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Demonstrators march through downtown on December 11, 2015. - SCOTT OLSON/GETTY IMAGES
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  • Demonstrators march through downtown on December 11, 2015.

Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Wednesday, May 11, 2016.

  • Weather: A nicer spring day

After a rainy Tuesday, Wednesday will be relatively nice, with a high of 65 and a low of 57. There will be fog through the midmorning, followed by some sun, though rain is possible during the evening. [AccuWeather]

  • Don't count them out: young black activists are making real changes

Chicago activists have achieved a lot in the past few months: the election of Kim Foxx, the ouster of Garry McCarthy, the plummeting approval ratings for Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the addition of a trauma center at the University of Chicago Medical Center, and the cancellation of Donald Trump's UIC Pavilion rally. DNAinfo Chicago profiles some of Chicago's young black activists from groups like Black Youth Project 100 and Black Lives Matter, and checks in on the progress they're making. [DNAinfo Chicago]

  • IPRA releases documents on 2013 fatal police shooting of 15-year-old boy

Fifteen-year-old Michael Westley was shot and killed by Chicago police in 2013, and his family has been asking the city for more information about his death ever since. The Independent Police Review Authority ruled the shooting justified, but on Monday released more than 400 documents that ABC 7 Chicago has posted on its website. [ABC 7 Chicago]

  • Jon Stewart visits University of Chicago, calls Trump a "man baby"

Former Daily Show host Jon Stewart has mostly stayed out of the spotlight since handing over the show to Trevor Noah. But the comedian stopped by University of Chicago's Institute of Politics Monday to tape a podcast with David Axelrod. While he was there, he called presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump a "man baby." He also weighed in on Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and the media. The video of the entire interview is on Esquire's website. [Esquire]

  • Activists demonstrate outside Rahm's first fund-raiser since the release of the Laquan McDonald video

The first fund-raiser for Mayor Rahm Emanuel since the release of the Laquan McDonald video was held Monday evening at the Gold Coast home of real estate developer Robert Winslow. Housing and police accountability activists gathered outside the event, which cost $5,400 for individuals and $10,000 for corporations. [Progress Illinois]


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