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Friday, December 9, 2011

1st measurable snow leads to crashes | VIDEO
A light snow fall and cold temperatures Friday morning caught motorists off guard as numerous crashes occurred because of the slick road conditions.

2 allegedly burglarized Chicago firehouse | VIDEO
Chicago firefighters say they caught a pair of thieves burglarizing their firehouse while they were out on a call.
3 men in Uptown standoff linked to Indiana murder
Three men arrested after a standoff on Chicago's North Side earlier this week are now charged in connection with an Indiana murder.
Man accused of Chicago police station attack | VIDEO
Three police officers were called to subdue a man accused of throwing chunks of concrete at a plate glass window inside a Jefferson Park police station.
Equipment trouble delays CTA lines
Some CTA train riders encountered delays Friday morning. The trains are back on schedule now.
Officials to announce green space project
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn are expected to announce a new green space project Friday.


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'Lidia's Italy in America' recipes New cookbook ''Lidia's Italy in America'' by Lidia Bastianic focuses on Italian home cooking -- but from an American perspective.

Stuffed Tomatoes (Pomodoro Farciti al Forno)
Grilled Caesar Salad (Insalata alla Cesare Grigliata)
Braised Fennel with Sausage (Finocchio Brasato con Salsicce)


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Friday, December 9, 2011
Investigators In Virginia Tech Shooting Say Gunman Committed Suicide, Not Connected To University
Graham Hill: Less Stuff, More Happiness
Elizabeth Warren: 'Karl Rove Is Not Telling The Truth'
Mayor Bloomberg Defends NYPD's Handling Of Press During Raid
And Apple's 'iPhone App Of The Year' Is...
Sen. Bernie Sanders: Saving Our Democracy
The Constitution of this country has served us well. But when the Supreme Court says that attempts by the federal government and states to impose reasonable restrictions on campaign ads are unconstitutional, our democracy is in grave danger.
Madeleine M. Kunin: Occupy Congress
To give power back to 99 percent of Americans, we need a grassroots campaign for a constitutional amendment to reverse recent Supreme Court decisions on limiting campaign contributions.
Jim Wallis: The Disappearance of the Compassionate Conservatives
The compassionate conservative space is vital to the health of the nation and the future of the poor, and therefore preserving it is essential. Republicans returning to it might further open up the space for the kind of bipartisan cooperation we desperately need.
Dr. Joel Hoffman: Five Mistakes in Your Bible Translation
Starting about 2,300 years ago, the Hebrew Bible was translated into a Greek version now known as the Septuagint. One shortcoming of that translation is its inattention to near synonyms.
Meghan Telpner: Holiday Party Survival Guide
The windchill has set in and it is that time of year again when our calendars fill with the fun (and not-so-fun) holiday soirées. There are easy ways to make it through the season without needing to buy new jeans one size up come January -- and to do so without feeling totally deprived.



Race In Education Can Be Used to Promote Diversity; Black Men in 100 Cities Will Mentor Black Boys; COSEBOC Awards $10,000 to Best Schools for Young Men of Color; Fellowship Produces the Next Generation of Black Male Achievement Leadership

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U.S.Department of Education Says that Race In Admissions Can Be Used to Promote Diversity
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Civil Rights Officials Issue More Flexible Rules on Use of Race in School Assignments; Admissions
By Alyson Klein
December 2, 2011 

Federal civil rights officials today said that school districts and colleges and universities may legally consider race when making decisions about school assignments, admissions and other programs that are designed to increase diversity and reduce racial isolation.

The U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Education jointly released the new, more flexible guidelines that are meant to clear up confusion on how and when race can be considered in the wake of three earlier U.S. Supreme Court decisions.

The two sets of guidance documents-one for K-12 school districts and the other for colleges and universities-cancel out those that were issued by the Education Department in August 2008 during the Bush administration.

All educational institutions that receive federal funding-roughly 15,000 school districts and more than 3,000 colleges and universities-will receive the guidance.

"Racial isolation remains far too common in America's classrooms today and it is increasing," said Education Secretary Arne Duncan. "This denies our children the experiences they need to succeed in a global economy, where employers, co-workers, and customers will be increasingly diverse. It also breeds educational inequity, which is inconsistent with America's core values."

