Oak Park mayor recalls childhood experience in talk about Chicago gun violence

The mayor of the Village of Oak Park spoke against gun violence, citing his own childhood growing up in a conflict-ridden part of the world, at a summit on July 9 at the By the Hand Club for Kids on Chicago’s West Side.

Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin, whose 1st District includes Chicago’s West Side and Oak Park, brought government officials and the public together to work on policies that protect all citizens.

It’s one of the most violence communities, with more than 900 crimes happened in the West Side neighborhood of Austin in June. Almost a quarter of them were violent crimes, making Austin the 11th– most violent community in Chicago last month, according to the Crime in Chicagoland report .

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Young violinist takes music from concert hall to the streets

By Jingzhe Kelly Wang

Four days into Lollapalooza at Grant Park in Chicago, another crowd heard a different tune a couple of miles south in Chinatown.

Shannon Kollasch, 5 feet 1 inch tall, in a light-weight black and white maxi dress, stood across from Joy Yee, a popular bubble tea vendor. Amid people waiting in line to get their cold drinks, Kollasch held her violin up and started her hours-long performance with “Mo Li Hua,” a traditional Chinese song.

“It’s beautiful,” said Maria Morales, a suburban Chicago resident, during a trip to Chinatown with her children and her niece and nephews. “I mean everything, the music, her expression, everything.”

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La chute de Barcelone

What you are about to read is no April Fool’s joke.

March 24, 2015, 148 people boarded Germanwings A320 in Barcelona, Spain. Forty minutes later, the co-pilot deliberately crashed the airplane in the French Alps, never reaching its destination in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Sunday, March 29th, Air Canada A320 had a “hard landing” and skidded off the runway when landing in Halifax, leaving more than 20 people injured and some of the 133 passengers terrified.

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Attentat à Paris

The cover of Jan 7, 2015 issue of <Charlie Hebdo>

January 7, 2015, this is my ninth day in France.

Ten journalists and two policemen were killed today in an gun attack in Paris. This morning at around 11 o’clock during an editorial board meeting, two gunmen entered Charlie Hebdo and fired gunshots. The gunmen are still at large.

Francois Hollande, the French president, has called it an terrorist attack. Officials from the United States, Britain, Germany and Spain gave speeches showing sympathy and concern over this issue.

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