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Tribune Columnist Raises Questions About Suicide Ruling In Ed Board Chief's Death

The news Monday that Chicago Board of Education President Michael Scott's body had been found along the Chicago River and that the medical examiner ruled he had died from a self-inflicted gunshot to the head doesn't seem to make sense to Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass.

Scott, Kass observes, would have had to walk in the pitch dark through a stretch that at that point "would have been all but unnavigable" — under the cement counterweight for an old drawbridge, "underneath an iron fence, then down a little embankment overgrown with weeds and strewn with trash."

That's one reason, Kass writes, that Chicago Police Superintendent Jody Weis said "we know what the ME ruled. ... But there are a lot of questions out there."

The questions, says the Chicago Sun-Times' Michael Sneed, include why there apparently was no suicide note.

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