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Bird, Lime, Spin to Offer Scooters During Chicago’s Second Pilot Program

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(WTTW News)

The three firms will scatter 10,000 scooters across much of the city — four times as many allowed during the summer of 2019 — but the scooters will not be allowed downtown or along the Lakefront or 606 trails, according to the city’s rules.

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Women Embrace #ChallengeAccepted, But Some Ask: To What End?

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This image provided by Tara Abrahams shows her Instagram post with the #challengeaccepted joining female users across the United States, flooding the photo-sharing app with black-and-white images. The official goal: a show of support for other women. Abrahams, the philanthropic advisor from New York added a caption encouraging people to check their voter registration status and make a plan to vote in November. (Tara Abrahams via AP)

To some, #challengeaccepted represents a clear example of “slacktivism” — campaigns based on social platforms that require little effort of participants. There’s no donation requested, no volunteer shift required, just a few minutes to post a message or image that people are unlikely to fight over.

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This image provided by Tara Abrahams shows her Instagram post with the #challengeaccepted joining female users across the United States, flooding the photo-sharing app with black-and-white images. The official goal: a show of support for other women. Abrahams, the philanthropic advisor from New York added a caption encouraging people to check their voter registration status and make a plan to vote in November. (Tara Abrahams via AP)

Police Officer Suicide Sounds Mental Health Alarm

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On Tuesday, a high-ranking chief in the Chicago Police Department is believed to have committed suicide — and research shows the suicide rate for Chicago officers is higher than the national average.

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Spotlight Politics: Bad News for High School Athletes

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker discusses new state guidelines for recreational sports on Wednesday, July 29, 2020. (WTTW News)

Gov. J.B. Pritzker releases new guidelines for recreational sports, and a war of words unfolds at the ComEd hearing at the Illinois Commerce Commission.

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker discusses new state guidelines for recreational sports on Wednesday, July 29, 2020. (WTTW News)

Former Illinois, New Mexico State Coach Lou Henson Dies at 88

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In this Aug. 24, 2015, file photo, former Illinois men’s basketball coach Lou Henson is interviewed during a ceremony announcing the naming of the basketball court at State Farm Center to “Lou Henson Court” at Memorial Stadium’s 77 Club in Champaign, Ill. (Rick Danz / The News-Gazette via AP, File)

Lou Henson, the plain-spoken coach who took New Mexico State and Illinois to the Final Four during a 21-year career that included nearly 800 victories and a feud with fellow Big Ten coach Bob Knight, has died. He was 88.

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In this Aug. 24, 2015, file photo, former Illinois men’s basketball coach Lou Henson is interviewed during a ceremony announcing the naming of the basketball court at State Farm Center to “Lou Henson Court” at Memorial Stadium’s 77 Club in Champaign, Ill. (Rick Danz / The News-Gazette via AP, File)

Proud of Your Garden? Enter This 60-Second Video Challenge

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“Pete’s Pollinator Place,” a 2019 garden award winner. (Chicago Excellence in Gardening Awards / Peter Gizyn)

The Chicago Excellence in Gardening Awards has shifted to a video format for 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic. Submissions are open through Sept. 30, so get those cameras rolling.

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“Pete’s Pollinator Place,” a 2019 garden award winner. (Chicago Excellence in Gardening Awards / Peter Gizyn)

Chicago Rowers Made History as First All-Black High School Crew in US

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The Manley Crew on the water. © 1998 Heather Stone. Courtesy of Tribune Content Agency

The new documentary “A Most Beautiful Thing” tells the story of Manley High School’s rowing team on Chicago’s West Side. We speak with some of the men featured in the film.

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The Manley Crew on the water. © 1998 Heather Stone. Courtesy of Tribune Content Agency

With COVID-19 Cases Rising, Pritzker Releases Safety Guidelines for Recreational Sports

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With the number of new coronavirus cases rising in Illinois and a handful of outbreaks linked to youth sports, the governor announced new guidance restricting youth and adults sports in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19.

