Groceries gone / ‘Go to a state school’ / Pandemic flashback

 Eater Chicago: Store workers kept in the dark until almost the last minute were “instructed not to talk to customers about the matter.”
 Holding a credit from those stores? Fuhgeddaboudit.
 Fresh research could send shivers through the halls of Big Tobacco and Alcohol: The new generation of weight-loss drugs—think Ozempic—seems to suppress the desire for those vices.
 Illinois’ bankrupt Oberweis Dairy says it expects to keep running under new ownership.

‘CTA: Show Dorval Carter the exit door.’ A Sun-Times editorial says it’s time for Mayor Johnson to replace the Chicago Transit Authority’s president.
 Reader columnist Ben Joravsky on Johnson’s success in letting controversial tax increment financing districts expire and use that money to pay for programs to help the poor: “I should be happy, but all I do is cry.”
 Chicago magazine’s Ted McClelland rates Johnson’s first year in office: “The mayor is not incompetent, he’s inexperienced.”

Footlooser. The Chicago Loop Alliance says pedestrian activity downtown is finally—sometimes—back to pre-pandemic levels.
 Police say a man last night was held up in the Loop at gunpoint by one female and five males.
 Never mind River North: A new report finds Green Street through Fulton Market now Chicago’s most expensive commercial way.

‘Go to a state school.’ FiveThirtyEight founder—and University of Chicago alumnus—Nate Silver shares that advice with college-bound people: “The Ivy League and other elite private colleges are losing esteem—and they deserve it.”
 A Tribune editorial: “Elite university presidents … utterly failed to anticipate what was coming their way after Hamas attacked Israel and Israel responded in a way that killed thousands of civilians in the Gaza Strip.”
 Press Watch proprietor Dan Froomkin: “The media should be celebrating college protesters instead of demonizing them.”
 A Palestinian-American professor at New York University describes the police crackdown on student protesters Monday night: “Panicking” and “screams.”
 A Jewish student at Columbia University writes for Zeteo: Don’t believe what you’re being told about ‘campus antisemitism.’”
 Columbia early today reported “important progress” with the protesters.
 Poynter’s Tom Jones: Columbia’s student journalists have “expertly documented” the story.
 The AP: What began at Columbia is spreading nationwide.
 Politico: President Biden’s not sweating fallout from the protests.

‘He violated the gag order during the hearing about whether he violated the gag order!’ Jimmy Kimmel recapped yesterday’s proceedings in Donald Trump’s criminal trial.
 CNN: “Former National Enquirer boss David Pecker … revealed in granular detail how Trump worked hand-in-hand with the infamous national tabloid to … smear his political opponents.”
 The Daily Show roasted Biden for his suggestion that cannibals may have eaten his uncle—a thing that PolitiFact debunked last week.

Pandemic flashback. From Chicago Public Square on this date in 2020:
“Please ignore him.” Gizmodo rips into President Trump for floating “the potentially dangerous idea of injecting disinfectant” into coronavirus patients.
Wonkette’s Evan Hurst pleads with Fox News viewers: “DO NOT INJECT YOURSELF WITH BLEACH OR WINDEX.” (Cartoon: Keith J. Taylor.)

And while we’re looking back … Matthew Yglesias explains why George W. Bush was a terrible president.

TikTok’s tick-tock. Biden says he’ll sign a bill that the Senate has approved, requiring TikTok’s China-based parent to sell the thing under threat of a ban.
 The AP explains: “No, TikTok will not suddenly disappear from your phone. Nor will you go to jail if you continue using it after it is banned.”
 Washington Post columnist Will Oremus calls it “a gift to Big Tech”—notably Facebook parent Meta and Google.
 NewsGuard founder Steven Brill: “There’s a First Amendment-friendly way to clean up social media. But tech CEOs won’t like it.”

History derailed. In the face of intransigence by Republican Sen. J.D. Vance, Biden was set to abandon his bid to name Chicago’s first female U.S. attorney.
 Washington Post columnist George Will (gift link): “112 ignoble, infantile Republicans voted to endanger civilization.”

