The Docket: Northeastern’s new justice reporting lab

Graduate students at the Northeastern University School of Journalism are getting ready to launch a media platform they hope will attract students, faculty, and community members for years to come: a new website called the Docket. Continue reading

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Where Chicago’s going in 2017, and beyond


A “No guns” sign at an entrance to a Chicago “L” station. Photo credit: Mrs. Gemstone

So far in 2017, Chicago has seen 165 homicides and 865 shootings which, while down slightly from last year, are still very disturbing numbers. I’ve kept track of the statistics and tried to highlight some individual cases and possible solutions over the course of this blog, and what’s become apparent is this: the violence is not really decreasing, meaningful solutions are not being seriously pursued and are most likely a long way off, and the result is that people are leaving the city, its image is not great, and its youth are endangered in the cycle of murder and mayhem. Continue reading

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More high-profile shootings keep Chicago’s reputation intact

While Chicago’s homicides are still [barely] stacking up at a slower pace than the craziness of 2016, events this past week have confirmed that even if theumbers are down, the overall problem is still rampant throughout the city – and still affecting those with no connection to the gangs behind most of the violence. Continue reading

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Focusing on the kids


Crispus Attucks Public School in Bronzeville is one of dozens of Chicago Public Schools to be shuttered over the past decade. Now the abandoned building remains a “center of illegal drug transactions and vagrant activity” instead of a center of learning for young Chicagoans. Photo credit: Steven Kevil

The adults of Chicago have proven over the past decade that solving the homicide problem is a complicated matter, and that they may not be capable of ever reaching a solution. The police are still working on reforming their culture, lawmakers have yet to pass the legislation necessary to crack down harder on criminals and make the justice system work better, and the Chicago Public Schools have been hit with closures and strikes that leave kids hanging out to dry. Continue reading

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Three months in, 2017 outlook still grim

One quarter of the way through 2017, Chicago’s murder and shooting rates are slowing down. Last year was record-breaking in all the wrong ways for the city’s violent crime statistics, and through today homicide is down around nine percent and shootings down 13 percent from 2016. Continue reading

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Render Coffee in review


The entrance to Render Coffee on Columbus Avenue.

Located around the corner from the Mass. Ave. Orange Line T station, Render Coffee is a solid, small-scale coffee shop in Boston’s South End. Render features a menu offering your typical coffee shop drinks, including both drip and pour-over coffees from around the world, some sweeter caffeinated drinks, hot chocolate, and a variety of teas. The basic drip coffee costs $2.65 and is well worth it, especially compared with Dunkin’ Donuts’ product only a few doors down on Columbus Avenue. Continue reading

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Chicago’s bad habit of being a negative outlier

Last week, I wrote about some of the trends in the CPD’s policing and the room for improvement there. The system isn’t perfect, not even close, and problems in any community will build up in situations like that. Chicago’s biggest crisis right now, the high murder rate, is the focus of this blog and a lot of what I’ve written, but it’s far from the only thing the city needs to look at going forward. Continue reading

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