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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

      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

        8-year-old handcuffed, jailed for 2 hours for school tantrum

          An 8-year-old girl was handcuffed and jailed for two hours after she apparently threw a tantrum at her elementary school, according to published media reports.

          Jmyha Rickman‘s journey to her town’s city jail began at Love Joy Elementary School late Tuesday in Alton, Ill. At some point, school officials called the Alton Police Department to help han

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          • Written by The Chicago Defender
          • Category: Chicago