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Published: Fri, 15 Apr 2016 15:46:49 GMT

Last Build Date: Fri, 15 Apr 2016 15:46:49 GMT

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Fall Out Boar: How a nuclear disaster created an animal sanctuary

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 15:44:00 GMT

Across the planet, the fight to help wild animals survive against human encroachment usually produces predictable results: People win. Animals lose.

That's why the comeback of the monarch butterfly in Mexico, or the resurgence of wild tigers in Asia, inspires headlines and hopes that conservationists...




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The statin stumper: Warning, new heart findings may flummox your doctor

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 14:06:00 GMT

Millions of Americans take statins to cut their risk of heart disease. Study after study has shown these drugs, introduced in the late 1980s, to be effective.

But how do they function? For years researchers believed that statins worked by lowering cholesterol in the blood. Over the decades the...




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Da Bulls? Still da best

Thu, 14 Apr 2016 22:47:00 GMT

The only thing we like more than a good debate is resolving one: The 1995-96 Chicago Bulls are the best NBA team of all time.

Swish.

But we're not just about pretty shots here. We believe in playing defense, too, in this case protecting the Bulls' legacy in the face of a challenge by the rising...




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Keeping America safe requires new thinking

Thu, 14 Apr 2016 22:18:00 GMT

In today's world, the threats we face are constantly changing, and the government's ability to keep America safe relies on its capacity to adapt quickly to these new and evolving threats.

In the years following 9/11, the U.S. made significant changes to our intelligence and law enforcement capabilities...




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Anti-police screed goes unchecked by CTU, Karen Lewis

Thu, 14 Apr 2016 22:05:00 GMT

Two weeks ago, the Chicago Teachers Union hosted a rally designed to gin up support for a potential teacher strike.

The rally included closing remarks from a teacher — not a union member because she teaches at a private school — who yelled into the microphone, "F--- the police, f--- CPD, f--- the...




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After Rauner's F, mixed marks for Mike Madigan

Thu, 14 Apr 2016 21:57:00 GMT

What about Mike Madigan?

Those four words sum up the bulk of the critical responses to my column Wednesday, in which I argued that Bruce Rauner has been an epic failure as governor of Illinois.

If Rauner deserves an F for his first 15 months in office — a highly polarized time in which the state's...




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Why the transgender bathroom wars matter

Thu, 14 Apr 2016 21:39:00 GMT

Decades ago, when Americans imagined 2016, hopeful citizens visualized groovy innovations like widely available personal jetpacks, easily accessible moon bases and "futuristic" fashion trends that looked suspiciously like neon 1980s clothing coated with Saran Wrap. So far, 2016 has brought us none...




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When a suburban Chicago school district loses its way - and its money

Thu, 14 Apr 2016 20:49:00 GMT

A group of suburban parents trying to prevent a local high school from closing experienced a setback last month when a judge told the parents to revise their lawsuit. The school is expected to close at the end of the school year.

But the yarn they pulled while researching their school district's...




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The 'girl reporter' who exposed terrors of immigration

Thu, 14 Apr 2016 20:48:00 GMT

The girl reporter. Every newspaper in 1921 had at least one, and 25-year-old Genevieve Forbes didn't want to be one. The girl reporters wrote the society pages. They provided fashion tips and curated recipe ideas. Forbes wanted more compelling stories to cover. And if her Tribune editors were going...




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A Chicago man's wish: 'I pray to God that He takes me soon'

Thu, 14 Apr 2016 20:02:00 GMT

I just want to die in peace.

Don't get me wrong. I love life. I want to continue my career as a professional chef. I want to swim in the ocean, take family cruises and eventually get married, but a brain tumor is ending my life slowly and painfully.

I simply want the option to die without suffering....




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Taxes done? Now let's talk about death

Thu, 14 Apr 2016 18:58:00 GMT

Benjamin Franklin wrote, "In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." So, after you are done filing your taxes, consider thinking about your death.

A movement among health-care providers is urging all of us to associate tax time (don't worry, you have until Monday...




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Why dress codes can't stop sexual assault

Thu, 14 Apr 2016 16:20:00 GMT

When news broke that Deputy Principal Cherith Telford at Henderson High School in New Zealand told female students that their uniform skirts must be knee-length to "keep our girls safe, stop boys from getting ideas and create a good work environment for male staff," reactions were mixed. Singer...




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Our takeaway from the task force: Step back, Mr. Mayor

Wed, 13 Apr 2016 23:08:00 GMT

Fetch the Benadryl and a tall glass of cold water. Mayor Rahm Emanuel's police accountability task force has finished its report, and some of its recommendations are likely to make hizzoner break out in hives.

The 190-page report draws on conversations with current and former Chicago police officers...




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$255 million for two jet fighters, and other waste

Wed, 13 Apr 2016 20:33:00 GMT

As the tax deadline approaches, it's once again time to consider how the federal government wastes our money.

Remember the spending caps that were supposed to keep Congress from overspending? Gone with the wind.

How about the promise Republicans made about no more earmarks on spending bills? It...




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Hillary Clinton's overdue shift on crime

Wed, 13 Apr 2016 19:58:00 GMT

Looking back on the 1994 crime bill that he signed, Bill Clinton is probably wishing it had included a shorter statute of limitations — not on crimes but on presidential responsibility. Today he finds himself pilloried for something he claimed as an achievement. An issue that once was a political...




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Ice may be thawing between Cruz, GOP leaders

Wed, 13 Apr 2016 19:30:00 GMT

I wouldn't say that the GOP is falling in love with Ted Cruz, but maybe it's falling in like.

In arguably the most improbable political season of our lifetimes, this fact has to rank high on the list of things no one could have seen coming. If they gave out report cards for first-term senators,...




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The Tesla jolt

Wed, 13 Apr 2016 19:22:00 GMT

A couple of weeks ago, tens of thousands of Americans lined up to plunk down $1,000 deposits for a car that won't even be built until late next year. Mania? Hysteria?

No, Tesla.

In the first 24 hours of Tesla's Model 3 availability late last month, more than 115,000 customers lined up in stores...




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What can we learn from Beyonce's recent trademark lawsuit?

Wed, 13 Apr 2016 16:58:00 GMT

In her iconic video for “Single Ladies,” Beyonce effortlessly teases viewers with her left hand — flipping back and forth and back again, cooing “If you like it then you shoulda put a ring on it.”

If this song had been released in 1999, we would have seen this music video introduced by Carson Daily...




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Gov. Rauner's interim grade: An epic F

Wed, 13 Apr 2016 02:20:00 GMT

Bruce Rauner is a failed governor.

Fifteen months after the wealthy Republican private equity investor was sworn in to his first elected office, the state he was elected to lead is in worse shape by nearly every measure than the state he inherited from his Democratic predecessor.

The backlog of...




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As a new report slams his department: The big job ahead for Chicago's top cop

Tue, 12 Apr 2016 23:35:00 GMT

The Chicago City Council's Public Safety Committee cleared the decks Tuesday for a quick resolution of the search for a new police superintendent, approving a pair of measures to allow the mayor to bypass the Police Board and give the job to interim chief Eddie Johnson. The full council should...




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