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* One of the two winners of the second annual Win a Trip with Nick Kristof contest, in which students and teachers from around the country vie for an all-expenses-paid reporting assignment in Africa with the New York Times columnist, is a teacher from Westside Alternative High School, Will Okum.
* Saint Stanislaus finds inspiration in the Kennedy Expressway.
* The new issue of the Chicago Reporter is a moving look into the world of the children of criminals, like the son of a gang leader and a 14-year-old boy whose mother killed her estranged boyfriend. The cover story to which these profiles are tied finds social support for such kids greatly lacking.
* WFMT critic-at-large and Sun-Times contributor Andrew Patner has recorded a tribute to his late mentor, David Halberstam. Of interest: Halberstam also mentored Alex Kotlowitz and forced Patner and Kotlowitz to be friends.