In Chicago, Jesse on the Spot

When does a nightclub disaster turn into a political controversy? When the city is Chicago and one of the players is Jesse Jackson. The E2 nightclub had long been a scene. Police had been summoned there 80 times in the past two years, and residents of the neighborhood, a few blocks south of downtown, had nothing good to say about the rowdy closing-time crowds. So when 21 young African Americans were killed on Monday in a stampede down the club's narrow front stairwell and the city revealed it had ordered the club closed last summer for safety violations, many Chicagoans expected...

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