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The 10 Must-Read Stories of the Week

Learn an ex-gangster’s story, how Chicago will curb menthol’s appeal to youth, an oral history of the Green Mill, and more.

Outside Green Mill   Photo: Terrence Antonio James/Chicago Tribune

1. Lessons From ‘Batman,’ an Ex-Chicago Gangster

The life story of Lonza Harris, aka ‘Batman,’ once the “legal and political coordinator” for the Gangster Disciples. CNN has his story.

2. Can Chicago Curb Menthol Smoking Among African-American Youth?

The city banned sales of the flavored cigarettes near schools after a task force found evidence of “predatory” marketing. Scientific American examines the new rules.

3. An Oral History of the Green Mill

107 years ago, it was Pop Morse’s Roadhouse and a cemetery bar. Here’s how the Uptown spot got to be one of the great jazz joints in America. The Chicago Reader tells its tale.

4. Can You Spot the Liar?

U. of C. prof Nicholas Epley’s research has challenged the notion we can spot a liar by body language—and you can try it at home. The New York Times takes a page (and some videos) from Epley’s work.

5. Why a New Corporate Salary Plan Is So Divisive

The SEC is working on a new rule that would require companies to report the ratio of their CEO’s pay to that of the company median. The Tribune investigates.

6. Domestic Violence Victims Want Cop Culture to Change

The CPD gets tens of thousands of 911 calls about domestic battery every year—here’s why the organization formed a task force to address how it responds to victims. The Sun-Times explains.

7. Stanley Tigerman’s Surrealist ‘Animal Crackers’ House Hits the Market in Highland Park

A playful work by the iconoclastic Chicago architect is available for $599,000. Chicago magazine visits.

8. 3D Printing Is Revolutionizing Surgery

Doctors can now make models straight from a CT scan or MRI, but funding and insurance coverage is a barrier. Crain’s looks into the future of the field.

9. High-Speed Trading, With Schneiderman and Einstein

Companies are battling to increase the connection speed between markets in New York and Chicago, cutting valuable milliseconds—and pushing the laws of physics. Bloomberg charts the ultimate race against time.

10. How Cook and the Collar Counties Won the Primary for Bruce Rauner

The newcomer dominated in the northern half of the state and did respectably downstate—but Kirk Dillard kept it close in the heart of Illinois. Chicago magazine maps Rauner’s victory.

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