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Burge Guilty Verdict Only the Beginning

Posted June 29, 2010 | 11:13:28 (EST)

Testimony from a group of swarthy, hard-faced former burglars, robbers and gangbangers likely made reaching a guilty verdict Monday against former Chicago Police Cmdr. Jon Burge all the more difficult.

Really, though, the trial hinged on the one victim who didn't testify but whose case is responsible for charges finally...

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Justice Takes a Holiday When Judge Orders E2 Club Defendants to Go Directly to Jail

Posted December 24, 2009 | 16:42:41 (EST)

Justice took the day off Wednesday when Cook County Associate Judge Daniel Gillespie ordered Dwain Kyles and Calvin Hollins to go to directly to jail. He took little time denying their bid to stay out of prison while they appeal a contempt of court conviction related to code violations at...

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Turning Down $250 Million Is Not a Smart Move for ION or Minority TV Audiences

Posted December 8, 2009 | 17:21:15 (EST)

Lack of capital (read: cold, hard cash) is one of the main barriers that keep minorities and women from playing in the big leagues of business. So when I heard that Chicago businessman Jonathan Jackson had joined a $250 million bid to buy the bankrupt ION Media Networks, I thought,...

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E2 Sentences About Money -- Not Justice

Posted November 24, 2009 | 16:55:19 (EST)

Twenty-one lives. Somebody had to pay.

And it might even seem like common sense for a housing court judge to sentence E2 club owners Dwain Kyles and Calvin Hollins to serve an unprecedented two years in prison for the tragic deaths of those club-goers on Feb. 17, 2003. Anybody who...

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About That Piece on Transracial Adoptions in the New York Times...

Posted November 10, 2009 | 17:09:51 (EST)

The Asian-adoptee identity crisis reported in Monday's New York Times might finally lend credence to what black social workers have been saying all along: Ethnic and racial identity matters.

In 1972, the National Association of Black Social Workers issued a statement emphasizing the importance of keeping black families intact by...

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Trips With Mom

Posted April 27, 2007 | 18:12:18 (EST)

From the South of France to Mt. Kilimanjaro, I've been on some truly fabulous trips. But nothing beats the ones I've been on with my mother - guilt trips. With the summer travel season approaching, I've been pondering where we'll be headed and how I'll make use of my old,...

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