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Loyola’s Best Buddies Friendship Walk today

Posted by loyolastudentdispatch on April 5, 2014

By Jillian Schwartz

Chicagoland students will join with Loyola University Chicago for the annual Best Buddies Friendship walk today on the Lakeshore campus.

The walk joins people with and without Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, creating new friendships, promoting inclusion, and raises money for the Best Buddies organization.

Check out the details and the story from the Loyola Phoenix here.

The Friendship Walk is the latest and greatest life-changing movement created by Best Buddies. Since 2009, more than 40,000 participants have walked in over 22 states, and raised over 3 million dollars for Best Buddies. Ultimately, the Friendship Walk changes lives, as participants walk for inclusion, friendship, leadership, and opportunity for people with and without Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD).

Over the years, our walks have made a profound impact in communities nationwide, especially for individuals with IDD. Every Friendship Walk promotes an atmosphere for new friendships, promising opportunities, and most of all, inclusion for all people. This is where you can make a difference! You can make new friends, create opportunity, and promote community inclusion simply by participating in this year’s Friendship Walk. Walk for inclusion. Walk for friendship. Walk for a better community.

Proceeds from the walk play a fundamental part in funding our state programs which provide one-to-one friendships, leadership development and integrated job opportunities for individuals with IDD. These programs can be found in all 50 states and will create promising opportunities for over 350,000 people this year. None of this is possible without the help of generous donations from people like you. Thank you for considering a donation to Best Buddies. Your generosity will create life-changing possibilities. – See more at: http://www.bestbuddiesillinois.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1099804#sthash.wsykBvyv.dpuf

THE POWER OF THE WALK

The Friendship Walk is the latest and greatest life-changing movement created by Best Buddies. Since 2009, more than 40,000 participants have walked in over 22 states, and raised over 3 million dollars for Best Buddies. Ultimately, the Friendship Walk changes lives, as participants walk for inclusion, friendship, leadership, and opportunity for people with and without Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD).

Over the years, our walks have made a profound impact in communities nationwide, especially for individuals with IDD. Every Friendship Walk promotes an atmosphere for new friendships, promising opportunities, and most of all, inclusion for all people. This is where you can make a difference! You can make new friends, create opportunity, and promote community inclusion simply by participating in this year’s Friendship Walk. Walk for inclusion. Walk for friendship. Walk for a better community.

Proceeds from the walk play a fundamental part in funding our state programs which provide one-to-one friendships, leadership development and integrated job opportunities for individuals with IDD. These programs can be found in all 50 states and will create promising opportunities for over 350,000 people this year. None of this is possible without the help of generous donations from people like you. Thank you for considering a donation to Best Buddies. Your generosity will create life-changing possibilities.

- See more at: http://www.bestbuddiesillinois.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1099804#sthash.wsykBvyv.dpuf

THE POWER OF THE WALK

The Friendship Walk is the latest and greatest life-changing movement created by Best Buddies. Since 2009, more than 40,000 participants have walked in over 22 states, and raised over 3 million dollars for Best Buddies. Ultimately, the Friendship Walk changes lives, as participants walk for inclusion, friendship, leadership, and opportunity for people with and without Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD).

Over the years, our walks have made a profound impact in communities nationwide, especially for individuals with IDD. Every Friendship Walk promotes an atmosphere for new friendships, promising opportunities, and most of all, inclusion for all people. This is where you can make a difference! You can make new friends, create opportunity, and promote community inclusion simply by participating in this year’s Friendship Walk. Walk for inclusion. Walk for friendship. Walk for a better community.

Proceeds from the walk play a fundamental part in funding our state programs which provide one-to-one friendships, leadership development and integrated job opportunities for individuals with IDD. These programs can be found in all 50 states and will create promising opportunities for over 350,000 people this year. None of this is possible without the help of generous donations from people like you. Thank you for considering a donation to Best Buddies. Your generosity will create life-changing possibilities.

- See more at: http://www.bestbuddiesillinois.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1099804#sthash.wsykBvyv.dpuf

THE POWER OF THE WALK

The Friendship Walk is the latest and greatest life-changing movement created by Best Buddies. Since 2009, more than 40,000 participants have walked in over 22 states, and raised over 3 million dollars for Best Buddies. Ultimately, the Friendship Walk changes lives, as participants walk for inclusion, friendship, leadership, and opportunity for people with and without Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD).

