz/Afterschool Alliance
in the presented information, communicate with         from high school to grade school so to have access
the guest speakers and hold discussions with the       to so many people and so much information is a           school programs and counseling services provided       place within my community where I can find all
children about the proceedings. With the PES,          true blessing,” said Calinte. “Now I know that is        to her children. Ms. Bautista, like Mr. Calinte,       of the resources necessary to help them through
community and school leaders want children to          just a little less pressure on me seeing as how I        works full time and says it can be difficult to find   their college applications. I didn’t go to college
not only hear about the value of maintaining a         know that the school system has my children’s best       quality after school programs that provide             so all of this is very new for me, but I feel like I
quality education, but be able to have access to       interest at heart and that they are going to cooperate   affordable service. In addition, she worries she       am walking away with organizations that I can call
leaders who can clear up any questions or concerns     with me fully to make sure that they are receiving       will not be able to afford college for her children.   if I need help.”
about the education process.                           the best possible education. The knowledge and               “As a mother with a full time job, it is a              James Glover is a North Lawndale resident
     “Schools are at the heart of every thriving       support offered here today was priceless.”               challenge for me to find the time to complete all      who does freestyle writing for the NLCN. He is
community and we want parents to know that our              Alicia Bautista, a mother of three, was another     of the research necessary to help my daughters         also involved in Non For Profit work and
schools provide resources that go beyond the           one of the community members that attended the           make informed decisions about college,” said           Community Organizing. To comment on this
normal school day,” said Chicago Public Schools        full day workshops to learn more about after             Bautista. “I am so happy that I can come to a          article visit our weblog at: www.nlcn.org.
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                                                            Letters to the Editor
                                                        Letters to the Editor
    I have some basic concerns regarding this      Pulaski TIF and will you put in writing the        within this TIF will actually happen? Example      our young people? Munoz, we have youth
article. It is clearly objective, but does not     same regarding the other TIF’s?” Munoz             of mother going for work, making minimum           groups in our community we pllaann
move anyone from our community to get              Immediately said yes, Dixon reluctantly            wage, her son and now her daughter go to the       (misspelled purposely - real slow answer) to
involved. It provides a clear position of the      raised her hand saying yes. Example of an          street corner because not enough income is         involve them.
Lawndale Alliance and our politicians. It          exercise gym using TIF resources on State          coming in. They are working on a record                The TIF could really be a great tool for
clearly left out specific concerns that the        Street , and after two years does not exist any    within three to four weeks, or we will be          community empowerment, but instead it is a
politicians were asked, and most of the time       longer.                                            attending their funeral. (no response to the       tool to develop Non-Blighted communities.
were unwilling to answer. If they were they            3. Affordability - currently the medium        question)                                          The TIF facilitates an open door for
will need to be reminded. Send them a copy         income level is measured by the AMI “Area              5. Your Oversite panel - is this to be a       developers to come in and to develop
of the taping so they cannot forget.               Medium Income.” which means a family of            rubber stamp oversight panel that approves         unaffordable, non living wage jobs, no
    1. Have you ever read a TIF report? All        four has to make $68,000 per year to qualify       everything after it is decided for the             community oversight for the project since it
but one politician was able to raise their hand    to purchase one of the new units created.          community or is it an open process that is         is a private developer, and our families, our
as a yes. Have you ever read 10 TIF reports?       Asked the community does anyone in the             determined by the community that elected           sons and daughters are the greatest looser. If
None of the politicians were able to answer        room make that kind of money? No. Will you         you, first to say whether or not there should      you ask a politician how much money is in
yes, well then you do not understand just how      reconsider the measurement tool being the          be a TIF and only if it is guaranteed to benefit   the TIF, “It Is BROKE!” Why? Slight of
much of this is a shell game or slight of hands.   NMI “Neighborhood Medium Income” in                the people. Then if the people approve the         hands, Shall Game that moves money to other
You do not understand how the TIF resources        creating affordable housing units for the          TIF, will they be the driving force for the        community areas with no accountability. Lets
are moved from one TIF all the way                 current resident population? The politicians       development/jobs/our young people needs?           not give a pass on our politicians - those who
downtown to redevelop it.                          did not respond to that question. They need        No response                                        we voted to ensure that we benefit by the work
    2. Changing the guidelines for how TIF         to fire to be placed at their feet.                    6. Youth in this process - Those who are       they do to represent us! GET Involved!
