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"Bad Boy" Brown
"Bad Boy" Brown

I'm honored that my story about boxer Ed “Bad Boy” Brown was selected for the prestigious 2018 volume of Best American Sportswriting

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All The Queens Horses
All The Queens Horses

I'm featured in the documentary now on Netflix about Rita Crundwell, the perpetrator of the largest case of municipal fraud in American history. As city comptroller of Dixon, IL (population 15,838), Crundwell stole $53 million dollars of public funds across 20 years.

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The Hero I Never Knew
The Hero I Never Knew

I knew my Stepfather had been in World War II. I never knew what a hero he'd been.

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The Voices Inside Josh Mark's Head
The Voices Inside Josh Mark's Head
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Can Anthony Rizzo Break the Curse?
Can Anthony Rizzo Break the Curse?

The 23-year old slugger overcame cancer and an early-career slump that jeopardized his career. Now, back on track, there are high hopes that he could be the first piece in solving the puzzle of the Cubs 100-year plus curse.

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The Genius of Gary Smith
The Genius of Gary Smith

Great story about one of the best magazine writers of his generation

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The Wizard of Odd
The Wizard of Odd

The reclusive Chicago billionaire built an empire on stuffed toys—and now he’s narrowly escaped a prison sentence.

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THE BALLAD OF DOUBLE DUTY
THE BALLAD OF DOUBLE DUTY
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HAWK FLAPS HIS WINGS--AND GUMS
HAWK FLAPS HIS WINGS--AND GUMS
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LUPE FIASCO, WORD STAR
LUPE FIASCO, WORD STAR

Sit back and listen in on a Range Rover ride to the West Side with breakout rapper and Renaissance nerd Lupe Fiasco. You’ll get an earful on history, sociology, anthropology, and the artist’s muses, from Tchaikovsky to Noam Chomsky to Ice Cube

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INDIAN GOLD--MEN'S HEALTH
INDIAN GOLD--MEN'S HEALTH

For decades, researchers have searched for an immunity super booster that could hold back the tide of disease. In Indian spice bazaars, they may have found it.

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ENEMY OF THE STATE
ENEMY OF THE STATE

Jagoffs. He's surrounded by friggin' jagoffs. -- A profile of tough guy private eye Paul Ciolino

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THE LAST LAUGH
THE LAST LAUGH

NOAH’S ARC: From a shoot-from-the-lip goofball who floundered on court and aggravated his teammates to a fiery star anchoring the Bulls and drawing covetous looks from another team, Joakim Noah has accomplished one of the most dramatic turnarounds in pro sports

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BLOODLINES: A MURDER MYSTERY
BLOODLINES: A MURDER MYSTERY
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THE BIG PARTY
THE BIG PARTY

After launching the Playboy empire here in the 1950s, Hugh Hefner turned Chicago into a frontline of the sexual revolution, acting out his sybaritic fantasy life behind the walls of his mansion on North State Parkway. But as the freewheeling sixties gave way to the decadent seventies, things changed drastically for Hefner and the Gold Coast mansion he called home

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