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10 Great Stories You Should Read This Week

Bogus graduation rates, the origins of ‘black on black crime,’ and more

(Center) Former Chicago Blackhawk Stan Mikita   Photo: Charles Cherney/Chicago Tribune

1. Emanuel Touts Bogus Graduation Rate

The city hit a record 69.4 percent graduation rate—but thousands of students are miscounted. WBEZ and the BGA uncover the data.

2. For Stan Mikita, All the Blackhawks Memories Are Gone

The hockey legend, still an ambassador for the team, suffers from Lewy body dementia. And his mind, says his wife, “is completely gone.” The Tribune profiles the 75-year-old and his condition.

3. How Bad Are Chicago’s Debt Problems, Really?

We’re kind of the worst. A native son tries to figure it out for Marketplace.

4. The Origins of the Phrase ‘Black on Black Crime’

Like so much of how we talk about the issue, you can trace it back to Chicago. CityLab uncovers its history.

5. The Stanley Cup Wasn’t in the Building When the Blackhawks Won in 1938

How much of an underdog was the ’38 team? They were so bad the league didn’t even bother bringing the Cup to Chicago. CBS Sports turns back the clock.

6. To Boston and Back in a Tesla—in 48 Hours—Is the Craziest Road Trip You’ve Never Considered

What do you do when you have a Tesla for two days? Why not see how far you can take it? Chicago documents the adventure.

7. Chicago to Detail Debt Restructuring for Council

How the mayor will move one billion in short-term debt into long-term debt—and why he doesn’t have much of a choice. Bond Buyer explains.

8. The Most Powerful Woman in Society You Don’t Know

Patricia Hurley is a master at generating publicity (and funds) for nonprofits. But she wants none for herself. Crain’s tries to track down the master event planner.

9. The Lost Children of Cuba: Operation Pedro Pan

Nena Torres, a professor at UIC, was brought to the U.S.—without her parents—as part of a program to protect Cuban kids caught up in the revolution. She talks to Latino U.S.A. about her memories of the move.

10. Chicago Is Growing Downtown—and Far from Downtown

The Loop boom got Chicago international attention, but the quiet far southwest side has seen a steady boost in population. Chicago follows the numbers.

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