The new guidelines are meant to clarify how school districts may legally consider the race of students in their plans to promote diversity and limit racial isolation in schools. The guidance is based largely on three Supreme Court rulings that directly addressed the use of race in decisions about school assignments and admissions by educational institutions: Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District No. 1, Grutter v. Bollinger and Gratz v. Bollinger.

According to the new guidance, school districts may use "race-neutral" approaches to make decisions about whether to admit individual students into competitive admissions schools or programs, as well as for drawing school boundary lines. Such approaches would include using students' socioeconomic status, parental education levels, the socioeconomic status of neighborhoods and the composition of an area's housing, such as its share of subsidized housing or rental housing.

The guidance says that such race-neutral approaches are required to be used "only if they are workable." In some cases, the guidance states, "race-neutral approaches will be unworkable because they will be ineffective to achieve the diversity that the school district seeks or to address racial isolation in the district's schools."

When a race-neutral approach doesn't work, the guidance spells out that school districts may use "generalized race-based approaches" that employ express racial criteria as long as it does not involve decision-making on the basis of any individual student's race. The generalized approach could include consideration of overall racial compositions of neighborhoods when drawing attendance zones.

School districts will also be able to consider the race of individual students if it is "narrowly tailored to meet a compelling interest" such as avoiding racial isolation, the guidance states. Districts should first determine that using a race-neutral approach won't work to achieve its goals.

The guidance also lays out the types of programs and scenarios in which districts may wish to consider race: Locating schools, closing schools, opening up magnet programs, changing feeder patterns, redrawing attendance boundaries and admissions for competitive schools and programs.
Join Black men in 100 cities mentoring
Black boys and young men
in January 2012
Join the
Black Male Achievement Movement 
during National Mentor Month, January 2012, as we mentor tens of thousands of Black boys and young men
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This is what happens when Black men mentor.  We mentor! Do you?
Schools, faith-based organizations, fraternities, Masonic organizations, veterans associations, community-based organizations, social service agencies, companies and corporations will
participate in this effort. 
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This is what happens when Black men mentor.  We mentor! Do you?
To become one of the the Servant Leaders in your city planning and directing this effort, please call 773.285.9600. We will provide you with an organizing kit that will help you step-by-step in creating an outstanding mentoring program in your city.  We will also provide technical assistance and ongoing support. 
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This is what happens when Black men mentor.  We mentor!  Do you?
Most Mentoring events will occur on January 31, 2012.  Please see cities that are expected to participate as of December 8, 2011:
Albany, New York
Atlanta Georgia.
Baltimore, Maryland
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Chicago, Illinois
Cincinnati, Ohio
Detroit, Michigan
Houston, Texas
Irvington, New Jersey
Jackson, Mississippi
Los Angeles, California
Louisville, Kentucky
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
New York City, New York - Manhattan
New York City, New York - The Bronx
Newark, New Jersey
Omaha, Nebraska
Peoria, Illinois 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Phoenix, Arizona
San Bernardino, California
Shelbyville, Indiana 
St. Louis, Missouri
Tshwane, Botswana
Washington DC
White Plains, New York 
This event was inspired by the life and life principles of Muhammad Ali (Rumble Young Man Rumble!).  The Black Male Achievement Movement was born in Louisville, Kentucky in September 2011.  Guidance, support and encouragement for this movement is provided by Open Society Foundations' Campaign for Black Male Achievement.  For more information, please call 773.285.0600.
Join the Black Star Project's 
Million Fathers Club
for Men's College Basketball at Its Best!

University of Illinois at Chicago Flames vs
Northern Illinois University Huskies
 Saturday, December 10, 2011
The UIC Pavilion 
525 South Racine Avenue
(500 south and 1200 west)
Chicago, Illinois
 Game starts at 3:00 pm

