Not a good look / ‘Earthlings should sleep better’ / Blues broken

Not a good look. A Chicago police training exercise got real yesterday as a guy made his way inside the department’s infamous Homan Square facility (2016 link) and grabbed at least two guns before an officer shot and wounded him.
Chicago’s top cop was cagey about whether the guns contained live or dummy rounds.
The department says a newly hired officer shot last week after she’d been suspended for a positive drug test is no longer on the force.

‘When it comes to reacting to criticism, Lori Lightfoot needs much better advice.’ A Tribune editorial condemns the mayor for being “notoriously thin-skinned.”
The Better Government Association: Time for City Council members to pick their own committee chairs instead of letting the mayor do it.
A Sun-Times editorial: “State law and the city’s own rules clearly spell out they have that power.”

‘Some crimes still have the capacity to shock us to the core.’ A Trib editorial says the tragic death of a 3-year-old allegedly pushed to his death off Navy Pier spotlights the need for more safety measures there.
Charges against his aunt could be upgraded elevated.

‘Earthlings should sleep better.’ NASA’s declared success in a brave little spacecraft’s ramming of an asteroid—a test of humans’ ability to deflect killer rocks headed this way.
See grainy video of the impact as caught by ATLAS (Asteroid Terrestrial-impact Last Alert System) telescopes.

Into the hurricane. As Ian menaces Florida’s coast, hurricane hunters have been flying through the storm’s center to gather data satellites can’t.
Updating coverage: The storm ripped into Cuba early today.
Three reasons Ian’s likely to trigger major flooding.
The Biden administration is pushing a rule that it says would keep airlines from hiding tickets’ true cost.
Yeah, but Axios Chicago asks: What about those exorbitant fees on tickets to Chicago’s Museum of Ice Cream?

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The feds have issued final OK to all 50 states for construction of car-charging stations about every 50 miles along interstate highways.
The Conversation: “People of color are as interested in buying electric cars as white consumers. The biggest obstacle is access to charging.”

‘Early holiday shopping might be here to stay.’ CNET says Amazon’s early Prime Day sale Oct. 11 and 12 looks like another nail in Black Friday’s coffin.
It’ll also amplify Amazon’s Wednesday rollout of its latest gadgets.

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Blues broken. Veteran WXRT host Tom Marker marks the end of the station’s long-running Blues Breakers show—which he’s steered since 1984—with this Sunday’s edition.
 He tells Square: “The positive impact that WXRT has had on blues, especially Chicago blues … is enormous. Certainly more than any other radio station, anywhere. The blues is still important, relevant and vital, but not as much to the generation that listens to a rock radio station as the audiences of 10, 20, 30, 40 or 50 years ago. I could go on forever. And I will, but now on public radio, Chicago's listener-supported jazz and blues station, WDCB.”
TV historian Aaron Barnhart revisits the Brown’s Chicken commercial that cost Steve Carell a shot at Saturday Night Live during producer Lorne Michaels’ 1989 visit to Chicago.

‘Please accept some partially digested nectar that we sucked up through our proboscises and regurgitated, as token of our deep condolence.’ Columnist Alexandra Petri conveys the royal beehive’s condolences on the death of Queen Elizabeth.
Charles has a new monogram.

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‘A landslide about to happen’ / ‘Striketober’ redux? / Quiz revision

‘There is now a landslide about to happen … and the idiots in our decimated media just don’t have a clue.’ Author and documentarian Michael Moore, who predicted Donald Trump’s 2016 victory when mainstream media had the election pegged for Hillary Clinton, sees “anti-Democratic forces … going to go down in a bonfire of defeat” in November.
Republican Rep. Liz Cheney—daughter of a former Republican vice president—says she’s ready to campaign for Democrats.
NBC News: Even as President Biden portrays the election as a battle against “MAGA Republicans,” he’s been quiet about Democrats across the country—including Gov. Pritzker in Illinois—spending big to help election-deniers win primaries.
Pritzker’s challenger, Darren Bailey—who won Trump’s endorsement in the primary—is mostly avoiding questions about Trump.
After Daily Herald parent company Paddock Publications cut ties with pink-slime publisher LGIS, the governor says he will indeed attend a Herald-hosted gubernatorial forum Friday.
In what the soon-to-launch news platform Semafor calls “an unexpected turn to one of the highest-stakes legal actions to come out of Donald Trump’s failed effort to stay in power,” the Justice Department is investigating whether voting machine company Smartmatic engaged in corrupt business practices in the Philippines.

‘An end to citizens … having full access to … what police are doing.’ The Tribune reviews the pros and cons of the Chicago Police Department’s move to digitally encrypted radio channels by the end of the year.
A Sun-Times editorial calls for more controls on the “shady business” of police-ordered business shutdowns.
Want to serve on one of Chicago’s 22 new local Police District Councils? You have until Nov. 28 to get on the ballot.
City Cast Chicago reports that some familiar faces are already in the running.
3-year-old Josiah Brown, allegedly pushed into Lake Michigan off Navy Pier by his aunt last week, is dead.

‘Striketober’ redux? The Guardian sees thousands of workers across the country striking or threatening to strike heading into the new month.
Columnist and former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich: “Corporate greed, not wages, is behind inflation. It’s time for price controls.” (Cartoon: Excerpt from longer commentary at The Nib by Joey Alison Sayers.)
Journalist Steve Hendershot questions whether Chicago has the tech workforce to satisfy Google’s growth plans here.
 Chicago’s offering tax incentives for developers who want to convert buildings along La Salle Street’s “strictly business” corridor for residential use—including affordable housing.

Bye-bye, bikes. With little explanation, Chicago’s closing Millennium Park’s 18-year-old bicycle parking station.
A Tribune editorial pleads with Pritzker: Don’t follow California’s lead in banning the sale of gas-powered cars.

Jim Post remembered. An acclaimed folk singer and Mark Twain portrayer who first came to acclaim in Chicago half a century ago is dead at 82.
Roseland, Chicago: 1972 looks back at Post’s early days here.
The New York Times: Although the lyrics to his only hit “say ‘Reach out in the darkness,’ an executive of Verve Forecast Records … gave it the title Reach Out of the Darkness.”

Politically and athletically correct. The Cleveland Guardians beat the White Sox for their first American League Central title since changing their name from the Indians …
 … but a photo taken in Chicago suggests the team has a way to go before achieving full enlightenment.

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Nick Cave: Forothermore at the MCA before it closes October 2! Don’t miss seeing this major exhibition from the Chicago artist, whose art is a celebration of the way art, music, fashion, and performance can help us envision a more just future. Admission’s free for Illinois residents on Tuesdays. Book tickets for the final week.

Quiz revision. If you took Friday’s news quiz and got No. 6 wrong, you may want to adjust your score or take it again. That question’s been reworded—twice—after factual concerns were raised by Square readers Janet Holden and Larry Rand.
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