06/23/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Al Capone's Legacy Lives On, To Chicago's Dismay

Chicago, as any proud city official will tell you, is known for many things: its stunning architecture, its extensive green spaces, its hapless yet beloved sports teams. It likes to sell itself as America's 21st-century city, defined not by its often sordid past, but by its relatively glamorous present and future.

Right. Try telling that to the child in a remote village in West Africa, who, when he spotted a foreigner clambering out of a mud-splattered four-wheel drive vehicle, approached shyly and asked "Where are you from?"

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