Chicago's disturbing violence surge: shootings up 80 percent, and other news

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Chicago Police investigate in the 7400 block of North Ridge after an 18-year-old man was fatally shot in the head Wednesday, March 23. - ASHLEE REZIN/SUN-TIMES
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  • Chicago Police investigate in the 7400 block of North Ridge after an 18-year-old man was fatally shot in the head Wednesday, March 23.

Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Wednesday, March 30, 2016.

  • Weather: Temperatures reach the 60s, with an afternoon shower

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]

  • There have been at least 775 shootings in Chicago in 2016

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]

  • Could the Bulls' Derrick Rose or Jimmy Butler go on the market?

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]

  • Chicago Public Schools announces contingency sites for April 1 CTU strike

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]

  • Donald Trump Jr. is sorry for misidentifying suburban woman in infamous Nazi salute photo

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]

  • Upcoming Chicago Justice show holding open casting call

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]


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