$1.7 Million Homes in Illinois, Massachusetts and Oregon

A Frank Lloyd Wright house outside Chicago, a rowhouse on Beacon Hill in Boston and a Queen Anne Victorian in Portland.

#boston-mass, #chicago-ill, #glenview-ill, #portland-ore, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

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An Artist Who Paints in Cryptic Pastel Symbols

Caroline Kent’s canvases explore the power and limits of language — and challenge the modernist canon of abstraction.

#art, #chicago-ill, #content-type-personal-profile, #kent-caroline-1975

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How to Staycation in 6 American Cities

With business travel all but stopped, city hotels and tourist organizations have made a full-court press to attract local and nearby leisure travelers with bottom-barrel rates and extra perks.

#chicago-ill, #los-angeles-calif, #miami-fla, #new-york-city, #phoenix-ariz, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #seattle-wash, #travel-and-vacations

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How Trump Maneuvered His Way Out of Trouble in Chicago

When his skyscraper proved a disappointment, Donald Trump defaulted on his loans, sued his bank, got much of the debt forgiven — and largely avoided paying taxes on it.

#chicago-ill, #credit-and-debt, #deutsche-bank-ag, #fortress-investment-group-l-l-c, #subprime-mortgage-crisis, #trump-international-hotel-and-tower-chicago-ill, #trump-tax-returns, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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‘City So Real’ Makes Chicago the Lead in a National Drama

The director Steve James talked about his new docu-series, which uses the 2019 mayoral race and its tumultuous aftermath as the thread to stitch a larger American story.

#chicago-ill, #city-so-real-tv-program, #documentary-films-and-programs, #elections-mayors, #james-steve-1954, #lightfoot-lori, #race-and-ethnicity, #television

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‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’: What to Know

Aaron Sorkin’s Netflix film dramatizes the notorious 1969 political trial with many players. Use this guide to understand the people and the issues at stake.

#chicago-ill, #davis-rennie, #dellinger-david, #democratic-national-convention, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #froines-john-r, #hayden-tom-1939, #hoffman-abbie, #hoffman-julius-j, #kunstler-william-m, #movies, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #rubin-jerry, #seale-bobby, #sorkin-aaron, #the-trial-of-the-chicago-7-movie, #united-states-politics-and-government, #weiner-lee, #weinglass-leonard-i

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How Many Plants Have We Wiped Out? Here Are 5 Extinction Stories

Botanists have laid out evidence that dozens of North American trees, herbs, plants and shrubs have gone extinct since European settlers arrived.

#chicago-ill, #conservation-biology-journal, #conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #flowers-and-plants, #gardens-and-gardening, #georgia, #michigan, #north-america, #ontario-canada, #presidio-national-park-calif, #research, #san-francisco-calif, #trees-and-shrubs, #your-feed-science

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Black Products. Black Shoppers. Black Workers. But Who Owns the Store?

At a Chicago beauty supply shop, one American dream has come true. Another is still waiting for its chance.

#black-people, #chicago-ill, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #korean-americans, #looting-crime, #race-and-ethnicity, #shopping-and-retail

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She Was Going Into Labor. But She Had a Bar Exam to Finish.

Brianna Hill, who gave birth to a baby boy between sections of the exam, has earned kudos for determination. But some law school graduates say her story points to flaws with the testing system amid the pandemic.

#chicago-ill, #law-schools, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #tests-and-examinations

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Review: Seriously Satirizing 231 Years of Flotus in ‘45 Plays’

From a pro-slavery Martha Washington to a blank-screen Melania Trump, the wives and other women of the U.S. presidents get sent up and dressed down.

#45-plays-for-americas-first-ladies-play, #chicago-ill, #neo-futurist-theater, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #theater

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Amid the Monument Wars, a Rally for ‘More History’

Historians recently gathered at Civil War sites across the country in an effort to highlight distortions, omissions and the erasure of Black contributions.

#black-people, #chicago-ill, #civil-war-us-1861-65, #gettysburg-pa, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #midtown-area-manhattan-ny, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #slavery-historical

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Church That Hosted Emmett Till’s Funeral Is Designated ‘Endangered’

Roberts Temple Church of God in Christ in Chicago, where thousands paid their respects to the murdered teenager in 1955, was placed on a new list of endangered historic places in the United States.