resources were utilized, “Will you put in              4. Jobs/Living Wage Income - the TIF’s         impacted the greatest are not even here tonight        Rev. John E. Stultz
writing that if this TIF is approved that these    have not created any employment                    your panel our young people who are                     Community Coordinator
resources will only be spent with the Ogden/       opportunities for residents in any of the TIF’s    excellent thinkers and planners have not even          Micah 6:8 “What does the LORD require
                                                                        yet, read the reports. Will   been involved, it is apparent that is so because   of us, to do justice, live mercy, and to walk
                                                                        you       ensure       that   the room is filled but there are not any young     humbly before our GOD?” Will you?
                                                                        employment for residents      people present. What will you do to involve            Garfield Area Partnership
                                                                                                                                                              316 South Spaulding

                                                                           An Open Letter to Alderman Dixon and Alderman Munoz:
                                                                            PLEASE, DON’T ALLOW THE TIF ADVISORY COUNCIL
                                                                              TO BE DISENFRANCHISED BEFORE IT’S FORMED
                                                                              On behalf of the Lawndale Alliance, we would like to        October 19. The plan will be filed with the City Clerk
                                                                          thank you for taking the time to address the Proposed           prior to its release on Friday. From a legal stand point,
                                                                          Ogden-Pulaski TIF at our Town Hall Meeting, held on             this will be the very first step in the approval process. If
                                                                          October 15 at the House of Prayer Church of God in Christ.      the plan is filed on or before November 2 it will be
                                                                          While there are a number of issues that still must be           introduced to the Chicago Community Development
                                                                          addressed, we appreciate the candor with which you              Commission for review on November 13—at least 2
                                                                          answered the questions placed before you. We also               weeks before the TIF Advisory Council is put into
                                                                          appreciate the movement in such areas as cleaning up the        place.
                                                                          property lists and starting to formulate TIF advisory                In order to ensure that our elected officials are
                                                                          council. We will be following up with a letter to the           moving in concert with the community, we respectfully
                                                                          Commissioner of Planning and Development, copied to             request that you hold off on filing the plan with the City
                                                                          you, outlining the concerns that remain outstanding.            Clerk’s Office until such time as
                                                                              On October 9, you and the Chicago Department of                 1. you meet with the community to share which of
                                                                          Planning and Development held a meeting on the Proposed         the suggestions provided by the community were
                                                                          Ogden-Pulaski TIF. The presentation team indicated at           incorporated into the plan.
                                                                          the time, that you did not know when the plan would be              2. you address concerns raised by the community.
                                                                          ready, and would not move forward without community                 3. the TIF Advisory Council is selected, participates
                                                                          support. You also gave the audience worksheets to provide       in an orientation process, has an opportunity to read the
                                                                          feedback on the redevelopment budget. You said you              redevelopment plan and provide informed advice.
                                                                          would have as many meetings as necessary, get more                  We believe these actions will go a long way towards
                                                                          community input, and create a TIF Advisory Council. The         restoring transparency to the development process. Your
                                                                          local TIF Advisory Council will be put in place by the          assistance in this matter is most appreciated. If you have
                                                                          end of November.                                                any questions, please feel free to call Valerie F. Leonard
                                                                              On Monday, October 15, Alderman Dixon informed              at 773-521-3137 or Joe Ann Bradley at 773-450-2400.
                                                                          us that the Chicago Department of Planning and
                                                                          Development plans to release a revised plan on Friday,              THE LAWNDALE ALLIANCE

                                                                          Youth from page 3                                               our travel expenses, as well as what bus lines will be cut so
                                                                                                                                          we can know alternate routes.
