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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.

Midwest Harm Reduction Institute Sees Progress for Opioid Addicts

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Overcoming heroin addiction is a Herculean task. How a local program is helping former addicts recover with medication.

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”).

10 Things to Do This Weekend: Feb. 22-25

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Chinese New Year celebrations take place around the globe each year, including London. (Paul / Flickr)

Lion dances, pancakes, beer tents and Oscar movie speculation usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

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.

‘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.

Misty Copeland Shines Light on Diversity in Ballet World and Beyond

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Misty Copeland, “Life in Motion” (Photo: Gregg Delman)

Whether she’s on stage or on television, it’s hard to not notice Misty Copeland, the professional ballet dancer making history as the first black woman to be named a principal dancer for the iconic American Ballet Theatre.

Heavy Rain Causes Flooding, Sewer Backups in Chicago Area

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Flooding in suburban Glenview on Feb. 20. (Chicagoland Flood Forum / Facebook)

Melting snow and more than 2 inches of rain have caused flooding and sewer backups in and around Chicago.

In Lyric’s ‘Cosi,’ a Spirited Toast to the Imperfections of the Heart

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Marianne Crebassa, Ana María Martínez in “Cosi fan tutte.” (Credit: Cory Weaver)

The production of “Cosi fan tutte” now at Lyric Opera of Chicago is a beauty. And in its playful but unquestionably bittersweet exploration of love, fidelity, betrayal and the unreliable nature of both men and women, it could easily have been written yesterday.

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