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Teacher Jesse McAdoo  addresses reporters while surrounded by fellow teachers after a meeting of the Chicago Teachers Union House of Delegates at the CTU Center, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, in Chicago. Chicago parents and community groups are scrambling to prepare for a massive teachers' strike set to begin Thursday, prompting the city to preemptively cancel classes in the nation's third-largest school district. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune via AP)

Chicago teachers strike in nation's 3rd largest district

- Associated Press

Chicago teachers went on strike Thursday, marching on picket lines after failing to reach a contract deal with the nation's third-largest school district in a dispute that canceled classes for more than 300,000 students.

In this Feb. 5, 2019, photo, a student waits for a bus outside the abandoned John C. Clark Elementary and Middle School in Hartford, Conn. The school was closed in 2015 after toxic PCBs were found during a renovation. Many students in the neighborhood now must travel long distances to get to other schools. (AP Photo/Martha Irvine)

Toxic PCBs linger in schools; EPA, lawmakers fail to act

- Associated Press

The Environmental Protection Agency and lawmakers have quietly abandoned efforts to rid schools of toxic PCBs, leaving districts - especially in poor areas -- with a difficult choice: Look for the long-banned chemicals, which could trigger a costly cleanup, or simply clean their buildings as well as possible.

Democratic presidential candidate former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke speaks during the Power of our Pride Town Hall Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. The LGBTQ-focused town hall featured nine 2020 Democratic presidential candidates. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Beto O'Rourke: Strip Catholic Church of tax exemptions

- The Washington Times

Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke of Texas, a 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful, said Thursday he would strip the Catholic Church, most evangelical churches, practically all mosques and all related institutions of all tax exemptions and government benefits.