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10 Great Stories You Should Read This Week

What the death of Harith Augustus means for marchers, the murder of Michael Jordan’s father, wage disparities in city workers, and more.

Protesters demanding justice for Harith Augustus, who was shot by Chicago police earlier this month, demonstrate outside Mayor’s home.   Photo: Jose M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune

1. Chicago May Become Largest City in U.S. to Try Universal Basic Income

Ald. Ameya Pawar (47th) is trying to bring the fixed income concept to Chicago to address the widening wealth gap that’s not always adequately met by in-kind social services. Critics consider the plan radical, but other cities have proof it can work. The Intercept explores the plan.

2. What Trauma Docs Know

Working at Chicago’s most intense ERs can take a heavy toll—and yield immense rewards. Chicago interviews the docs who’ve seen it all.

3. The Absence of Answers

The murder of Michael Jordan’s father partially drove him into retirement 25 years ago. As open questions remain, one of the convicted killers wants a new trial. The Tribune’s Dan Wiederer investigates.

4. Chicago’s Forgotten Vegetarian Past—and the Woman Who Wants Us to Remember

Sandburg called Chicago the “Hog Butcher to the World,” but it was also once the center of the country’s burgeoning vegetarian movement. Bon Appetit has the story.

5. The Personal Side of Special Olympics for Tim Shriver

As the Special Olympics turn 50 this year, the organization’s chairman (and son of founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver) looks back on what the games mean to family. ESPN has the reflection.

6. For Marchers, the Fatal Police Shooting for Harith Augustus Is Another Example of Disregard for Black Life

The aftermath of the fatal shooting of a beloved South Side barber by police show a city that still hasn’t reformed post–Laquan McDonald. The Triibe’s Tiffany Walden lays out why.

7. Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt

The 98-year-old chaplain for the Loyola Ramblers men’s basketball team was the true champion of this year’s March Madness tournament. Chicago has the interview.

8. Car Title Loans Trap Low-Income Illinois Families in Debt

With interest rates that can run as high as 360 percent, the little-regulated loan type is driving some low-income families into poverty. WBEZ takes a look.

9. Male City Workers Make Average $27,500 More Per Year Than Female Colleagues, Pension Data Shows

More women are claiming top jobs in city government, but the pay gap persists. The Daily Line’s A.D. Quig crunches the numbers with Block Club Chicago.

10. Home Run Inn Pizza’s Joe Perrino Dies—Saw City as “Pizza Capital of the World”

The CEO of the venerable chain helped transform the family’s tavern-style thin crust into a pizza empire. The Sun-Times has a remembrance.

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