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So you’re Pregnant… Now What? (Tips from a Teen Mom)

                            Keiara Peeple is a 19 year old high school senior at Ombudsman Chicago’s West Side Options School.     I was 16 years old in 2012 when I found out I was pregnant. I had just moved across the country to live with my mother and had been feeling under the weather for a few weeks – hot, dizzy and nauseous. My ...

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Ald. Deborah Graham Responds to Tribune Article

-Ald. Deborah Graham (29th Ward) issued the following statement today in response to recent reporting from the Chicago Tribune regarding economic development concerns in the Austin community. The Chicago Tribune reported this past weekend on a store opening gone wrong in the 29th Ward. I am in the process of exploring what actions I can take as alderman, working with the City of Chicago, to correct some of ...

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Some Black Men Escape the Mean Streets of Chicago

By Cassiette West-Williams NNPA Special Contributor Darrien Boone almost became a murder statistic a year ago at the age of 17. A car pulled-up as he was walking and the driver pointed a gun towards him and threatened to kill him over a female classmate. Standing alone, Boone talked fast, explaining that he did not know the young lady in question and, more importantly, that he valued his life. For some reas ...

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Providence St. Mel First Annual Alumni Picnic

Providence St. Mel has a track record that speaks for itself. For the last thirty four-years 100% of all Providence St. Mel graduating seniors have been accepted into four year universities. It takes extreme planning and coordination to gather such a bunch of alumni for fun. On Saturday July 14, 2012 Providence St. Mel Alumni Association hosted the First Annual Providence St. Mel All Classic Picnic. Hundred ...

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Jay-Z’s Bass Player Chicago’s Finest: Bass Player Tony Russell – from the Westside to the World

As a kid on the Westside of Chicago learning bass guitar in church, Tony Russell wasn’t focused on growing up to work with some of the biggest artists in popular music. ‘When I was coming up, I just wanted to play. I wasn’t thinking about having a career, I just wanted to be good enough to play in church’, he explained. Tony grew up in neighborhoods at Cicero and Polk, Avers and Lake, and Augusta and Lake. ...

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