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| By Richard C. Longworth

Growth for Both Mega-Farms and Market Farms

Have you been to a farmers’ market recently? I hit a downtown Chicago market before lunch today, picking up some last-minute sage and yellow beets for tonight’s dinner. The city’s Federal Plaza was packed with kiosks, all doing a brisk business.




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| By Richard C. Longworth

The Mexican Connection: Drugs in the Midwest

The epidemic of inner city murders in Chicago is well known. Less well known is the spread of heroin and other drugs to the rural counties of the Midwest. The link between these two pathologies is virtually unknown, but is crucial to an understanding of the Midwestern battlefield in the drug wars.



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| By Roger Thurow

From Hoop Dreams to Hoop Houses

At one notorious intersection of the concrete city, hoop dreams have given way to hoop houses. Basketball has been replaced by baskets full of vegetables.




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| By Dina Smeltz

On Syria- Public Perspectives

As the debate over taking action in Syria continues, I wanted to share a few interesting pieces on Syria and public opinion in advance of President Obama's address to the nation tomorrow night.