Amanda Grady of River Forest, a 2001 graduate of Oak Park and River Forest High School, received a bachelor of arts in history, philosophy and social studies of science and medicine and biological sciences from the University of Chicago. She's the daughter of Bill and Pam Grady.
Hundreds of book lovers descended on the 35th Annual Book Fair hosted by the Friends of the Oak Park Public Library in early August, buying more than 30,000 books and raising $45,000 for library programs for children, teens and adults.
When the 1920s still roared and money flowed, radio mogul William Grunow took his newfound wealth and built a palace in River Forest. Although the 24,000-square-foot, 24-room, English Tudor-style mansion at 915 Franklin Ave. is best known as the former home of mob boss Tony Accardo, the "Big Tuna" just parked there with his buddies for eight years. It was Grunow who gave Jay Gatsby a run for his money when he built the opulent estate.
The VHS tape arrived in the African country of Ghana well before many residents had access to electricity or televisions, leading some entrepreneurs to find profit in developing makeshift mobile theaters that would travel to villages throughout the country.
Burglars pried open a rear door of JJ Fish, 6317 North Ave. overnight on Aug. 30. Once inside they broke through a wall and into the restaurant, entered the safe and cash register and took $2,310. They also damaged a surveillance camera. Total loss and damage was $4,910.
WEB EXTRA! It seems so surreal writing these words you read today about how last week my family and I fled like rats from a sewer people used to know as New Orleans. It's where jazz was born. There's half a million stories in the wretched city.
Max Rasche and Sean McKay planned on rooming together this fall at New Orleans' Tulane University. After Hurricane Katrina struck the city Monday, Aug. 29, the two Oak Park and River Forest High School graduates and longtime friends scrambled to get into new schools.
All last week people kept phoning with what were essentially condolence calls. You know, the kind of contact you make when somebody's loved one dies. Friends would extend their sympathy, telling us how sorry they were for our loss.