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Shedd’s New Exhibit to Showcase ‘Underwater Beauty’ With 100 Species

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A rendering of Shedd Aquarium's new "Underwater Beauty" exhibit, which opens in May. (©Shedd Aquarium/Brenna Hernandez)

Get a glimpse of life beneath the waves and see the “vibrant beauty of marine life” found in waters across the globe at the Shedd Aquarium this spring. 

In ‘The Wolves,’ the Tensions Beneath a Fierce Team Spirit

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Cydney Moody (No. 8), Sarah Price (No. 11), Natalie Joyce (No. 7), Mary Tilden (No. 13), Isa Arciniegas (No. 25) and Taylor Blim in “The Wolves” at Goodman Theatre. (Credit: Liz Lauren)

Talk about timing: The Chicago premiere of Sarah DeLappe’s tour de force mix of verbal and physical athletics and teen angst comes as the U.S. women’s ice hockey team wins the 2018 Olympic gold medal.

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.

Rare Mummy Portraits Offer Peek into the Past at Block Museum

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Portraits of mummies greet visitors at a new exhibition where art, science and history intersect. 

Madigan Under Fire for Handling of Harassment Claims

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Should House Speaker Michael Madigan step aside? The latest on the fallout from allegations of sexual harassment in his political offices.

Illinois Democrats Pushing for State Licensing for Gun Stores

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As President Donald Trump indicates his desire to work on gun safety measures, Democrats in Springfield are aiming to tighten controls on gun dealers.

Controversial Reader Cover Raises Questions About Newsroom Diversity

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A controversial political cartoon sparks a leadership change – and questions. Can cartoons go too far? And what is the state of diversity in newsrooms? We speak with journalist Adeshina Emmanuel and editorial cartoonist Scott Stantis. 

Study: Chicago Could See 80,000 Electric Cars by 2030

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(uveX / Pixabay)

Chicago could see a significant increase in electric cars by the end of the next decade, but drivers will need the city to install thousands of new charging stations to keep those cars on the road.

New Type of Wearable Electronics Could Boost Stroke Patients’ Recovery

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(Elliott Abel / Shirley Ryan AbilityLab)

While inpatient settings help stroke victims recover, their progress tends to decline when they return home. Researchers are hoping that a new breed of wearable electronics could curb that drop-off in recovery.

Emanuel on Arming Teachers: ‘Absurd Any Way You Look at It’

Mayor fires back at Trump’s idea to allow some teachers to carry firearms in class

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaks Thursday at the Chicago Cultural Center, where Chicago Public Schools was recognized as one of the College Board’s AP Districts of the Year. (Chicago Tonight)

We don’t need more guns in schools, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Thursday, “we need more teachers in schools, more students who are not scared so they can be focused not on their fears, but their studies.”

CPS Named as College Board’s AP District of the Year

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Chicago Public Schools is now the first district of any size to earn the honor twice. Since 2011 – the first year it was named AP District of the Year – the number of CPS students taking the exams has jumped by 44 percent.

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.