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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.
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Monday, March 4

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WBBM coverage of a shooting in late June on the South Side is getting some warranted criticism for airing what seemed like a brief interview with a four-year-old boy about the incident. When asked what he would do to respond to area violence, the boy emphatically said "I'm going to have me a gun!"; then-anchor Steve Bartelstein remarked how "scary" the boy's comment was; what was intentionally left out of the footage was that the kid later said he wanted the gun because of his goal to become a police officer.

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