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CSO Boldly Explores Tchaikovsky Scores Inextricably Linked to Ballet

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Members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra perform a program featuring Tchaikovsky’s Suite from “Swan Lake” on Jan. 20, 2022. (Credit: Todd Rosenberg Photography)

What this glorious, superbly performed concert did prove was that listening to these works without the element of dance that ordinarily is a crucial partner of the music, you begin to hear them in a wonderfully fresh and exciting way. 

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Members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra perform a program featuring Tchaikovsky’s Suite from “Swan Lake” on Jan. 20, 2022. (Credit: Todd Rosenberg Photography)

Lightfoot’s Pick to Lead COPA Fails to Advance Amid Controversy After Report Recommends Suspension for Officer Slain Months Later

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Andrea Kersten, interim chief of Chicago’s Civilian Office of Police Accountability appears on “Chicago Tonight” via Zoom, July 21, 2021. (WTTW News)

Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s pick to lead the agency charged with probing misconduct by members of the Chicago Police Department failed to advance Friday, even as she apologized again for releasing a report that recommended that Officer Ella French, slain in August, be disciplined for conduct during the botched raid of Anjanette Young’s home in February 2019.

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Andrea Kersten, interim chief of Chicago’s Civilian Office of Police Accountability appears on “Chicago Tonight” via Zoom, July 21, 2021. (WTTW News)

Top Cop David Brown Dismisses Criticism of His Leadership: ‘We Got a Job to Do’

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Chicago police Superintendent David Brown addresses the city’s violent holiday weekend July 6, 2021. (WTTW News)

“There are likely people here who liked it the way things were and who will push back and use media, become sources to create a lot of dysfunction,” Superintendent David Brown said. “We’re gonna push back, we’re gonna be the adults in the room.”

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Chicago police Superintendent David Brown addresses the city’s violent holiday weekend July 6, 2021. (WTTW News)

Booster Shots Needed Against Omicron, CDC Studies Show

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A dose of a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is prepared at Lurie Children's hospital, Nov. 5, 2021, in Chicago. (AP Photo / Nam Y. Huh, File)

The papers echo previous research — including studies in Germany, South Africa and the U.K. — indicating available vaccines are less effective against omicron than earlier versions of the coronavirus, but also that boosters significantly improve protection.

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A dose of a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is prepared at Lurie Children's hospital, Nov. 5, 2021, in Chicago. (AP Photo / Nam Y. Huh, File)

Bob Goalby, Who Won Masters After Scorecard Flub, Dies at 92

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Bob Goalby gets the traditional green jacket as champion of the Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Ga., April 14, 1968, from the previous year's winner, Gay Brewer. (AP Photo, File)

Bob Goalby, who won the 1968 Masters without having to go to a playoff when Roberto De Vicenzo infamously signed for the wrong score, has died. He was 92.

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Bob Goalby gets the traditional green jacket as champion of the Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Ga., April 14, 1968, from the previous year's winner, Gay Brewer. (AP Photo, File)

COVID-19 Testing Sites Under Investigation by State, Federal Officials to Close Indefinitely: Attorney General

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Pop-up testing clinics run by the Center for Covid Control will be closed indefinitely, Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul announced. (WTTW News)

Attorneys from the attorney general’s consumer fraud division are probing allegations that those who sought a COVID-19 test at pop-up sites run by the Center for Covid Control did not get their results as promised.

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Pop-up testing clinics run by the Center for Covid Control will be closed indefinitely, Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul announced. (WTTW News)

‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: Harvey

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(WTTW News)

In recent years, Harvey has faced financial issues and political infighting, and it’s grappling with poverty, unemployment and crime. But officials and community leaders here say they're working to turn it around. And residents say even with the challenges the suburb faces, they feel proud of where they come from. 

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January 20, 2022 - Full Show

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Two milestones: President Biden's first year in office, and the second anniversary of COVID-19's arrival in Chicago. Harvey is our In Your Neighborhood stop tonight. And the International Puppet Fest.

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Aiming to Make CDC Nimble, Agency Director Has Rankled Many

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Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) speaks during an interview with The Associated Press on Dec. 8, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo / Brynn Anderson, File)

One year into Dr. Rochelle Walensky’s tenure as director, her bid to make the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention more agile is being challenged by political pressures, vocal scientists and the changing virus itself.

