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Flash mobs or flash thugs have plagued South Side

Rahm Emanuel

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Updated: July 15, 2011 12:36AM

F LASH MOBS . . . Nothing New: I heard from a reader who informed this columnist that the flash mob incidents have been going on for the longest time on the South Side with virtually no media mentions nor any real action on the part of our Chicago Police Department. The reader told me that certain drugstores and supermarkets have been attacked by groups of young males, who would congregate in the parking lots of these businesses, walk into the stores, take what they wanted and then boldly walk out and jump on bikes for their getaway. When the reader asked why the store employees didn’t call the police, the response was, “We stop calling the police because it happens so frequently that the police stop responding.”

I know this is a big challenge for the Chicago Police Department, but more policemen will have to spread out and be more visible in patrolling the city, not just the Gold Coast and the Loop areas. And I am sure Mayor Rahm Emanuel will not play games with these thugs. And remember, decent law-abiding African Americans are victims, too.

And stop calling these incidents flash mob attacks . . . call them flash thugs! Flash mob folks were suppose to start dancing . . . not stealing. Yeah, I said it!

RECEIVED MANY negative e-mails from readers who didn’t like the fact that Michelle Obama and her girls came into town over the Memorial Day weekend because they felt that her trip was probably at taxpayers’ expense. Sorry, I don’t know who paid for it . . . I just know they were here.

A TABLOID has reported that controversial R&B artist Whitney Houston is suffering from the deadly lung disease emphysema due to her years of smoking cigs, doing drugs and boozing. However, her camp is denying the report. Oh well! I just hope it is not true. But the 47-year-old Grammy Award-winning star did have to postpone three shows at the beginning of her U.K. tour last year due to an upper respiratory infection that landed her in a Paris hospital.

THERE WILL BE A fund-raiser for new City Clerk Susana Mendoza June 29 at the Victor Hotel to wipe out her campaign debt. Mayor Rahm Emanuel is spearheading this event for the city’s first female city clerk. TONY AWARD-winning

Broadway composer Charles Strouse, who turned 83 on Tuesday, will be celebrated by a number of singing stars and performers June 25 at the Northwestern University Evanston campus. The Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project is sponsoring the “Applause! Applause!” program tribute to Strouse with Tony Award-winning vocalist Christine Ebersole, as well as Marcy Heisler, Lari White, Craig Carnelia and Strouse himself adding to the entertainment. He is famous for penning music for such legendary musicals as “Annie,” “Bye Bye Birdie” and “Applause.”

THE MUSIC SET: R&B and Grammy-nominated artist Ledisi who has performed twice at the White House, will be the centerpiece at the Music Experience evening June 17 at the Harold Washington Cultural Center. Ledisi’s new CD is “Pieces of Me.” Dedry Jones will interview her, and she will give a mini-performance. . . . A second show has been added for Brian Culbertson and the Average White Band on July 9 at Park West. THINGS TO DO:

The play “Field of Souls” opening today at the ETA Theater. . . . The “Broadway Bound” comedy starting previews today at the Drury Lane Oakbrook Terrace.
. . . The About Face Theatre company presents the world premiere of “The Homosexuals” at the Victory Gardens Richard Christiansen Theater June 18. . . . The Urban Legends “Laughfest” hosted by comedy writer Deon Cole at the Park West on June 18 for two shows. The comics include Damon Williams, Tony Roberts and Esau McGraw. IN THE JULY

issue of Sister 2 Sister mag, embattled rapper Jeffrey Atkins a k a JaRule, who just started his two-year jail sentence for possession of a weapon, talks about leaving his wife and three kids, his career and owing millions to the government. Also, actress LisaRaye, co-starring in the hot new VH-1 series “Single Ladies,” reveals her struggle with celibacy. BIRTHDAY SWEETIES: Joe Ahern, Doug Banks, Irene Michaels, Johnny Depp, Iris Davis, Rob Hart

and Wanda Taylor. On Friday: Lee Phillip and anniversary wishes to former Gov. George Ryan and Lura Lynn. On Saturday: Dr. Donna Simpson Leak, Gary Fencik, Erjan Fortson and anniversary wishes to Dick and Jorie Friedman. On Sunday: Ald. Emma Mitts, Jen Knoedl and Harrise Davidson. On Monday: Juanita Jordan, Lee Blackwell and anniversary wishes to Ernie Banks and Liz. Well, that’s Stella in the City!

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