Thursday AM News: Bribes, Beasley, Attendance

Ex-city schools official admits taking bribes Tribune

A former operations manager for Chicago Public Schools admitted in
federal court Wednesday that he took $1,000-a-week bribes to hand out
fencing and snow-removal contracts to a politically connected
contractor.

Metro briefs Sun Times
A teacher at a West Side high school has been suspended
amid allegations she was having an "improper relationship" with a
student.

Did dirty tricks stop toy giveaway? Sun Times
Chicago hip-hop artists Kanye West and Common star in a documentary
about his life, but when Harold "Noonie" Ward asked to distribute 2,000
toys to low-income students at four 9th Ward schools, the idea was
rejected -- allegedly because of political pressure.

CPS Students Win Prizes For Perfect Attendance NBC5
There are 414,000 students in the CPS system. Of those, about 22,000
had perfect attendance this year. School officials randomly picked 32
kids with perfect attendance and awarded them special prizes.

Fired up for service Tribune
Now an 18-year-old high school senior,
Thornton has transformed his boyhood passion into an unprecedented
apprenticeship at a Northwest Side firehouse.

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