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The affordable housing crisis in this country - and especially in our urban centers like Chicago - is tearing apart the fabric of our country.
Astronomers have found evidence that our home galaxy is tearing apart and swallowing a nearby collection of stars--most likely the remains of a dwarf galaxy.
The truck flipped, tearing apart the camper shell in which three people were asleep.