Call Bruce Walker at 773.285.9600 to reserve your FREE tickets.
$10,000 Awards for American Schools that Educate Young Men of Color Best
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Dear Friends & Colleagues,
COSEBOC is pleased to announce the first annual COSEBOC School Awards, intended to celebrate successful schools.
Does your school have a proven track record of successfully educating boys and young men of color? Do you know of a school that consistently generates male students of color with academic outcomes and personal characteristics that rival statewide averages? If either answer is yes, encourage them to apply. And help us spread the word.
Selected schools will receive a $10,000 grant and their promising practices will be featured at our next Gathering of Leaders April 26-28, in Durham, North Carolina. COSEBOC will also promote these schools nationwide.
For Guidelines and Application Forms
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To apply, review the guidelines, complete the forms and application, and return to SchoolAwards@coseboc.org by January 12, 2012. COSEBOC will host a technical assistance conference call at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, December 6, 2011, for schools interested in submitting an application.
Please share this information with any school, district, educator, researcher, community leader or policy-maker who might be interested. Thank you for building a support movement for effective schooling of boys and young men of color.
Ron Walker
Executive Director
New Fellowship Will Build the Next Generation of Black Male Achievement Leadership in America
Each BMA Fellow will receive a $70,000 stipend in start-up capital as well as technical assistance over 18 months to help them launch and build their organizations.
Open Society Foundations and Echoing Green Launch Black Male Achievement Fellowship
Press Release
Maria Archuleta

     NEW YORK - The Open Society Foundations and Echoing Green announced today a new fellowship program for individuals dedicated to improving the life outcomes of black men and boys in the U.S. It is the first fellowship program of its kind that targets social entrepreneurs who are starting up new organizations in the field of black male achievement.
     "We're proud to support innovators working to transform the lives of black men and boys and their communities," said Shawn Dove, Manager of the Open Society Foundations Campaign for Black Male Achievement. "Historically, black males have been prevented from fully engaging in American society due to a host of economic, civic, social, and political barriers. Now for the first time, there's a fellowship program dedicated to providing creative thinkers the space and support they need to tackle this complicated and entrenched problem."
     The online application for the Open Society Black Male Achievement Fellowship will be available on December 5, 2011 and closed on January 9, 2012. It will be awarded to eight fellows who are generating new ideas and best practices in the areas of education, family, and work such as initiatives related to fatherhood, mentoring, college preparatory programs, community-building, and supportive wage work opportunities. Fellowships will also be awarded for efforts in the areas of communications and philanthropic leadership.
     "The pioneering efforts of social entrepreneurs have real and long-term systemic impacts on society," said Cheryl L. Dorsey, President of Echoing Green. "We're excited to be partners in this new Fellowship program focused on black male achievement. When all segments of our society succeed, we can be much more innovative and competitive as a country."
     Echoing Green has run a social entrepreneur fellowship for the past 24 years. Eighty-five percent of their Fellows remain in the social sector in leadership positions after their fellowships have ended. Each BMA Fellow will receive a $70,000 stipend in start-up capital as well as technical assistance over 18 months to help them launch and build their organizations; access to technical support and pro bono partnerships; community of like-minded social entrepreneurs and public service leaders; and other benefits.
     For eligibility and application information, go to: www.echoinggreen.org/bma-fellowship
About the Open Society Foundations
Active in more than 70 countries, the Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable to their citizens. Working with local communities, the Open Society Foundations support justice and human rights, freedom of expression, and access to public health and education.
About Echoing Green
Echoing Green unleashes next generation talent to solve the world's biggest problems. We are a nonprofit social venture fund that identifies, invests in, and supports some of the world's best emerging social entrepreneurs-society's change agents. Because we believe human capital is the most important asset class, and understand the difficulties faced by social innovators who challenge the status quo with bold ideas for a better world, Echoing Green invests deeply in these next generation change agents as well as works to create an ecosystem around them that supports and celebrates social innovation as a high-impact strategy for social change.
 Chicago High School Workshops
for Juniors and Seniors
 Free College Level Courses for High School Students
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Health Information Technology Day and Showcase
Thursday, October 20, 2011, 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Discover a field that works with administrators, physicians, nurses and other clinicians to achieve total health information solutions for patients and service providers. Hands-on activity and an employer panel.  Includes lunch.

ACT Prep Review
Saturday, December 3, 2011
9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
The review session will help prepare students to take the ACT.  Math and Science sessions will be taught by DeVry professors using official ACT review materials.  Each student will receive an ACT review booklet, free of charge.  Includes lunch.