#black-people, #chicago-ill, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #civil-rights-movement-1954-68, #funerals-and-memorials, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #mississippi, #mobley-mamie, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #national-trust-for-historic-preservation, #till-emmett-louis

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‘All That Death in His Life’: Daniel Prude’s Journey to Rochester

Mr. Prude had a somewhat troubled life in Chicago, with a series of personal tragedies disrupting his attempts at finding meaningful stability.

#chicago-ill, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #prude-daniel-d-2020, #rochester-ny

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Can Prosecutors Be Taught to Avoid Jail Sentences?

At least 60 district attorneys have come to see incarceration as destructive, racist, expensive and ineffective. But can they persuade their own staffs?

#baltimore-md, #chicago-ill, #columbus-ohio, #criminal-justice, #district-attorneys, #domestic-violence, #ex-convicts, #florida, #foxx-kim, #jacksonville-fla, #legal-profession, #mosby-marilyn-j-1980, #police-department-nyc, #prison-guards-and-corrections-officers, #prisons-and-prisoners, #race-and-ethnicity, #republican-party, #st-louis-mo, #traffic-and-parking-violations, #trump-donald-j

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Smollett Case: Special Prosecutor Finds ‘Abuses of Discretion’

An investigation has found that the state’s attorney’s office did not violate the law in its handling of the case against the actor Jussie Smollett, but it cited substantial “operational failures.”

#chicago-ill, #foxx-kim, #hate-crimes, #mark-geragos, #smollett-jussie-1983, #special-prosecutors-independent-counsel, #television, #webb-dan-k

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James R. Thompson, Longest-Serving Governor of Illinois, Dies at 84

A relentless campaigner, he served for 14 years after winning an election to a special two-year term in 1976.

#chicago-ill, #deaths-obituaries, #illinois, #politics-and-government, #republican-party, #thompson-james-r, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Are Racial Attitudes Really Changing? Some Black Activists Are Skeptical

For community activists on the South Side of Chicago, words are insufficient, and an embrace of the Black Lives Matter movement requires caring for communities that both Democrats and Republicans have ignored.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #chicago-ill, #discrimination, #george-floyd-protests-2020

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Unusual ‘Derecho’ Storms Rip Through Midwest

The powerful storms, which covered hundreds of miles, brought winds exceeding 100 miles per hour to Iowa, Nebraska, Illinois and Indiana.

#chicago-ill, #des-moines-iowa, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #illinois, #lake-michigan, #national-oceanic-and-atmospheric-administration, #national-weather-service, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #weather

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Chicago Raises Bridges After Unrest and Looting Batter Downtown

The city’s transit authorities said that train and bus service to the downtown was suspended “at the request of public safety officials.”

#chicago-ill, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #looting-crime, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-department-chicago-ill

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The 1918 Flu, Masks and Lessons for the Coronavirus Pandemic

As the influenza pandemic swept across the United States in 1918 and 1919, masks took a role in political and cultural wars.

#american-red-cross, #barry-john-m, #california, #chicago-ill, #des-moines-iowa, #influenza-epidemic-1918-19, #masks, #quarantines

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Kerry James Marshall’s Black Birds Take Flight in a New Series

Inspired by John James Audubon, the painter explores the societal “pecking order” in two works that dovetail with “this mystery about whether or not Audubon himself was Black.”

#art, #audubon-john-james, #birds, #chicago-ill, #marshall-kerry-james, #mastry-exhibit, #molesworth-helen, #race-and-ethnicity, #tuymans-luc

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How to Open a Top-Tier Restaurant in a Pandemic? Rethink Everything

This one, Ever, debuts Tuesday in Chicago with a pricey tasting menu and a world-class chef. But on the road to its opening, lofty visions have met hard reality.

#chefs, #chicago-ill, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #duffy-curtis, #ever-chicago-ill-restaurant, #muser-michael, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #restaurants, #small-business

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Christopher Columbus Statues Removed From 2 Chicago Parks

Crews removed statues of the explorer from Grant Park and Arrigo Park early on Friday.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #chicago-ill, #columbus-christopher, #floyd-george-d-2020, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #lightfoot-lori, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #police-department-minneapolis-minn

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Road Trips are Great. Except for the Driving.

I wasn’t looking for an exotic vacation, just a temporary reprieve from compulsive news-watching and a dose of in-person fun with family and friends.

#automobiles, #back-human-body-part, #catskills-nys-area, #chicago-ill, #connecticut, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #interstate-95, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #road-trips, #roads-and-traffic, #states-us, #travel-and-vacations

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14 People Are Shot Near Chicago Funeral Home

The violence comes during a dispute between Chicago’s mayor and President Trump, who had said he would send federal agents to the city.

