Comments Send Print Share Recommend Tweet Afternoon Shift #283: Starting fresh April 2, 2013 WBEZ [View the story "Afternoon Shift #283: Starting fresh" on Storify]Afternoon Shift #283: Starting freshPoet Coya Paz and tech guru Neal Sales-Griffin join Niala Boodhoo to sort through the day's top stories, including the Internet sales tax. Niala also looks at real estate issues in Albany Park, speaks with anti-violence crusader Lupe Fiasco and talks about preservation with Lee Bey. Storified by · Tue, Apr 02 2013 11:42:32The Day Today: Niala Boodhoo takes the host's chair for the month of April. Today Niala sifts through today's news with help from poet and educator Coya Paz and The Starter League’s Neal Sales-Griffin. They tackle Sen. Mark Kirk’s reversed stance on same-sex marriage, “wildings” on Michigan Avenue and Gov. Quinn’s trade mission to Mexico. WBEZ education reporter Becky Vevea also stops by to discuss why there is no clear measure of demand for Chicago charter schools. Mark Kirk becomes second GOP senator to back gay marriageA second Republican senator has announced his support for gay marriage, with Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) joining Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio). K...City Touts Lower Homicide Stats, But Context Reveals Return To NormalCity officials on Monday suggested Chicago's safer than it's been in 50 years. In reality, the first quarter of the year is simply a retu...28 Arrested In Mob Attacks On Mag Mile, Red LineThe warmest day of the year so far brings hundreds of teens to Michigan Avenue. Police are calling it 'mob action'. CBS 2 is learning abo...Durbin, Quinn push for Internet sales tax crackdownSome local stores say 'showrooming' is putting them out of business or they're being undercut by online buyers who try to bargain for pri...Pat Quinn to visit Mexico CityGov. Pat Quinn's administration says he will visit Mexico City next week on a trade mission.How much demand is there for Chicago charter schools? No one knows.Charter advocates and even the Chicago Tribune editorial board say 19,000 kids are on charter school waiting lists in the city. There&rsq...Albany Park: Afternoon Shift examines foreclosures, tenant rights and health care issues in Albany Park with the Northwest Side neighborhood’s council president, Diane Limas.Albany Park Neighbors Want to Tackle Condo Issues - DNAinfo.com ChicagoALBANY PARK - With a stated mission of improving the quality of life in Albany Park, the Albany Park Neighbors are tackling one of the cu...Project Orange Tree: The seed for Project Orange Tree was planted at a recent community forum organized by the Lupe Fiasco Foundation, wherein young people spoke with each other about violence in Chicago. The forum spawned an awareness campaign, led by teens. Organizers, like Lindholm Math & Science Academy senior Chelsea James, chose the color orange because just as hunters wear the color to warn other hunters not to shoot, they too want to say, “Don’t Shoot!” Rapper, activist and West Side native Lupe Fiasco and James discuss their efforts with Niala Boodhoo on Afternoon Shift. Lupe Fiasco supports 'Project Orange Tree' to combat violence -By LUPE FIASCO Lupe Fiasco | Brian Jackson~Sun-Times 'America is violence." This trio of words was recently spoken to a crowded theater o...#PuttingOnForMyCity #ProjectOrangeTree @Pro_OrangeTree#Day1 http://pic.twitter.com/gWKtrHFrZmLupe FiascoPreservation, NY Style: The Wall Street Journal recently declared Mayor Michael Bloomberg New York’s most preservation-minded leader ever. Robert Tierney, whom Bloomberg appointed to chair the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission 10 years ago, has put an emphasis on preserving districts over individual buildings. Tierney joins host Niala Boodhoo to explain his approach, and WBEZ architecture blogger Lee Bey compares New York’s efforts to Chicago’s.Preserving history, or the 1 percent?If Amy Poehler's peppy, can-do bureaucrat is the soul of "Parks and Recreation," it's easy to picture the star of a show about a historic...Mayor of #Preservation: #Bloomberg Is Tops on Historic Designations ow.ly/jFass via @wsj #NYCsteven pedigo Comments Send Print Share Recommend Tweet Previous post in Afternoon Shift Steve Dahl hosts, immigration progress and Chicago film criticism Next post in Afternoon Shift BGA answers your questions, Chicago's best double bills and elderly care View the discussion thread. Top Headlines On WBEZ.org Chewing the Fat with Monica Eng and Louisa Chu Exoneree Diaries: Antione’s pay day How do kids like the new CPS lunches? Strange Brews Podcast Woman scarred by orphanage Remembering the 'Forgotten Hoosiers' What’s street cleaning really good for? What can Englewood learn from the new Detroit Whole Foods?