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Kim Bellware is the Associate Chicago Editor for The Huffington Post.

Based in HuffPost's Midwest outpost, she covers national breaking news and concentrates her reporting on the death penalty, politics, criminal justice and the prison system. Previously her work and analysis has appeared on outlets including CBS, WBEZ, WGN Radio, Time Out Chicago, The A.V. Club and DNAinfo.

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New Ruling Hints At Ultimate Fate Of Florida's Death Row Inmates

(0) Comments | Posted February 2, 2016 | 6:59 PM

The Florida Supreme Court voted Tuesday to block next week's execution of Cary Michael Lambrix, a convicted murderer whose case holds clues to the future of Florida's capital punishment scheme. 

Florida's death penalty is in upheaval following the U.S. Supreme Court's Jan. 12 Hurst v. Florida ruling. In...

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Satirical Video Urges Africans To Rescue Old People From Denmark

(0) Comments | Posted February 2, 2016 | 12:43 PM

Just days after Denmark passed a law allowing the government to seize valuables from incoming refugees to help pay for their stay, a Danish radio station -- very facetiously -- is recognizing the move as a cry for help. 

"A lot of Danes are commenting on Facebook that so much...

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Delaware's Death Penalty Put On Hold

(0) Comments | Posted February 1, 2016 | 4:11 PM

A Superior Court judge in Delaware has ordered a halt to the death penalty in the state.

Judge Jan Jurden's Monday's order puts the state's 39 currently pending capital murder cases on hold until the state Supreme Court determines the constitutionality of Delaware's death penalty scheme. 

Jurden's order...

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There's A New Bob Marley Brand Trying To Make Cannabis Upscale

(0) Comments | Posted February 1, 2016 | 2:24 PM

Glance into a stoner's den -- or any college dorm room -- and odds are good you'll find a Bob Marley poster on the wall. 

Since Bob Marley's 1981 death, the musician's image has remained popular in stoner culture.  Now the reggae star's family, in partnership with a cannabis-oriented private equity...

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Bernie Sanders Rocks Out With Vampire Weekend Ahead Of Iowa Caucus

(0) Comments | Posted January 31, 2016 | 10:44 AM

Bernie Sanders went from political to musical while courting the college vote during a Saturday night rally and concert at the University of Iowa. 

The Democratic presidential hopeful joined headliners Vampire Weekend onstage during their rendition of Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land."

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State Gave Its Workers In Flint Clean Water As It Assured Residents Taps Were Safe

(3) Comments | Posted January 28, 2016 | 6:30 PM

A state building in Flint, Michigan, had clean water quietly trucked in for government employees even as city residents expressed concerns about unsafe water, emails among state officials show. 

Emails obtained by the advocacy group Progress Michigan reveal state officials acknowledging concerns about the water quality while brushing off residents'...

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Memories Still Fresh On 30th Anniversary Of The Challenger Disaster

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2016 | 9:51 AM

Remembrances marking the 30th anniversary of the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster poured in Thursday as people recalled where they were when they learned that the shuttle's seven crew members had perished. 

NASA astronauts Michael Smith, Dick Scobee, Judith Resnik, Ronald McNair, Ellison Onizuka, Gregory Jarvis and school teacher Christa McAuliffe died after a booster engine failed and the shuttle broke apart just 73 seconds after takeoff. 

Many of the nation's schoolchildren watched live coverage of the widely anticipated launch.

President Ronald Reagan postponed the State of the Union address planned for that evening and instead spoke to the country in a stirring address. 

"We will never forget them nor the last time we saw them -- this morning -- as they prepared for their journey and waved goodbye, and slipped the surly bonds of earth to touch the face of God," he said.

Reagan also reminded the nation's schoolchildren the price of discovery: "The future doesn't belong to the fainthearted. It belongs to the brave. The Challenger crew was pulling us into the future, and we'll continue to follow them."

Two years after the disaster, NASA was accused of trying to cover-up the details of the crews' death, claiming that they likely died instantly rather than upon on impact when the intact cabin crashed into the Atlantic Ocean.

McAuliffe's husband, federal judge Steven McAuliffe, told The Associated Press in a statement that the "Challenger will always be an event that occurred just recently. Our thoughts and memories of Christa will always be fresh and comforting."

On Thursday, retired astronauts, politicians and others remembered the fateful day in 1986.

CLARIFICATION: An earlier version of this article indicated the crew died instantly. This story has been updated to indicate that fact is disputed.

Also on HuffPost: These Are The Most Heartbreaking Images From The Challenger...