                                                                          Little Village are just another reason why we should keep           The more we become educated and both issues taking
                                                                          informed. By coming together and bringing a peaceful            place locally and nationally, the better off we will be. Being
                                                                          solution amongst ourselves, this could potentially mean         informed is something that as youth we should take great
                                                                          less police activity, which results in lower arrest totals      pride in. When you know about what’s going on it can raise
                                                                          amongst our black and Hispanic youth.                           your level of education, as you can now partake in
                                                                              Finally, the Chicago Transit Authority is facing a major    conversations you otherwise would know nothing about. I
                                                                          crisis that affects the youth ability to travel. With the       would advise all my fellow youth to take time to read weekly
                                                                          upcoming “doomsday” fast approaching yet again on               at least one local, citywide and national newspaper so that
                                                                          November 4th (it was avoided September 16th thanks to           nothing out there will catch you off guard.
                                                                          the state providing temporary relief), we should take notice        Lavonte’ Roache’ is a resident on the West Side. To
                                                                          of the increased fares so we can better plan with our money,    comment on this article visit our weblog at: www.nlcn.org.

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            October 24 - October 30, 2007                           THE NORTH LAWNDALE COMMUNITY NEWS                                                                                         Page 9

                                                                     Sports & Entertainment
                                             THEATRE REVIEW: MiLK
                                                                                              Mike Cook

                                                  alter ego, Womaclown, is unseen to them but                                                             pacing and the performances he elicits are
                                                  very much an onstage character, mirroring                                                               right on the money. It’s no surprise that Lisa
                                                  Baby, as a witness and spirit. Their bonding                                                            Johnson-Willingham’s choreography is both
                                                  ritual is double-dutch, performed with                                                                  virtuosic and in keeping with the essence of
                                                  virtuosity, even as they deliver the                                                                    the play. Her work with IMPAACT’s earlier
                                                  wonderfully poetic lines of this play.                                                                  triumph, Trouble the Water, was equally fine.
                                                      After the death of the character Tyronda,                                                                 The ensemble acting made the play spin
                                                  who has mysteriously fallen from the roof,                                                              and all are to be applauded: Caren Blackmore
                                                  their memories of her filter through time. She                                                          as the conflicted Baby; Dawn Pryor as her
                                                  was closest to Baby, who may have seen her                                                              spirit alter-ego; Ashley Olivia Jones as the
                                                  last and has suppressed much of what she                                                                slick Shadow; Ebony Wimbs as the
                                                  knows. Baby is vulnerable; bullied by Brown                                                             rambunctious Brown; Anthony Williams as
                                                  and influenced by Shadow. Becoming the                                                                  the very together Lee; Corey Cantrell as the
                                                  object of a stalker, the vermin exterminator                                                            shape-shifting Five-O; and Earl Alphonso Fox
                                                  of the building, she cries out to her mother                                                            as the repulsive bug man. Shepsu Aakhue’s
                                                  for protection but is victimized none the less.                                                         set is a dead-on evocation of the projects.
                                                  She cries out throughout the play, but the                                                              Brandon Wardell’s lighting assists greatly in
                                                  mother is never there.                                                                                  experiencing the movement and moments; of
                                                      Baby challenges her tormentor, Brown,                                                               special note is Gullah Magic’s sound design,
                                                  over the affections of the dapper and wise Lee,                                                         which was right on and perfectly off, while
Five-O spreads magic
                                                  a fellow student. Growing a tougher shell,                                                              Sharlet Webb’s costumes emphasized the
    The strengths of IPAACT, “African             she follows Shadow into the reefer business.                                                            realness and placeness of the drama.
Centered Theatre”, make them one of the           Five-O is the shaman roots man, who does                                                                       Milk is running through November 11th
finest companies in Chicago. On display in        many things such as exorcisms, abortions and        Bug Man stalks Baby                                 at the Victory Gardens Greenhouse, 2257 No.
MiLK are at their mastery of myth and             dispensing the MiLK, a potion that revives          male characters – are drawn with fullness and       Lincoln Ave. Show times are 8:30 Thursday
movement. They fold these qualities into a        and lends courage. The women’s rite of              wit. IMPAACT’s MiLK is one of the plays             & Friday; 8:00 PM Saturday and 3:30 Sunday.
contemporary drama with breathtaking              passage, high school graduation, finds the          of the season.                                      General admission is $19.50 - $22.50 with
effects. The action centers around the            friends musing that their memories of Tyronda              Nambi E. Kelley’s script is a love letter    reduced rates for group’s seniors and students.
