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Chicago Defender’s managing editor asks Obama to speak out on city violence

11-20-03 StellFoster columist. Phoby Jim Frost Sun-Times.

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

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Updated: September 4, 2012 6:16AM

K UDOS TO the Chicago Defender’s managing editor, Kathy Chaney, for her front page headline and story, “Mr. President What’s the Deal? Why so long to speak out against Chicago violence?” In this week’s issue she asks, “Why does it take a massacre elsewhere to get a little mention of what’s going on in Chicago?” said Chaney. “Yes, you’re the President of the United States, however, I need for you to comment about what’s going on in Chicago. We need to hear that you are paying attention and you have a reaction. Is that too much to ask? Speak up and tell us how you really feel about what’s going on the streets in your city,” Chaney said.

ALSO, kudos to my esteemed colleague Carol Marin on her Aug. 1 article in the Sun-Times with the headline: “Obama Should See City’s Killing Fields.” And thanks, Carol, for saying, “While it was important that the president went to Aurora, Colo., to comfort the victims of the massacre at a movie theater there, it is every bit as important that he do it here,” said Marin. “In the city that gave birth to his presidency. The headquarters of his campaign. I’m not the first to say so,” Marin said. “Sun-Times columnist Stella Foster has written bluntly (June 21) on this point,” Marin wrote.

Dear President Obama, when you come to town for your post-birthday fund-raising party Aug. 12 at your Kenwood home, hopefully you will say something. ... I don’t care what it is ... just say something! We honor and respect you as our president ... and believe me doing so will not impede your hopeful repeat at the White House.

CONGRATS TO WFLD-Channel 32 anchor Robin Robinson, who Friday is celebrating her 25th anniversary with the station. Her news team at the time was co-anchor Kris Long, sports anchor Bruce Wolf and weatherman Dan Dobrowolski. Her news director at the time was Greg Caputo, now at Channel 9. “Time flies when you’re doing what you love, with colleagues you respect, in a city where people are passionate about being informed,” Robinson said.

I WILL be on “Windy City Live” on Channel 7 Monday at 9 a.m. and that evening at 7 p.m. on Channel 11’s “Chicago Tonight.” BIRTHDAYS: Helen Wright, Roland Burris

and Samantha Thompson. On Saturday: President Barack Obama turns 51, Robin Robinson, WVON radio boss Melody Spann-Cooper, Greg Hinton and state Sen./Rev. James Meeks. On Sunday: Vonita Reescer, Sun-Times’ Albert Dickens. On Monday: Stella Foster, Sun-Times’ Tim Novak and golden ex-Gov. Dan Walker turns 90.

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