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11-20-03 Stella Foster, columist. Photo by Jim Frost Sun-Times.

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Updated: July 27, 2012 6:09AM

A SCOOP: My sources are telling me that President Barack Obama will be the grand marshal of the Chicago Defender Charities’ 83rd Annual Bud Billiken “Back to School” Parade & Picnic on Aug. 11. The theme: “Education: Built to Last, A Tribute to President Barack Obama.” The Bud, which attracts thousands, is annually televised on WLS-Channel 7 and WGN-Channel 9. You can bet the security will be tight and right!

MICHELLE OBAMA at Venue One on Tuesday for a fund-raising reception.


the Bulls’ Derrick Rose and his longtime girlfriend, Mieka Blackman, are expecting a baby boy later this year.

JUST IN: The U.S. Congress will award the Congressional Gold Medal to members of the Montford Point Marine Association Wednesday in Washington, D.C., at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center. The Montford Point Marines — the first African Americans in the U.S. Marine Corps — are being recognized for their contributions to the Corps and the nation. A small contingent of local Montford Point Marines, including Eugene Lloyd, will attend. The Tuskegee Airmen were so honored in 2007.

THE LEGAL SET: The Decalogue Society of Lawyers installation is Wednesday at the Union League Club. Justice Robert Gordon will receive the prestigious Charles E. Freeman Judicial Merit award, which will be personally presented to him by Illinois Supreme Court Justice Freeman.

JUDGE GREG Mathis, actor Danny Glover, Pastor Bill Winston and native Chicagoan Gov. Duvall Patrick, are among the VIPs scheduled to speak at the Rainbow PUSH annual conference July 10-14 at the Chicago Hilton.

KUDOS to Nekesa Josey, legislative aide to Ald. Ed Burke, on being elected president of the Chicago Child Care Society Junior Board, thus making her the first African American to hold that office. Josey’s grandfather is the renown historian/author Lerone Bennett Jr.

THE HOT group Mindless Behavior will be at the Star Plaza July 29.

ABOUT TOWN: Former Bear James “Bigcat” Williams stopped by the Jilly’s Piano Bar and separately, radio’s Mancow Muller....State treasurer Dan Rutherford dined with his good friend, Pat Brickhouse, at the Deuces +The Diamond Club....ESPN’s Stephen Bardo lunched at Harry Caray’s, while Steve Stone hung at the bar....Rudy Malnati Jr. opens his fourth Pizano’s Pizza & Pasta next month in Wicker Park....Actor Diego (“Underemployed”) Boneta dined at the Paris Club with friends.

BIRTHDAYS: Sheila King, Derek Jeter and anniversary wishes to Mike & Hermine Leiderman.

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