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In Print: who was Eliot Ness?

Eliot Ness occupies a heroic place in the popular imagination. With bravery, honesty, and blazing tommy guns, he single-handedly brought down Al Capone. Or so goes the myth. The reality, of course, is less clear-cut, though in many ways it’s more interesting. A south-side native, Ness was indeed honest, regularly turning down bribes. But his […]

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Excuse me?” she said, waving to get my attention. It was a weekday afternoon, and the woman was standing in the street next to a rusty blue sedan, parked on Ashland just south of Division. By the open passenger’s-side door stood a young man. “Excuse me?” she repeated. I knew I shouldn’t, but I stopped. […]