Pleading for Peace in Chicago Amid Fears of a Bloody Summer

Chicago’s police superintendent, Eddie Johnson, center, at a gathering on Friday that was part of the city’s Summer of Faith and Action initiative. “I think you all know how important this weekend is,” he told his top command staff on the eve of Memorial Day weekend. CreditTodd Heisler/The New York Times
During Memorial Day weekend, this city reopens its Lake Michigan beaches, regular fireworks displays start at Navy Pier, and the downtown streets and spruced-up Riverwalk are crowded with tourists.

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Jeremiah 10:1-2
1 Hear ye the word which the Lord speaketh unto you, O house of Israel:
2 Thus saith the Lord, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.
Jeremiah 14:2
Judah mourneth, and the gates thereof languish; they are black unto the ground; and the cry of Jerusalem is gone up.