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Minister Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam speaks at St. Sabina Church on Thursday night, May 9, 2019. (Ashlee Rezin / Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

The Nation of Islam leader who was recently banned from Facebook spoke Thursday in a wide-ranging sermon that hit upon some of the anti-Semitic and black nationalist themes he has come to be known for.

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Louis Farrakhan appears during a 2016 press conference in Tehran, Iran. (Wikimedia Commons)

The Rev. Michael Pfleger invited the controversial minister to speak at St. Sabina Catholic Church days after Facebook banned Louis Farrakhan and several other “dangerous individuals.”

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Bloomingdale, Illinois, YouTube celebrity Austin Jones appears in a 2015 video. He pleaded guilty this year to receiving child pornography. (YouTube)

Austin Jones, 26, amassed hundreds of thousands of followers on YouTube. But prosecutors say the suburban singer preyed on his underage fans, using his fame to entice them into sending him sexually explicit videos.

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Chicago police have spent nearly $1.5 million on a social media monitoring software called Dunami since 2014, records show. The ACLU of Illinois has called on CPD to end its use of the "spying software." 

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Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle takes questions from the media after announcing her mayoral campaign on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2019. (Chicago Tonight)

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, considered a front-runner in the race for Chicago mayor, has cut ties with Scott Cisek after he made a controversial post on Facebook.

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A 19-year-old man from Elgin allegedly stole a cellphone belonging to an individual he met through an unidentified dating app. 

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After a year of security breaches, data privacy concerns and political intrusions, some Facebook users are pulling the plug. Should you?

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Glenda O'Neal, mother of Dr. Tamara O'Neal, shows a photo of her family at their home in LaPorte, Ind., Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. Dr. O’Neal was one of the three people fatally shot Monday at Mercy Hospital. (Zbigniew Bzdak / Chicago Tribune via AP)

The debate gained new urgency this week with the shooting death of Dr. Tamara O’Neal outside Mercy Hospital, as physicians argue shootings are a public health crisis that they must play a key role in trying to stem. 

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Gang violence in Chicago has been researched, debated and battled for years. What role might artificial intelligence play in preventing violence?

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Norfolk Southern Railway is backing up from a controversial practice following backlash sparked by viral videos.

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Once again, police are in the crosshairs due to social media posts that have gone viral. This time, videos show police using a so-called bait truck in Englewood.

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Controversial conspiracy theorist Alex Jones has been banned by several social media platforms. Were they within their their rights, or is this censorship?

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Next time you step outside to mentally recharge, leave your phone at your desk. A new study finds using electronics outdoors counteracts nature’s restorative properties.

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From traditional smileys and beyond, emoji are ubiquitous in today’s culture. But just when are they appropriate for use in the workplace?

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A screen shot from a video filmed at a Cook County forest preserve. “This is what I’m wearing,” says the woman at the center of the video, showing a Puerto Rican flag shirt. (Mia Irizarry / Facebook)

More fallout in the wake of a viral video that has resulted in hate crime charges and a police officer’s resignation.

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A screen shot from a video filmed at a Cook County forest preserve. “This is what I’m wearing,” says the woman at the center of the video, showing a Puerto Rican flag shirt. (Mia Irizarry / Facebook)

A video shot in a Cook County forest preserve has caught fire on social media and is prompting blowback from county officials on both sides of the aisle.

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