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Remembering Muhammad Ali’s Chicago years, and other news

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Muhammed Ali plays with Jawil Aldridge while visiting an after-school program on the west side in 2005. - JOHN J. KIM/SUN-TIMES
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  • Muhammed Ali plays with Jawil Aldridge while visiting an after-school program on the west side in 2005.

Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Monday, June 6, 2016

· Weather: Try to remember an umbrella

The threat of storms over the weekend never materialized, but there's a possibility a thunderstorm could hit Monday afternoon. Otherwise, it will be a beautiful day, with a high of 78 and a low of 56. [AccuWeather]

· Remembering Muhammad Ali's pivotal time in Chicago

The man known as "the Greatest" lost his heavyweight boxing championship title after he refused to fight in the Vietnam war. It was during those difficult years that Muhammad Ali, who passed away over the weekend, settled on the south side and was embraced by the Nation of Islam. "The most crucial time of his life was in Chicago," says his ex-wife Khalilah Camacho-Ali. He also faced hostility from the city—then-mayor Richard J. Daley denied him a boxing license in 1966. [Tribune]

· New York Times tries to understand the Memorial Day weekend violence

Memorial Day weekend has marked a bloody start to Chicago's violent summers every year in recent memory. Now the New York Times has put together a well-reported narrative of the shootings that took place over the holiday weekend this year. It's an impressive, in-depth look at a problem that's become too familiar. [New York Times]

· Five of the clearest newly released videos from the IPRA archive

The Independent Police Review Authority released hundreds of videos of police-involved incidents (including shootings) under investigation Friday. The Washington Post narrowed the vast archive down to five must-watch videos in which events unfold clearly. [Washington Post]

· Father Michael Pfleger inspired high-fashion giant Versace's new Chicago ad campaign

Inspiration can come from unlikely places, and legendary fashion photographer Bruce Weber found it in the form of the New Yorker's recent profile of antiviolence activist Father Michael Pfleger. Weber convinced Versace chief designer Donatella Versace to shoot the brand's fall ad campaign in the "multilayered" city to show the brand's high-end clothing in the real world. Not only did Weber and Versace bring supermodels Karlie Kloss and Gigi Hadid to town, they found 17 local men to feature in the ads. They hired a wide variety of locals for the gig, including a group of hip-hop dancers they encountered on the street and a bodyguard who'd been stationed in Afghanistan. [New York Times]

· CPS graduation rates on the upswing thanks to open enrollment high schools

The rising graduation rates at Chicago Public Schools have been a rare bright spot for the embattled district. Increasing graduation rates at open-enrollment neighborhood high schools are behind the overall rise over the past 15 years, according to University of Chicago's Consortium on Chicago School Research. [Sun-Times]


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