Gapers Block has ceased publication.

Gapers Block published from April 22, 2003 to Jan. 1, 2016. The site will remain up in archive form. Please visit Third Coast Review, a new site by several GB alumni.
 Thank you for your readership and contributions. 


Saturday, May 18

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Expect to see more cops on the streets of Chicago in the coming months. Superintendent Phil Cline ordered 1,000 cops assigned to office jobs to sit in marked cars at the worst spots in the city for at least one eight-hour shift a month. Intended to curb the "open air" drug markets and illicit gang activity, residents are already noticing the changes in their neighborhoods. Hopefully the new chief in town will work to remove our city's name from the top of the murder list.

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