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Ben Austen

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Public Enemies

How social media is fueling gang activity in Chicago.

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The Death and Life of Chicago

How the foreclosure crisis ignited a new form of activism in Chicago’s vacant homes.

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Show Yourself the Money

Aside from the wealthiest players, nine out of 10 NFL athletes are likely to be insolvent within 10 years of retirement. A new executive MBA program aims to change that.

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The Glorious Plight of the Buffalo Bills

The relationship between Buffalo and its team.

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The Last Tower

The decline and fall of Cabrini-Green, Chicago’s infamous public housing development.

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The End of Borders and the Future of Books

The demise of America’s favorite mega-bookstore and the factors beyond the e-book boom that fueled the book retail meltdown.