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College students’ latest headache? Digital access fees on top of rising textbook prices

The planned merger of publishing giants McGraw-Hill and Cengage could mean even higher costs, consumer advocates, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin are warning.

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Chicago’s sidewalk space crunch: As cafes gobble up space for pedestrians, more complaints are coming in

‘As more people come and enjoy the neighborhood, it just gets harder,’ says Michele Lee, a West Loop resident and power wheelchair user who often finds she has to thread her way around restaurant tables, chairs jutting into the sidewalk.

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Despite being blamed in 50 babies’ deaths, inclined infant sleepers available online, Sun-Times finds

UPDATE: Facebook says it has removed the posts for the recalled items that the Sun-Times found and brought to the company’s attention.

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‘Windy City Rehab’ developer’s license suspension upheld after city cites illegal work

The 45-day suspension of Donovan Eckhardt’s contractor’s license was reduced from a proposed year.

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University of Chicago agrees to pay $2.6 million after Bridgeview woman dies following heart test

‘Literally, she bled to death,’ says daughter who filed a successful medical malpractice lawsuit.

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Proposal in Congress would eliminate non-driving factors in car insurance pricing

Bill would ban consideration of non-driving factors that, as a Sun-Times investigation found, some insurers use — including gender, home ownership and credit scores.

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‘Windy City Rehab’ developers could be shut down after city moves to yank license, stop new permits

The Chicago Buildings Department has issued orders against developer Donovan Eckhardt and show host Alison Victoria after multiple building violations, officials said.

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Apartment on Craigslist was a fabulous place in a great location. Too bad it didn’t exist.

A Lincoln Square man found out the hard way about a scam hitting Chicago that nearly cost him thousands of dollars. Here are some red flags to watch out for.

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Sunscreens under scrutiny: While the FDA looks into some ingredients, here’s a guide to making smart choices

Most of us are clueless about sunscreens. Now, there are questions about some of the chemicals used in them. This is what you need to know to cut through the confusion.

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Vacationing? Be prepared for headaches with credit or debit ‘blocks’

One trick to avoid them: When you stop at a gas station, you can avoid ‘holds’ by paying the cashier inside rather than swiping at the pump. Otherwise, you could get hit with a hold of up to $100 — even though your gas might have cost only $20.