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Snow alert. Up to 10 inches could hit Chicago by Friday evening.
Friday morning’s commute could prove especially tough.

‘It’s time you heard us.’ Ten women have signed a letter accusing a Northwestern University journalism professor of “dangerous behavior … unchecked for years … traumatizing more and more women.”
With just 10 applicants for next year, Columbia College has suspended its master’s degree program in journalism (third item in Robert Feder’s column).
Washington’s Newseum news museum confronts a financial “slow-motion disaster.”
Eulogies for Newsweek—like this one and this one—are pouring in, even though it’s not dead yet.
But The New York Times says it took in $1 billion in subscription revenue last year.
… and, hey, Twitter’s recorded its first real profit.

‘He better have a really good reason. Otherwise, he’s gone, too.’ A Democratic U.S. senator says that, if White House chief of staff John Kelly knew about domestic abuse accusations against White House staffer Rob Porter, President Trump should fire Kelly.
CNN: The White House knew for months about the charges against Porter and scrambled to protect him.
But he used to be a rising star.

‘Record-setting dumb.’ Late night TV hosts, including Stephen Colbert, have been dumping on President Trump’s call for a big U.S. military parade.
Even a Fox & Friends host has doubts: “I don’t know, it seems like a waste of money.”

‘Pritzker … did no work for most of the money he has given away.’ The Better Government Association examines the charitable donations that have been a major selling point for J.B. Pritzker’s gubernatorial campaign—but that have come at “considerable expense to federal and state treasuries.”
Tribune columnist John Kass on Pritzker’s “foot-in-mouth problem with African-American politicians”: He “hasn’t wept publicly yet, but if he needs to, he will.”
The Sun-Times’ Mary Mitchell: “Pritzker’s remarks … show he didn’t have much respect for … the black community.”
Pritzker supporter Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle: “We’ve all had casual conversations which we might not be happy to see on the front page of the newspaper.”

‘A major milestone.’ Time’s Jamil Smith explains the significance of Marvel’s new movie, Black Panther.
The movie’s “hidden super-power”: Black scientists. (Photo: Matt Kennedy/©Marvel Studios,)
Todd VanDerWerff in Vox: “If you think you’re going to like this movie, you’re going to love this movie.”
A beginner’s guide to the character.

Smart TVs, dumb security. Consumer Reports finds modern TVs vulnerable to hacking.
Pioneering Internet freedom advocate and Grateful Dead songwriter John Perry Barlow is dead at 70.

Bon voyage. Tech mogul Elon Musk has posted what he calls the “last pic of Starman in Roadster en route to Mars orbit and then the Asteroid Belt.”
Musk’s Boring Company is one of four in contention to build a high-speed link connecting O’Hare with Chicago’s downtown.

Toys R Us farewell. Liquidation sales have begun at 144 stores across the country—including six in the Chicago area.
GrubHub has a deal to deliver food from KFC and Taco Bell.
Dunkin’ Donuts says it’ll dump foam cups by 2020.
Walgreens says you now can use the bathroom of your choice at its stores.


Correction. Yesterday’s Square miscounted the years since the nation’s last big military parade. 1991 is now 27 years ago. Thanks to reader Jack Helbig for the catch.