courtyard of a public housing complex,            are fading. As yet another passage from             to the youth’s whose environment and                Further information can be had at: (773) 871-
examining the lives of girls for whom the         adolescence, their mastery of double-dutch          realities she shared. All of the elements - plot,   3000.
projects is their universe.                       fails them. All of the characters have rich,        dialogue, and characterizations – combine for            Mike Cook is a North Lawndale resident
    Baby, Shadow and Brown are friends            varied facets.                                      a hypnotic whole. The veteran director,             and NLCN’s theatre critic. To comment on
from elementary through high school. An               Five-O, Lee, and the Orkin Man rapist –         Chuck Smith, is equal to the challenge. His         this article visit our weblog at: www.nlcn.org.

                                         AT THE FLICKS                                                                                                      ENROLL NOW
                                                           David H. Schultz, film critic
                                                            appearance and inexperience,
                                                            Captain Doyle rebukes his                                                                       COMMUNITY
                                                            participation in the investigation, but
                                                            agrees to the exchange of information                                                         DAYCARE CENTER
                                                            with his assigned, veteran detectives,                                                             1800 S. Lawndale
                                                            Remy Bressant (Ed Harris) and Nick
                                                            Poole (John Ashton) on the missing                                                                  (773) 257-0497
                                                            person case.                                                                                     6am - 6pm ~ Ages 2-6
                                                                Eventually, what this film boils
                                                            down to is a “promise” made earlier                                                                $100 Gift
                                                            in the film by Patrick to Helene that     Sam Riley in control
                                                            leads to a moral confrontation with       lot of the personal and professional angst in
                                                                                                                                                           Certificate if you
 Morgan Freeman, Casey Affleck and Michelle       himself and the police force, who seem to           their relationship. From his early teen life         sign up now and
 Monaghan in Gone Baby Gone                       have taken the place of any kind of DCFS            in 1973, Ian Curtis was a pill popping’ manic            between
                                                  agency in Boston that is strangely absence          depression who suffered with epilepsy. Ian
     GONE BABY GONE (**1/2) The                   throughout this movie.                              was a tortured soul who wanted something              November 15th
 object in “Gone Baby Gone” is that there is          The conspiracy angle is one thing for sure,     out of his life that he didn’t know how to                      Restrictions Apply!
 more here than meets the eye than the search     but where is the bureaucratic references and        handle – fame and recognition.
 for a missing four year old little girl from     interference within the reality of this drama?               But this films stands out through its            Call Today
 an inner city Boston neighborhood. Writer-       Still, the brothers Affleck almost are able to      script and direction on how Ian Curtis had               DON’T WAIT!
 actor Ben Affleck makes a descent                pull this movie off. If it weren’t for these and    his own difficulties while trying to achieve
 directorial debut here with his screen           other glaring mistakes and omissions that           and deal with his own newfound success.              Hot Meals, Field Trips,
 adaptation of “Mystic River’ author, Dennis      compromises this interesting movie to fall                    But “Control” is written and acted              Computers,
 Lehane’s book that begins as every parent’s      short by its mixed results.                         with its own distinction as an
 nightmare.                                           R; 115min. A Miramax Films Picture              unconventional love story that is more                  FUN FUN FUN
     A grief stricken mother, Helene              Release – presented at selected theatres            common and honest perspective through the
 McCready (Amy Ryan) cries out to the
 media reporters and TV cameras to find her
                                                      CONTROL (***1/2) Like the glorified
                                                  celebrity biography movies like “Ray” or
                                                                                                      performances than the traditional
                                                                                                      Hollywood treatment of the glamorized,
                                                                                                                                                          Ford from page 6
 missing daughter, Amanda.                        “Walk The Line”, “Control” is as potent and         rags-to-riches icon image of the big budget         good grades and good conduct as the most
     A well respected police captain, Jack        more uncompromising because of the                  biography movie.                                    crucial factors.
