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Demonstrators calling for an end to gun violence and the resignation of Mayor Rahm Emanuel march through downtown Chicago on December 31. More than 500 Chicagoans have been killed so far in 2016. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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Police crime tape marks the scene where a 16-year-old boy was shot and killed and an 18-year-old man was wounded in April in Chicago. The grim milestone of 500 homicides already passed this year in Chicago. Joshua Lott/Getty Images hide caption

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In Effort To Curb Violence In Chicago, A Professor Mines Social Media

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Father Michael Pfleger of St. Sabina Church hangs the American flag upside down outside his church Aug. 31 as demonstrators protest the uptick in homicides across Chicago. Thirteen people were fatally shot over the weekend, bringing the city's annual toll to at least 500. Joshua Lott/Getty Images hide caption

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, shown here in January, wants to create a new Civilian Office on Police Accountability to investigate police shootings, allegations of excessive force and other police misconduct. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Chicago Mayor Creates Civilian Agency To Monitor Police

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Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke leaves the Criminal Courts Building after pleading not guilty to first-degree murder charges related to the shooting death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald on December 29, 2015, in Chicago. The police superintendent is now moving to fire Van Dyke and four other officers, who are accused of making false statements about the shooting. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson has recommended that seven officers be fired for providing false information in the shooting death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. AP hide caption

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People gather onstage July 16 as preparations take place inside Quicken Loans Arena for the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. The convention is set to run July 18-21. Patrick Semansky/AP hide caption

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Lines of travelers at Denver International Airport snake their way through security on Thursday. RJ Sangosti/Denver Post via Getty Images hide caption

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Cities Consider Privatizing TSA To Speed Up Checkpoints, But Would It?

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TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger prepares to testify during a House Homeland Security Committee hearing on Capitol Hill. Lawmakers sought answers as to why long security lines persist at airports around the country. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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TSA Hopes To Speed Up Screening Lines This Summer, Administrator Tells Congress

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaks at the 84th winter meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in January in Washington, D.C. Mandel Ngan /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Chicago's North Broadway Street has been undergoing water main upgrades in the past few weeks, with more work scheduled this year. The upgrades are part of the city's 10-year plan to replace 900 miles of water pipes. Cheryl Corley/NPR hide caption

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Chicago's Upgrades To Aging Water Lines May Disturb Lead Pipes

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Victoria Thomas' backyard was overrun with rats a few years ago. She tried everything from trenching and underground fencing to poison traps but nothing worked — until she got three feral cats. Courtesy of Victoria Thomas hide caption

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Facing A Growing Rat Problem, A Neighborhood Sets Off The Cat Patrol

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