Overlooked No More: Lee Godie, Eccentric Chicago Street Artist

A self-described Impressionist, she hawked her art on Michigan Avenue in the 1970s and ’80s and lived mostly outdoors. But her work is in museums.

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At Sundance, Two Films Look at Abortion and the Jane Collective

In the years leading up to Roe v. Wade, a Chicago group helped thousands of women obtain the procedure safely. A documentary and a feature tell their story.

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Here’s Some (Slightly) Less Worrisome Covid-and-Kids News

Hold off before freaking out about that new C.D.C. diabetes study.

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Sidney Poitier and the Black Voice

He was a pioneer — in the transitional sense.

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A Schooling Debate: In Person or Remote?

Readers discuss an article about rising tensions as some teachers’ unions push for remote learning. Also: Snacks on planes.

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‘The Kids Are Casualties in a War’

How students, teachers and parents were caught in the middle of a standoff between Chicago’s mayor and its teachers’ union.

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Chicago Reaches Deal With Teachers’ Union to Return to Classrooms

Students in the third-largest U.S. school district will go back to classes on Wednesday.

#chicago-ill, #chicago-teachers-union, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #lightfoot-lori, #organized-labor, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #strikes

Parents, It’s Going to Be a Very Long January

Less fresh air, more tween shows.

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With Omicron, Teachers’ Unions Push for Remote Schooling, Worrying Democrats

Chicago teachers have voted to go remote. Other unions are agitating for change. For Democrats, who promised to keep schools open, the tensions are a distinctly unwelcome development.

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With No School in Sight, Chicago Families Grit Their Teeth

While city officials clash with the teachers’ union over how to return to classrooms amid Omicron, families around Chicago reflect on the pandemic’s effects on their children.

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Chicagoans Adjust to Closed Schools During Union Dispute

Teachers voted to stop going to school amid a standoff between Mayor Lori Lightfoot and the Chicago Teachers Union, which called for more virus safeguards.

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Representative Bobby Rush, Longtime Illinois Democrat, Will Retire

The decision by the pastor and civil rights activist added to a wave of Democrats deciding not to run for re-election in a difficult midterm cycle.

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‘It’s Chaos’ as Schools Confront Omicron

After an unrelenting spike in cases, a small but growing list of districts — including Newark, Atlanta, Milwaukee and Cleveland — moved temporarily to remote learning.

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Chicago’s Signature Sandwich, Italian Beef, Gets a Multicultural Update

In this city so protective of its traditions, a new generation of cooks is creating fresh variations on a deliciously soggy sandwich.

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How to Make Sure You’re Virus-Free for Free: A Holiday Guide

A federal plan to require health insurers to cover the cost of at-home tests is not yet in effect. But there are other options.

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Chicago Woman Who Was Handcuffed Naked Receives $2.9 Million Settlement

The Chicago City Council approved a settlement on Wednesday for Anjanette Young, a medical social worker who was forced to stand naked in front of a dozen police officers in 2019.

#chicago-ill, #city-councils, #police-department-chicago-ill, #search-and-seizure, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #young-anjanette

Silent Films Offer Rare Glimpses of Life in 1920s Ireland

Shot by an American ornithologist in the early years of Irish independence, the footage turned up in the archives of the Chicago Academy of Sciences and is being restored.

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Jussie Smollett Found Guilty: What Comes Next?

The actor who was found guilty of falsely telling the police he was the victim of a hate crime faces a possible sentence of up to three years, but experts disagree on whether the judge is likely to incarcerate him.

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Jury in Jussie Smollett Trial Begins Deliberations

After closing arguments on Wednesday, the panel began considering whether the actor had staged a hate crime against himself, as the two men who attacked him have testified.

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Lawyers in Jussie Smollett Case Tangle Over Motive as Testimony Ends

Mr. Smollett was questioned Tuesday by the prosecution about his interactions with his attackers shortly before the 2019 assault.

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In Chicago, a New Approach to Gay and Bisexual Men With Prostate Cancer

A new clinic focuses on patients left grappling with the aftermath of treatment in ways that are rarely appreciated by doctors.

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Jussie Smollett Testifies at Trial on Charges He Staged an Attack on Himself

The actor, who is accused of directing two brothers to mildly attack him, and then reporting it as a hate crime, took the stand at his criminal trial on charges related to the 2019 assault.

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Jussie Smollett’s Lawyers Dispute Account That Attack Was Staged

Under questioning by Mr. Smollett’s defense team, two brothers who say they participated in a fake attack denied suggestions they had lied to avoid prosecution.

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One of Jussie Smollett’s Attackers Tells Court It Was All Staged

Abimbola Osundairo, testifying at Mr. Smollett’s trial on charges of filing a false police report, said “he wanted me to fake beat him up.”

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Investigator Cites Video and Other Evidence Against Jussie Smollett

A detective told jurors at Mr. Smollett’s trial how the actor had gone from victim to suspect as the investigation unfolded. But the actor’s lawyer suggested the police work was not thorough.

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Joaquina Kalukango and Amanda Williams on Creative Freedom

The ‘Slave Play’ actress and the Chicago-based artist discuss generational gaps, success and the art that brought them each acclaim.

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Jussie Smollett Trial Begins With Jury Selection

The actor said in 2019 that he was the victim of a hate crime, but the police said it was a hoax. His trial will revolve around charges that he filed a false police report.