 Doyle (Morgan Freeman) addresses the             exceptional acting performance from British             What is amazing about “Control” is how              “The best advice I have is you’ve got to
 media, determined to find this child as a        newcomer and ex-musician Sam Riley, who             compelling this movie becomes displaying            get your grades up. You can be superhuman
 personal commitment and void to fill since                                                                                                               on the football field, but when colleges start
                                                  just won the Silver Hugo award for best actor       the essence of a rock performer’s highs and
                                                                                                                                                          to look at you they want to know about your
 his only child was found murdered.               at the Chicago Film Festival. Riley portrays        lows on this quest for fame that leads into a       GPA, and how many times you’ve been
 Everybody appears to want the child              the tragic life of a promising 80’s punk rock       legendary status that also encompasses a            suspended or went to detention,” said Ford.
 returned safe and sound.                         lead singer-songwriter, Ian Curtis of the           dramatic and complete love story to its bitter          “Make sure you walk around with a
     Even Helene’s cousin, Bea (Amy               British group, Joy Division.                        sweet end.                                          respectable personality, and make sure that
 Madigan) involves herself with her                   A band that is not commercially well                R; 121min. A Weinstein Company                  the teachers, the principal and your peers
 husband, Lionel (Titus Welliver), by             known, but established a brief cult following       Picture Release                                     know you’re about business. And don’t let
 enlisting the service of a private               from their recordings and live concert                  Special Limited Engagement at the               peer pressure get to you at any time. Peer
 investigator, Patrick Kedzie (Casey Affleck)     reputation. But it makes no different if you        Music Box Theater, 3733 North                       pressure can take you off track so easily,
 who grew up and still lives in the area, along   aren’t aware of neither this group nor its avant    Southport Ave (Now thro Nov. 1)                     you’ve got to make sure you stay focused.”
 with his girlfriend – assistant, Angie           garde music.                                            David Schultz is a film critic for NLCN             Todd Thomas is a freelance writer for
 (Michelle Monaghan).                                                                                                                                     NLCN and other publications. To comment
                                                      Based on the memoirs of his wife;               and other publications. To comment on this
                                                                                                                                                          on this article visit our weblog at:
     Initially because of Patrick’s youthful      Deborah (Samantha Morton) who endures a             article visit our weblog at: www.nlcn.org.          www.nlcn.org.
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   Local Radio Rounds Up Around Togo Election
                                                                                               Kabuika Kamunga

                                                                                                          been under either a military dictatorship or a       Koutoglo, 30, as he picked up the cordless
                                                                                                          one-party rule. At the 2005 election, which          phone on the round table. Koutoglo,the chief
                                                                                                          brought the dictator’s son, Faure Gnassingbé,        executive officer of FM Liberté. Koutoglo,
                                                                                                          into power, 500 Togolese died in the election        grabbed one of the numerous $2 and $5
                                                                                                          violence. This year parliamentary election           calling cards on the table and dialed the pin
                                                                                                          was another shot at democracy.                       numbers. “You have eight minutes remaining
                                                                                                              “Our grandparents sold us to the Whites,”        for this call,” said the robotic female voice.
                                                                                                          said Komi Folly, a Togolese caller from              Koutoglo grimaced, “That’s not enough to
                                                                                                          Calgary, Canada. “Today it’s the same. Those         conduct an interview with a correspondent in
                                                                                                          in power in our country play the same role.          Togo!” he said and picked up another card.
                                                                                                          We want our freedom and we want to define                The radio team contacted a dozen local
                                                                                                          it ourselves.”                                       journalists in Togo to feed them updates on
                                                                                                              For the 1,785 listeners online, radio FM         what was happening on the ground during the
                                                                                                          Liberté is a voice of freedom in the diaspora        elections. When the phone calls to Togo went
                                                                                                          and in the world.                                    through, they heard the elections seemed to
                                                                                                              “Without this radio station, I would not         be going well. The correspondent, Mario
                                                                                                          be able to sleep,” said Zinsou Agbota, a             Attidokpo, who was located 35 km outside
                                                                                                          Togolese caller from Germany. “Without it, I         of the Togolese capital city Lomé, said
                                                                                                          wouldn’t know what is going on in Togo.”             everything was running smoothly except there
                                                                                                              When the phone rang again, arguments             were not enough ballots available.
                                                                                                          broke in the studio. A caller from New York              “I don’t know what calculations they
                                                                                                          wanted to talk about a political party that’s        made to lack voting ballots,” said Attidokpo
(From left to right) Kadjo Epou, Devia Koutoglo and Tete Attikossie are FM Liberte journalists who        boycotting the elections in Togo. The                over the phone.
broadcasted live a marathon of the Togolese election.
