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Suit: Doctors mistakenly declared Chicago boy dead

CHICAGO (AP)—The parents of an 8-year-old boy who has had severe brain damage for years have sued a Chicago hospital, alleging that doctors pronounced their son dead, keeping him off his ventilator for hours, even though relatives continued to insist that the boy’s eyes and body were still moving. DELAY—The parents of Jaylen Dorsey allege that nearly five hours passed before staff agreed to perform a cardiac ultrasound, which showed the boy’s heart was beating. The lawsuit filed last week by Sheena Lane and Pink Dorsey on behalf of their son, Jaylen Dorsey, accuses Mercy Hospital and Medical Center of negligence in the February incident and alleges that nearly five hours passed before staff agreed to perform a cardiac ultrasound, which showed Jaylen Dorsey’s heart was beating.

Official proposes bullet tax to curb Chicago crime

by Don Babwin CHICAGO (AP)—As Chicago struggles to quell gang violence that has contributed to a jump in homicides, a top elected official wants to tax the sale of every bullet and firearm—an effort that has national gun-rights advocates already considering a legal challenge. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle speaks at a news conference in Chicago. On Oct. 18, Preckwinkle is set to propose a tax on bullets. She will propose five cents a bullet and a dollar for a box of 20 of them and 25 bucks per firearm. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File) Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle submitted a proposed budget on Thursday that would impose a tax of a nickel for each bullet and $25 for each firearm sold in the nation’s second-largest county, which encompasses Chicago.

‘Queen of gospel’ Albertina Walker dies at age 81 in Chicago

by Carla K. Johnson CHICAGO (AP)—Albertina Walker’s singing once stopped the filming of a movie because so many actors were moved to tears by the “Queen of Gospel.” At home in Chicago, she babied her beloved French poodles, wore rhinestone sunglasses and was a fixture at the city’s gospel music festival. ALBERTINA WALKER The Grammy-winning singer died recently at age 81 of respiratory failure at RML Specialty Hospital in Chicago, said her granddaughter, Tina Nance. Walker, a protege of Mahalia Jackson, formed her own gospel group, the Caravans, as a young woman. Later, she played the role of mentor to many young singers.

Moseley Braun considering run for mayor of Chicago

by Kathy Chaney CHICAGO (REAL TIMES NEWS SERVICE)—Carol Moseley Braun may put her hat in the ring to succeed outgoing Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, sources said. The former U.S. senator was flooded with calls on Sept. 7––the day Daley made the surprise announcement that he would not seek a seventh term in office––encouraging her to mull a run for the mayoral post. CAROL MOSELEY BRAUN Braun, who made history in 1993 as the first African-American female U.S. senator, told the Chicago Defender on Friday she is “seriously considering it.”

White Chicago couple refuses to sell to popular Black radio personality

(—A Chicago couple faces discrimination charges after reportedly refusing to sell their home to comedian and radio personality George Willborn because he’s Black. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced Aug. 10 that it will charge Daniel and Adrienne Sabbia and real estate agent Jeffrey Lowe with violating federal fair housing laws after they stalled negotiations and eventually took the property off the market rather than sell to Willborn. GEORGE WILLBORN According to the department, Willborn and his wife Peytyn Willborn submitted a $1.7 million offer, the highest offer the sellers had received in the two years the home has been on the market. Lowe told government officials that Daniel Sabbia didn’t want to sell his home to an African-American.

Study: Atlanta overtakes Chicago as second largest Black metropolitan area

by William H. FreyFor New Pittsburgh Courier Editor’s Note: The just released “State of Metropolitan America” study from the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program portrays the demographic and social trends shaping the nation’s economic and societal metropolitan populations. The excerpt below is from the Race & Ethnicity section of the report. The racial and ethnic profile of the United States continued its transformation in the 2000s, reflecting the combined impact of continued immigration and higher fertility rates for nonwhite groups.

Entire graduating class of Chicago charter school accepted to college

by Paulette SimoneFor New Pittsburgh Courier (NNPA)—A group of 107 graduating seniors from the Urban Academy for Young Men in Englewood, Chicago is celebrating a great success: every young man in the school’s first graduating class has been accepted into a four-year-college. The bar for students is held high at Urban Prep, an all-African-American male charter school founded in 2006 and situated in one of Chicago’s troubled areas. CELEBRATING SUCCESS—From left: Willie Cochran, Latasha Thomas, Mayor Richard M. Daley, Ron Huberman, chief executive officer, for the Chicago Public Schools and Tim King, founder and chief executive officer of the Urban Prep Charter Academy for Young Men join the school’s first graduating class (107 students), who were all accepted to a four-year college or university.