Student Lens-Gwendolyn Brooks Profile

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Student Lens Stories is an online visual series created by WYCC interns that highlight interesting profiles, programs, and personal stories.

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Illinois Sex Offender Laws Under the Microscope

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By Eva Green-Sex offender registry laws are under the microscope with the creation of a new task force aimed at examining the effectiveness of current sex offender laws throughout Illinois.

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Student Lens-Mentoring Through Music: A Pinqy Ring Profile

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Resilient, empowering, and passionate are just a few words to describe Marisol Velez, a modern-day female rapper and educator from Chicago who also goes by the name of Pinqy Ring. A force to be reckoned with, Velez overcame obstacles throughout life and turned her negatives into positives.

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Women and the Glass Ceiling

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Women have come a long way in business and politics, still many say the glass ceiling is cracked, but not broken.

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Chicago Police Department Hiring More Cops: Is the Plan Realistic?

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Chicago Police Department Recruitment.

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Trump's Tweets Surprise Incoming Press Secretary

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Sean Spicer speaks on panel at the University of Chicago.

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Chicago Most Bike Friendly City; Accidents Still on the Rise

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For the first time, Chicago has surpassed New York as the best city for biking in the country. This title comes as Mayor Emanuel has pushed an ambitious plan costing millions of dollars to make Chicago even more bike-friendly. But accidents involving bikers are also on the rise and responsible for the deaths of 11 cyclists in Cook County this year.

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Chicago Cubs Fan of the Year & a New Generation of Hope

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As the tension of the World Series builds, Natalie Adorno brings the innocence of a new generation to her beloved team, a heart that is a reminder to never give up, and the belief that this could be the year for the Chicago Cubs.

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Barbershop at the Library

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After a violent Memorial Day Weekend, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said the city’s gang culture is so strong, “it grabs youngsters almost at birth.” For too many Chicago teens “it’s either prison or death,” Johnson says. In West Englewood, one program is offering young people a better path and it all starts with a haircut.

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Getting the Lead out of our Water: What will it Take?

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All Chicago Public Schools are now being tested after high levels of lead were found in the drinking water at one south-side school. For years public officials have said that Chicago’s drinking water is safe. But, the recent discovery here--combined with the contamination scandal in Flint Michigan--have raised new concerns about the safety of our drinking water.

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Ending Youth Homelessness in Chicago

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The number of youth who are homeless in Illinois has doubled in recent years. As of October 2015, the Illinois State Board of Education reported 54,638 homeless students compared to 26,688 students identified six years earlier.

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Sitting Down With Superintendent Eddie Johnson

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Robin Robinson sat down with Superintendent Eddie Johnson to discuss the challenges facing Chicago police and how he plans to confront the city’s rising violence.

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The Diabetes Project

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Doctors say diabetes has reached epidemic proportions on the south side of Chicago. About 20 percent of African Americans in the city have the disease, one of the nation’s biggest killers. A simple program created by a Chicago doctor who is prescribing food as medicine is gaining national attention in reversing this dangerous trend.

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