Illinois cuts writing test requirement; civilization doomed?

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Illinois high school students will no longer be tested on their writing skills. The move to eliminate writing from state standardized tests will save $2.4 million. (Tribune)

RELATED: If you’re one of the 75 percent of Americans who know from which country we achieved independence, congratulations. (NY Daily News)

This is what a tour of the Chicago River — and Fourth of July fireworks — looks like in hi-speed. (Doobybrain)

Chicago by boat: A timelapse journey from Philip Bloom on Vimeo.

With attendance at Taste of Chicago dipping, Mayor Emanuel wants to know how to bring people back to the festival. (Sun-Times)

An Indiana judge has turned down a request for a second autopsy on Christian Choate, the 13-year-old Gary boy allegedly killed by his father after spending much of his life in a cage. (Tribune)

Alderman Tom Tunney, whose ward includes Boys Town, says he’s “extremely concerned” about the recent violence in the neighborhood. (Sun-Times)

Casey Anthony, acquitted of killing her daughter, is America’s new O.J. (Washington Post)

Schools on military bases are falling apart. (Newsweek)

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