#chicago-ill, #cook-county-ill, #empire-tv-program, #foxx-kim, #illinois, #osundairo-abimbola, #osundairo-olabinjo, #police-department-chicago-ill, #smollett-jussie-1983

How the Real Estate Boom Left Black Neighborhoods Behind

While homeownership has been an engine of prosperity for white Americans, home values in places like Orange Mound in southeast Memphis have languished. What would it take to catch up?

#black-people, #chicago-ill, #discrimination, #memphis-tenn, #mortgages, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #segregation-and-desegregation

Hindu Sect, BAPS, Accused of Using Forced Labor at Temples Across U.S.

BAPS, a prominent sect, faces accusations of exploiting low-caste laborers from India to run massive temples around the country.

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On Chicago’s West Side, Urgent Needs Collide With Washington Compromises

Activists say the needs of struggling communities in Chicago and elsewhere vastly exceed the billions Congress is spending.

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Does Adding Police Officers Reduce Crime? The Results Are Mixed

Other anti-crime measures might more effective, experts say, and avoid the downsides of policing.

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Back in Chicago, Woman Is Charged in Killing of Mother on Indonesian Vacation

Heather L. Mack, 26, had already served more than six years in prison in Indonesia for the 2014 killing of her mother, whose body was found in a suitcase at a Bali resort.

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Return to Office Makes a Big Difference for Budding Lawyers

The generational divide on returning to the office is not neatly drawn. For some young professionals, even in a pandemic, showing up is more than half the battle.

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Art Institute of Chicago Ends a Docent Program, and Sets Off a Backlash

The museum’s decision to replace its program for volunteer educators with one that “responds to issues of class and income equity” has drawn criticism.

#art-institute-of-chicago, #chicago-ill, #discrimination, #museums, #race-and-ethnicity, #rondeau-james, #volunteers-and-community-service, #whites

Chicago Police Officer Accidentally Shoots and Injures 2 Colleagues

The shooting occurred during a struggle with a man after officers followed a car linked to a homicide investigation, the city’s police superintendent said.

#chicago-ill, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-department-chicago-ill

Rahm Emanuel, Seeking Senate Nod, Discusses 2014 Police Shooting

At his confirmation hearing, President Biden’s pick for envoy to Japan issued a warning to Beijing and explained his actions as mayor of Chicago after the killing of Laquan McDonald.

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Rahm Emanuel Addresses the McDonald Killing and China During His Confirmation Hearing

At his confirmation hearing, President Biden’s pick for envoy to Japan issued a warning to Beijing and explained his actions as mayor of Chicago after the killing of Laquan McDonald.

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Timuel Black, Strategist and Organizer for Black Chicago, Dies at 102

He assembled attendees of the March on Washington, mentored a young Barack Obama and wielded the solidarity of the South Side as a tool for political power.

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Jury Selection in Jussie Smollett Case to Start in November

The actor is facing disorderly conduct charges related to accusations of lying to the police about a hate crime they say he staged.

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Obama Breaks Ground on Presidential Center in Chicago After Lengthy Discord

The project has been bogged down by legal challenges and a federal review. Barack Obama’s presidential papers won’t actually be housed there — they’ll be digitized, another point of contention.

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‘I Need an Army’: Across America, Schools Cram for Their Covid Tests

Some districts have established robust virus testing programs, but many others are struggling.

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How Across America, Schools Cram for Their Covid-19 Tests

Some districts have established robust virus testing programs, but many others are struggling.

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The Texas School Superintendent Who Defied Governor Abbott

Pedro Martinez is leaving San Antonio to become Chicago’s schools chief. He weighs in on his battles with Gov. Greg Abbott and why a student vaccine mandate should be “on the table.”

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Nabisco Workers End Weekslong Strike After Reaching New Contract

The impasse began in August after members of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers Union objected to changes in shift lengths and overtime rules.

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Nia DaCosta on ‘Candyman’ and the Power of Terrifying Legends

For her horror redo, the filmmaker confronted the pressures for success. “There are a lot of people that you want to do well for, and that can be daunting.”

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How to Make a Neighborhood Farm for an Entire Metropolis

A program being started in Atlanta helps midsize farmers buy their own land while providing much-needed fresh food to urban consumers.

#agriculture-and-farming, #atlanta-ga, #chicago-ill, #emory-university, #finances, #food, #land-use-policies, #small-business, #urban-areas, #working-farms-fund

Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago Names New Artistic Directors

Glenn Davis and Audrey Francis, both ensemble members, will be the first pair to lead the company in its history.

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Why People Misperceive Crime Trends (Chicago Is Not the Murder Capital)

What readers got wrong and right in our quiz.

#chicago-ill, #crime-and-criminals, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #new-york-city, #polls-and-public-opinion

This Is the Story of a Man Who Jumped Into Lake Michigan Every Day for Nearly a Year

He started one Saturday as the pandemic was raging. Then he just kept going, never mind Chicago’s winter.

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She Was Stabbed and Left in a Cornfield in 1972. Now There’s an Arrest.

Barry Lee Whelpley, now 76, was charged with killing Julie Ann Hanson, who was 15 when her body was found in Naperville, Ill., the authorities said.

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