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 By MARTHA IRVINE    Regional    June 7, 2020

Class of 2020: Battle-scarred and resilient amid new crises

On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, a young woman in Texas -- as yet unaware of the horrors unfolding half a country away -- learns that she is pregnant. She emerges from her doctor's office to a shocking new reality. "What kind of world will this be f...

 

Through kids' eyes: Virus outbreak brings sadness, fear, joy

CHICAGO (AP) — These are children of the pandemic. In the far-north Canadian town of Iqaluit, one boy has been glued to the news to learn everything he can about the coronavirus. A girl in Australia sees a vibrant future, tinged with sadness for th...

 

VIRUS DIARY: Searching for sanity in tiny moments of joy

CHICAGO (AP) — We meet for a memorial service by video conference because that's how it must be done these days. It feels strange, but there also is comfort as I scan the faces of the many colleagues who've come to celebrate the life of an editor a...

 

Just get through today: Sheltering in place amid a pandemic

OAK PARK, Ill. (AP) — A week ago, I was that crazy parent. "Did you tell my friends' parents I can't hang out?" my teen protested. Yep, I basically did. Today, we are "sheltering in place," an order from the mayor in our Chicago suburb, Oak Park, t...

 

'Hi, my name is ___, and I'm addicted to tech'

BELLEVUE, Wash. (AP) — The young men sit in chairs in a circle in a small meeting room in suburban Seattle and introduce themselves before they speak. It is much like any other 12-step meeting — but with a twist. "Hi, my name is," each begins....

 

US judge orders immediate release of detained Brazilian boy

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge in Chicago on Thursday ordered the U.S. government to release a 9-year-old Brazilian boy who was separated from his mother at the U.S.-Mexico border, saying their continued separation "irreparably harms them both." Ju...

 

Do you really know what your kid's doing on that device?

CHICAGO (AP) — Ayrial Miller is clearly annoyed. Her mother is sitting with her on the couch in their Chicago apartment, scrolling through the teen's contacts on social media. "Who's this?" asks Jennea Bivens, aka Mom. It's a friend of a friend,...

 

Chicago teens take lead on gun violence at home, nationally

*CHICAGO (AP) — At his desk at North Lawndale College Prep High School, Gerald Smith keeps a small calendar that holds unimaginable grief. In its pages, the dean and student advocate writes the name of each student who's lost a family member, many...

 

Anguished students take aim at gun laws, next election

Charlie Goodman looked at the massive crowd around him, the largest youth-led protest in Washington since the Vietnam War era. He listened to people speak about toughening gun laws. They included some of his peers at the Florida high school who've...

 

Singer dumps LA for Iowa farm to do it her way

Lissie Maurus — Lissie, as she is known to her fans — was well on her way to making it a decade ago, when she was in her early 20s. She had a record deal with Columbia Records UK and a first album that went gold in the United Kingdom and Norway....

 

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