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Do Stingrays Like Being Touched? New Research Says ‘Maybe’

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Visitors can get up close and personal with cownose rays at Shedd Aquarium's seasonal exhibit "Stingray Touch." (Courtesy Shedd Aquarium)

A first-of-its-kind study involving nearly 60 stingrays at Shedd Aquarium indicates that the animals do not suffer from their interactions with humans – and might even enjoy it. 

2 Running for Cook County Assessor, Yet 3 on the Ballot

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Andrea Raila

The Cook County Electoral Board has ruled that it is supposed to be a two-person race between Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios and challenger Fritz Kaegi. So why will a third person be on the ballot?

From Pyeongchang to ‘Heart and Seoul,’ Exhibit Highlights Korean Culture

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The Winter Olympics will soon come to an end, but at the Chicago Children’s Museum, kids can continue to experience elements of the Korean culture they’re seeing glimpses of on TV.

Mix of Heavy Rain, Melting Snow Puts McCook Reservoir to the Test

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McCook Reservoir (Courtesy Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Board of Commissioners)

The newly opened McCook Reservoir kept untreated sewage out of the lake, but not out of local rivers.

Billy Graham, ‘America’s Pastor,’ Got His Start in the Chicago Area

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President Barack Obama meets with Rev. Billy Graham at his house in Montreat, N.C., April 25, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Evangelist Billy Graham, whose sermons reached audiences around the world, died Wednesday at his home in North Carolina. He was 99 years old. We discuss Graham’s legacy and his Chicago-area roots.

Sen. Dick Durbin Demands Action on Gun Control After Florida Massacre

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Democrats remain committed to pushing for meaningful gun control, the U.S. Senator says. We discuss gun control, the Mueller investigation and efforts to get a deal for Dreamers.

Ask Geoffrey: The Fascinating Story of Antoinette Rich

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Geoffrey Baer has the keys to the story of a symphony orchestra made up of all pianos – and all women. And: The story behind a colonial-inspired park district field house in the Austin community.

Naperville Man Acquitted in Retrial 22 Years After Arson Murder Conviction

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Bill Amor (Illinois Innocence Project / Facebook)

Bill Amor spent two decades behind bars for a murder he says he didn’t commit. On Wednesday, a DuPage County judge agreed – and acquitted him in a retrial of a 1995 arson case.

Stage Adaptation of Bellow’s ‘Augie March’ Coming to Court Theatre

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Saul Bellow (Photo: John Vail / Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library)

Court Theatre’s newly announced 2018-2019 season includes a world premiere stage adaptation of Saul Bellow’s “The Adventures of Augie March” by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Auburn (“Proof”).

CPS CEO Janice Jackson Named a National ‘Leader to Learn From’ in 2018

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(Chicago Public Schools)

She’s officially been on the job for only a few weeks, but Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson is already earning recognition for her work to improve the district.

CPS Watchdog: ‘Pervasive Problem’ with Enrollment at Some District Schools

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A new report from the CPS inspector general uncovers loopholes and opaque rules that led to thousands of improper admissions made at district elementary schools during the 2016-17 school year.

‘Native American Woven Arts’ Explores Methods, Meaning Behind Artistry

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Weaving function and design in a new exhibition at a local museum dedicated to Native American art and culture.

Madigan Does Political Damage Control After Harassment Claims

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The latest on the fallout from sexual harassment allegations in the office of House Speaker Michael Madigan – as some call for him to resign.

Mueller Investigation Heats Up as 13 Russians Indicted

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Special counsel Robert Mueller

President Trump’s national security adviser says there’s no doubt Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election. The latest on the Mueller investigation.

‘Black Panther’ Breaks Box Office Records, Racial Barriers

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Still image from “Black Panther” (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

The superhero film received critical praise and smashed box office records, but for some, the most notable impact is the emergence of an African-American superhero and lead characters.

Garry McCarthy Mulls Run for Chicago Mayor

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Will he or won’t he? Former Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy is sounding more and more like a candidate for mayor. He joins us to discuss his potential run against the man who brought him to Chicago.