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Asean Johnson Saves Chicago School, Dreams Big

    When the Chicago Board of Education voted last week to close 50 schools, Marcus Garvey Elementary School was not on the list. Nine-year-old Asean Johnson is one of the reasons why; his fiery speeches against Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to gut public education have earned him widespread admiration and more than a few suggestions that he should r

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    • Written by The Chicago Defender
    • Category: Chicago

    3 Dead, 8 Wounded in Overnight Violence

      Marking the start of Memorial Day weekend, Chicago’s violence spiked as three people were killed and at least eight others were injured in overnight shootings across the city. The most recent fatal shooting occurred at 1:50 a.m. Saturday in the Hyde Park community, blocks from President Barack Obama’s Kenwood home. A man buzzed two suspects into

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      • Written by The Chicago Defender
      • Category: Chicago

      Updated: Suspect in Custody in Jonylah Watkins Slaying

      Police are questioning a suspect in connection to the March slaying of 6-month-old Jonylah Watkins, police sources told NBC Chicago Sunday.Jonylah Watkins died March 12 after she sustained gunshots a day earlier to the thigh, shoulder, lung, liver and bowels on the 6500 block of South Maryland Avenue in Chicago's Woodlawn neighborhood. Watkins,

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      • Written by The Chicago Defender
      • Category: Chicago

      Watch This: Chicago School Employee Pushes Student Down Stairs

        Chicago Public Schools officials removed from duty an employee who was captured on video (click here to watch) throwing a female student down the stairs at Dunbar Vocational Career Academy, and punching her in the face.

         

        A cell phone video of the incident shows a man who serves in an undefined safety role at the school pushing the student down the

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        • Written by The Chicago Defender
        • Category: Chicago