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The New Superman Comes Out as Bisexual in an Upcoming Comic

Superman – not Clark Kent, but his son, Jon – comes out as bisexual in the upcoming issue of “Superman: Son of Kal-El”  after sharing a kiss with Jay Nakamura. (Credit: DC)

The fifth issue of the DC comic series “Superman: Son of Kal-El” will confirm that the new Superman – Jon Kent, child of Clark Kent and Lane – is bisexual after falling for Jay Nakamura, a male reporter, DC announced this week.

US Records Highest Increase in Nation’s Homicide Rate in Modern History, CDC Says

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Provisional data from the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics, released early Wednesday, suggest the homicide rate for the United States rose 30% between 2019 and 2020. 

Chicago Residents Fighting To Save Navy Pier’s Crystal Gardens, One of City’s Only Indoor Green Spaces

The Crystal Gardens is pictured at Navy Pier in Chicago. (Peter Griffin / Alamy)

For more than two decades, the indoor garden has been a cherished escape from bustling city life. But the beloved tropical garden, which has always been free to the public, is set to be replaced with a new paid digital experience.

Influx of Guns Is ‘Ground Zero for Violence’ at the End of a Bloody Summer in Chicago

Police investigate a crime scene where three people were shot — one fatally — in the Bridgeport neighborhood on June 23 in Chicago. (Scott Olson / Getty Images)

In a single three-month summer period in Chicago, 1,606 people were shot. That’s the population equivalent to many American small towns. They are numbers — and more significantly, lives — that have become part of a grimly familiar dynamic in the city.

Biden Canceling Chicago Trip as His Legislative Agenda Hangs in the Balance

President  Biden speaks to members of the media as he arrives at the White House in Washington, on Sept. 26 after returning from a weekend at Camp David. (Andrew Harnik / AP)

President Joe Biden is canceling plans to travel to Chicago on Wednesday in order to continue leading crucial negotiations in Washington over his legislative agenda, a White House official told CNN.

Murders Rose Sharply in 2020 But Data Is Lacking Across Much of the Country

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The FBI released its annual Uniform Crime Report for 2020 on Monday, showing that the number of homicides increased nearly 30% from 2019, the largest single-year increase the agency has recorded since it began tracking these crimes in the 1960s.

Rev. Jesse Jackson Discharged From Rehab Facility After Being Hospitalized for COVID-19

The Rev. Jesse Jackson speaks with WTTW News in February 2020.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson was discharged from a rehabilitation facility Wednesday following an earlier diagnosis of COVID-19.

Sears Is Closing its Last Department Store in Illinois, the Retailer’s Home State

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Come fall, Sears will shut the doors on its last department store in Illinois, the state in which its first retail store opened in 1925. The Sears department store in the Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg will close on Nov. 14.

Mass Shootings in US Increased During Coronavirus Pandemic, Study Finds

In Chicago, shooting incidents are up 64% so far this year compared with the same period two years ago. (Scott Olson / Getty Images)

City police departments are also reporting an increase in gun violence during the pandemic. In Chicago, shooting incidents are up 64% so far this year compared with the same period two years ago.

Fossil Reveals Bird With Long, Flashy Tail Feathers That Lived 120 Million Years Ago

Modern sunbirds also have long tail feathers. (Jason Weckstein / The Field Museum)

Scientists have uncovered the fossil of a bird that lived 120 million years ago, and it definitely had flair, including unusually long tail feathers. These flashy feathers probably didn’t help the bird achieve aerodynamic flight, but they might have helped him find a mate, according to new research.

Startup Rivian Builds its First Electric Pickup for Customers, Beating Larger Rivals

The R1T from Rivian. (Courtesy of brand)

There is a winner in the race to build the first consumer ready electric pickup truck, and it isn’t Tesla, Ford or General Motors. It’s Rivian. Who?

Air Pollution Cutting More Years From People’s Lives Than Smoking, War or HIV/AIDS

A man walks along Rajpath amid smoggy conditions in New Delhi on Jan. 28. Air pollution is shaving nearly six years off people's lives in the country, on average. (Jewel Samad / AFP / Getty Images)

Air pollution is slashing years from billions of people’s lives around the world and is a greater threat to life expectancy than smoking, HIV/AIDS or war, a report published Wednesday shows. 

Dave Chappelle, Jon Stewart To Perform at 9/11 Benefit Show

Comedian Dave Chappelle arrives at Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to receive the 22nd Annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in Washington on Oct. 27, 2019, left, and comedian Jon Stewart performs at the 9th Annual Stand Up For Heroes event in New York on Nov. 10, 2015. (AP Photo)

A star-studded group of comedians will perform for one night only at Madison Square Garden to mark the 20th anniversary of 9/11.