#chicago-ill, #lightfoot-lori, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #trump-donald-j

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Cities Say They Want Federal Agents Fighting Crime, Not Protesters

Rejecting the deployment of camouflaged federal agents, big-city mayors said the Trump administration should use its resources to help tackle problems like gun violence.

#bureau-of-alcohol-tobacco-firearms-and-explosives, #chicago-ill, #customs-and-border-protection-us, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #drug-enforcement-administration, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings

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Trump Expands Federal Crackdown from Portland to Chicago

As federal agents patrol Portland and head to Chicago, Democrats call the president’s plan “an American crisis,” barely 100 days before the election.

#chicago-ill, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #homeland-security-department, #new-york-city, #portland-ore, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Newsom Order Would Keep Most California Schools Online

Districts in counties with rising caseloads will be required to teach remotely until conditions improve.

#california, #chicago-ill, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #education-k-12, #masks, #newsom-gavin, #texas

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Thinking of Traveling in the U.S.? These States Have Travel Restrictions

A third of states have strict measures in place for visitors, from mandatory testing to quarantine requirements.

#alabama, #alaska, #american-automobile-assn, #automobiles, #boise-idaho, #california, #chicago-ill, #connecticut, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #delaware, #florida, #georgia, #hawaii, #idaho, #illinois, #indiana, #iowa, #kansas, #louisiana, #maine, #massachusetts, #miami-dade-county-fla, #mississippi, #nevada, #new-england-states-us, #north-carolina, #pennsylvania, #rhode-island, #south-carolina, #states-us, #tennessee, #texas, #travel-and-vacations, #travel-warnings, #utah, #vermont, #wisconsin

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Chicago Gun Violence Spikes and Increasingly Finds the Youngest Victims

Nine children under the age of 18 have been shot dead in Chicago since June 20.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #chicago-ill, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #lightfoot-lori, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings

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Stop Unnecessary Arrests to Slow Coronavirus Spread

People cycled through jails on minor offenses are taking the virus back to their communities.

#chicago-ill, #cook-county-jail-cook-county-ill, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #criminal-justice, #illinois, #prisons-and-prisoners

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The Scars of Being Policed While Black

From unjustified stops of Black teenagers to a device to torment people in custody, racist police brutality runs deep.

#black-people, #chicago-ill, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-department-chicago-ill, #torture

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Lotus Flower Plague-Repellent Pills and Other Gifts From China

Herbal formulas are also a potion for national cohesion.

#alternative-and-complementary-medicine, #chicago-ill, #china, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #communist-party-of-china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #dairy-products, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #flowers-and-plants, #foreign-students-in-us, #hong-kong, #immigration-and-emigration, #infant-formulas, #japan, #libel-and-slander, #lu-xun-1881-1936, #masks, #melamine, #milk, #propaganda, #quarantines, #shanghai-china, #united-states, #yao-ming

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Lynika Strozier, Who Researched Early Plant DNA, Dies at 35

She overcame a severe learning disability to become a scientist with “golden hands” and most recently a college instructor. She died of Covid-19.

#chicago-ill, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-obituaries, #field-museum, #museums, #research, #strozier-lynika-1984-2020

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How 7 Civil Rights Activists View The George Floyd Protests

The tumult and passion of the past weeks have left the surviving veterans of the civil rights era with trepidation and hope.

#atlanta-ga, #chicago-ill, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #king-martin-luther-jr, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #young-andrew-1932

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Activists Who Marched With Dr. King Offer Lessons for Those Marching for George Floyd

The tumult and passion of the past weeks have left the surviving veterans of the civil rights era with trepidation and hope.

#atlanta-ga, #chicago-ill, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #king-martin-luther-jr, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #young-andrew-1932

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Fat Rice Employees Say the Chef Abe Conlon Created a Hostile Work Environment

Since Fat Rice proclaimed its support for justice, former employees have come forward with complaints that its chef created a hostile work environment.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #chefs, #chicago-ill, #conlon-abe, #discrimination, #fat-rice-chicago-ill-restaurant, #lo-adrienne, #race-and-ethnicity, #restaurants

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Dancing Bodies That Proclaim: Black Lives Matter

Some came to the streets to dance. Others were moved to dance more spontaneously, and surprised to find themselves seen by millions online.

