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Stories by Nick Blumberg

Towering Trolls Keep a Watchful Eye on Morton Arboretum

We take you on a visit to the west suburban forest under the watchful eye of six suspicious – and sizable – trolls.

US Supreme Court Upholds Trump Travel Ban

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld an order restricting travel to the United States from several majority-Muslim nations. 

When Does Taking a Moral Stand Cross the Line Into Incivility?

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders touched off a fiery public debate this weekend after tweeting that a Virginia restaurant refused to serve her because she works for the president. 

Trump Reverses Course on Family Separations After Outcry

“We’re going to keep families together but we still have to maintain toughness or our country will be overrun,” President Donald Trump said Wednesday, June 20, 2018.

President Donald Trump signs an executive order ending the policy of separating migrant children from their parents. Will the move spur immigration reform in Congress?

No Arrest in 74 Percent of Chicago Homicides, Analysis Finds

Chicago has one of the worst homicide arrest rates in the nation, according to a Washington Post analysis. What the effect of that low rate is – and how it can be improved.

AMA Members Want Further Review of Policy Against Assisted Suicide

Could the American Medical Association’s official position on physician-assisted suicide be changing?

Author Explores How the Unconventional ‘Third Door’ Can Lead to Success

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, left, and author Alex Banayan. (Courtesy Alex Banayan)

From Steve Wozniak to Larry King and Lady Gaga, a new book offers insights into how to start a career and forge a unique path.

Trump Ponders Commutation for Blagojevich, Pardon for Himself

President Donald Trump has issued a string of unusual commutations and pardons, including one championed by reality star Kim Kardashian West. Will Rod Blagojevich be next? 

Look Down! Snapping Turtles, Turtle Hatchlings on the Move in Chicago

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Why the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum wants you to keep your eye out for baby turtles on the move.

American Cancer Society Calls for Earlier Colorectal Cancer Screening

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A disturbing upward trend in incidents of colorectal cancer brings about new guidelines for screenings.

Aldermen on Obama Center, Police Academy and FOP Contract

Rendering of a new police and fire academy slated for Chicago’s West Side. (Courtesy Chicago Infrastructure Trust)

To call last week in Chicago City Council “eventful” might be an understatement. We discuss the latest with a panel of Chicago aldermen.

Web Extra, The Week in Review: NFL Policy a Fumble?

Eddie Arruza and guests discuss the NFL’s new policy on kneeling during the national anthem.

The Week in Review: Madigan Faces Retaliation Claims

A state lawmaker goes up against the powerful Illinois House Speaker. Mayor Rahm Emanuel goes ballistic over an alderman’s parliamentary procedure. And is the NFL’s new national anthem policy a fumble?

Chicago-Based MB Financial Bought By Fifth Third Bank

A major acquisition of a homegrown Chicago bank: Is the buyer taking a big risk? And what does the deal mean for customers?

After Homeowners Complain, Cook County Assessor Defends Higher Property Assessments

Some North Side homeowners say the Cook County Assessor over-valued their property. Will other Chicago homes see a hike in their assessments?

Web Extra, The Week in Review: Biss Endorses Pritzker

Paris Schutz and guests discuss former gubernatorial hopeful Daniel Biss finally endorsing Democratic nominee J.B. Pritzker.

The Week in Review: Obama Presidential Center Gets City’s Approval

A presidential plan for Jackson Park moves a step closer to construction. Gov. Bruce Rauner backs reinstating the death penalty. CPS hands over control of its special education program. And an up-and-down week in Chicago baseball.

Austin Channing Brown on ‘Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness’

The writer and educator returns to Chicago to discuss her new book “I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness.” We catch up with Austin Channing Brown.

Are Online Comment Sections Still Valuable?

The Chicago Tribune is the latest media outlet to suspend online comments. Is there a way to welcome feedback while eliminating vitriol?

Jesmyn Ward’s ‘Sing, Unburied, Sing’ Tackles Legacy of Racial Injustice

Mississippi’s long-running literary tradition includes renowned names like William Faulkner, Eudora Welty and Richard Wright. Add to that list the only woman to win the National Book Award twice: Jesmyn Ward.

Open Up! Group Pushing for Expanded Chicago Public Library Hours

Harold Washington Library Center (Daniel X. O'Neil / Flickr)

Chicago libraries serve “a multitude of community functions” and should be open longer, says Kang Chiu of the Chicago Coalition of Library Friends.

How the ‘Formidable’ Eunice Kennedy Shriver ‘Changed the World’

From the Special Olympics to Congress and beyond: The new book “Eunice” explores the formidable impact of Eunice Kennedy Shriver.

How to Stay Healthy Amid Spike in Mosquito- and Tick-Borne Illnesses

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A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds cases of disease from mosquito, tick and flea bites tripled between 2004 and 2016 – and Illinois was among the states most affected.

Understanding the Red Flags of Domestic Violence

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman

New York’s attorney general resigns after claims of violent behavior. A look at domestic abuse by men who publicly champion women’s causes.

Tom Skilling on Chicago’s Wild Weather Swings

Why the fourth-coldest April on record also brought us summer-like temperatures – and what we can expect from the coming weeks.