                                                                                                          journalists quickly cut him short and the                Some say the lack of ballots was a ploy
    Five Togolese immigrants are sitting in a       stations opened in Togo (at 6 a.m. Togo time).        program went to a music break. Even off the          by the current government. Despite the
small basement room in Berwyn, IL. on               This is the FM Liberté team. The five men             air, the discussion at the round table was           shortage, 98 percent of the Togolese people
Sunday, October 14. They have headphones            are radio broadcasting live on the internet the       heated.                                              were coming out en masse to vote,
on, looking a bit disheveled in their t-shirts      very first democratic elections in Togo in 49             “That caller’s question is political,” said      correspondents said based on the number of
and sweats. Three of the men are sitting at a       years.                                                Tete Attikossie, one of the veteran Togolese         registered voters.
round table speaking excitedly into a circular          There was excitement in the air. People           journalists in the studio. “We want people to            At one point, FM Liberté President Eric
black microphone hanging in the center. On          were calling the radio station from all over          go and vote.”                                        K. Alovor, who was serving as technician
the walls are several clocks showing time in        the world: from Canada, France and                        The journalists were passionate about            during the live program, found alarming news
Lomé, Togo, Chicago, Paris, France and New          throughout the United States.                         their politics in Africa and some flew in from       on the Internet and showed it to the team on a
York. It is 11 a.m. in Illinois, yet none of the        “Forty years of dictatorship is enough,”          Minneapolis to attend the broadcast marathon         laptop during an interview. The journalists
men have slept for the past 10 hours. They          said a Togolese caller from Montréal, Canada.         of the election.                                     read the laptop screen and asked the
have been up since 1 a.m., when the polling             Since its independence in 1960, Togo has              “Let’s go to Togo,” said Devia M. C.                                    See Togo page 11
                                                    breast cancer treatment in Chicago, over the past     said Ansell. He also noted that the
 Cancer from front page                             23 years these advances have not helped reduce        implementation of the new report will help reduce
                                                                                                                                                               women receive fewer mammograms than white
                                                                                                                                                               women. The second is that black women receive
 fight against breast cancer,” said Dr. David       breast cancer mortality for African women at          breast cancer disparities over time. The report      mammograms of inferior quality. The third is
 Ansell, vice president and chief medical officer   all.”                                                 offers recommendations for repairing the health      that black women have inadequate access to
 at Rush Medical Center. “In fact, despite               Calling racial disparities in health outcomes,   care system based on three hypotheses explaining     quality treatment once a cancer is diagnosed.
 advances in mammography screening and              “one of the greatest injustices in our society,”      breast cancer disparities. The first is that black                                See page 11
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                                                  ages of 40 and 64. This, according to Gavin indicated at last Wednesday’s
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                                                  Deputy Director for the Center for conference, the statistics given by the
offices with month to month leases. $300
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hour access. 3708 W Roosevelt Rd. Contact
                                                  Population Health and Disparities, Task Force are frightening. The Task
                                                  Carol Ferrans, is a good step. Force, as indicated by all if its
                                                  However, she explained, unless the representatives, will continue striving
                                                                                                                                                          ADs                     voters who were standing in line
                                                                                                                                                                                  intervened. They burned the bikes
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DECORATED, carpeting andhardwood
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                                                  funding, it will not succeed.              recommendations until Chicago’s
                                                       “We applaud him for the health care system is repaired.
                                                  expansion,but as you know it is not yet        “I have confidence that my fellow
                                                                                                                                                         Only                     closed at 6 p.m. Togo time, the
                                                                                                                                                                                  Togolese population did not go
                                                                                                                                                                                  home, said the correspondents over
                                                                                                                                                                                  the phone. In each city and village,
security. 1st month rent FREE. Call after         clear where that money will come from task force members will succeed at
3 pm 773/620-0082

                                                  to fund this program. So, we all need moving the recommendations in the
                                                  to stand behind the Governor and to report forward and systematically
                                                  encourage our Legislators to fully fund reducing black breast cancer
                                                  this program and to not stop until it mortality,” said Donna Thompson,
                                                                                                                                                        $10.00                    Togolese sat on wooden benches
                                                                                                                                                                                  with their blankets and flashlights
                                                                                                                                                                                  outside of polling stations. They
                                                                                                                                                                                  were determined to make sure that
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                                                  is,” said Ferrans.                         task force member and CEO of Access
                                                       Quality of mammography is the Community Health Network.
