New Wave of IRS Scams Target Students

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As the school year approaches, the Internal Revenue Service has warned of a telephone scam targeting students.

Sox Fans Guarantee New Naming Rights for Ballpark Will Be Mocked

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U.S. Cellular Field (Bryce Edwards / Flickr)

The new name for U.S. Cellular Field is striking out with many White Sox fans. The story of how Guaranteed Rate Field came to be.

Midwest Native Driving to All 412 National Park Sites

Trip Includes Stop in Chicago, Expected to Take 3 Years

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(Courtesy Mikah Meyer)

When most people visit a National Park Service site, they visit the Grand Canyon or Yellowstone. Not many realize that there are more than 400 National Park Service sites. But that’s one thing Mikah Meyer hopes to change as he travels cross-country visiting all 412 of those sites.

Scientists Discover Potentially Habitable Planet

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An artist's impression of what the surface of the planet Proxima b might look like. (M. Kornmesser / European Southern Observatory)

A planet that could potentially host life has been discovered orbiting Proxima Centauri, the star closest to our solar system, according to a report published Wednesday by more than 30 international scientists.

Attorney for Brendan Dassey of ‘Making a Murderer’ on Overturned Conviction

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Footage from the interrogation of Brendan Dassey, as seen in the Netflix documentary “Making a Murderer.” (Courtesy Netflix)

Brendan Dassey, whose confession to involvement in the murder of Teresa Halbach was depicted in the wildly popular Netflix documentary series “Making a Murderer,” may be released from prison by Thanksgiving. We hear from his post-trial attorney on the judge's ruling.

CTU Considers October Strike if New Deal Not Struck

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In a bulletin published this week, the Chicago Teachers Union says it will consider striking if it cannot come to an agreement with Chicago Public Schools on a new contract. (Matt Masterson / Chicago Tonight)

Without a new contract agreement with CPS, Chicago teachers are looking at their second work stoppage this year. 

Grad Students Get Green Light to Unionize at Private Universities

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On its website, Graduate Students United says it’s been “working since 2007 to improve the lives of graduate students and gain recognition for the work we do.” (Graduate Students United / Facebook)

The National Labor Relations Board on Tuesday gave graduate students at private universities the go-ahead to form collective bargaining units. What local students and schools impacted by the ruling have to say.

Weekend Best Bets: Chicago Triathlon, Dog Show, Bucktown Art Fest

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A wave of swimmers start their race in Lake Michigan at the 2015 Chicago Triathlon. (Courtesy of Transamerica Chicago Triathlon)

Cheer on Chicago athletes, shop for fall accessories, take in an outdoor movie, sip sangria on a sprawling lawn, run through mud, watch dashing dogs and more this weekend.

Rain Barrels to Fight Flooding Distributed to Underserved Areas

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The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District provided 500 rain barrels for the environmental organization Faith in Place to distribute. (Ramont Bell)

Free barrels for collecting rainwater are being distributed to South and West Side communities prone to flash flooding.

Back to School Parade a Chance to Showcase the ‘Good in Englewood’

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The South Shore Drill Team performs at the 2015 Englewood Back to School Parade. (Courtesy of Nicole Vaughn)

For the 54th year, the Englewood Back to School Parade celebrates education and pride on the South Side. 

Study: Yoga, Meditation Can Reduce Stress for Disadvantaged Women

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Practicing mindfulness exercises can alleviate symptoms of depression and stress experienced by disadvantaged women, according to a recent study. (Dave Rosenblum / Flickr)

Practicing mindfulness exercises like yoga and meditation can alleviate symptoms of depression and stress among disadvantaged women, according to a recent study.

Budget Watchdog Group Rejects ‘Optimistic’ $5.4B CPS Proposal

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Laurence Msall of the Civic Federation

The day before Chicago Public Schools board members are set to vote on the district’s budget for fiscal year 2017, some analysts are expressing concerns.

Law Aims to Reduce Campus Sexual Assault, Better Protect Victims

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Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan speaks about campus sexual assault.

As the fall semester begins, a new law goes on the books in Illinois to deal with sexual assault on campus. Just how does it make colleges safer?

Could Evidence-Based Model Fix Broken Education Funding Formula?

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Five other states currently rely on evidence-based school funding, but it remains to be seen how effective it would be in Illinois. (Pexels)

Facing the largest equity gap in the country, Illinois state leaders are considering an evidence-based approach designed to ensure every student has the opportunity to succeed in the classroom.

Labor Day Weekend Traffic Predicted to be Deadliest Since 2008

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Labor Day traffic could be the deadliest in nearly a decade. The National Safety Council tells us why–and how to reverse the deadly trend.

Walgreens Opens Kiosks for Safe Drug Disposal in Illinois

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A nationwide opioid epidemic is fueling the need for safe disposal of prescription drugs.

A nationwide opioid epidemic is fueling the need for safe disposal of prescription and over-the-counter drugs. What you should know before tossing out your unused medications.