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Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Wednesday, March 30, 2016.
The temperature will remain pretty steady, with a high of 60 and a low of 58. It will be a lovely day except for a shower (or two) expected in the afternoon. [AccuWeather]
Gun violence has increased by a shocking 80 percent in the first three months of 2016. At the end of March last year, 419 people had been shot in the city; this year, that number has risen to at least 775 as of Monday. An appalling 240 shootings occurred between March 1 and early March 28. [DNAinfo Chicago]
It's no secret that the Bulls are a disaster right now. They're inching toward the end of a disappointing season and are in serious danger of not reaching the playoffs. The Tribune's Steve Rosenbloom is calling for big changes to the team—such as firing general manager Gar Forman and coach Fred Hoiberg, or trading away major players like Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler. [Tribune]
The Chicago Teachers Union is set to strike Friday. While teachers picket schools and take part in a rally in the Loop during the one-day walkout, CPS will open more than 250 schools, parks, and libraries for students and provide free breakfast, lunch, and CTA transportation. [Sun-Times]
A photo of Yorkville resident and Trump supporter Birgitt Peterson giving a Nazi salute outside the candidate's canceled UIC Pavilion rally went viral. The GOP front-runner's son Donald Trump Jr. retweeted a report on Twitter claiming that the woman in the photo was a Sanders supporter named Portia Boulger. Now, more than two weeks later, he's apologized for the mistake. [New York Daily News]
This could be your big showbiz break. The latest installment in Dick Wolf's growing Chicago TV show empire, Chicago Justice, is accepting applications for roles on an episode to be filmed this week. The parts range from Black Lives Matter protesters to a news crew. [NBC Chicago]