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How to Help Haiti: Aid Resources on the Web

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Mike Doyle

Since 2005 scribe of the local blog, Chicago Carless. I invite you to visit.

haiti-flag11(Updated 7:27 p.m.) Several fellow Twitterers have been asking today how they can help the victims of yesterday's devastating earthquake in Haiti that leveled the capital city of Port-au-Prince. Here is a list of resources I've found that Chicagoans and anyone else can use to figure out the best way for them to offer indirect and, in some cases, direct aid to people affected by the disaster...

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BREAKING: Chitown Daily News Shutting Down

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Mike Doyle

Since 2005 scribe of the local blog, Chicago Carless. I invite you to visit.

chitowndailynews[UPDATED: 3:44PM] As initially reported on Gapers Block, the Windy City's leading independent local news website, Chitown Daily News, has laid off its reporting staff and is shutting down, to re-tool as a for-profit venture. The surprise news comes in the wake of the C-BOM bloggers meetup called last month to discuss ways to make financial ends meet on the local blogosphere.

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Following Up on Chicago's Independence Eve Violence

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Mike Doyle

Since 2005 scribe of the local blog, Chicago Carless. I invite you to visit.

IMG_0058Yesterday's Chicagosphere post on alleged gang violence during Chicago's Independence Eve fireworks turned out to be one of today's top stories on ChicagoNow. That post compared official reports of a relatively "peaceful" July 3rd fireworks display with reports from the blog, Second City Cop, and several Twitter members indicating a sizable gang presence, multiple gang-related fights, numerous guns recovered, and a potential shooting or serious injury at or around 8:30 p.m. in the vicinity of Buckingham Fountain (follow the above link for more details.) Today on Chicagosphere, I'm here to tell you we intend to get to the bottom of things--and how you can help us do that.

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Is Chicago Covering Up Independence Eve Gang Shooting?

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Mike Doyle

Since 2005 scribe of the local blog, Chicago Carless. I invite you to visit.

fireworksbeforedark(Photo: Chicago's Independence Eve fireworks, now with extra daylight?)

[UPDATE 7/7/09: See the July 7th continuation of this story: Following Up on Chicago's Independence Eve Violence]

Welcome to viewers referred from Gapers Block, Windy Citizen, Chicago Carless, the Beachwood Reporter, Chicagoist, Huffington Post Chicago, Second City Cop, the WBEZ Chicago Public Radio blog, and Topix.net.

For the second time in two years, Chicago's Independence Eve fireworks started early. Last year's reason? Gang violence, including four shootings--one fatal--after the display, that marred the evening and marked a controversial start for then-new Chicago police superintendent Jody Weis. This year, Chicago police brass reported gang activity yet again, in and adjacent to the Taste of Chicago grounds both before and after the show. Trouble is, the blogosphere is reporting a lot more violence--including potentially another shooting--than can be found in the city's official version of events.

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