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• That a New York police officer had lots of Internet chats about kidnapping, murdering, torturing, and eating women—including his wife—and now a jury will decide whether he’s a criminal or just really creative? Gwynedd Stuart

• That the Illinois Centennial Monument in Logan Square is getting a lighting makeover? Tal Rosenberg

• That “retired” isn’t the word: Judith Malina, legendary cofounder of the legendary Living Theater, has lost both the theater and her home? Tony Adler

Achy Obejas’s tribute to Chicago poet David Hernandez, who died yesterday morning? Tony Adler

• David Denby on the Academy Awards? (“The Oscars have become a bland, boring show, a sodden moneymaking event that enriches everyone from the Academy to the New York Times.”) Steve Bogira

• That the University of Alabama offered a football scholarship last weekend to an eighth-grader—and that’s his second offer? Mick Dumke