The Press: Chicago's Shame

Buried on an inside page, the Chicago Daily News three months ago ran a short, shocking story. "Rats chewed to death a nine-months-old girl," said the 90-word item, "as she lay in her crib in her West Side home [last night]." Few readers felt the impact of the story more than the News's Managing Editor Everett Norlander. Months before, he had planned a series on Chicago's 23 square miles of crawling, crumbling slums, abandoned the idea because he thought it was too big a job. "But I couldn't get that rat-bite case out of...

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