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Hadiya Pendleton, Blair Holt gun bill introduced in Congress

    U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush, D-1st, on Tuesday introduced the Hadiya Pendleton and Nyasia Pryear-Yard Stop Illegal Trafficking in Firearms Act of 2013 to limit straw purchases of firearms and reduce illegal trafficking of firearms across state lines.

    Pendleton was shot Jan. 29 in a Chicago park after a gunman opened fire on the group of youth she was

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    • Written by The Chicago Defender
    • Category: Chicago

    Trayvon Martin case: One year later

      • The witness lied about being in the hospital during Trayvon Martin's funeral
      • Martin family attorney said she was 16, but prosecutors said she was 18
      • Prosecutors have not said how the witness's credibility may affect the case
      • Trayvon Martin, 17, was killed Feb. 26, 2012

      (CNN) -- The state's chief witness in the Trayvon Martin

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      • Written by The Chicago Defender
      • Category: Chicago

      CSU’s Wayne Watson to Chicago Defender: ‘There is much to be done’

        Wayne D. Watson, Ph.D., president of Chicago State University, sat down with the Chicago Defender editorial board to discuss recent reports of his departure from the university and the circumstances surrounding that supposed departure. 

        To recap, the Chicago Tribune reported on February 26 that Dr. Watson would be stepping down three-and-a-half

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        • Written by The Chicago Defender
        • Category: Chicago

        CTA expanding apprenticeships for ex-offenders

          The Chicago Transit Authority is expanding an apprenticeship program that will give more people who have committed crimes a second chance and give commuters cleaner buses and trains to ride on.

          Mayor Rahm Emanuel and CTA President Forrest Claypool announced Wednesday the ex-offender apprenticeship program will be quadrupled in size to allow for as

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          • Written by The Chicago Defender
          • Category: Chicago