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Medill Newsmakers: lead poisoning, Chicago’s silent threat (VIDEO)

By Lydia Randall

You can’t see it, you can’t hear it, but it is one of the most potent threats facing Chicago kids.  Those who live in city’s most distressed neighborhoods are developing lead poisoning at five times the city’s average.  This edition of Medill Newsmakers examines the link between lead poisoning and violence and what’s being done to lower the rate of poisoning. Continue reading

12pm Newscast Wednesday July 8th

Some of this week’s top stories from Medill Reports.

The 35th annual Taste of Chicago started today. Angela Barnes spoke to organizers and vendors about what Chicagoans can expect. Continue reading

Fraudulent cards cost CTA millions (VIDEO)

By Lydia Randall and Sara Shouhayib

Fraudulent use of subsidized Chicago Transit Authority cards in the last six months has cost CTA more than six million dollars, but such cases of fraud are on the decline.

CTA began the effort to curtail fraudulent card use last November, when it was revealed that cases of card misuse were frequent at some of the city’s busiest stations.

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Last minute donation to South Side high school renews hope, buys time.

By Lydia Randall

On the day of a self-imposed deadline, Hales Franciscan High School –a South Side mainstay for over 50 years — has had an 11th hour miracle. A generous donation to the school means that students will be returning in the Fall.

The school is still short of the $300,000 it says it needs to continue in 2016, but Friday’s commitment has secured the school’s future for the next six months.

“We received a letter from the board indicating that we will remain open,” said Nichole Jackson, the school’s principal. “We do not have the $300,000, but we received some very favorable commitments so we’re very confident that we now have more time to raise additional money.”

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