A thousand-plus more people shot this year than through this time last year, and other Chicago news


Chicago police officers at the site of a weekend shooting that left one man dead in Woodlawn - DANIEL BROWN/SUN-TIMES
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  • Chicago police officers at the site of a weekend shooting that left one man dead in Woodlawn

Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Tuesday, October 18, 2016.

  • Weather: Warm in the morning but cooler in the afternoon

Tuesday will be another nice day, with a high of 74 and a low of 54. Expect warm morning temperatures and an afternoon cool-down. [AccuWeather]

  • Report: A thousand-plus more people have been shot in Chicago compared to this time in 2015

According to a Tribune report, at least 3,475 people had been shot in Chicago as of early Monday morning, an increase of more than thousand over the 2,441 shot by the same date last year. Another violent weekend left at least 40 people wounded and eight people dead. [Tribune]

  • Yoko Ono's Sky Landing revealed in Jackson Park

On Monday, Yoko Ono unveiled Sky Landingher first permanent U.S. art installation, on Jackson Park's Wooded Island, which will officially reopen Saturday after an $8.1 million habitat restoration to the site. DNAinfo Chicago describes the sculpture as "a dozen lotus-shaped metal petals . . . installed between two large berms just outside of the island's Japanese garden," originally designed by Frederick Law Olmsted as part of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. [DNAinfo Chicago]

  • Strangers come together to bury the unclaimed body of a baby

Around 75 people attended the funeral of Baby Jazlene Sunday, although none of them knew her during her short life. The Sun-Times chronicles the story of the infant, born premature, whose body went unclaimed at the Cook County Medical Examiner's office after her death at University of Chicago Medical Center. "I feel like it's important to be here," funeral attendee Suzanne Matusiewicz told the newspaper. "I try to come for every single one, because I feel like it's my calling to help bury them." The child's mother, Brianna Branham, told the Sun-Times that she couldn't afford the $100 cremation fee and had intended to give her daughter's body to science. [Sun-Times]

  • Dodgers star Adrian Gonzalez boycotted the Trump hotel back in May and June

The Los Angeles Dodgers stayed at Chicago's Trump tower when they played four games against the Cubs in May and June, but not first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, who refused to patronize a hotel owned by GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump. "I had my reasons," Gonzalez, a San Diego-born Mexican-American, told the Southern California News Group. The team stayed elsewhere during the weekend's NLCS championship games at Wrigley—but reportedly only because late playoff outcomes delayed the chance of making a deposit in time.   [USA Today] [DNAinfo Chicago]

  • CTA recruits four additional artists for original works at stations

The CTA has chosen four artists to create original artworks for the Diversey Brown Line station, the Illinois Medical District Blue Line station, the Jefferson Park Blue Line station, and the Kedzie Green Line station. The agency received nearly 350 applications in 2015. [Sun-Times]

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