Scholarship Workshop
Saturday, December 10, 2011
10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Discover how to develop plans for financing your education.  Gain an understanding of Federal Aid Programs and how to complete the FAFSA process.  Learn how to find and apply for scholarships.  Includes lunch.

Forensic Accounting Workshop
Friday, January 20, 2012
10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
DeVry University, its Keller Graduate school of Management and Becker Professional Education invite you to attend the forensic accounting workshop where your students can discover the educational requirements, career paths, and participate in a hands-on experiment from experts in the forensic accounting field.  Includes lunch.

Electronics / Engineering Day and Showcase
Thursday, February 23, 2012
10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
DeVry's degree programs in the electronics field are based on the fundamentals of the technology driving today's systems.  Through hands-on activities, students will explore basic electronics, telecommunications, biomedical technology, and controls and instrumentation. Includes lunch.
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Careers in Networking and Computer Information Systems Day
Thursday, March 29, 2012
10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Explore opportunities in technology careers. Students discover telecommunications and computer technology in hands-on sessions.  Includes lunch.

Thursday, March 15, 2012
10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Women are strongly suited for careers in business and technology.  Explore the reasons why by viewing the multimedia presentation, participating in activities, and hearing advice from the panel of female professionals.  Includes meal.

Imagine Showcase-Web Graphic Design
Thursday, May 10, 2012
10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Be part of a hands-on workshop and showcase that provides information on web site creation using design elements such as color, form, function and perspective.  Discover more about graphic design career opportunities. Includes lunch

Monday, June 25 through Saturday, June 30, 2012
9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
net.builders is a six-day summer scholars program that focuses on technology, career awareness and business skills.  Students will experience technology by exploring the Internet and learning to create a web site.  Professional skills are enhanced by learning and applying presentation skills. 

Finale includes lunch.

Other Offerings 
Passport2College is a tuition-free program offered by DeVry University for qualified high school juniors to earn college credit in pre-approved business and technology courses.  Call 773-697-2002 for more information.

Visit the Campus
For an interactive workshop and tour or Crash a Class, please call 773-697-2002 for information.  Pre-registration required for all programs.  For more information contact: Karin Kushino at kkushino@devry.edu or 773-697-2002.
Pray the Devil Back To Hell!!!
Help end the war of youth violence that is killing thousands of our children in the streets of America.  If the women of Liberia can end violence by praying and acting, so can we.
 Join the women of Chicago as they pray the devil of violence in Chicago back to hell.  Join us for the film --
Pray The Devil Back to Hell!
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Monday, December 12, 19 and 26, 2011
Film: 6:30 pm 
Discussion and Prayer: 7:30 pm
The Black Star Project
3509 South King Drive, Suite 2B
Chicago, Illinois
$5.00 for members - $10:00 for non-members.  Space is limited. You must RSVP and arrive at least 10 minutes before film time to be guaranteed your seat. All seats will be sold starting 10 minutes before film time. Please call 773.285.9600 to RSVP your seat.
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Being sick and tire of being sick and tired is not enough!  You must pray and you must act. On Monday, December 5, 12, 19 and 26, 2011, the women of Chicago will gather to see the powerful movement and documentary of women that brought peace to war torn Liberia, Pray the Devil Back to Hell.  And the women of Chicago will work to pray the devil of violence and despair that is in Chicago back to Hell! Join them.
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Women across America can join this movement to Pray the Devil (of violence) Back to Hell in your city or town by calling 773.285.9600.
Click Here to view a trailer of the documentary.
The Black Star Project needs your support to continue our work.
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Our fundraising goal for this membership drive is $50,000 by January 31, 2012.

All of the funds raised will go toward supporting the Saturday University and our programs to support Black men and boys. These initiatives need your support as a community of concerned citizens to continue this important work.

If you value our efforts to reduce violence, rebuild families, and improve academic achievement, will you become a member today?
Or you may send contributions/investments to:
The Black Star Project, Suite 2B
3509 South King Drive
Chicago, Illinois
  • For each $100 contribution/investment, we will send you an Educate or Die T-Shirt
  • For each $200 contribution/investment, we will send you 1) a copy of The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander, 2) a copy of a DVD of Professor Alexander speaking in Chicago and 3) an Educate or Die T-Shirt.   
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Please call 773.285.9600 for more information.