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CHICAGO WEEKEND – AT 10:46 A.M. ET:  The new year is getting off to a vigorous start in the president's home city of Chicago.  From the Chicago Tribune:

Two gunmen shot a 14-year-old boy several times Friday night as he stood on his porch, leaving him to die in the front hallway of his Humboldt Park home, authorities said.

The shooting came just hours after a 15-year-old boy was fatally shot in a separate attack in the Little Village neighborhood. Including both homicides, at least six teens were shot since Friday afternoon, according to police.

In the Humboldt Park shooting, two male shooters opened fire about 11:50 p.m. in the 2400 block of West Augusta Boulevard, striking the boy multiple times in the chest, Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer Amina Greer said.

Immediately following the shooting, a car sped down the street in reverse and took off, a neighbor said.

It appeared the boy managed to take a couple of steps before collapsing. When paramedics arrived, he was lying just inside the home, bleeding from several bullet wounds, police said. He died at the scene.

Police found blood on the front steps and more than half a dozen shell casings on the sidewalk.

COMMENT:  Please notice the great interest on the part of Joe Biden's panel on gun violence in the plight of young black males in Chicago.  There isn't any.  It isn't even brought up.  It's too embarrassing and might force us to pay some attention to fatherlessness, the breakdown of a culture, and the colossal failure of "community" leaders. 

There was more attention paid in Chicago in the last few days to the resignation from the City Council of Jesse Jackson Jr's wife.  Great political and moral values.

January 12,   2012