#bedell-alison, #black-lives-matter-movement, #brooklyn-nyc, #chicago-ill, #dancing, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #jamaal-sheen

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Allies, Don’t Fail Us Again

Many white people have been moved by the current movement, but how will they respond when true equality threatens their privilege?

#black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #chicago-ill, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #king-martin-luther-jr, #liberalism-us-politics, #mondale-walter-f, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #race-and-ethnicity, #united-states-politics-and-government

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The Fall of Autumn: Live Performance Producers Are Giving Up on 2020

Uncertainty about the coronavirus and the challenge of protecting audiences and artists is prompting many prominent presenters to wait till next year.

#actors-equity-assn, #aeg-presents, #chicago-ill, #chicago-shakespeare-theater, #classical-music, #coronavirus-reopenings, #culture-arts, #dancing, #guthrie-theater, #kennedy-john-f-center-for-the-performing-arts, #live-nation-entertainment-inc, #metropolitan-opera, #music, #new-york-city, #new-york-city-ballet, #rutter-deborah-f, #summer-season, #the-nutcracker-ballet, #theater, #utah

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In Chicago and Los Angeles, Virus Spread Is Slower, but Persistent

Cook County, Ill., which includes Chicago, added more new cases than any other U.S. county on some recent days.

#chicago-ill, #cook-county-ill, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #los-angeles-calif, #mayors, #new-york-city, #quarantines

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The Coronavirus Is Widening the Class Divide in Education

Some private schools provide online luxury learning during the pandemic. As many public schools struggle to adjust, the nation’s educational gaps widen.

#chicago-ill, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #e-learning, #education, #education-k-12, #philadelphia-pa, #private-and-sectarian-schools, #shutdowns-institutional, #spruance-elementary

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When Maternity Wards in Black Neighborhoods Disappear

Experts fear that closures will become a trend nationwide because of the coronavirus, devastating an already vulnerable population.

#black-people, #chicago-ill, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #discrimination, #parenting, #quarantines, #race-and-ethnicity, #rural-areas, #shutdowns-institutional, #united-states

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A Significant, Yet Ordinary, Sunday in Chicago

Sophia Newman and Jason Leverett were married on a city sidewalk, then they walked back to their apartment and watched one of their favorite Marvel movies. It wasn’t what they had planned for their wedding day, but it was all they needed for now.

#chicago-ill, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #quarantines, #weddings-and-engagements

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Chicago Bans Horse-Drawn Carriages Starting in 2021

After the City Council’s vote on Friday, operators will be unable to renew their licenses and the city will stop issuing new ones.

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #animals, #carriages, #central-park-manhattan-ny, #chicago-ill, #horses, #humane-society-of-the-united-states, #people-for-the-ethical-treatment-of-animals, #politics-and-government

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‘Staying Nimble’: How Small Businesses Can, and Do, Shift Gears

With the coronavirus restrictions, entrepreneurs are learning in real time just how they need to adapt to survive.

#advertising-and-marketing, #chicago-ill, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #detroit-mich, #labor-and-jobs, #memphis-tenn, #milwaukee-wis, #national-federation-of-independent-business, #salt-lake-city-utah, #shutdowns-institutional, #small-business

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America’s Biggest Cities Were Already Losing Their Allure. What Happens Next?

The urge among some residents to leave because of the coronavirus may be temporary. But it follows a deeper, more powerful demographic trend.

#chicago-ill, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #los-angeles-calif, #new-york-city, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #urban-areas

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Black Americans Face Alarming Rates of Coronavirus Infection in Some States

Data on race and the coronavirus is too limited to draw sweeping conclusions, experts say, but disparate rates of sickness — and death — have emerged in some places.

#black-people, #charlotte-nc, #chicago-ill, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #detroit-mich, #race-and-ethnicity

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Social Distancing During the Coronavirus Pandemic Is a Privilege

The idea that this virus is an equal-opportunity killer must itself be killed.

#black-people, #chicago-ill, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #detroit-mich, #food, #milwaukee-wis, #poverty, #race-and-ethnicity, #united-states

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430,000 People Have Traveled From China to U.S. Since Coronavirus Surfaced

There were 1,300 direct flights to 17 cities before President Trump’s travel restrictions. Since then, nearly 40,000 Americans and other authorized travelers have made the trip, some this past week and many with spotty screening.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #airport-security, #airports, #chicago-ill, #china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #detroit-mich, #epidemics, #little-rock-ark, #los-angeles-calif, #newark-nj, #politics-and-government, #quarantines, #san-francisco-calif, #seattle-wash, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #wuhan-china

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