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UChicago Launches LGBTQ Career Readiness Program

A new resource is designed to help adolescents and young adults develop job skills, continue their education and overcome barriers to stable employment.

Study: Night Owls Have Risk of Dying Sooner than Early Risers

Left: Sunrise over Lake Michigan. (rlobes / Pixabay). Right: Moon over Chicago. (nathanmac87 / Flickr)

The adage, “early to bed early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise,” takes on new meaning thanks to research by scientists in Chicago and England.

10 Things to Do this Weekend: April 12-15

Scaly creatures, vintage vinyls and cheesy bites usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago. 

Chicago Tribune Staffers Move to Unionize

(Adam Jones, Ph.D. / Wikimedia Commons)

“The newsroom is in a position of jeopardy, and we’re standing up to make sure we’re paid fairly and to make sure we have a voice in how this place operates,” said Charlie Johnson, a Chicago Tribune home page editor and member of the union organizing committee.

Study: US Clinicians Project Better Health Outcomes for White Patients

A hypothetical male patient diagnosed with hypertension served as the starting point for a University of Chicago study on racial bias in health care in the U.S. and France.

3 Illinois Deaths Linked to Synthetic Marijuana Use

Two Illinois men in their 20s and one in his 40s have died since March 28 after experiencing severe bleeding related to the use of synthetic cannabinoids, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Reports of Illness Linked to Synthetic Cannabinoid Use Surge in 2018

In the first 95 days of 2018, there have been 111 cases of illness related to synthetic cannabinoid use in Illinois, according to the Illinois Poison Center. Episodes of severe bleeding are driving the bulk of that increase.

10 Things to Do This Weekend: April 5-8

C2E2 2017 (C2E2 / Facebook)

Superheroes, bacon bites and vintage street murals usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

70 Cases of Severe Bleeding in Illinois Linked to Synthetic Marijuana Use

Health officials on Tuesday are again urging people to avoid synthetic cannabinoids – even if they’ve used them in the past without incident. The drugs “are not a safe alternative to marijuana” and “probably more toxic,” said Illinois Poison Center Medical Director Mike Wahl.

3 Charged for Allegedly Conspiring to Sell Synthetic Marijuana in Chicago

The U.S. attorney’s office charged three people Monday with federal drug offenses for allegedly conspiring to sell synthetic cannabinoids at a West Side convenience store.

2 Illinois Deaths Linked to Use of Synthetic Marijuana

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Two people have died in Illinois, including one in the Chicago area, after experiencing severe bleeding related to the use of synthetic cannabinoids, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

2020 Census Citizenship Question ‘Politically Motivated,’ Say Officials

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The United States Census is not often a hot-button issue, but it’s recently been thrust into the center of controversy.

UIC Publicly Launches App Designed to Track Bipolar Disorder

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An app developed by local researchers to predict manic episodes and depressive moods in people with bipolar disorder – based on how they interact with their cellphones – is now available to download in Apple’s app store.

10 Things to Do This Weekend: March 29-April 1

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Thousands of sparking lights, airborne marshmallows, egg hunts and bunny ears usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

ADA Opioid Guidelines Support Mandate for Prescription Limits

The American Dental Association announces a new policy on opioid prescriptions and education for dentists who prescribe the painkillers and other controlled substances.

Justice John Paul Stevens Calls for Repeal of Second Amendment

Justice John Paul Stevens’ 1976 U.S. Supreme Court official portrait (Library of Congress)

The retired U.S. Supreme Court justice and Chicago native called for the Second Amendment to be repealed in a New York Times op-ed just days after the March For Our Lives rally in Washington. 

Chicago Seeks to Better Address LGBT Health Needs

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A first-of-its-kind study from the Chicago Department of Public Health provides a population estimate of the city’s LGBT community and a snapshot of the health issues and inequities it faces.

Garry McCarthy Announces Run for Chicago Mayor

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Garry McCarthy appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Feb. 20, 2018.

Garry McCarthy is officially in. “It’s time for new leadership in City Hall that’ll fix our problems and pull us together,” the former Chicago Police superintendent said in a video announcing his bid for Chicago mayor.

Chicago-Area Population Drops for 3rd Straight Year

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Of the top 10 most populous cities in the country, the Chicago metro area was the only one to see a decline. Chicago demographer Rob Paral says a “complex stew” of factors is behind the drop.

10 Things to Do This Weekend: March 22-25

The 2017 Flower Show (Credit: Daniel Boczarski for Macy’s)

Spring blooms, tattoo ink, a march against gun violence and a chef-driven food fest usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

‘Talk It Out’ Series Seeks to End Sexual Harassment, Gender Bias

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Next week, more than 120 groups in the Chicago region will discuss how to end gender bias and sexual harassment against women as part of the “Talk It Out” series spearheaded by the Chicago Foundation for Women.

10 Things to Do This Weekend: March 15-18

March 17, 2012 (Max Talbot-Minkin / Flickr)

A green river, St. Patrick’s Day parade, historical scavenger hunt and oodles of pancakes topped with fresh maple syrup usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

New Initiative Aims to Reduce Alcohol Use in Chicago Teens

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A citywide campaign seeks to curb underage drinking through public awareness and school policy reforms. “We don’t want schools to suspend students,” said Juan Padilla, a Voices of Youth in Chicago Education organizer.

2 Bar Associations Rank Cook County Circuit Court Judge Candidates

Voters this month will be tasked with electing Cook County Circuit Court judges. To help navigate the options, two Chicago bar associations screened and ranked each candidate. Here are their recommendations.

10 Things to Do This Weekend: March 8-11

(Courtesy of South Side Irish Parade Committee)

An early St. Patrick’s Day parade, thousands of orchids and a new take on Homer’s “Odyssey” usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

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