Over the years, our walks have made a profound impact in communities nationwide, especially for individuals with IDD. Every Friendship Walk promotes an atmosphere for new friendships, promising opportunities, and most of all, inclusion for all people. This is where you can make a difference! You can make new friends, create opportunity, and promote community inclusion simply by participating in this year’s Friendship Walk. Walk for inclusion. Walk for friendship. Walk for a better community.

Proceeds from the walk play a fundamental part in funding our state programs which provide one-to-one friendships, leadership development and integrated job opportunities for individuals with IDD. These programs can be found in all 50 states and will create promising opportunities for over 350,000 people this year. None of this is possible without the help of generous donations from people like you. Thank you for considering a donation to Best Buddies. Your generosity will create life-changing possibilities.

- See more at: http://www.bestbuddiesillinois.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1099804#sthash.wsykBvyv.dpuf

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Merchandise stolen from Saint Laurent Paris boutique

Posted by loyolastudentdispatch on April 4, 2014

By Jillian Schwartz

More than $100k worth of shoes, purses, and clothes were taken from Saint Laurent Paris Boutique at 2:45 a.m. Friday morning in the 900 block of Rush St., police said.

The suspects broke the storefront window, stole the merchandise and brought it back to their dark SUV.

Detectives are reviewing the surveillance video.

Read the full story from the Chicago Tribune here.

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Loyola Student Dispatch Weekly Roundup

Posted by loyolastudentdispatch on April 4, 2014

By Rianne CoaleLSDWR Rianne1

Loyola’s DFPA presents Hot Mikado

Maroon and Gold Society to hold 9th annual Damen Ball

Unauthorized person gains access to Loyola dorm

Loyola to host 3rd annual Health, Hope & Heroes 5K Run/Walk

These are among some of the top stories this week on Loyola Student Dispatch.

And Rianne Coale, our News Anchor, examines these and other stories in her weekly video round-up.

Click here to view Rianne’s video report: ROUND-UP.

And visit Loyola Student Dispatch for the latest breaking news involving Loyola and it’s neighborhoods.

Loyola Student Dispatch is Loyola University Chicago’s unofficial, student-run breaking news service. Its mission is to capture events on and around campus as they happen, and to inform the Loyola community as quickly as possible.

With breaking news, LSD will often aggregate a story from a reputable news source, then assign a student reporter to follow up with original reporting and an original story.

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Media outlets, bloggers and other publishers are free to use information from Loyola Student Dispatch. We ask only that you credit us as the source of the information.

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Rogers Park has fastest police dispatch time

Posted by loyolastudentdispatch on April 4, 2014

By Jillian Schwartz

Alderman Joe Moore sent in an email that Rogers Park has the fastest average police dispatch time in all of Chicago’s police districts.index

The average dispatch time–the time it takes for the City’s 911 Center to dispatch a police car to the crime scene–in the 24th District is 2 minutes and 36 seconds, whereas the citywide average is 4 minutes and 29 seconds.

Here is the full story from the email:

According to statistics compiled by the Chicago Sun-Times, the 24th District, which includes the Rogers Park community and the 49th Ward, recorded last year the fastest average police dispatch time of all the City’s police districts.

The dispatch time is the time it takes for the City’s 911 Center to dispatch a police car to the scene of a crime after receiving a 911 call.

The average 911 dispatch time in the 24th District is 2 minutes and 36 seconds. The average dispatch time citywide is 4 minutes and 29 seconds.

These statistics do not always reflect how long it takes for officers to get to the scene of a crime. Dispatch time does not automatically equal police response time.  Nonetheless, it is one of the important factors in determining how quickly officers respond to a 911 call.

The disparities citywide in dispatch times have led some community activists and aldermen to call for a redeployment of police officers to higher crime districts. Though I certainly support efforts to reduce the dispatch times in higher crime areas, these efforts should not come at the expense of police protection and safety in my ward. I would vehemently oppose any efforts to reduce the number of police officers in the 24th District.

Experts on crime and policing, such as Professor Wesley Skogan of Northwestern University’s Institute for Policy Research, contend that simply shifting police officers to high-crime districts is not the most cost-effective way to reduce dispatch times. They suggest that the better and less expensive solution is to shift more of the nonessential calls to “alternative response.”

Under an alternative response system, police officers are not dispatched to “nonemergency calls” (see, e.g., a call about a car break-in that occurred hours before). Instead, a report is taken over the phone and police follow up later.

