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From here in the BBC newsroom, we send out correspondents to bring

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you the best stories from across the globe.

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Life and death on the lost streets of Chicago.

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It's like you can't make no mistakes.

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It could cost you your life, literally.

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Ian Pannell reports from Barack Obama's former home town,

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where gun attacks have hit a 20 year high.

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In reality, most gun crime in America actually

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does not really happen in the the massacres that garner

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large-scale media attention, but they take place in isolated

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spots like this in inner-city America.

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And moving ice from the art Alps to Antarctica, scientists racing

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against the clock to save samples from the world's sinking glaciers.

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The team will cut it and put it into this tent and then store it in their

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ice cave, their mountain freezer. Hello, we start with evidence

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of a startling rise in levels of gun violence in parts

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of the United States. That includes President Obama's

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political home of Chicago. Killings in the city

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have hit a 20-year high. A deadly summer of violence,

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ending with multiple murders over last week's Labor Day holiday,

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has brought this year's death toll Most of the victims and indeed

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the killers are young black men. Ian Pannell and cameraman

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Darren Conway spent a week in Chicago and found a world

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where gangs and guns rule. DISPATCHER: A 15-year-old

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male shot in the neck. I'm going to need a wagon

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with a body bag also. It is one of America's

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dirty secrets. Welcome to the Chicago

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they do not want you to see. In a city where some live in peace

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and prosperity, others # It was crazy growing up

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where I was raised. CTC Duwop is a rapper,

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a promoter and a gang member. He is also a father

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and an Iraq war veteran. When I'm passing through certain

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neighbourhoods, if there is already a heightened alert of violence

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in that neighbourhood, tension, you got to hurry up and get

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from point A to point B. You can't just be cruising

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through neighbourhoods that Nine times out of ten,

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they probably do not recognise the car you are in at the time

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and they can mistake you as a shooter from one

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of their rival gangs It could cost you your

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life, literally. Many in the gang are

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still at high school. Strict gun laws have made

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no difference here. The last day without a shooting

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or murder was February 2015. The sad fact is that for some,

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a life of drugs and violence has now The real tragedy about

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Chicago is just how common In reality, most gun

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crime in America actually does not really happen

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in the massacres that garner large-scale media attention,

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but they take place in isolated spots like this in inner-city

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America. And more often than not,

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the victims are young, black and their cases

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are largely ignored. The violence swirls around west

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and southside Chicago. A few weeks ago, six-year-old

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Takara Morgan was wounded Some say they're forced into a life

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of violence, but even those who don't walk that path,

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like Takara, are still affected. How common is it,

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the shooting around here? I tell you the truth,

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I am really scared for my kids. Childhood ends early

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on the southside. A party on Duwop's block

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commemorates his best friend The residents meet to remember

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and also to forget. The police authority don't

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like exactly what we do We actually don't like

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the way that we live. But when you're pushed into a way

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of life, when you're forced into a way of life,

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how else can you live? Even though we love the 'hood,

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outside looking in, it looks We want to be out

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of the 'hood, though. That is why we work so hard

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at showing our potential. Because we want to leave

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this place, for good. Duwop's family home is now

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abandoned, a place to record a music video, and a place where drug

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addicts go to get high. Here in my neighbourhood,

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they start young, man. When you read the news headlines,

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that is the age frame, they are all We got to teach the kids how

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to defend themselves. It is senseless violence at the end

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of the day, but it's like, what do you do when you are caught

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in that moment? Would you rather be caught

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with protection or without? We had a lot of guns,

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but I have never seen Bo Deal is a rapper

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from the westside, now the most He is a member of

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the Vice Lords gang. He has been in prison and even

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he is shocked by what is happening. It is like somebody dropped off

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crates of guns in everybody's hood. I think that lots of guys need

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to die in order to make it better. I think some of these BLEEP need

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to be killed and knocked off, to get them out of the way,

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to make it a better place. More people have been killed here

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since 2001 then US deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan combined. And yet

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there is almost no outcry. To be honest, I have got a son

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that is seven and a daughter I have not taught neither one

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of them how to ride a bike yet. Because the environment

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they live in is not safe. It's hard when you don't

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really have help. We are put in a weird position,

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you know what I'm saying? This is a never-ending cycle,

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there is no way out We are just trying to cope

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with this BLEEP. With so many guns and so little

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control, the murders will rise, It is a race against time for

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scientists working in the French Alps. They are trying to extract

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samples from some of the world's most rapidly shrinking glaciers.

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Scientists hope that the samples could provide unique clues to help

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fight lowball warming. Victoria Gill travelled to the French Alps to join

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them. Approaching a very high altitude

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laboratory. This team of scientists is living and working on the glacier

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here because climate change is heating and changing the ice that

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they are camped on. So the team wants to rescue the information

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locked deep in the ice before it disappears. Snowfalls will collect

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all the impurities in the atmosphere and this will be stored in the

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glacier, like pages in a book. When you go through this book, you can

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read all this information. This is a frozen library, tiny air bubbles

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locked inside this glacial ice, a record of our past climate. The team

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will cut that and move it into this tent and then store it in an ice

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cave, which is their mountain freezer. A bit slippery! So precious

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are these samples that the team has dug into the solid ice to build a

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store room that will keep them cold. But they won't be here long. Six

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cores a box. And then they are ready to go? This is the beginning of a

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very long journey for these ice cores. They will be stored here in

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France for two years but there are ultimate destination is the world's

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most reliable freezer, Antarctica. The idea of getting ice transported

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to Antarctica could sound very silly to people but it makes a lot of

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sense for us. Our aim is to be able to store these ice cores for decades

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to centuries. You put them there and they are in the safest position you

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can think about. Many glaciers here and all over the world are changing

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and retreating. This ambitious project aims to preserve bubbles and

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bacteria trapped in the ice, allowing scientists to track our

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planet's atmosphere and its future. That is all from Reporters for this

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week, so from me, goodbye for now. Hello there. For the bulk of the UK

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has been dry, pretty sunny, not a bad end to the weekend. However, we

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have got trouble

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