R.I.P., Anthony Bourdain. The globe-hopping chef and TV host is dead—of suicide.
■ From 2016: His favorite Chicago spots.
■ Celebrities react: “It illustrates that success is not immune to depression.”—Actor Bryan Cranston.
■ A Chicago firefighter involved in a confrontation that led to a fatal police shooting has committed suicide.
■ The Centers for Disease Control: U.S. suicide rates are up almost 30 percent since the turn of the century.
■ Does journalism spread suicide?
■ The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255.
Gee—8? President Trump is calling for Russia’s readmission to the group representing the world’s largest economies, the (for now, still) G-7.
■ From 2014: Why the others kicked Russia out.
■ The New Yorker: “‘America First’ Really Is Turning Out to Be America Alone.”
■ New York: “President Trump Still Way Too Lazy to Do His Job.”
■ The president says he’s considering pardoning the late Muhammad Ali for that draft-evasion conviction.
Love and secrets. In the first case of the Trump Justice Department going after a journalist’s data, prosecutors secretly sucked in years’ worth of phone and email records from a New York Times reporter who had a previous romantic relationship with a Senate Intelligence Committee senior staffer …
■ … who was arrested late Thursday on charges of lying to federal agents investigating unauthorized disclosure of non-public information.
■ The Radio Television Digital News Association (of which your Chicago Public Square publisher is a member) is protesting the Justice Department’s seizure.
Lead limit. One of Mayor Emanuel’s challengers, former schools chief Paul Vallas, is joining a movement to hold Chicago’s mayors to two terms, max …
■ … in the form of a referendum that could kill Emanuel’s reelection campaign in the cradle, as explained in the latest Chicago Public Square Newscast.
Starbucks price hike. The tab on all sizes of its brewed coffee is rising by 10 to 20 cents.
■ McDonald’s is planning a round of corporate layoffs.
Can jobs end Chicago’s bloodshed? The Tribune’s Annie Sweeney reports one of Chicago’s biggest social service agencies is pumping millions of dollars into a plan to offer part-time jobs to men who’ve been driving the city’s gun violence.
■ More than a million Americans could lose food stamps under Trump’s farm bill—but thousands of farmers would stay on the public dole.
Yeah, but what’s the downside? Vape shops complain a bill to raise Illinois’ legal age for purchasing tobacco and nicotine products—legislation headed to Gov. Rauner’s desk—would hurt their business.
■ E-cigarette makers are offering college scholarships to get students to write essays about vaping’s potential benefits.
■ A college student who started vaping as a teen says “it’s impossible to let go.”
Facebook may have ratted you out. A bug
■ NPR: “Terrible news for anyone who is try [sic] to block ex-boyfriends or frenemies from seeing their latest updates.”
■ But at least Facebook is cutting down on some of those annoying “Now Connected On Messenger” notices.
Caddyshack’s origin. The author of a book about the making of a 1980 classic is one of dozens of guests taking the spotlight at this weekend’s Printers Row Lit Fest.
■ The detailed lineup.
■ Netflix is planning a comedy about teens who spend a summer in Chicago before attending college.
■ An item in yesterday’s Chicago Public Square—about Fox News’ “destructive propaganda machine”—linked to a not-quite-on-point web page. Here’s a better one.
■ And hyperattentive reader Mike Braden noted that the P should have been capitalized in the phrase “SIU President Randy Dunn.”