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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

South Side woman, man killed inside their homes | VIDEO
Chicago police are looking for suspects in two separate homicides at homes located blocks apart.

Plane makes emergency landing at O'Hare | VIDEO
A United Airlines flight had to be towed to the gate after an emergency landing at O'Hare International Airport Wednesday morning.
City to tackle guns, pot, food trucks | VIDEO
It's a busy day at Chicago City Hall.
Sandi Jackson comments on husband's leave of absence | VIDEO
Chicago Alderman Sandi Jackson talked about her husband's current medical leave of absence outside Wednesday morning's Chicago City Council meeting.
Rep. Suzi Schmidt pleads not guilty
Republican State Senator Suzi Schmidt entered a not guilty plea in court Wednesday morning to criminal charges related to damaging her neighbor's property.
Human foot found in rail yard
A worker found a human foot in a rail yard in Chicago under an Amtrak train.


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319 Chicago Students Shot This School Year; These Shoes Are Made For Walking...Right Into Prison; 70% of Black Children Can't Swim; Students Lose Without Summer Learning; Aurie Pennick Featured on Parent Revolution

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Making Progress; Moving Forward!
319 Chicago Students Shot
Adidas Shoes Target Prison Culture
70% of Black Children Can't Swim
Students Lose without Summer Learning
Attend Saturday Univeristy
Listen to Aurie Pennick on The Parent Revolution
Million Father March
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Number of Chicago Public School
students shot rises to 319 in one year,
as does fear of more to come
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A few stuffed animals and an arrangement of rocks remain Monday in the 8000 block of South Brandon Avenue to mark the fatal shooting last month of 12-year-old Niazi "Ryan" Banks, one of 24 Chicago Public School students killed during the past school year. (Terrence Antonio James, Chicago Tribune / June 26, 2012)
By Noreen S. Ahmed-Ullah, Tribune reporter
June 26, 2012
The number of Chicago Public Schools students killed in gun violence this past school year dipped slightly from the previous year, but the total number of students who were shot was up sharply, according to figures from Chicago police.
Twenty-four students were fatally shot during the school year that ended June 15, four fewer than in the 2010-11 year. But the overall shooting toll - 319 - was the highest in four years and a nearly 22 percent increase from the previous school year.
The rise in shootings of CPS students compounds concerns over an alarming increase in the city's homicide rate. Through June 17, homicides are up about 38 percent citywide this year compared with the same period in 2011, while shootings are up 12 percent.
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Adidas' shoes targeted prison culture
Black Star LogoJason Whitlock
June 21, 2012
When Nike began releasing its overpriced, slave-shop-constructed Air Jordan shoes in the 'hood specifically to attract inner-city tastemakers, where did you think the gym-shoe wars were headed?
When Reebok, in an effort to undo Air Jordan's stranglehold on hip-hop sneakerheads, showered a multimillion-dollar contract on the Tupac Shakur of basketball, Allen Iverson, where did you think the gym-shoe wars were headed?
That's right. Nike and Reebok placed the shackles on Adidas' now-canceled line of gym shoes. Nike and Reebok laid the groundwork for Adidas to take the gym-shoe wars to their rightful home - inside America's prisons
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Drowning prevention:
Teaching black children to swim
(70% of Black children cannot swim)
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By Rachel Leigh
June 21, 2011
But for the Gentrys' sister, Yolanda, being in this water world comes with reservations. "I know African American kids around pools don't mix. The kids usually don't know how to swim."
Studies support what Yolanda is saying -- that nearly 70% of black children do not know how to swim. That's the highest for any ethnic group.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, the fatal drowning rate of African American children is three times that of white children.
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on summer learning  
By Gary Huggins, Special to CNN
June 21, 2012
Summer learning exercise.
Summer break is a treasured American tradition that arose from the need for children to work on farms during the warm-weather months. But while summer is a special time of year, it's turning into a missed opportunity, at a huge cost.
It seems that for many, summer vacation has now come to equal not just a break from school, but a break from any kind of learning. Summer means freedom for schoolchildren to do absolutely nothing, for three long months.
But we collectively pay a steep bill for our prolonged break from learning. Research shows students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of the summer than they do at the beginning. Most students lose two months' worth of math skills each summer, and low-income children lose another two to three months in reading, putting them chronically behind their better-off peers. That's an incredible waste of the resources we pour into the school year.
As many/most Black children in American schools are failing academically, the only way to successfully educate them is with the support and actions of their parents, families and communities. Register now for the free Chicago-area Saturday University beginning now and going through the summer of 2012.
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We have 15 free Saturday Universities operating in and around Chicago and south suburbs. Please call 773.285.9600 to register your child for free academic enhancement or for more information about bringing the Saturday University to your community. We need teachers and tutors for our sites. Please call 773.285.9600 to volunteer.
Listen to The The Black Star Project's
Internationally Acclaimed Radio Program
The Parent Revolution 
Every Saturday on WVON 1690AM
7:00 pm Eastern; 6:00 pm Central;
5:00 pm Mountain; 4:00 pm Pacific 
On Saturday, June 30, 2012:
Aurie Pennick
Executive Director
The Field Foundation
A Discussion On Philanthropy and Community
The Black Star Project's Parent Revolution is quite simply organizing, supporting and encouraging parents, especially Black parents, to be the first, best and most important teachers and advocates for their children.  Additionally, we are working to make Black parents the major, dynamic educational force in the Black community. Join us Saturdays...  
3:00 pm Alaskan; 2:00 pm Hawaiian

or at 
7:00 pm Toronto, Canada; 7:00 pm Havana, Cuba; 8:00 pm Rio de Janerio, Brazil; 10:00 pm Kingston, Jamaica 
or Sunday morning
12:00 am Accra, Ghana; 12:00 am Lagos, Nigeria; 12:00 am London, England; 1:00 am Johannesburg, South Africa; 1:00 am Paris, France; 3:00 am Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania; 7:00 am Beijing, China
Click Here to listen to WVON 1690AM
Click Here if you "wanna a revolution!!!"
Call 773.285.9600 to start a parent revolution in your city.
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Program gives middle school girls exposure
to science, engineering 
Photo provided by The Black Star Project

