Memorial to Yingying Zhang.
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December 27, 2017

Family Of Yingying Zhang Awaits New Year And Trial Of Accused Kidnapper

2018 is the year when the family of Yingying Zhang hopes they will get answers about her disappearance, when her accused kidnapper goes on trial. For the accused, Brendt Christensen, it is the chance to get his day in court. Christensen's federal trial on the charge of kidnapping resulting in death is scheduled to begin February 27, 2018.


Pile of guns
NPR
December 20, 2017

Getting Guns Illegally In Chicago; Common Sense Eating; Racial Bias In Basketball Officiating

On this encore edition of The 21st: We revisit our conversation with ProPublica's Mick Dumke and his investigative piece on how people get illegal guns in Chicago. Plus, Dr. Aaron Carroll tells why you shouldn't fret too much about overeating during the holidays. And, why high school basketball fans and coaches Rockford felt they were treated unfairly by an all-white officiating crew.


Special counsel Robert Mueller (C) leaves after a closed meeting with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee on June 21, 2017, at the Capitol in Washington, D.C.
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December 17, 2017

3 Ways Trump Or His Allies Might Try To Disrupt The Mueller Russia Probe

From the airwaves of conservative media to the hearing rooms of the House of Representatives, Republican allies of the White House are attacking the Department of Justice investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.


Photo courtesy of Natasha Spencer
December 13, 2017

Testing for Krabbe Disease; The Juvenile Justice System; Rockford Brothers’ ‘Letters from War’

On The 21st: Is Illinois meeting its goal in terms of testing newborns for the devastating neurological condition known as Krabbe disease? Plus, we learn why critics say a southern Illinois juvenile justice facility has become “a pipeline to prison,” and we hear about a Rockford family’s recently uncovered WWII story. 


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