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  • Mediators try to make streets a little less mean

    Mediators try to make streets a little less mean
    In its charting of a Chicago epidemic and belief in the power of street-level human empathy, the superb documentary "The Interrupters" comes to us at a time when the notion of conflict resolution has been sidelined utterly on the national political level.This is why every member of the U.S. House, the U.S. Senate, the White House and the tea party, let alone anybody simply interested in meeting some complicated and remarkable Chicagoans, should see the film. It chronicles genuine conflict resolution that appears to get results — politically savvy, consensus-building results — one difficult day at a time.
  • Notorious El Rukn killer wins surprise release from prison

    Notorious El Rukn killer wins surprise release from prison
    He's one of the most legendary informants in Chicago history, a former El Rukn general once described by prosecutors as a "trained killer" who bribed a Cook County judge to fix the infamous double murder case that landed him on death row. Even though...

    'Terror Town' arrests 'not done yet,' officials say

    Chicago police made numerous arrests this week connected to a drug-trafficking operation run by the Black P Stones street gang on the Southeast Side, authorities said at a news conference Thursday. Among 15 arrested Wednesday morning, 13 were charged...

    'The Interrupters': Trying to stop the street violence

    It's a war without national boundaries, military uniforms or state-sanctioned weapons. But it is a war and an epidemic of violence raging on the streets of one of the largest U.S. cities. Yet the shootings in Chicago often go ignored. PBS' gripping...

    Jury finds Chicago police did not deliberately bury records in filing cabinet

    Jury finds Chicago police did not deliberately bury records in filing cabinet
    A federal jury Tuesday found no wrongdoing on behalf of city or county officials in the case of a former El Rukn gang member who claimed he was framed in an infamous 1984 double murder that sent him to death row. Attorneys for Nathson Fields had...