At this point in time, there are no plans to redeploy police officers from the 24th District. If that changes, I will let you know immediately.

Sincerely,

Joe Moore

 

 

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Loyola to Host 3rd Annual Health, Hope & Heroes 5K Run/Walk and Children’s Hero Hustle

Posted by loyolastudentdispatch on April 3, 2014

 by Mariah Evely

 

The Loyola University Chicago will host its Third Annual Health, Hope and Heroes 5K Run/Walk and Children’s Hero Hustle on Sunday, June 8 at 9 a.m. on the shared campus of the Loyola University Medical Center and Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital at 2160 S. First Ave. in Maywood, Ill. rmch_3spot_2_07

After the race will by the Children’s Hero Hustle at 10:30 a.m. Mascots from the area will be available to entertain kids as they race. Children ages 4 and younger will run a 50-yard dash; children ages 5 and older will run a 100-yard dash. Kids’ activities will also be held at the finish line area from 9-11:30 a.m.

For more information about the race, the heroes and to donate click here.

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Unauthorized person gains entry to Loyola dorm

Posted by loyolastudentdispatch on April 2, 2014

By Jillian Schwartz

Two Loyola University Chicago students reported that an unauthorized person entered their locked Regis room and repositioned belongings while they were out.

Loyola’s Campus Safety sent a reminder email to students reminding them to keep their doors locked, but is the reminder enough?

Earlier this week, a University of Illinois at Chicago student was assaulted when an unauthorized man entered the dorm.

UIC has stepped up their safety patrols, requiring guests to sign-in during daytime hours, but Loyola has not made any announcement about upping their police patrols.

In this case, the Loyola students’ door was locked, so students are looking to the unversity to increase security measures beyond a reminder email.

Here is the full email from Campus Safety:

Loyola Community,
Campus Safety is writing to inform you of an unauthorized entry to a residence hall room that was reported to Residence Life and Campus Safety staff. Two students reported they returned to their locked room in Regis and it was obvious that belongings in the room had been repositioned while they were out of their room.
Please follow these safety tips for the residence halls:
  • Always lock your door whenever you leave your room.
  • Do not lend your room key or ID to any other person.
  • Always escort your guests and only check-in people you know.
  • Everyone must swipe their ID to gain access to residence halls. Do not hold gates/doors for others to gain access.
  • Report all suspicious persons and activities to Campus Safety and Residence Life staff immediately.
Sincerely,
Tom Murray
Chief of Police and Director of Campus Safety

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Suspect who killed clerk, father of 11 found and charged

Posted by loyolastudentdispatch on April 2, 2014

By Jillian Schwartz

Police arrested a man suspected of shooting and killing a grocery store clerk and wounding a father of 11 on Tuesday.

Joey Jones, 31, fatally shot the clerk in Gage Park on the Southwest Side, and four hours later, shot a father of 11 in an Uptown parking lot.

Joey Jones is charged with first-degree murder, and attempted murder in the shootings.

Here is the full story from the Chicago Tribune:

A daylong search by police ended Tuesday with the arrest of a man suspected of fatally shooting a grocery store clerk in Gage Park on the Southwest Side and, nearly four hours later, seriously wounding a father of 11 in an Uptown parking lot.

Joey Jones, 31, has been charged with first-degree murder and attempted murder in the shootings, which prompted a citywide alert by detectives and circulation of surveillance photos.

Jones walked into a grocery store in the 2400 block of West 63rd Street around 6:05 a.m. Tuesday and talked with the cashier about buying something, police said. Jones then tried to leave the store with the merchandise and an employee tried to block his way, police said.

Jones pulled out a handgun and fatally shot Omar Maslat, 57, of Bridgeview, authorities said.

Jones ran from the store and got into “a late model white Ford Crown Victoria” and drove north on Artesian Avenue, police said.

Around 9:45 a.m., Jones got into an argument with Brion Payne, 50, in the parking lot near a Dunkin Donuts on Wilson Avenue, police said.  Payne turned away and Jones shot him in the back of the head, according to Payne’s wife Jessica.

“He is unconscious but in stable condition,” Jessica Payne said Tuesday afternoon. “He’s going to make it because he’s strong. My kids get their strength from him.”

Payne said she got a call Tuesday morning that her husband had been shot while getting coffee. “At first I thought it was an April Fools joke so I cursed his co-worker out and hung up on him,” she said. “But he called back and I realized my husband was really shot.”

