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Eugene Bowser laid to rest Defender Staff Report Defender Staff Report

Eugene Bowser, the last Pullman Porter in Chicago, was laid to rest Saturday.

One of the original Pullman Porters, Bowser was born Jan. 4, 1915 and died Nov. 17. He was 96.

Bowser grew up on 47th and Evans

Ave. and graduated from Englewood High School. He was hired as a club car attendant at age 24 and served as one of the more than 20,000 Black men who served on the Pullman Palace cars in the early 20th century.

He spent more than 20 years traveling the nation as a Pullman Porter before retiring and going into law enforcement.

Bowser and fellow Pullman Porters in 2009. Photo: Special to the Defender

‘Turnarounds’ proposed for 10 Chicago schools

CHICAGO - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and city public school offi- cials say they want to fire the staffs of 10 underachieving schools in hopes of improving student perform- ance.

Dismissing a school's principal and teachers is part of a process known as a "turnaround." Emanuel

and school officials say turnarounds are among the drastic changes need- ed at many schools.

The 10 proposed schools have each been on academic probation for at least five years. If the city educa- tion board approves its plan, the Chicago Public Schools would spend $20 million on transition costs

and new programs and coaching for the 5,800 students in those schools. Seventeen schools are currently in turnarounds.

Emanuel and Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard are scheduled to announce the latest changes Tuesday at one of those schools. AP

Maggie Daley laid to rest

CHICAGO - The funeral Mass for Chicago’s former first lady has ended in Chicago (Monday) with mourners and political dignitaries greeting one anoth- er on the steps of Old St. Patrick's Catholic Church. During the service, Maggie Daley’s children remembered her as full of passion and someone who led by example.

Nora Daley Conroy, Patrick Daley and Lally Daley Hotchkiss stood together as Patrick Daley spoke. He says his mother loved Chicago and was devoted to causes including the arts and children. But he also says Maggie Daley always had time to just be their mom.

The wife of former Mayor Richard Daley, Maggie Daley died (last) Thursday after a long battle with cancer. She was 68. AP

$141,000 in grants awarded to help vets’ groups

CHICAGO - Three groups that help veterans will share in about $141,000 in state lottery grants. The Illinois Department of

Veterans’ Affairs announced grants for three Chicago-area organiza- tions. The grants are financed by the

Illinois Lottery’s Veterans Cash scratch-off ticket.

The money is intended to help low-income and homeless veterans, female veterans and couples strug- gling because of military service- related stress.

Since 2006, more than 160 groups have shared more than $9 million in funding through the program. A veterans’ affairs grant commit- tee reviews the requests for money and makes the awards. AP

6 Chicago Defender • • November 30-December 6, 2011

Diamond Bradley age-progression at 10 years old (inset, Diamond at 3 years old). Tionda Bradley age-progression at 17 years old (inset, Tionda at 10 years old). Source: National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Forty-two years ago, the Illinois Black Panther Party lost its chairman and another member in an apparent one-way gun battle with Chicago police on the West Side. Chairman Fred Hampton Sr. and Mark Clark were ambushed in a raid by Chicago police on Dec. 4, 1969. Police entered his apartment in the 2300 block of West Monroe Street and fired at least 99 shots, versus one shot fired by the opposing side. Hampton was 21 years old at the time of his death. The location has been dubbed “Ground Zero” by his son, Fred Hampton Jr.

The chairman was honored in September 2007 with an honorary street name and statue in his honor in Maywood, where he grew up. The former Oak Street is now known as Fred Hampton Way and the statue sits in front of the Fred Hampton Family Aquatic Center. The book, The Assassination of

Fred Hampton: How the FBI and the Chicago Police Murdered a Black Panther by Jeffrey Haas, touches on Hampton’s early years that helped mold him as a freedom fighter. Haas represented the chairman and the Panther Party in the 1960s.

Not forgotten…The Bradley sisters Defender Staff Report

Diamond and Tionda Bradley van- ished from their South Side home 10 years ago. They were ages 3 and 10, respectively. They would now be 13 and 20 years old.

The sisters mother, Tracey

Bradley, went to work as usual the morning of July 6, 2001. She returned home a few hours later to an empty apartment on East 35th Street

Remembering Chairman Fred Hampton Sr.: 42 years later

and Lake Park Avenue. Chicago police were called a few hours after family and friends conducted a pri- vate search, to no avail.

The immediate neighborhood, the

Dan Ryan Woods, Washington Park and more than 5,000 abandoned buildings across the city yielded no results.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Chicago Police Department.

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