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Derrion Albert
An unhinged Chicago intrudes
An unhinged Chicago intrudes

Chicago is brassy and muscular and loves, maybe lives, to strut into most any spotlight. The barons and baronesses of commerce, the occasional Bulls star, a corrupt governor or two, the mono-named TV hostess, the vicious snowstorms — they matter to the world, so the rest of us Chicagoans matter, too. Toured our Art Institute yet? Care to see to Al Capone's grave? This time, though, Chicago's intrusion on the larger stage made this city look small. Weak. Unable to protect a 15-year-old girl. A president launched from Chicago, by Chicago, spoke her name. As a leader and a parent he looked pained. But he is also a notoriously proud Chicagoan, no doubt grieving Tuesday night...

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