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Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Friday, March 25, 2016. Have a great weekend!
The sun will be out and there won't be any rain, but it will remain cold, with a high of 43 and a low of 35. It will warm up a bit Saturday, but the rain is supposed to return Sunday. [AccuWeather]
Everyone's March Madness bracket is busted at this point, but that won't stop fans from attending the midwest regionals at United Center Friday. The Iowa State Cyclones, Virginia Cavaliers, Syracuse Orange, and Gonzaga Bulldogs will all be fighting to advance to the Final Four in Houston. Get excited, even if none of the teams are from the Chicago area. [WGN]
The Independent Police Review Authority is trying to shed its pro-police image by hiring an outside law firm, McQuireWoods LLP, to review past police-involved shootings. The firm will review IPRA's past processes and policies, then assess how reforms can be made. "We know this is going to take time," new IPRA chief administrator Sharon Fairley said, "and that in order to prove ourselves, we're going to have to be much more transparent about what we do and how we do it." [New York Times]
No major metropolitan area or region in the U.S. lost more people than Chicago in 2015. The weather, crime, taxes, unemployment, and the state budget impasse are among the reasons cited by those leaving. In addition, fewer Mexican-born immigrants are arriving, and there's been a "drastic decline" in the city's African-American population. [Tribune]
Keeping everyone safe at a huge venue like Wrigley Field isn't easy. The Cubs are reminding fans that entering Wrigley will take longer than usual during the coming season, thanks to new security measures. Fans will have to enter walk-through metal detectors at the gates in addition to the usual bag check. [NBC Chicago]
An 18-year-old from Evanston was chased through the streets by two people, shot a few times, and then, when he collapsed, shot in the head, according to witnesses who watched the scenario unfold Wednesday afternoon. Neighbors are concerned with the ongoing violence in the area after the daytime shooting near a school. [DNAinfo Chicago]