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What will it take to penetrate America’s gun culture?

The vast majority of people in the United States who support common-sense regulations about guns once again are forced to throw up our collective hands in disgust and sorrow at the latest school shooting and the epidemic of gun violence in this country. By some counts, there have been 142 school shootings since the tragedy […]

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Jobs for unemployed youth? They’re hiring in Chicago

A business consortium is pledging to hire 100,000 workers between the ages of 16 and 24 who aren’t employed and aren’t in school. The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative has a goal: “To create the nation’s largest employer-led private sector coalition focused on helping young people build skills and attain credentials, while connecting them to employment.” The […]

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Chicago’s dubious honor: Most police fatal shootings

Its “second-city” moniker notwithstanding, this is not a No. 1 rating a city should be proud of: Chicago leads the nation in the most fatal shootings by police in the last five years. According to figures from the Better Government Association, Chicago police shot and killed 70 people in the last five years — the […]

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Environment success story comes clean in Chicago

With the alarming news that even a two-degree Celsius rise in temperature could mean a rise of 10 feet in sea levels over the next 50 years, let’s look at some good news in the environmental arena. In Chicago, an eco-friendly soap manufacturer is planning the world’s biggest rooftop greenhouse, according to a story in […]

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Ferguson police remind me of Chicago 1968. Only MUCH worse

Why is the response of police in Ferguson, Mo., to protests about the killing of an unarmed black teenager so different? So over the top? There have been police shootings and killings of other unarmed African-American teens and men. There are usually protests and sometimes a violent community reaction. But I can’t recall another situation […]

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You want less gun violence in Chicago? Hire somebody

Chicago’s Fourth of July weekend toll of shooting violence was horrific even by city standards. There were 82 gun-related incidents, with now 14 people dead, two of them 14- and 16-year-old boys shot by police when they refused to drop their weapons. In any other city, that would cause an uproar. Here in Chicago, it […]

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