                                                  second of the three hypothesized               Women on the West Side can
                                                  causes for the racial disparity in breast receive more information on breast
                                                                                                                                                          Call                    transparent and fair.
                                                                                                                                                                                       In Berwyn, Ill., the radio
                                                                                                                                                                                  journalists were exhausted, but no
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                                                  several recommendations for sponsored by 2nd Ward Alderman Bob
                                                  overcoming this issue, based on Fioretti on Saturday, Oct. 27 at Revival
                                                  interventions that have been proven to Fellowship M.B. Church, located on
                                                                                                                                                         (312)                    the live coverage.
                                                                                                                                                                                       “I am almost 50 years old,” said
                                                                                                                                                                                  Epou, who worked as a journalist in
                                                                                                                                                                                  Togo for many years. “But this is the
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Name in the conduct or transaction of
                                                  and evaluated measurements of the Cancer Session will run from 10 a.m.
                                                  quality of mammography from to 1 p.m.
                                                  mammography centers in Chicago,                To access the full Task Force report
                                                                                                                                                         492-                     following Togolese elections live.”
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business in the State,” as amended, that a        hiring more experts who read primarily go to www.ChicagoBreastCancer.org,                                                       the Democratic Republic of Congo.
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                                                  follow-up communication between                Megan Sieberg is a recent
                                                  doctors and their patients in graduate of Northwestern University.
                                                  disadvantaged communities, and more She has a degree in Communication
                                                                                                                                                         9090                     She has a master degree from the
                                                                                                                                                                                  Medill School of Journalism at
                                                                                                                                                                                  Northwestern University. She
                                                                                                                                                                                  spends her time between the United
Leavitt, Unit 304, Flossmoor, IL 60422. The       safety net institutions for women in Studies and is currently the
true name(s) and residence address of the
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                                                                                                     What It Iz In The Biz
INTERSTATE                                                                            Watcha know bout’ me?
                                                                                                                                         Marquita Ware
                                                                                                                                                                               is a big blow to hip-hop T.I is a good
                                                                                      T.I appeared in court this past                                                          guy and I know him very well. They
            Automotive Repair
  Muffler & Automotive Repair                                                     Friday and pleaded not guilty. The
                                                                                                                                                                “T.I.” Harris  said he can’t get bail because he has
      2158 South Pulaski                                                          judge in his case denied a bond, but                                                         a voice that can be heard by the
                                                                                  is considering house arrest. He could                                                        world. There is always two sides to
      (corner of Cermak & Pulaski)                                                have been released but T.I.’s attorney                                                       a story. Hold your head, fam. You
                                      Chicago                                     did not meet the required                                                                    know we got you. Respect!
                                                                                  specifications. He must post a $3.7                                                               DJ       Khaled,        Miami-
                     773-522-0122                                                 million cash and property bond, and                                                          based deejay: I couldn’t believe it,
                                                                                  wear an electronic monitoring device                                                         man. T.I. is a person that reps the
                                                                                  and he has to cotract the company in                                                         community and represents hip-hop
                      4 Locations to Serve You!                                   connection with the device. Tiny, his                                                        and represents the people and does
                    Ogden & Western 312-733-5333                                  longtime girlfriend, a federal agent                                                         a lot for a lot of people. He did a lot
                                                                                  and his children are the only ones to                                                        for me, too. He got on my record,
                                                                                  be allowed in the house. Any visitors must be placed on a         “We Takin’ Over” and made history with me. Besides music,
                                   OIL CHANGE,                                    pre-authorized list, and a full sweep of his house must be        he reps the kids, charities, all that stuff. I felt really sad
 Diagnostic                       FILTER, TOP OF               Radiator           done in search of a hidden safe and any other contraband          because he got a family. He got kids. He’s not a threat to
  Testing                         THE FLUIDS &
                                                                Flush             before he could move back in. T.I. has a second bond hearing      society at all. I think that God is the best. I think he’s gonna
                                  ENGINE FLUSH                                    this Friday (Oct. 26th) at 3 p.m. and if the judge’s orders are   lead him forward through his trials and tribulations. So it’s
          39.99                         $
                                            39.99                   39.99         followed he will be released on house arrest.