One for the books. A far north suburban school board has un-canceled its participation in a statewide program where fourth through eighth graders get to vote on their favorite titles.
 That followed a torrent of protests from parents and students—including a second grader who spoke before the vote.

Thanks. Charlie Pajor made this edition better.

To gag or not to gag / Grocery chopping / #SaveWBEZ

To gag or not to gag. Live updates: Judge Juan Merchan was considering whether to lower the boom on Donald Trump for repeatedly violating an order forbidding him from publicly discussing witnesses or jurors in his criminal trial.
 The judge told Trump’s lawyer, “You’re losing all credibility with the court.”
 Law prof Joyce Vance: “Judge Merchan will have to either show Trump the gag order has teeth or concede that it’s meaningless and that Trump can do whatever he wants.”
 The trial was to resume with more testimony from ex-National Enquirer boss David Pecker, who went public for the first time about his role in the so-called “catch and kill” operation at the heart of corruption charges against Trump.
 Trivia: As an accountant for CBS’ Fawcett magazine division, Pecker negotiated sale of the “Captain Marvel” character to rival DC Comics (2022 link).

‘He’s the one … who … commits crimes to cover his tracks.’ Ex-Illinois Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger: “For years Trump has called other people … criminals, and impugned their character. One day into the trial it’s obvious that he has been speaking from experience.”
 A Daily Beast recap of Monday’s proceedings: “Snoozy Trump Wakes Up as Prosecutor Calls Him a Liar.”
 Trump’s niece Mary: “As someone who has known Donald for almost six decades (oy), I can tell you that beneath the bluster, there lies a fear so profound, it consumes him.”
 Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin: “Trump has never looked so small, so weary and so feeble.” (Gift link, paid for because readers support Chicago Public Square.)

‘Fox … has taken advantage of the transparency in court proceedings to turn the jurors into targets.’ Media critic Mark Jacob says the channel’s coverage of Trump’s trial recalls its approach to the 2020 election: “If our side wins, it’s fair. If our side loses, it’s crooked.”
 Jon Stewart slams the breathless journalistic attention to things like Trump’s commute to court: “If the media tries to make us feel like the most mundane bullsh*t is earthshattering, we won’t believe you when it’s really interesting. It’s your classic ‘Boy Who Cried Wolf Blitzer.’”
 The Washington Post delivers what Poynter’s Tom Jones calls an “unsettling and disturbing” statistical analysis of Trump’s social media posts since 2021.

‘I reject the idea that calling or voting for a ceasefire in Gaza is necessarily tantamount to disrespecting the dead or an act of anti-Semitism.’ Columnist Eric Zorn answers readers opposed to his criticism of Jewish leaders who’ve refused to meet with Mayor Johnson about such things.
 Guidance from ex-Labor Secretary Robert Reich:How to talk about Israel and Gaza on a college campus (or anywhere else).”

Off-track. The mayor’s latest CTA Oversight Board appointee: A pastor who is not a transit expert …

Grocery chopping. In a move to persuade the feds to approve a merger, the Kroger and Albertsons chains are offering to sell another 35 stores in Illinois.
 Mall fashion staple Express is filing for bankruptcy and closing almost 100 stores.
 Popular Information declares that Volkswagen employee vote in Tennessee “a historic victory for unions.”

They just can’t quit the lakefront. Evidently deaf to environmentalists’ opposition to more crap along Chicago’s Lake Michigan shoreline, the Bears were planning to unveil yet another proposal for a domed stadium on the city’s Museum Campus …
 … this time, including a call to demolish Soldier Field.

#SaveWBEZ. Staffers at Chicago’s public radio station have launched a petition drive to avert layoffs.
 Departing WTTW anchor Paris Schutz’ next stop: Fox 32 Chicago.
 Four editors tell Nieman Lab what it takes to run a newspaper in the digital era

Thanks. Mike Braden made this edition better.

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