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Sun-Times columnist Mark Brown has been against the idea of an elected school board in Chicago. Until Wednesday, May 22. That's the day that the Chicago Board of Education, appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, in nearly the blink of an eye, voted to close 50 public schools in the city.

Mark wrote about his change of heart on an appointed body. Here he discusses why he sees need for a change.

If you are prone to vertigo, don't watch. If you aren't prone to vertigo, this may give it to you.

This point-of-view video shows the spire being hoisted atop the new One World Trade Center tower last week, capping the building at 1,776 feet.

Skip to the 7:20 point or so to see the moment it reaches the top - and the four iron workers all the way up there charged with fitting it in place.

Here's another edit that shows the moments it reaches the end of the line:

Angelina Jolie announced in an op/ed in the New York Times on Monday night that she had chosen to undergo a preventative double mastectomy. Jolie, who's mother and grandmother died of cancer, is a carrier of the gene that mark a likelihood that she would contract breast or other types of cancer.

Reaction Tuesday was almost entirely positive and supportive, from fans and the public to Brad Pitt.

Mary Mitchell, herself a breast cancer survivor, had a similar reaction, calling Jolie courageous and her new "she-ro."

Buckingham Fountain was flowing again Thursday.

In a summer right of passage going back 86 years, the iconic fountain on Chicago's front lawn shot into action, partly to benefit March of Dimes fundraising.

From The Associated Press

A civilian cargo plane owned by an American company crashed at Bagram Air Field, north of the Afghan capital, soon after takeoff on Monday, killing all seven people aboard, the U.S.-led military coalition said.

The Taliban quickly claimed responsibility for downing the Boeing 747-400, but NATO said in a statement to The Associated Press that the Taliban "claims are false." The coalition says the cause of the crash was being investigated by emergency crews that rushed to the site, but there was no sign of insurgent activity in the area at the time.

Capt. Luca Carniel, a coalition spokesman, said the aircraft crashed from a low altitude right after takeoff.

The plane -- owned by National Airlines, an Orlando, Florida-based subsidiary of National Air Cargo -- was carrying vehicles and other cargo, according to National Air Cargo Vice President Shirley Kaufman. She said those killed were four pilots, two mechanics and a load master, who was responsible for making sure that the weight and balance of the cargo is appropriate.

Five of the seven fatalities were from Michigan, said Kaufman.

"We are not yet releasing the identities of the colleagues we lost out of respect for their families who need a little more time to reach other loved ones," she said in an email to the AP.

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board and the Afghanistan Civil Aviation Authority are investigating the crash, she said.

National Airlines was based until recently at Michigan's Willow Run Airport, west of Detroit in Wayne County's Van Buren Township. It carries cargo both commercially and for the military, Kaufman said. She said it employs about 225 people.

From NASA on the Solar Dynamics Observatory project:

In the three years since it first provided images of the sun in the spring of 2010, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) has had virtually unbroken coverage of the sun's rise toward solar maximum, the peak of solar activity in its regular 11-year cycle. This video shows those three years of the sun at a pace of two images per day.

You can find more on the science and observations in the long-term project here.

This is a composite of 25 images taken from April 16, 2012, to April 15, 2013. | NASA photo

Or, if you prefer, here's the same video set to dub step:

A look at the Chicago area flooding from Chicago Sun-Times reporters and photographers:

Roger Ebert was named to Chicago Magazine's list of Chicagoans of the Year for 2011. In this video, he discusses his life and career and the accomplishments that led to the honor.

Ebert announced via his blog late Tuesday night that he has been diagnosed again with cancer as he celebrates the 46th anniversary of his tenure as the film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times.

Sports columnists Rick Telander and Rick Morrissey and news columnist Mark Brown sat down Tuesday afternoon for a Q&A at the City Club of Chicago on the topic of sports reporting and public policy.

On the slate were Manti Te'o, Lance Armstrong, stadium funding and ridiculous Olympic mascots, among other things.

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A massive blaze that tore through a South Side warehouse Tuesday night had at least 170 Chicago firefighters on scene. More on the story here.

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