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Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) speaks during an interview with The Associated Press on Dec. 8, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo / Brynn Anderson, File)

Doomsday Clock Stands Still at 100 Seconds to Midnight, and That's Not a Good Sign

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The Doomsday Clock is set at 100 seconds to midnight for the third year in a row. (Courtesy of Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists)

“Steady is not good news,” said members of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. “We are stuck in a perilous moment.”

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The Doomsday Clock is set at 100 seconds to midnight for the third year in a row. (Courtesy of Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists)

Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival Returns

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Blair Thomas is the behind-the-scenes puppet master who pulled a lot of strings to keep the puppet festival on the calendar.(Credit Saverio Truglia)

The Chicago International Puppet Festival returns for 10 days, and Thursday is opening night. Blair Thomas, the behind-the-scenes puppet master, pulled a lot of strings to keep this festival on the calendar.

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Blair Thomas is the behind-the-scenes puppet master who pulled a lot of strings to keep the puppet festival on the calendar.(Credit Saverio Truglia)

Tracking Biden’s 1st-Year Progress Delivering on Promises

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President Joe Biden takes off his mask to speak about the COVID-19 pandemic during a prime-time address from the East Room of the White House, on March 11, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo / Andrew Harnik, File)

President Joe Biden took action on a number of his key campaign promises, from rebuilding U.S. alliances globally to distributing vaccines across America and the world. But others remain works in progress or dependent on Congress to address. That’s particularly true of his promises to reform the nation’s immigration system. 

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President Joe Biden takes off his mask to speak about the COVID-19 pandemic during a prime-time address from the East Room of the White House, on March 11, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo / Andrew Harnik, File)

Voting Bill Collapses, Democrats Unable to Change Filibuster

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In this image from Senate Television, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., speaks on the floor of the U.S. Senate Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. (Senate Television via AP)

Despite a day of piercing debate and speeches that often carried echoes of an earlier era when the Senate filibuster was deployed by opponents of civil rights legislation, Democrats could not persuade holdout senators Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona and Joe Manchin of West Virginia to change the Senate procedures on this one bill and allow a simple majority to advance it.

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In this image from Senate Television, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., speaks on the floor of the U.S. Senate Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. (Senate Television via AP)

A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words on Lake Effect Snow

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Photos taken on Interstate-94 near Porter County, Indiana, show weather conditions scarcely 2 miles apart. (Indiana Department of Transportation)

A couple of Indiana highway cameras caught lake effect snow in action Thursday morning, offering a picture-perfect snapshot of one of the region’s quirkier weather phenomena.

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Photos taken on Interstate-94 near Porter County, Indiana, show weather conditions scarcely 2 miles apart. (Indiana Department of Transportation)

Mayor Lori Lightfoot Rejects Calls from Little Village Leaders to Release Full Probe of Botched Smokestack Implosion

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A still image from a video taken of the demolition of the Crawford Coal Plant smokestack, April 11, 2020. (Alejandro Reyes / YouTube)

Mayor Lori Lightfoot did not respond to a question from WTTW News about whether she thought it was appropriate for her appointees to reject the inspector general’s recommendation to fire an employee of the Chicago Department of Public Health and punish two other employees of the Department of Buildings responsible for approving and overseeing the implosion of the smokestack.

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A still image from a video taken of the demolition of the Crawford Coal Plant smokestack, April 11, 2020. (Alejandro Reyes / YouTube)

Chicago Measure to Enforce State Law Designed to Reduce Sugary Drinks for Kids Advances

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The state law, which applies in Chicago as well as the rest of the state, took effect Jan. 1. 

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Suspect in Shootout With U of C Officer Wanted ‘Suicide by Cop’: Prosecutors

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Body camera footage shows a Jan. 18, 2022, shooting in which a University of Chicago police officer and 27-year-old man exchanged gunfire. (University of Chicago Police Department)

Rhysheen Wilson, 27, was ordered held on $2 million during a bond hearing Thursday following his arrest on charges of attempted murder of a peace officer, aggravated discharge of a weapon and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.

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Body camera footage shows a Jan. 18, 2022, shooting in which a University of Chicago police officer and 27-year-old man exchanged gunfire. (University of Chicago Police Department)