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Features   How Healthy Is Your Town?Chicago gathered data on 195 suburbs in 15 key categories-from water quality to street crime to cancer rates-to find the healthiest and unhealthiest towns around. Plus: Updates on Super-fund sites, medical waste incinerators, and the battle over smoking bans Can It Last?by Dennis RodkinAs Chicago takes its annual look … Read more

Bravo Rio

At three Brazilian meat palaces, it’s the little things that separate one from another—like nonstop filet mignon medallions coated in cracked black pepper.

How Healthy is Your Town – Methods and Sources

To find the healthiest towns around, Chicago examined data in three categories-public health, environmental health, and safety-for 195 towns in the six-county metropolitan region. Because these towns face different kinds of challenges depending on their size, Chicago arranged them into five groups by population: 50,000-plus; 25,000 to 49,999; 15,000 to 24,999; 10,000 to 14,999; and … Read more

Hiding Between the Lines

Over the course of 20 raucous years, J. J. Jameson became a fixture on the city’s lively poetry circuit—a loud, drunken declaimer out of central casting. So his many friends were more than a little shocked when Massachusetts police came to town this spring and arrested him. He had been active in his church, loyal to a fault, unusually talented—and his writing revealed such intimate details of his life that people on the scene thought they knew him. But they didn’t know he had been doing time for murder, and had escaped. They didn’t even know his real name.