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AIDs legacy of loss told through new exhibit Art AIDs America Chicago

By Hannah Moulthrop

A gong reverberates through the white-walled space once every 10 minutes. Piñatas that resemble HIV viruses hang from a swath of ceiling above the staircase. Oversized glass red blood cells are strewn across the floor. These works and 169 others anchor the new Art AIDS America Chicago exhibition at the pop-up Alphawood Gallery in Lincoln Park.

Here the secrecy surrounding the history of the AIDs plague lifts in art that tells a complicated story of devastation, loss and hope that triggers tears and smiles as viewers navigate the gallery and, in some cases, actively participate in adding to the art.
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ComEd and other energy companies call for a ‘rush to renewables.’

By Hannah Moulthrop

The next Uber or Airbnb in your life may be your local electric utility company. Choosing how to power your home in the future could be more like selecting from your Netflix queue, with a market of energy options to choose from to meet your particular energy needs.

And the reinvention is already underway, according to Anne Pramaggiore, president and CEO of ComEd at “Empowerging Customers and Cities,” an energy conference envisioning the future  of energy use.  Pramaggiore and other utility CEOs joined energy experts to call for a “rush to renewables” and a new business model for providing energy because of economic incentives and environmental concerns.
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No quitting their agenda for Cook County Democrats with an eye on 2018 elections

By Hannah Moulthrop

Last week’s presidential election left Cook County Democrats shocked at Hillary Clinton’s loss, but ready to fight for their agenda in Congress and at home.

And new volunteers are signing up “by the minute” to ready the party for the 2018 midterm elections, a party leader said. And party winners are calling for action.

“I’m not about to quit now and, hopefully, we will find that not everybody who voted for Donald Trump is against what Democrats are for. They just have the sense that Donald Trump would be able to deliver more for them,” said Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-9th) , who won her 10th congressional term. “ I’ll be looking for allies among Trump supporters in my district and also even in Congress who might want to get something done instead of returning to gridlock.”

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Northwestern’s Sir J. Fraser Stoddart shares Nobel Prize for making molecular machines

by Hannah Moulthrop

Sir J. Fraser Stoddart had been asleep for three hours early Wednesday when a phone call awakened him. The Northwestern University chemistry professor had been dealing with the aftermath of last week’s home break-in and his decimated backdoor. Stupefied, he heard Swedish-accented English and thought, is this a hoax? Stoddart could hardly believe what came next: The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded him and his friends, Jean-Pierre Sauvage and Bernard L. Feringa, the Nobel Prize in chemistry.

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