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Gunman opens fire during filming of a music video, and other Chicago news

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click to enlarge Police investigate the scene of a shooting in Foster Park Monday. - SCOTT OLSON/GETTY IMAGES
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  • Police investigate the scene of a shooting in Foster Park Monday.

Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Wednesday, April 20, 2016.

  • Weather: Warmer with a chance of showers

It will warm up Wednesday, with a high of 66 and a low of 55. The clouds will be out, and some rain is possible late in the day. [AccuWeather]

  • Police investigating shooting in Gresham neighborhood park

Four people were wounded and one man was killed when a gunman fired shots in Foster Park early Tuesday morning. Twenty-three-year-old aspiring rapper Damond Dawson, who was in the park filming a video, was shot to death. Dawson's aunt told reporters she'd warned him to stay away from the park. [ABC7 Chicago]

  • Rahm is not giving up on his Lucas Museum plan

Despite daunting hurdles, Mayor Rahm Emanuel won't back down on the Lucas Museum easily. His new plan requires the dysfunctional state legislature to raise five separate tourism taxes and allow $1.2 billion in borrowing. He's arguing that the museum—which he is now proposing be built on the site of McCormick Place East—will be an economic boon for the city, creating jobs and drawing in tourists. Plus, Emanuel says, Star Wars creator George Lucas will donate $750 million to the city in the interest of securing his namesake museum. [Sun-Times]

  • "Superdelegate" Dan Lipinski would vote for Bernie Sanders in a contested Democratic convention

If the Democratic National Convention becomes a contest between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders—with neither candidate having the number of delegates needed to win the party's nomination outright—Congressman Dan Lipinski says he'll use his coveted "superdelegate" vote to support Sanders. The Vermont senator won in Lipinski's district in the March primary, and Lipinski says he promised his constituents he'd vote accordingly. [Sun-Times]

  • Map: Coyote sightings in the city

Every once in awhile one hears about a coyote sighting in Chicago. Now there's a map of where these animals have actually been seen. Turns out they're all over the place, from Logan Square to Streeterville to Hyde Park. Readers can add their own sightings too. [Curbed Chicago]

  • Joffrey Ballet dancers teach at nonprofit West Ridge ballet school

For almost 30 years, professional dancers have been quietly giving back to the community by teaching at Chicago Ballet Arts in West Ridge. The program gives students the opportunity to dance without auditioning and yet the "hidden gem," as DNAinfo calls it, still has an incredible track record. At least two students have gone on to the prestigious Juilliard School, and countless others have learned discipline while still having fun. [DNAinfo Chicago]


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