At least 40 people were wounded by gunfire and eight dead over the Fourth of July weekend, including 7-year-old Amari Brown in Humboldt Park. While the violence tally was less than the last two July 4th weekends, the community said it’s still too much and wonder when enough will be enough.
I’m thinking about the women who put up snow cone stands. I can’t remember how much they cost (probably not a lot). What I do remember is how sticky and messy they were and how that seemed unique to summer.
Literary critic Donna Seaman is always excited to share new book ideas. Summer is officially upon us on Friday so she discusses some titles that you can take on road trips or to the beach. What are you excited to read this summer?
This week Chicago area schools are heading out for the summer. Parents and students explain what's on their agenda. What are you planning to do with more free time during the day? And as the 'Hawks wrap Game 4, what sports superstitions to you follow?
John Fountain, a longtime Chicago journalist, has lived through and reported on the city's gang violence and crime. He says the faith community remains a vital part of the black community. “In some ways,” he explained, “it is an overweight, cumbersome, sleeping giant that needs to get fit…and return to the business of doing good work.”