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Worldview 7.30.12

A Syrian boy sits atop a damaged military tank at the border town of Azaz, some 20 miles (32 kilometers) north of Aleppo, Syria on Tuesday, July 24, 2012 . Turkey sealed its border with Syria to trucks on Wednesday, July 25, 2012 cutting off a vital supply line to the embattled nation as fighting stretched into its fifth day in the commercial capital of Aleppo. (AP/Turkpix)

Monday on Worldview:

Rebels holding the Syrian town of Aleppo have made a plea for help from the international community. There’s concern the Assad regime's weekend attacks on Aleppo could restore government control of the country’s most populous city.
Mohyeddin Kassar is the president of the Syrian American Society. He’s originally from Damascus and he left Chicago for Syria in order to provide support to the rebels. Kassar has been working with refugees on the Turkish-Syrian border. He tells Worldview why he thinks the international community needs to intervene and help the rebel movement inside Syria.
And, when storms hit metropolitan Chicago, some rainwater soaks into the ground — and some runs off into the city’s sewer system, carrying along oil, chemicals and other pollutants with it. More than 700 cities around the world, including Chicago, have water pollution concerns due to combined stormwater and sewer overflows. Jerome and Kate Sackman from EcoMyths chat with landscape architects Cliff Miller and Julie Siegel about rain gardens and other systems that capture and use stormwater before it hits the sewers.


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