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Another Study Shows Why 'Pulling Yourself Up By Your Bootstraps' Is A Complete Fantasy

(2) Comments | Posted January 26, 2016 | 2:55 PM

In the nearly seven years since the end of the Great Recession, the U.S. economy has rebounded on the macro level. But for a huge number of people, the "American dream" remains as elusive as it's ever been.

New research released Monday by...

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The New Chicago Police Civil Rights Adviser Is A Smart Hire -- For Rahm Emanuel's Reputation

(0) Comments | Posted January 25, 2016 | 5:14 PM

A veteran police commissioner hired to guide civil rights reforms in the embattled Chicago Police Department...

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Majority Black College Faces Shutdown Thanks To Bickering Lawmakers

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2016 | 6:08 PM

CHICAGO -- As Chicago State University senior Charles Preston plans his future, he's contending with a unique variable most other college students will never face: the possibility that his school will close before he can finish his degree. 

Shutdown looms for the nearly 150-year-old school -- the only majority black...

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This Drastic Proposal Shows What Dire Straits Chicago Schools Are In

(1) Comments | Posted January 20, 2016 | 2:44 PM

Nearly three years after the single largest school closing in history, the Chicago Public School system is...

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Death Row Inmates In Limbo After Florida's Death Penalty Scheme Scrapped

(0) Comments | Posted January 19, 2016 | 2:15 PM

The 389 inmates on Florida's death row gained something last week that they haven't had since before they were sentenced: the possibility -- however faint -- that they won't die in an execution chamber. 

The U.S. Supreme Court in Hurst v. Florida struck down Florida's death penalty sentencing scheme as...

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Clinton 'Outraged' By Laquan McDonald Video, But Gives Rahm A Pass

(0) Comments | Posted January 17, 2016 | 3:45 PM

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel can still count Hillary Clinton among his dwindling supporters -- but just barely.

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2 Dead After Rare Tornadoes Rip Through Central Florida

(0) Comments | Posted January 17, 2016 | 11:28 AM

Cleanup efforts are underway after tornadoes ripped through the central coast of Florida early Sunday and left one...

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New Video Finally Shows 2013 Police Shooting Of Unarmed Black Chicago Teen

(4) Comments | Posted January 14, 2016 | 3:39 PM

For the third time in two months, the city of Chicago has been compelled to release footage of...

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Cartoon Of Dead Syrian Boy Sparks New Debate Over Satire, Migrant Crisis

(4) Comments | Posted January 14, 2016 | 11:56 AM

A controversial new cartoon in the satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo is igniting fresh debate over free speech and satire related to the migrant crisis in Europe. 

In the latest issue of Charlie Hebdo, a cartoon suggests that Alan Kurdi -- a 3-year-old Syrian boy who drowned last...

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Marijuana Cleverly Disguised As Carrots Seized By Border Patrol

(3) Comments | Posted January 13, 2016 | 7:00 PM

Drug smugglers crossing the U.S.-Mexico border tried to get a little too fresh this week. 

A shipment of fresh carrots intercepted by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents on Sunday turned out to be a mixture of real produce and 2,493 pounds of marijuana wrapped to look like carrots, the agency...

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El Chapo Apparently Learned Who Sean Penn Was A Month Before Meeting Him

(1) Comments | Posted January 13, 2016 | 11:03 AM

The recently recaptured Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman apparently had no idea who Sean Penn was until shortly before he made plans to sit down with the two-time Oscar winner for an interview.

Guzman was much more eager to meet actress Kate del Castillo, according to Mexican...

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Οι σπαρακτικές στιγμές που περιγράφουν οι οργανώσεις όταν παραδόθηκε η ανθρωπιστική βοήθεια στην πόλη του λιμού στην Συρία

(0) Comments | Posted January 12, 2016 | 5:15 PM

Η ανθρωπιστική βοήθεια έφτασε τελικά την Δευτέρα στην απομονωμένη πόλη της Συρίας, Μαντάγια, όπου οι κάτοικοι κυριολεκτικά πεθαίνουν της πείνας τις τελευταίες 7 εβδομάδες, το διάστημα που οι φιλοκυβερνητικές δυνάμεις δεν επέτρεπαν τη διέλευση της ανθρωπιστικής βοήθειας.

«Η πρώτη εικόνα σου σπαράζει πραγματικά την καρδιά», είπε ο...

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14 Things You Could Buy With The $1.5 Billion Powerball Jackpot

(2) Comments | Posted January 12, 2016 | 10:33 AM

Whether you're a sucker or an optimist, playing Wednesday's Powerball lottery means you've likely daydreamed about what the jackpot could buy. 

Even though winning the massive Powerball prize is the ultimate long shot, the now $1.5 billion jackpot opens the door to a lot of fun fantasies.

Assuming...

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