Tag: chicago

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Chicago After Laquan McDonald

The activists fighting for police reform in the wake of a video that showed a black teenager shot 16 times by a white cop.

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Can a Lawsuit Deliver Justice After a Fatal Police Shooting?

A civil trial of Officer Marco Proano, who shot Niko Husband in 2011, finds him not guilty. By accident.

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How Chicago's 'Fraternal Order of Propaganda' Shapes the Story of Fatal Police Shootings

When cops kill civilians, their union is on hand to defend them. In many cases this has come at the expense of the truth.

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Mapping Home

Sarajevo, Chicago, and the memory of cities old and new.

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Whatsoever Things Are True

Thirty-three years ago, a Chicago man was sentenced to death for murder. In 1999, another man confessed to the crime. Today, they are both free.

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No Man’s Land

Fear, racism, and the historically troubling attitude of American pioneers.

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Crime Fiction

The story of Tyrone Hood, who served 21 years for a murder he didn’t commit, and the Chicago criminal justice apparatus that allowed a serial killer to go free.

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Still Life

A Japanese photographer examines the scene of the St. Valentine's Day massacre; a story from the author of The Black Hour.

"Was it the worst I’d seen? I turned to the camera, viewing the scene anew. Four men lay in a row, as though they had been tucked into a large bed. One slept at their feet, face down. The last hunched on his knees at a round-backed wooden chair. Blood ran toward the center of the room. Later that day when I returned to the newsroom, I would release the image from the machine in my hands, like a dragon from a cage. The city would see the blood, black, and no one would remember that someone—call him Togo or call him Fujita, the name will not be printed—had stood in the dust of men’s bones to face the dragon so that they did not have to."

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They Came in Through the Bathroom Mirror

A Chicago housing project resident reports intruders breaking into her apartment through a medicine cabinet. Days later, she’s found dead.

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Trophy Slaughter

Inside the criminal operation illegally buying, selling and killing tigers – and selling their meat at the local butcher.

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An Alternate History of Sexuality in Club Culture

On the “queer roots” of Disco, House, and beyond.

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Michael Ferro Isn't Worried

When an antsy tech entrepreneur takes over a struggling newspaper.