Light’ cigarette case comes back to life

Zom­bies are every­where. On tele­vi­sion, in the movies and on the docket of the Illi­nois Supreme Court. A $10.1 bil­lion ver­dict against cigarette-​​​​maker Philip Morris USA has come back to life […]

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Why are social media quizzes so popular?

Brian Keegan, a post­doc­toral social sci­en­tist at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, cited the Greek myth of Nar­cissus in describing the per­son­ality quizzes’ attrac­tion. “We like to see our reflec­tions of our­selves through […]

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Choosing Chicago’s murder toll

Only in Chicago, where murder is a macabre civic pathology and an almost daily habit, would the slaughter of more than 400 people in 2013 be cause for relief. But […]

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Fixing schools to fix Chicago

Dropouts who don’t end up dead often end up in prison. By age 34, dropouts are about 140 times more likely to be in cor­rec­tional insti­tu­tions than their peers with col­lege degrees, […]

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Hoodie evolves into a symbol of protest

Nineteen-​​​​year-​​​​old Jonathan Knowles has an array of hoodies hanging in his dorm room closet, scat­tered among his suits, dress shirts and ties. But the moment he walks out in a […]

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