| Apr 10, 2013
— First lady Michelle Obama, visiting Chicago on Wednesday for a discussion with Mayor Rahm Emanuel and civic leaders on ways to combat youth violence, will stop afterward at Harper High School, whose students have often been casualties in recent...
| Apr 24, 2013
Timika Rutledge-German finally accepted there was only so much she could do to protect her 15-year-old son from Chicago's dangerous streets, but when he called for her help, she knew she would go.
On Monday night, her son phoned her for a ride home....
| Mar 28, 2013
First lady Michelle Obama will return to Chicago April 10 to speak at a working lunch hosted by Mayor Rahm Emanuel that is aimed at addressing youth violence in the city.
According to an announcement Wednesday by the first lady's office, she will urge...
| Jan 31, 2013
| 10:01 PM
As she and her high school classmates fled from the gunfire, Hadiya Pendleton screamed that she had been shot, fell to the ground, struggled to get up and fell again, according to her best friend.
The best friend and another girl scrambled to Pendleton'...
| Feb 12, 2013
Two reputed gang members were out for revenge from a previous shooting when they opened fire on a group of students in a South Side park last month, killing 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton in a heartbreaking case that has brought national attention to...
| Apr 11, 2013
As politicians in Washington took a step toward tightening the nation's gun laws Wednesday, first lady Michelle Obama sat down with Chicago high school students whose stories about violence brought her to tears.
Before the meeting began at Harper High...
| Feb 21, 2013
Cleopatra Cowley-Pendleton was never particularly interested in politics. She viewed the workings of Congress from afar, giving barely a passing thought to the policies being debated in Washington.
Then her 15-year-old daughter, Hadiya Pendleton, was...
| Feb 5, 2013
When times are tough, the distraught have long sought comfort in an old church hymn.
"In times like these," the song goes, "you need a savior."
In Chicago communities overwhelmed by violence, some people are now singing a different tune. In times like...
| Feb 16, 2013
President Barack Obama returned to Chicago for a few hours Friday to address the high-profile gun violence that continues to plague his hometown and suggested the solution is not only more gun laws, but community intervention and economic opportunity in...
| Jun 5, 2013
— First lady Michelle Obama will meet privately Wednesday at the White House with 26 students from Harper High School as a follow-up to an emotional meeting in Chicago two months ago in which the students bore witness to the epidemic of gun...
| Feb 7, 2013
| 9:54 PM
The first lady, governor and mayor will attend Hadiya Pendleton's funeral Saturday, but the family of the slain teenager is determined to hold a service that looks past politics and celebrates the life of a 15-year-old girl lost to Chicago street...