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July 29, 2020 - Full Show

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Watch the July 29, 2020 full episode of “Chicago Tonight.”

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Chicago Portrait: Dr. Everywoman

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Dr. Wendy Goodall McDonald works in her downtown Chicago medical office on July 27, 2020. (Evan Garcia / WTTW News)

During the day, Dr. Wendy Goodall McDonald sees patients at her obstetric and gynecological practice in Chicago. But after work, she entertains and educates the public through song parodies.

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Dr. Wendy Goodall McDonald works in her downtown Chicago medical office on July 27, 2020. (Evan Garcia / WTTW News)

The Greatest of the Great Lakes Has a Twitter Account With a Superiority Complex

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(Jolene / Flickr; inset: Twitter / @lakesuperior)

The “greatest lake of all time” has a Twitter account to match its swagger, run by a human who speaks not on behalf of the lake but as the lake in a brash, anthropomorphic way. And we can’t get enough of it.

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(Jolene / Flickr; inset: Twitter / @lakesuperior)

‘The Jury is Still Out’: Police Superintendent David Brown Marks 100 Days Amid Multiple Crises

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David Brown is sworn in as police superintendent by Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot after unanimous approval by the Chicago City Council on Wednesday, April 22, 2020. Brown’s wife and daughter are also pictured. (@Chicago_Police / Twitter photo)

After nearly 100 days at the helm of the Chicago Police Department, the superintendent’s tenure has been anything but average, as he faces an ongoing pandemic, protests and a surge in gun violence. 

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David Brown is sworn in as police superintendent by Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot after unanimous approval by the Chicago City Council on Wednesday, April 22, 2020. Brown’s wife and daughter are also pictured. (@Chicago_Police / Twitter photo)

CPS: More Than 400 Daily COVID-19 Cases Could Trigger Full-Time Remote Learning

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In order for schools to move to fully remote instruction this fall, the city of Chicago must hit a rolling average of 400 new COVID-19 cases per day, according to new guidance from Chicago Public Schools.

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Worried About Democracy? Angry About Police Brutality? Fill Out the Census, Lightfoot Says

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot urges Chicagoans to complete the 2020 census during a Wednesday, July 29, 2020 press conference at the DuSable Museum in Hyde Park. (WTTW News)

Mayor Lori Lightfoot delivered a full-throated defense of American democracy Wednesday before urging Chicagoans to safeguard the freedoms enshrined in the Bill of Rights by responding to the 2020 census.

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot urges Chicagoans to complete the 2020 census during a Wednesday, July 29, 2020 press conference at the DuSable Museum in Hyde Park. (WTTW News)

US Is Expected to Report a Record-Breaking Economic Plunge

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In this July 13, 2020 file photo, a For Rent sign hangs on a closed shop during the coronavirus pandemic in Miami Beach, Fla. (AP Photo / Lynne Sladky)

Having endured what was surely a record-shattering slump last quarter, the U.S. economy faces a dim outlook as a resurgent coronavirus intensifies doubts about any sustained recovery the rest of the year.

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In this July 13, 2020 file photo, a For Rent sign hangs on a closed shop during the coronavirus pandemic in Miami Beach, Fla. (AP Photo / Lynne Sladky)

Trump Administration Won’t Accept New DACA Applications

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President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference at the White House, Tuesday, July 28, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo / Evan Vucci)

The Trump administration said Tuesday that it will reject new applications and shorten renewal periods for an Obama-era program that shields young people from deportation.

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President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference at the White House, Tuesday, July 28, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo / Evan Vucci)

Could ComEd Customers Get Reimbursed for ‘Wrongfully Inflated Rates’?

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(Ken Teegardin / Flickr)

Commonwealth Edison must pay a $200 million fine to the federal government as part of its deal with the U.S. attorney’s office. That fine will go to federal coffers — not ComEd customers. But a lawsuit is seeking to change that.

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