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Virus Spread, Not Politics Should Guide Schools, Doctors Say

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In this June 10, 2020, file photo, Olivia Chan’s father helps her with a new mask she received during a graduation ceremony for her Pre-K class in front of Bradford School in Jersey City, N.J. (AP Photo / Seth Wenig, File)

As the Trump administration pushes full steam ahead to force schools to resume in-person education, public health experts warn that a one-size-fits-all reopening could drive infection and death rates even higher.

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In this June 10, 2020, file photo, Olivia Chan’s father helps her with a new mask she received during a graduation ceremony for her Pre-K class in front of Bradford School in Jersey City, N.J. (AP Photo / Seth Wenig, File)

Chicago’s ‘Top Teen’ in 1962 Recalls Hardships That Led to Life’s Work

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Diane McCoy Lee (Facebook photo)

When Diane McCoy Lee was named “Top Teen in Public Housing” in a 1962 Chicago Housing Authority contest, she was a straight-A student. But just a few years later, she was a college dropout in an abusive marriage.

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Diane McCoy Lee (Facebook photo)

954 New COVID-19 Cases as Illinois Tests Nearly 39K in Single Day

New statewide totals: 153,916 cases, 7,187 deaths

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As Illinois nears the 2 million mark in total COVID-19 tests conducted since the start of the pandemic, health officials reported an additional 954 cases of the virus on Sunday — and a record number of specimens tested in a single day.

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Artists Nick Cave and Bob Faust Ask Community to Make #AMENDS

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Handwritten messages on yellow ribbon comprise the installation “Dirty Laundry” on the lawn at Carl Schurz High School. (Erica Gunderson / WTTW News)

On Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago’s Irving Park neighborhood, reflections on race and racism adorn bright yellow ribbons that rustle in the breeze across from Facility, the creative space and gallery behind a community-based art project.

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Handwritten messages on yellow ribbon comprise the installation “Dirty Laundry” on the lawn at Carl Schurz High School. (Erica Gunderson / WTTW News)

Trump Wears Mask in Public for First Time During Pandemic

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President Donald Trump wears a mask as he walks down the hallway during his visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., Saturday, July 11, 2020. (AP Photo / Patrick Semansky)

President Donald Trump wore a mask during a visit to a military hospital on Saturday, the first time he has been seen in public with the type of facial covering recommended by health officials during the pandemic.

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President Donald Trump wears a mask as he walks down the hallway during his visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., Saturday, July 11, 2020. (AP Photo / Patrick Semansky)

New COVID-19 Cases in Illinois Top 1,000 for Third Straight Day

New statewide totals: 152,962 cases, 7,168 deaths

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(WTTW News)

The Illinois Department of Public Health on Saturday reported an additional 1,195 confirmed cases of the coronavirus since Friday, and 24 more deaths. The positivity rate in Illinois remains relatively stable at 3%.

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Station Closures Ahead: CTA Red Line Modernization Moves Forward

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(Sarah A. / Flickr)

The CTA’s ambitious Red and Purple Line modernization program will impact service for riders on the North Side for a four-week period starting next Friday. And the agency’s plan to relocate a historic building takes a step forward.

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Trump Commutes Longtime Friend Roger Stone’s Prison Sentence

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In this Nov. 7, 2019, file photo, Roger Stone arrives at federal court in Washington. (AP Photo / Cliff Owen, File)

President Donald Trump has commuted the sentence of his longtime political confidant Roger Stone, intervening in extraordinary fashion in a criminal case that was central to the Russia investigation and that concerned the president’s own conduct.

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In this Nov. 7, 2019, file photo, Roger Stone arrives at federal court in Washington. (AP Photo / Cliff Owen, File)

Chicago’s ‘Movies in the Parks’ Series Returns — But Keep Your Distance

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(Credit: Chicago Park District)

Chicagoans will get their yearly fix of cinema under the stars despite the coronavirus, the Chicago Park District announced late Friday. The city’s annual “Movies in the Parks” series is a go, with some key public health restrictions in place.

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The Week in Review: Lightfoot Unveils Recovery Plan

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(WTTW News)

An uptick in COVID-19 cases. Will public schools open in the fall? Who Chicago’s top cop is blaming for rising violent crime rates. And Illinois U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth takes heat from President Trump.

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Pandemic, Racism Compound Worries About Black Suicide Rate

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Jasmin Pierre poses for a photo with her smartphone app, in New Orleans, Thursday, July 2, 2020. (AP Photo / Gerald Herbert)

Health experts have warned of a looming mental health crisis linked to the coronavirus outbreak, and the federal government rolled out a broad anti-suicide campaign. But doctors and researchers say the issues reverberate deeper among Black people.

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Jasmin Pierre poses for a photo with her smartphone app, in New Orleans, Thursday, July 2, 2020. (AP Photo / Gerald Herbert)

Push to Legalize Coach Houses, Granny Flats Stalls Amid Opposition From Aldermen

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A row of coach houses on Meyer Avenue in Chicago. (Eric Allix Rogers/Flickr)

An effort to ease Chicago’s affordable housing crisis by permitting basement, attic and coach house dwellings stalled Friday amid opposition from aldermen concerned they would not be able to stop unwanted units from being built in their wards.

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A row of coach houses on Meyer Avenue in Chicago. (Eric Allix Rogers/Flickr)

Have You ‘Herd?’ It’s National Bison Month. Here’s Where They Roam, Close to Home

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Bison at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie. (USDA Forest Service)

July is National Bison Month — who knew? Here’s where you can catch buffalo roaming, close to home, in Illinois and Indiana.

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Bison at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie. (USDA Forest Service)

Chicago Must ‘Safeguard’ Progress Fighting Coronavirus to Allow Schools to Reopen: Officials

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Dr. Allison Arwady, commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health, said she “broadly” feels confident that schools will be able to offer “some” in-person classes starting in September.

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US Bets on Untested Company to Deliver COVID-19 Vaccine

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In this March 16, 2020, file photo, a patient receives a shot in the first-stage safety study clinical trial of a potential vaccine for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

The Trump administration has agreed to invest more than half a billion in tax dollars in ApiJect Systems America, but its injector is not approved by federal health authorities and the company hasn’t yet set up a factory to manufacture the devices.

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In this March 16, 2020, file photo, a patient receives a shot in the first-stage safety study clinical trial of a potential vaccine for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Most Stocks Drift Higher on Wall Street; Tech a Rare Downer

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Workers wearing masks walk by the New York Stock Exchange during the coronavirus pandemic, Thursday, July 9, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Most of Wall Street is drifting higher Friday, though a rare pullback for some of the year's biggest winners in the stock market is tamping down the gains.

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Workers wearing masks walk by the New York Stock Exchange during the coronavirus pandemic, Thursday, July 9, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

‘Green Lady’ Rises From the Ashes in Jackson Park as the Latest Chicago Tree Sculpture

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"Green Lady" in Jackson Park is the latest sculpture to breathe new life into one of Chicago's dead ash trees. (Chicago Sculpture International)

Since 2014, the Chicago Tree Project has commissioned more than two dozen sculptures across the city, bringing new life to dead ash trees. The latest is a work by artist Gary Keenan.

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"Green Lady" in Jackson Park is the latest sculpture to breathe new life into one of Chicago's dead ash trees. (Chicago Sculpture International)
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