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Friday, February 26, 2016

Dexter Fowler makes surprising return to the Cubs and other Chicago news

Posted By on 02.26.16 at 06:00 AM

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Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Friday, February 26, 2016

  • Weather: Not great, but not terrible

Friday will be pretty blah, with a high of 37 and a low of 31. There will be some sun but a few clouds. Temperatures are supposed to climb into the 50s over the weekend. [AccuWeather]

  • The return of Dexter Fowler is a welcome surprise at Cubs spring training

This is the year for the Cubs, according to Dexter Fowler. The popular Cubs center fielder will be back for the 2016 season after reaching a one-year deal with the team. It had been widely reported that he'd signed a three-year contract with the Baltimore Orioles. [ESPN]

  • A triage center in Cook County could be a game changer for police crises

Officials in Cook County shared plans for a 24-hour triage center where police can take detainees suffering from mental health and/or substance abuse issues. It would help Cook County Jail, where about a fifth of the inmates reportedly are suffering from mental health problems. With the center and officer training, police shooting victims Laquan McDonald and Quintonio LeGrier might still be alive, one official told the Associated Press. [Associated Press via ABC News]

  • CPS high school students must now take computer science to graduate

Computers are an important part of daily life for most students. Now Chicago Public Schools will require all graduating high school seniors to take computer science starting with the class of 2020. [TechCrunch]

  • Obama nominates former Chicagoan as head of the Library of Congress

President Barack Obama is nominating former Chicago Public Library chief Carla Hayden as the Librarian of Congress. He says that he and First Lady Michelle Obama have known Hayden since her days working at CPL. Hayden, who has a bachelor's from Roosevelt University and a master's and doctorate from the University of Chicago, is currently CEO of Baltimore's Enoch Pratt Free Library. [New York Times]

  • Tina Fey plays former Tribune reporter in Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

Commercials for Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, an upcoming movie in which Tina Fey plays a network TV reporter assigned to Afghanistan, are on TV all the time. What you might not know is that the movie is actually based on the experiences of former Tribune reporter Kim Barker and her book The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan. [Reader]


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