In Illinois: Victims of Grand Boulevard

In the snapshot, the woman presents herself to the world as a picture of flash and gaiety: thin, arched eyebrows penciled in high above blue-shadowed eye lids, metallic blue fingernails, hair swept up in waves and clasped on one side by a polka-dot barrette. She is 23 years old. On her lap she holds her first child. He is two months old and wears an infant baseball uniform that says "All Pro." The mother's expression is both proud and sad, full of tenderness for this child and yet uncertain of him, or of herself; she has not played this part before....

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