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Here Are This Week’s 10 Must-Read Stories

Inside the off-menu staff meals at Chicago’s top restaurants, the journey of Javier Baez from Puerto Rico to Wrigley Field, and the life of a CPS student.

Javier Baez hugs Joe Maddon as the Cubs celebrate their win in Game 4 of the National League Division Series.   Photo: Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune

1. Two Chicago Cops Still Sidelined a Decade After Police Scandal

The Special Operations Section fell apart ten years ago. Yet two officers from it are still on desk duty. A third was just suspended without pay. The cost? $2.2 million. The Tribune explains why.

2. Can Arne Duncan Save Chicago?

He’s teaming up with philanthropists to train, educate, and employ young black men who are neither working nor in school. Chicago magazine talks with him about his plan.

3. Baby Jazlene, Buried Through the Kindness of Strangers

She died after being born at 23 weeks. Too young for her body to be donated to science, the nonprofit group Rest In His Arms gave her a funeral. 75 strangers turned out to mourn her. The Sun-Times tells the story.

4. The Private Off-Menu Staff Meals of Chicago’s Top Restaurants

How do the city’s food pros feed themselves? Emergency tacos, Froot Loops, and, at Alinea, well-executed basics. The Reader goes inside their kitchens.

5. Emanuel’s CPS Budget Solution Raises More Questions Than It Answers

It swept $175 million in TIF surplus to get by, and stopped plans for a $60 million high school. But what happens next year? The Chicago Reporter ponders what’s next.

6. Javier Baez, Cubs’ Riveting Second Baseman, Is Leaving Mark on Playoffs

The team’s emerging star began his journey to the majors when his widowed mother moved the family from Puerto Rico to get better care for his sister Noely, born with spina bifida. The New York Times profiles the team’s postseason hero.

7. Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram Sent Feeds That Helped Police Track Minorities in Ferguson and Baltimore, Report Says

And the middleman was a Chicago-based company. The Washington Post explores Geofeedia’s role.

8. Chicago’s Coolest Offices

The films of John Hughes inspire the winner. Crain’s takes a tour.

9. The 20 Best Desserts in Chicago

From Floriole’s gorgeous passion fruit tart to The Loyalist’s clever lemongrass sundae, Chicago chefs take a diverse approach to sweets. Chicago magazine makes its picks.

10. What It’s Like to Be a Student During Chicago’s Toughest Times

Roosevelt High senior Danely Quiroz goes to a school without enough textbooks, no librarian, and classes with more students than desks. The Christian Science Monitor speaks with the student leader.

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