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Stories by Nicole Cardos

How Healthy is Lake Michigan? A Checkup on the Great Lakes

(Frank McNamara / Flickr)

When it comes to the health and maintenance of Lake Michigan, some environmentalists, property owners and even surfers have expressed their concerns. What the future may hold.

5 Things to Know About Smoke-Free Public Housing Rule

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Public housing across the U.S. will become smoke-free at the end of the month. What that means for some 60,000 residents in Chicago.

New Anti-Harassment Panel Addresses Barriers for Women in Politics

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Illinois ranks sixth in the nation when it comes to the percentage of state legislators who are women. A new panel aims to increase the number of women in Illinois politics.

Hospital Ship Sets Sail in Documentary ‘The Surgery Ship’

Nate Claus, second from left (© Mercy Ships)

A Chicago-area native talks about efforts led by a hospital ship to provide free surgeries to patients in West Africa and Central Africa.

Report: Changes Needed to Combat Sexual Harassment in Academic Sciences

Learn about a new report on sexual harassment in the sciences – and the suggestions it makes to better combat it. 

First Phase of Automatic Voter Registration Now Underway in Illinois

Exploring the change in the way you register to vote at the DMV – a change that’s rolling out this week.

Diplomat’s Memoir Chronicles Relationship with Cuba’s Past and Present

(Courtesy Vicki Huddleston)

Vicki Huddleston, a former U.S. ambassador, shares stories from her new memoir, “Our Woman in Havana.”

Do Newspaper Closures Impact Government Spending? One Study Says Yes

“A lot of studies show that when newspapers close, local politicians become lazy and voters become less informed and there’s lower voter turnout,” said Chang Lee, an assistant professor of finance at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

2-Month Checkup on UChicago Trauma Center

(Courtesy of UChicago Medicine)

The center has seen nearly 500 patients since opening May 1. “It’s as busy as expected to be, and as well as we can expect early on,” said Dr. Selwyn Rogers, founding director of UChicago Medicine’s trauma center.

Starting July 1, Chicago Hotels Will Need to Have Panic Buttons

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Chicago will become the second city in the country requiring hotels to implement panic buttons.

New Urban Gateways Program Connects Teens to Arts

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A new program for teenagers lets them explore the arts in Chicago for just $5. Learn more about the Teen Arts Pass. 

Summer Reading List: Chicago Authors Share 12 Picks for 2018

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What to read this summer? We asked a trio of local authors what books they’re taking to the beach. Here are their top picks.

Escalating Trade War Sparks Fear for Wall Street, US Consumers

Jitters on Wall Street as the U.S.-China trade war escalates. What it could mean for your wallet.

‘Paula’ Avatar to Ease Communication between the Hearing and Deaf

Researchers are working on “Paula,” the American Sign Language avatar that will automatically translate English into ASL. (Courtesy of DePaul University School of Computing)

A team of researchers at DePaul University is working to bridge the gap between the deaf and hearing communities. Meet “Paula,” the American Sign Language avatar they created that translates English into ASL.

‘Brown Girls’ Series to Highlight Chicago, Intersectionality on HBO

A popular web series based in Chicago that highlights the “complex and flawed” lives of “regular people” has secured a development deal with HBO. 

Russia’s Election Meddling More Extensive Than Originally Thought

New details on the Russian cyberattack before the 2016 election, and how Illinois was affected. 

International Stories Take the Stage at Sullivan High School

Roger C. Sullivan High School students from Chicago and around the world will share their stories June 13. The school has the highest number of refugee students of any high school in the city. (Courtesy of Lifeline Theatre)

Students at Roger C. Sullivan High School will share stories of community and identity from local and international perspectives this week, in collaboration with Lifeline Theatre.

Bike Relay Race Inspired by IU’s ‘Little 500’ Comes to Chicago

The women’s Little 500 bike race on April 24, 2009. (Indiana Public Media / Flickr)

Inspired by a popular cinder track relay race at Indiana University Bloomington, and the 1979 dramedy “Breaking Away,” the Chicago Cinder Classic will set wheels spinning in Chicago this summer.

Celebration, ‘Sacrifice’ for Chicago’s Halal Eateries During Ramadan

How do the city’s halal restaurants, which serve mostly Muslim customers, hold up during the month of Ramadan? We explore the traditions of two West Ridge destinations.

A ‘Perfect Storm’ Brewing on Chicago’s North Side

Half Acre Beer Co. (Credit: Brew Bokeh)

A local chamber of commerce has rebranded a Chicago neighborhood as Malt Row, where it says you’ll find the greatest concentration of microbreweries in the city.

Chicago’s Fountains Make a Splash in New Book

Centennial Fountain (© Jeremy Atherton, 2007)

“Chicago’s Fabulous Fountains” details the history and curiosities behind some of the city’s aquatic art, from politically induced mischief to true crime stories.

Growing Clean Economy Can Bring More Jobs to Chicago, Report Says

The clean economy: What is it, and how is Chicago faring? A new report tells the story.

How One Chicago Public High School is Embracing Refugee Students

Nearly 40 countries are represented at Sullivan High School in Rogers Park. We meet the head of the school’s English language program – and the reporter who recently wrote about the school.

Chicago’s Low-Line Project to Offer a New Urban Retreat

Unlike the popular 606 trail on the city’s Northwest Side, a new pedestrian path in Lakeview is keeping a low profile.

In The Wake of Comey Firing, Should a Special Prosecutor be Hired?

President Donald Trump speaks during an interview with Lester Holt. (Courtesy of NBC)

Seventy-eight percent of Americans think a special prosecutor should be appointed to investigate Russian meddling in the U.S. election, according to a new NBC-Wall Street Journal survey.