                                                                                      HERE IS WHAT SOME IN THE HIP HOP
                                                                                                                                                    in God’s hands. Everything is alleged. I don’t know what’s
                                                                                                                                                    really going on. All I know is what the media talks about. It
                                                                                  COMMUNITY HAD TO SAY:                                             gets crazy. Nobody knows the facts. I think that he’s innocent
                                                                                      DJ Drama, T.I’s deejay: It fu—d me up. I was just at          and he’s gon’ be all right.
      Struts                            Mufflers              Converter           rehearsal with him a few hours before [the arrest] and then           Chamillionaire, rap artist: I was at the BET Awards
                                                                                  to see this happen. The system works in its way. I don’t have     and was getting a bunch of text messages about it. But
 Front or Rear                           $                    INSTALLED           enough knowledge to really speak on the case, but whatever        I didn’t believe the arrest was true because I saw him in
   Installed                                  19.99            $     99
                                                                                  he needs from me, I’m there for him. I know I’ll be doing         good spirits at the BET pre-party the night before. I realized
  $                                    Inspect exhaust          119.              my part. Everybody [at Grand Hustle] is uplifting and good.       it really happened when he wasn’t present to accept his
      199.00                          system for leaks.
                                        Labor Extra.
                                                                                  This ain’t the first time we’ve had obstacles put in our
                                                                                  way. Whatever doesn’t break us makes us stronger.
                                                                                                                                                    award at the show. I didn’t want to believe that something
                                                                                                                                                    like this could happen to T.I. at the height of his career. I
   MOST CARS &                         MOST CARS &              MOST CARS &           Jermaine Dupri, Atlanta based rap mogul: When I               just think at this point, nobody knows the full story and all
  LIGHT TRUCKS                         LIGHT TRUCKS            LIGHT TRUCKS
                                                                                  first heard about T.I. getting arrested, it was kinda sad for     of the intricate details of the case. We shouldn’t pass any
                                                                                  me. We got the same lawyer, so I think I knew about it before     type of judgment based off speculation. Hopefully the
       Full Tune-Up                              Front or Rear                    everybody. It was kinda messed up because you got a dude          outcome will be a good one, and not just for the T.I. fans.
         Service                                                                  that’s at the top of his game. He got nine nominations [at the        www.concreteloop.com www.bet.com www.sohh.com
                                                 Brakes Service                   BET Hip-Hop Awards.] He had more nominations than                     If you have any questions for me about celebrity gossip
      4 cyl.                          6cyl.
                                                          $                       anybody. That award show could have potentially been that         or news, just call 312-492-9090 or write to KETA, 1211 S.
  159.         00                 179.00
                                                              59.99               springboard to take him to the next level. For that [arrest] to   Western, Chicago, IL 60608 and I will feature my answer
                     8cyl.                             Front or Rear              happen, I think it’s a tragic thing. From what I know, it ain’t   in the next column. If you want to know about one of your
                    199.     00
                                                 Includes installation of front   no chances to beat the case. There’s a three-strike rule out      friends and nem’ I can tell you that too. JUST KIDDING.
                                                 pads, inspect inspect rotors,    there, and it’s his third strike. I’m hoping that somebody can    Also check out our weblog at www.nlcn.org. You can post
Includes plugs, wires, fuel filter, air
  filter, P.C.V. valve cap, rotor, oil
                                                    wheelbearing, calipers,       figure out something to change that. But from what I’ve seen,     questions for me, other writers and anything/anyone else
                                                hydraulic system and road test.   the way they’re treating celebrities right now in this day and    you want to talk about.
           change and filter.
                                                    Pads and shoes extra.
                                                MOST CARS & LIGHT TRUCKS
                                                                                  age, it don’t seem like it’s any possibility.                         Marquita Ware is the Production/Layout & Design
                                                                                      Swizz Beatz, artist/producer: I feel that [T.I.’s arrest]     Coordinator for the North Lawndale Community News.

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