Payne said she has been with her husband for seven years and they have three children. Her husband has eight children from a previous relationship. “My husband is a hard-working, loving and caring man,” she said.

Jessica and Brion Payne live on the West Side in the Lawndale neighborhood, but Brion Payne commutes to the North Side where he works at Safari Trans Inc. transporting dialysis patients, his wife said. “He is a good man. He’s not a drug dealer or a criminal. He’s a working man,” she said.

Police arrested Jones after circulating a photo from surveillance video and releasing a description of him and his car, which had damage on the passenger side.

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Maroon and Gold Society to hold 9th Annual Damen Ball

Posted by loyolastudentdispatch on April 1, 2014

by Mariah Evely

Palmer House. Photo from Creative Commons.

Palmer House. Photo from Creative Commons.

The Maroon and Gold society will hold its ninth annual Damen Ball on Friday, Aprl 25, 2014 at the Palmer House from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. Tickets are limited to two per person. Tickets go on sale at the Damen and Water Tower Information Desks for seniors April 2-3 and April 4th for everyone else. The cost is $10 without shuttle service and $11 with shuttle service.

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Loyola’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts presents Hot Mikado

Posted by loyolastudentdispatch on April 1, 2014

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Loyola University Chicago’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts (DFPA) will end its 2013-2014 main stage theatre season with Hot Mikado by David H. Bell and music by Rob Bowen, directed by Sarah Gabel.

The musical focuses on Ko-Ko, Nanki-Poo, and Yum-Yum–three characters captured in a love triangle, which results in hilarious complications. The musical’s long history of adaptations and revivals has led to a combination of research for Loyola’s own production.

The following information is from Inside Loyola:

Hot Mikado opens Friday, April 4, and runs through Sunday, April 13. An American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter will be signing at the Friday, April 11 performance. Thursday through Saturday evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday matinees begin at 2 p.m. A preview night will be held Thursday, April 3 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10–$20, with discounts available for students, alumni, faculty, staff, and senior citizens. Preview tickets are available for $5 at the door.

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Shootings under investigation

Posted by loyolastudentdispatch on March 31, 2014

By Jillian Schwartz
Alderman Joe Moore wrote in an email that the past two Rogers Park shootings are still under investigation and additional police are deployed.
Moore writes that the shootings do not seem to be related, and encourages people to attend the next beat meeting.
Here are the full details from his email:
Dear Neighbor,
You may have heard that two shooting incidents occurred in Rogers Park this past week. Here is what I know of the incidents and the police response to them.
24th District Police Commander Thomas Waldera tells me the police believe the incidents are unrelated. The first shooting occurred Tuesday night at approximately 8:30 p.m. in the 7400 block of North Ashland. A 23 year-old man was shot in his leg while standing on the sidewalk talking to a woman. Police believe they know the identity of the assailant and are searching for him.
The Commander tells me the police at this time believe the shooting arose out of a personal dispute between the two men who were likely acquaintances and was not a street robbery or gang-related.
The second incident occurred shortly after 12 noon on Friday in the 1500 block of West Morse. A 25-year-old man was shot in his leg and his 41-year-old father was shot in the buttocks. Police believe Friday’s shooting was gang-related. The son is believed to be an active member of a local street gang and the father allegedly is or was a member of another Chicago street gang.
Commander Waldera has requested and received additional deployments of police, which will be patrolling the area heavily to guard against any retaliatory shootings.
The Commander tells me he plans to employ the same policing strategies in the Morse Avenue area that have proven remarkably successful this year on Howard Street.  So far this year, the Howard Street area has recorded no shooting incidents. In comparison, last year saw approximately 12 shooting incidents in the Howard Street area alone.
The police, however, cannot do it alone. Community involvement and engagement is the ultimate key to reducing crime and violence. The monthly CAPS beat meetings play a vital role in our efforts to reduce crime.
The beat meeting is one of the most important intelligence gathering venues.  It’s where the police officers and community residents meet to share information, discuss ongoing concerns and develop strategies to combat those concerns.  My office is always represented at these meetings and Commander Waldera usually attends as well.
For a schedule of upcoming beat meetings in the 24th District, CLICK HERE.
For a map of the beats in the 24th District and help in finding your beat, CLICK HERE.
I urge you to attend the next beat meeting in your area. In the meantime, I will keep you apprised of any further developments on these two incidents.
Sincerely,
Joe Moore

 

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