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10 Must-Read Stories for This Week

A South Side singer joins CPD, explaining the Array of Things, and becoming an art history sleuth

Cameras with sensors will be deployed around Chicago in the Array of Things project.   Photo: Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune

1. Chicago Funeral Singer Trishaun Coleman Surprised Even Her Family with Her New Career Choice

12 of her friends, including her cousin, have been killed in six years. So she’s signing up for the CPD. The New York Times talks with her about her decision.

2. Chicago, Seeking Lost Glory, Hunts for a Plant Last Seen in 1916

The tiny Thismia americana doesn’t look like much. So why are botanists looking for it? The Wall Street Journal joins the search.

3. The Array of Things Is Coming to Chicago (and the World)

The environmental sensors will be a tool to monitor the city’s health in the air and on the streets. Chicago magazine explains.

4. Gun Violence, Unsolved Murders Put Chicago on Course to Set Grim Record

You’re probably aware of how murders are up this year. But they’re being solved at a precipitously low rate as well. The Guardian examines the trend.

5. Chicago Gangs No Longer Fear the Police, and Bodies Pile Up

And residents who want to work with the cops no longer know the officers. The Tribune speaks with CPD.

6. How a DePaul English Professor Became an Art-History Sleuth

Kathleen Rooney loves Magritte and always wanted to be a detective. Her quest led her to a single typewritten manuscript in a French abbey of the painter’s writings. The Reader follows her path.

7. A Slice of Pie in a Sunny Cafe, on a Rainy Day in Indiana

Food culture belongs to everyone now, including the residents of often-ignored (by Chicagoans, at least) of northwest Indiana. Fooditor tries Timbrook Kitchens in Munster.

8. Reassessing the Details Surrounding Derrick Rose’s Civil Sexual Assault Lawsuit

What’s the significance of the latest news? Sports-law expert Michael McCann explains in Sports Illustrated.

9. When Someone on the Internet Is Wrong, It’s Dan Evon’s Job to Set Them Right

The 30-year-old Bridgeport resident is one of four writers at Snopes, the internet’s truth police. Chicago magazine talks with him about his job.

10. East Chicago Residents Scramble for Info After Lead Found in Soil

A century’s worth of smelting poisoned the land throughout the city’s Calumet neighborhood. The people who live there don’t know what comes next. Indiana Public Media listens to their concerns.

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