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Chicago School Board President Says Classes Will Resume on Monday

According to WBEZ, an end to the Chicago Teacher’s Union strike may be in sight.

School Board President David Vitale says the district and teachers have agreed on a “framework” that will allow classes to begin once again this Monday.

Of course, nothing is set in stone.

From WBEZ:

“Vitale would not say where each side compromised, and he stressed that union delegates still must vote to end the strike.

He said the agreement gives children the time they need in the classroom and teachers the respect they deserve.

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Heavy Tension at Lil JoJo’s Wake; Funeral Home Evacuated

Chicago police were forced to abruptly end rapper Lil JoJo’s wake when mourners nearly knocked over his casket:

Tensions erupted late Friday morning at the wake of slain teen rapper Lil Jojo as hundreds of mourners, eager to take a last look, surged toward his casket, nearly knocking it to the floor and pushing family members out of the way, prompting Chicago police to clear the funeral home.

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President Obama Leads Mitt Romney in Major Swing States Virginia, Ohio, and Florida

According to a recent NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, President Obama is leading his rival Mitt Romney in multiple swing states.

Obama is up 5 points in Florida and Virginia, and a whopping 7 points in Ohio.

From the Huffington Post:

“Obama won all three states over Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in 2008, but Florida especially would be a crucial winfor Romney.

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A Project for Peace

Peace is being able to have food everyday that settles aching stomachs. Peace is having access to healthcare. Peace is making sure income inequality levels is not as drastic as the lack of sanitation facilities available in Khayelitsha, Guguletu, Nyanga, and many other townships that still struggle for basic services that impact the quality of life. Peace is having access to fair and equal education, and not having to watch how the history of apartheid, segregation, colonization, and hate still impacts their lives today. A popular phrase in Khayelitsha, a township in South Africa, is “Amandla Uxolo.” This phrase means power comes from peace. Thus, peace in this context is predicated on the necessity of shifting a tradition of power structures. Unfortunately the most common way of reaching shifts in power (a means to peace) is often through immediate acts of violence. While I was working in Khayelitsha there were riots in this township. These were riots where rocks were thrown; glass shattered and fires that broke out in the streets. These were riots where cars were capsized and lives disturbed. And these were riots where fatality impacted innocent community members. All this violence for the achievement of peace seemed like a contradiction to me, until I understood peace in the context of marginalized groups struggling to better the lives of generations to come.

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President Obama Calls Himself ‘Mixed;’ Does It Matter?

During a campaign stop in Colorado, President Obama, widely considered the first black president, called himself a “mixed kid”:

Lately it’s been a rare occurrence when President Obama talks race but at a campaign stop in Colorado Wednesday he mentioned it and even identified himself as mixed-raced.

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NAACP Joins Fight Against Philly Voter ID Law

Today, a challenge to a voter ID law in Pennsylvania was brought before the PA Supreme Court Justices.

Meanwhile, the NAACP and local community activists held a rally across the street in opposition to the law.

From The Root:

“In his remarks at the rally, Kevin. R. Johnson, the pastor at Bright Hope Baptist Church, asked, “The question is really why did you have to change the law? Did you change the law because you knew that people lack photo ID in poor black and brown communities?”

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Kansas Officials Considering Obama Birther Challenge

So apparently this issue is still alive.

Officials in the great state of Kansas will hold a hearing this afternoon to decide whether or not Presient Obama is an American citizen and should appear on the November election ballot.

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16 Years After His Murder, We Remember Tupac Shakur

Today mark’s the 16th anniversary of the death of Tupac Shakur.

It’s been nearly two decades since his tragic passing, but the legendary actor and emcee still lives on through his ideas and incomparable body of work.

From MTV:

“After his death, Tupac’s legacy lives, particularly with the eight posthumous albums that have been released, including a double-disc greatest hits collection. He has been immortalized in film, books and even college courses, as well as through the works of musicians who have come after him. Traces of ‘Pac can be found in nearly almost every rapper from 50 Cent to T.I. Jay-Z, Eminem, Fabolous and Cam’ron have all sampled from Shakur, and non-rap artists like Justin Bieber have claimed to be fans.

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A Chicago Teacher: ‘Our Teaching Conditions Are Your Child’s Learning Conditions’

On Monday, September 10th, the Chicago Teacher’s Union announced they were going on strike.

When any teacher’s union strikes, the response is always volatile, eliciting strong opinions from the media and public at large.

However, the overall response to the CTU Strike (both in the media and across social media sites) has been particularly aggressive, with many hardworking teachers being accused of selfishness, pettiness, and “hurting the children”

One Chicago educator wants to set the record straight.

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Bank Robbers Toss Money Out the Window During Police Chase

A southern California car chase following a bank robbery featured an interesting twist:

The robbers tossed cash from the car as they sped down the freeway!:

Bank robbery suspects Wednesday led authorities on a bizarre pursuit from Santa Clarita to South Los Angeles, where they began throwing money out the car, drawing crowds eager to scoop up the cash and culminating in a mob scene when the chase ended.

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