Animals Are ‘Shape Shifting’ in Response to Climate Change

A red-rumped parrot, one of the bird species that has seen its bill size increase. (Credit: Ryan Barnaby)

Some warm-blooded animals are experiencing shifts in their body shapes, likely as a response to the pressures of climate change, according to a new review of existing research.

At Least 8 Children Were Shot, One Fatally, Over the Weekend in Chicago

Chicago police are investigating the shooting of a 4-year-old boy in Chicago on Friday night. (Tyler LaRiviere / Chicago Sun-Times / AP)

A total of 58 people have been shot in the city, five fatally, since 8 p.m Friday, authorities said. Among those killed was a 4-year-old who was getting his hair cut in his own home when bullets came through the house, striking him in the head. He died at the hospital, police said.

CDC Asks Unvaccinated Not To Travel This Weekend and Says Even Vaccinated Need To Weigh Risk

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Due to the surge of COVID-19 cases, the director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is asking unvaccinated Americans not to travel during the Labor Day holiday weekend.

Why ‘Candyman’ Continues to Hook Audiences Nearly 30 Years Later

The Cabrini-Green rowhouses stand in front of a residential tower in Chicago in 2018. (Daniel Acker / Bloomberg / Getty Images)

Nearly 30 years after “Candyman” was released, people are still daring one another to say the title character’s name in the mirror to summon this hook-wielding ghost. Some urban legends don’t die, they’re just reborn.

Jacob Blake Speaks Out 1 Year Later: ‘I Have Not Survived Until Something Has Changed’

Jacob Blake fully stands on heavily braced legs during a mid-August 2021 physical rehabilitation session. (Courtesy Jacob Blake)

Jacob Blake was shot seven times on Aug. 23, 2020 by Kenosha Police Officer Rusten Sheskey. A year later, he feels nothing is different in terms of policing and the general divisiveness of the world, but he’s determined to change that.

Behind Police Leaders’ Claims That Bail Reform is Responsible for Surge in Violence

This file photo shows a sign advertising a bail bonds business in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (Kathy Willens / AP)

As the number of homicides continues to rise in major American cities, police leaders are targeting bail reform efforts as a contributing factor to the surge in violent crime rates — but data from a Chicago study shows that only a small percentage of defendants released on bail are committing violent crimes.

Behind Police Leaders Claims That Bail Reform Is Responsible for Surge in Violence

FILE - This file photo shows a sign advertising a bail bonds business in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (Kathy Willens / AP)

As the number of homicides continues to rise in major American cities, police leaders are targeting bail reform efforts as a contributing factor to the surge in violent crime rates — but data from a Chicago study shows that only a small percentage of defendants released on bail are committing violent crimes.

If You Build It, They Will Pay: ‘Field of Dreams’ Tickets Cost $1,400

An aerial photo taken with a drone shows the baseball field at the Field of Dreams movie site in Dyersville, Iowa. (Tannen Maury / EPA-EFE / Shutterstock)

Nostalgia has never been so expensive. Baseball celebrates the myth of its rural roots Thursday when the New York Yankees meet the Chicago White Sox in a game adjacent to the field in rural Dyersville, Iowa, where the iconic 1989 movie “Field of Dreams” was filmed.

Chicago Remembers Fallen Officer: ‘A Small Part of Every One of Us Died When We Lost Ella’

Chicago police Officer Ella French (@TomAhernCPD / Twitter)

A crowd of Chicago residents gathered Wednesday evening to remember of Ella French, a Chicago police officer fatally shot during a traffic stop.

Domino’s is Giving Away $50 Million of Free Food to Take on DoorDash

Domino’s Pizza is taking on delivery apps that charge extra fees with a new giveaway totaling $50 million worth of free food. (Brandon Bell / Getty Images)

The pizza chain announced Monday a “Surprise Frees” promotion, giving customers a chance for some free food to counter delivery apps like UberEats and DoorDash. Domino’s called competitors’ extra fees a “disappointing surprise.”

A Chicago Police Officer is Dead, Another is Fighting for His Life Following a Shooting During a Traffic Stop

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Three officers assigned to the police department’s Community Safety Team were conducting a traffic stop on a vehicle near 63rd Street and South Bell Avenue at around 9 p.m. Saturday when they were fired upon, Chicago’s top cop said at the news conference.

Race Against Time: Inside ATF’s Efforts to Find Shooters Before They Strike Again

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A new initiative in the nation’s capital is one of five ATF efforts underway nationwide — the others are located in Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco and New York City — in cities experiencing significant gun violence.

Illinois Governor Signs Bill Expanding Background Checks on Gun Sales Starting in 2024

Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Aug. 2, 2021 signed new legislation expanding background checks on all gun sales in the state starting in 2024. (Pool photo)

Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Monday signed new legislation expanding background checks on all gun sales in the state starting in 2024, a step he touted as “commonsense” and with bipartisan support.