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Stories by Paul Caine

Turbulent Time for Stocks as Investors Eye End of Historic Bull Run

President Donald Trump: “I think the Fed has gone crazy.”

A market that has grown used to cheap money over the past decade is becoming increasingly concerned that the Federal Reserve will aggressively raise benchmark interest rates.

‘The Man Behind the Bunny’ a Celebration of Art Paul

A still image from the documentary “Art Paul of Playboy” (American Dream Pictures / MoraQuest Productions)

He was the legendary founding art director of Playboy magazine. A new documentary celebrates the life and work of the lifelong Chicagoan.

Former Police Officers on the Impact of Van Dyke’s Conviction

Will Jason Van Dyke’s conviction of second-degree murder and aggravated battery change the way Chicago police officers do their jobs?

Defense Attorney Daniel Herbert Says Van Dyke Was ‘Sacrificial Lamb’

Defense attorney Dan Herbert, center, reacts to Cook County Judge Vincent Gaughan’s remarks during the murder trial of Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke, right, on Oct. 3, 2018. (John J. Kim / Chicago Tribune / Pool)

The former Chicago cop and Cook County prosecutor who represented Jason Van Dyke talks about the trial, the verdict and prospects for an appeal.

Why Jesus ‘Chuy’ Garcia is Saying No to a Mayoral Run

Jesus “Chuy” Garcia appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Oct. 1, 2018.

Despite forcing a runoff election when he ran against Mayor Rahm Emanuel in 2015, Jesus “Chuy” Garcia is not planning a second mayoral bid.

Lincoln Park Zoo Celebrates its 150th Anniversary

The zoo began with a gift of two pairs of swans from New York's Central Park, and has evolved into a world-class facility that now puts science and conservation at the heart of its mission.

Cool May and Wet June Create Gardening Challenges

The WTTW organic garden.

“Each garden, we’re finding, is its own microcosm this year,” said organic gardener Jeanne Nolan. “Some are bountiful and others are delayed. That weather stressed out the plants some, and we’re seeing the results of it.”

News Anxiety: How to Stay Plugged In Without Getting Stressed Out

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Stressed out by the news? You’re not alone. We speak with a clinical psychologist about ways to manage anxiety amid the 24-hour news cycle.

Local Priest Talks of ‘Life-Altering’ Plane Crash

The Rev. Esequiel Sanchez and Dorelia Rivera appear on “Chicago Tonight” on Aug. 13, 2018.

We speak with two Chicagoans who survived the crash of Aeromexico Flight 2431 in Durango. “Life has taken on kind of a different color – I hope it lasts awhile,” said the Rev. Esequiel Sanchez.

Police Superintendent Johnson Under Pressure After Violent Weekend

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Aug. 9, 2018.

Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson talks about the department’s latest efforts to curb violence after more than 70 people were shot last weekend.

Astronomers Detect Mysterious Signal From Space

A revolutionary new telescope detects a mysterious signal, and why sleeping with the light on could increase your risk for diabetes. Rabiah Mayas joins us with stories making headlines in the world of science.

Russian-Backed Hackers Infiltrating US Power Grid

The Department of Homeland Security recently announced that Russian-backed hackers have infiltrated the control rooms of hundreds of utility companies across the country.

US Economy Strong But Trump’s Tariffs Could Cause Problems

By almost every measure, the U.S. economy is on a bullet train to prosperity. But are there warning signs among the surging data?

University of Chicago Plays Key Role in Trying to Save Niger’s Heritage

University of Chicago paleontologist Paul Sereno, right, in Niger. (Credit: Mike Hettwer)

What a leading paleontologist in Chicago is doing to help the country of Niger save and display its rich cultural heritage.

‘Jurassic Park’ Generation Gives Rise to Golden Age of Paleontology

Renowned paleontologist and University of Chicago graduate Steve Brusatte tells us about his new book, “The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of a Lost World.”

Task Force Aims to Reduce Number of Women in Illinois Prisons

Members of a task force on Wednesday, July 18, 2018, announce a new initiative to reduce the number of women in Illinois prisons.

One hundred women – including former inmates, corrections officials, judges and prosecutors – are calling for a 50-percent reduction in the number of women behind bars in Illinois. We speak with Deanne Benos, who is leading the initiative.

University of Chicago Philosopher Explores Role of Fear in 2016 Election

In her new book “The Monarchy of Fear,” Martha Nussbaum explores the role that fear may have played in the election of President Donald Trump.

An Early Harvest in the Chicago Tonight Garden

Organic gardener Jeanne Nolan at the WTTW vegetable garden. (Chicago Tonight)

Organic gardener Jeanne Nolan stops by our organic vegetable garden, where we’ve already begun to harvest some of our early starters.

Brookfield Zoo Helps Bring Mexican Wolves Back From Brink of Extinction

Two wild-born Mexican gray wolf puppies arrive at Brookfield Zoo as part of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s recovery program for the species. (Mexican Wolf Interagency Field Team / Chicago Zoological Society)

Their recovery has been a national concern for decades. What’s happening locally in the effort to save the Mexican wolf.

Youth Activists Hope Dan Ryan March Will Focus Attention on Violence

Youth activists Trevon Bosley and Rie’Onna Holmon appear on “Chicago Tonight” on July 5, 2018.

Two young anti-violence activists aiming to shut down the Dan Ryan Expressway on Saturday talk about what they hope their act of civil disobedience will achieve.

Brookfield Zoo Orangutan Heidi Gets Her First Physical

Orangutans are one of humankind’s closest cousins. We meet a baby orangutan as she takes a trip to the doctor.

Alzheimer’s Rate for Latinos Expected to Soar

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Latinos are 50 percent more likely to Alzheimer’s disease than their white counterparts. Meet a Chicago researcher trying to find out why.

‘Ripples of Hope’ Pays Tribute to Life, Legacy of Robert F. Kennedy

John F. Kennedy, left, and Robert F. Kennedy (Courtesy Kerry Kennedy)

Fifty years after the death of her father Robert F. Kennedy, Kerry Kennedy is out with a new book that examines his life and legacy.

NASA Discovery Hints at Possibility of Ancient Life on Mars

NASA’s Curiosity rover has discovered ancient organic molecules on Mars, embedded within sedimentary rocks that are billions of years old. (Credit: NASA / GSFC)

A tantalizing discovery suggests that life could once have existed on Mars – and may still exist today. We get the latest on the red planet with Adler Planetarium astronomer Mark Hammergren.

President Trump Finds a Leader to Trust in North Korea’s Kim Jong Un

After a whirlwind summit, President Donald Trump declares he trusts the North Korean dictator and cancels joint military exercises with South Korea.