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The Coalition to Revitalize Dyett High School developed a neighborhood high school plan over two years with input from the Chicago Teachers Union, Chicago Botanic Garden, Teachers for Social Justice and many others. Their vision is to teach high schoolers about global leadership and green technology; the group has been begging CPS to let them reopen the school in September 2015. | File Photo

Despite community pleas, CPS puts Dyett HS out for proposals

 
The Coalition to Revitalize Dyett High School developed a neighborhood high school plan over two years with input from the Chicago Teachers Union, Chicago Botanic Garden, Teachers for Social Justice and many others. Their vision is to teach high schoolers about global leadership and green technology; the group has been begging CPS to let them reopen the school in September 2015. | File Photo

Despite community pleas, CPS puts Dyett HS out for proposals

CPS on Friday issued a formal request for proposals for the Dyett High School building, seeking an “innovative program which engages its students and also meets the needs of the local community." But many in the community already have a plan and are angry that they've been spurned.

Workers remove a poster for "The Interview" from a billboard in Hollywood, California, on Thursday, a day after Sony announced was canceling the movie's Christmas release because of a terrorist threat. | Michael Thurston/AFP/Getty Images

Sony’s choice on ‘The Interview’ is one lost battle in a long war

Does anybody really fear that North Korean agents are going to mow us down if we buy tubs of buttered popcorn and go to see Seth Rogen and James Franco’s “The Interview,” the now-shelved bromance comedy depicting the assassination of Kim Jong-Un?

Playing for dollars, smiles at O’Hare

Long before sunrise, Sharon Dawn Middleton gets out of bed to pile on layers of clothing for her commute to O’Hare Airport from her Northwest Side home. Middleton, 74, catches a 5 a.m. bus, then the Blue Line L for her gig as a street musician on O’Hare’s ground floor. She would like to arrive earlier, but there is no earlier bus.

Retired FBI agent Elaine Corbett Smith — a teacher turned crime buster who was credited with helping bring down the Chicago mob during the 1980s — tells tales in her book, "A Gun in My Gucci." | Provided photo

Ex-FBI agent’s book tells mob tales in ‘A Gun in My Gucci'

Retired FBI agent Elaine Corbett Smith — a teacher turned crime buster — was credited with helping bring down the Chicago mob during the 1980s.

Playing for dollars and smiles at O'Hare

Long before sunrise, Sharon Dawn Middleton gets out of bed to pile on layers of clothing for her commute to O’Hare Airport from her Northwest Side home. For three years Middleton has played at O’Hare. “I don’t get rich but it sure helps out,” she said of being a street musician. “I’m happy anytime anyone gives me anything, even a penny.”

Mayor Rahm Emanuel argued that he had no choice but to raise employee contributions by 29 percent and sharply reduce cost-of-living benefits. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Emanuel hopeful his pension plan will survive legal challenge

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Thursday he’s hopeful his plan to save the Municipal Employees pension fund will survive a legal challenge where the state’s plan couldn’t and said city retirees will be far better off if he’s right.

 
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