Kayla Gahagan
June 18, 2012

Abigail Gunderson is exhibiting exactly the attitude and energy South Dakota School of Mines & Technology youth program organizers hoped to see and hear on campus this summer.
"Building a website was really cool and I'm still working on mine -- it's going to be awesome," Gunderson said last week, two days into the university's "Socket to Me" computer engineering camp for middle school girls.
Gunderson, a 12-year-old from Pierre, will join almost 300 other young women on campus this summer to take part in camps focused on science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM fields.
389 Cities Have Signed Up For The Million Father March 2012. 
Where is your city?
Listen and Watch the Theme Song of the
Million Father March 2012 by Clicking Here
All Young Fathers 40 Years of Age and Younger
Should Listen to this Song for Inspiration.
Million Father March 2012 Webinar Series: Engaging Faith-Based Institutions
Thursday, June 28, 2012 
1:00 pm Central Time
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Last year, in 767 cities, more than 1 million fathers took their children to school on the first day.  Parents, educators, faith leaders, elected officials, government agents, community members, business leaders, social service agencies and just plain people made the 2011 Million Father March the most successful ever.
The Million Father March is easy to manage and The Black Star Project will help you all the way.
Please call 773.285.9600 to get more information or to register your city for the 2012 Million Father March.
Please click here to learn about the 2011 Million Father March.

The Black Star Scholars Summer
Mathematics Boot Camp
Reading Warriors Program
Class Schedule for July 9, 2012 through August 11, 2012
Small Group Instruction
Saturday, 10:00-11:30: K - 3rd grade Reading/Writing   Saturday, 11:30-1:00: K - 3rd grade Math
Saturday, 1:30-3:00: 4th - 8th grade Reading/Writing          
Saturday, 3:00-4:30: 4th - 8th grade Math
Tuesday, 3:30-5:00: High School Reading and Writing
Tuesday, 5:00-6:30: High School Math
Black Star LogoCost: $30.00 per class and $150 for 5-week term; $300 for both classes (Reading, Writing and Math)
The Black Star Project has demonstrated 1 full grade level increase in math scores and 1/3 grade increase in reading scores through its tutoring programs.
Help your child get a headstart for next school year in their math, reading, and writing skills.
Call Jami Becka at 773.285.9600 to register your child today!

Wednesday's Daily Brief: Arianna Remembers Nora Ephron, Plus Lisa Belkin, Hilary Rosen, Lynda Resnick

Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Arianna Huffington: Nora Ephron is gone -- and I can't believe it. Whenever I was around her through the years the air crackled with energy and ideas and one-liners -- and a sense of celebration. That's what makes yesterday's news so hard to take in. Nora was an integral part of the HuffPost family -- an investor, a supporter, and a constant sounding board months before we launched. Since then, she's been a contributing editor who more than lived up to her name -- regularly offering up notes, suggestions, and terrific ideas (our very popular Divorce section was one of them). Professionally, her legacy will be that of an exceptionally gifted and versatile artist who could do it all, and do it all incredibly well. Personally, she'll be cherished as a wife and mother, and a devoted, giving, treasured -- and irreplaceable -- friend. Indeed, she was as talented at friendship as she was at everything else she tried.
Nora Ephron Dies At 71
Polls Have Good News For Obama In Three Battleground States
Waldo Canyon Fire Erupts: 32,000 Evacuated
Assailants Set Fire To Microsoft Headquarters In Greece
Savannah Guthrie Reportedly Asked To Replace Ann Curry On 'Today'
Lisa Belkin: Nora Ephron: What She Changed For Women
We felt Nora Ephron knew us, not because she was one of us, but because she was so much more, a distillation of what women felt but didn't yet know, or would have said if they'd been clever enough. The quips the rest of us wished we'd made, but didn't think of until the moment had passed? Ephron gave us voice.
Lynda Resnick: The Nora Club
Her writing was flip and deep. She thought about things, everyday things, and then wrote about them in the most approachable way. Like "Come on girls, we see this thing alike, don't we?"
50 Cent: My Workout Music For Success
Music is my passion. It¹s allowed me to get where I am today, and­ my success in the industry helped me start other projects and businesses. I don't listen to just one genre, so my music collection and playlists reflect all types of artists and music.
Hilary Rosen: Nora Ephron -- We Write in Homage
I debate politics for a living and yet with Nora, it was harder. She held them to a standard that most people who love politics don't ever do. Her insight and cynicism was of the sort that when people feel like she does, they turn away. But Nora leaned in.
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush: Ask Pastor Paul: Does Religion Cause War?; Does God Like One Sports Team More?
Why should anyone be religious when so many of the wars and prejudice have been based on religion?

Master Of Disguise: Mitt's Many Costumes

Alter: The GOP's Voter Suppression Project

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The National Memo
June 27, 2012
                        Do Liberals Actually Want To Win Elections -- Or Just To Provoke By Braying 'Vagina?' Do Liberals Actually Want To Win Elections -- Or Just To Provoke By Braying 'Vagina?'
Why Gene Lyons thinks Democratic candidates must avoid progressive TV pundits.
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                                Play Dress Up With Mitt Romney!
Play Dress Up With Mitt Romney!
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The Supreme Court Won't Help Fix Campaign Finance
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Justice Scalia acts out.
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