Daily Roundup: School closings, Obama's Visit, Solis on UNO and Gay Marriage

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama (R) hugs Cleopatra Cowley-Pendleton (C) and Nathaniel A. Pendleton Sr. (L) of Chicago, Illinois before U.S. President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech at the U.S. Capitol February 13, 2013 in Washington, DC. The Pendleton's daughter, Hadiya Pendleton, was murdered on January 29, 2013, when she was shot and killed in Harsh Park on Chicago's South Side. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

It’s a lively news day.

The top international story is the shocking accusation that Olympian and Paralympian Oscar Pistorius murdered his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his home in Pretoria, South Africa. He may have mistaken her for a burglar, reports say.

The shooting death of Hadiya Pendleton here in Chicago continues to garner attention. U.S. Sen Mark Kirk said he intends to name gun trafficking legislation after the slain 15-year-old after meeting with Pendleton’s mother. Pendleton’s parents attended President Obama’s State of the Union address, during which he said repeatedly, “They deserve a vote” about Pendleton and other shooting victims.

Here is a video by Hoy videographer Roger Morales of Pendleton’s funeral march:

Obama made the point that the girl’s murder took place “just a mile away from my home.”

He’ll be returning to his home city tomorrow to tout his plan to reduce gun violence-a trip that is likely to shine a light on the city’s murder rate. After leading the nation in homicides last year, Chicago had its bloodiest January in more than a decade. Six people had been killed in Chicago as of Feb. 11, a decrease of one from last year, according to data compiled by RedEye colleague Tracy Swartz.

Obama plans to deliver a speech at Hyde Park Academy High School, a school that is not on Chicago Public Schools’ list for closing this spring.

CPS chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett did release the names of 129 schools, many of which are on the city’s South and West Sides. Some West Side parents have indicated they plan to protest.

The actions and procurement processes of influential Latino non-profit UNO have drawn protests from residents, and, yesterday, criticism from 25th Ward Alderman Danny Solis, the group’s co-founder. He called the use of some of the $98 million of public funding in 2009 to give contracts to family members of top UNO officials “improper at the very least.”

On the other side of the ledger, it is Valentine’s Day, and the Senate is expected to vote on a same sex marriage bill this morning.

Enjoy your day.


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Jeff Kelly Lowenstein es Editor de Bases de Datos e Investigaciones Vívelohoy

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