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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Police Release Sketch of Suspect in iPhone-Related CTA Death

Posted By on 03.31.11 at 04:55 PM

Chicago police have released a sketch of the man they say is responsible for the death of a woman as he fled the Fullerton el stop after stealing an iPhone Monday.

He is described as a black male, age 17 to 25, 5'11" to 6'4", 170 to 220 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black hat, a black jacket with vertical writing or graphics on the back, and blue jeans.

Anyone with information is requested to contact Area 3 detectives at 312-744-8261.

The image is after the jump.

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Things You Should Read

Posted By on 03.31.11 at 04:27 PM

The more I read about food and what it means, the less inclined I am to try to write about it, in large part because so many others have done it so well already. In the last few days I've been struck by the fact that some of the most thoughtful writing seems to come from people who profess to know very little about food. Tuesday's New York Times profile of Charlie Trotter reminded me of a ten-year-old article by Martha Bayne—as does more or less everything I see about Trotter, since reading this is the closest I've come to dining at his restaurant. Halfway through, feeling apprehensive about her decision to drop a good chunk of change on a fancy meal, Martha writes, "Did I mention that I am really not a food person?" That's certainly no longer true—she later became the Reader's food editor for a time, and has since written plenty about food—but the piece is compelling in part because it's the experience of just-a-regular-person without a lot of extra money deciding to splurge on a meal. The other reason is that over the course of close to 3,500 words, she reflects on celebrity chefs, cooking, attention to detail, and whether food should be fun—among other things—and it's fascinating.

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When It Comes to Segregation, Chicago Isn't the Second City

Posted By on 03.31.11 at 03:45 PM

More like the third coast.

As we know from Steve Bogira's cover story last month, Chicago is to segregation as wet is to water.

The city's racial demarcations continue to keep blacks and whites and Latinos cloistered in their own enclaves. Keeping the races apart began as a by-product of the Great Migration and the early days of the Chicago Housing Authority, when the CHA gave up on plans to integrate public housing, often because of violent riots perpetrated by white residents.

Historically white neighborhoods like Cabrini-Green became almost solely black, as whites opposed integrated public housing, fleeing not only the new projects built after World War II, but the very prospect of having black neighbors. Some black politicians like William Dawson opposed integration. The south-side committeeman and state representative preferred to coast on the Democratic Machine's coattails, offering jobs and favors in exchange for a grip on power.

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Hand Held

Posted By on 03.31.11 at 02:05 PM


  • Michael Carroll

After the overthrow of Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceaucescu in 1989, Boston Globe photographer Michael Carroll captured the squalid conditions and AIDS epidemic ravaging some 400,000 children living in that country's overcrowded orphanages. Carroll went on to cofound Romanian Child Relief, which provides professional development and other support to people caring for abandoned and at-risk children in Romania.

Don Hahn, the Oscar-nominated producer of Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King and director of the recent Waking Sleeping Beauty, follows Carroll's career as a photographer and a humanitarian in the 2010 documentary Hand Held. It screens for free, Saturday 4/2 at 5:30 PM at Saint Xavier University, McGuire Hall, 3700 W. 103rd St. Hahn and Carroll will attend.

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Recipe: Brian Jupiter's Elk Shepherd's Pie

Posted By on 03.31.11 at 12:30 PM

Frontiers elk shepherds pie
  • Arun Balakrishnan
  • Frontier's elk shepherd's pie

This week in Omnivorous I profiled Brian Jupiter, the chef at Noble Square's Frontier, who—in addition to smoking whole animals and shucking some really nice oysters—puts out the most wild game-focused menu around. After the jump he shares his recipe for shepherd's pie made with surprisingly tender and flavorful elk. Unless you gun one down yourself, you can get the meat at the Green City Market from Joel Espe of Hawk's Hill Elk Ranch. I'm also told both Provenance locations will be getting some New Zealand elk meat in late next week.

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Pop-Up Shops and Events Galore

Posted By on 03.31.11 at 11:48 AM

Alaia heels, available this weekend at the decadestwo.1 pop-up shop
  • Alaia heels, available this weekend at the decadestwo.1 pop-up shop
On Friday, Logan Square's Wolfbait & B-girls, 3131 W. Logan, celebrates five years of featuring clothing and accessories by independent designers by offering 20 percent off. Hours are 10 AM to 7 PM.

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Early Warnings Roundup

Posted By on 03.31.11 at 11:00 AM

Thao & Mirah
  • John Vanderslice
  • Thao & Mirah
The spring and summer concert season is shaping up nicely, and among the intense number of shows announced this week are a handful of opportunities to get sunburned. Pitchfork has already started teasing the public with bits of its lineup, but the folks at Lollapalooza just flat-out know you're going to buy tickets, regardless of whether a single artist is announced. The next batch of early-bird passes for the Grant Park megafestival goes on sale Tuesday at 10 AM and will probably be sold out three minutes later, just like this week's. Also newly announced: the Chicago Blues Festival and Warped Tour.

Don't forget about Millennium Park's Downtown Sound shows, which I blogged about last week. Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Blonde Redhead, Iron & Wine, and Ted Leo are just a few of the acts taking the Pritzker Pavilion stage for the free Monday-evening series.

A ton of shows announced this week are happening indoors too: the Antlers at Metro, a four-night stand by the Bouncing Souls at Reggie's, Del the Funky Homosapien at the Abbey Pub, the New Bomb Turks at Double Door, Raekwon at the Mid, Jonathan Richman at the Hideout, Thao & Mirah at the Empty Bottle, Yo La Tengo at Subterranean, and many more.

Check out the full list of notables below:

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Morning Newsfeed: Cops Arrested for Sex Assault, Cook County Investigations, CIA in Libya, and More

Posted By on 03.31.11 at 09:29 AM

New Chicago cops are accused in a north-side sexual assault. They allegedly gave a young woman a ride home, then followed her inside, then sexually assaulted her. (ABC7)

The city is poised to privatize recycling, but that's pretty much already the way it is. (Sun-Times/Reader archives)

A new ordinance requires horse-drawn carriage drivers to clean up their horses' urine at first splash. (Sun-Times)

Two federal investigations of county programs are reportedly under way. First, the boondoggle Homeland Security Initiative, Project Shield, and now the troubled employment training program. No wonder the job wears on President Toni Preckwinkle. (NBC5/Sun-Times)

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Ads From the Past: June 27, 1975

Posted By on 03.31.11 at 09:00 AM

Chicago Reader @ Forty ads from the past: macrame

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