Juneteenth jubilation / Whoops / Colbert tickets

Juneteenth jubilation. Happy Juneteenth Independence Day …
 … a holiday in Chicago 
 … and Illinois …
 … but not in all states.
 You might not have the day off had police not killed George Floyd in Minnesota and Breonna Taylor in Kentucky—among others—in 2020.
 Wary of “an attempt to ‘All Lives Matter’ a day celebrating the end of slavery,” MSNBC’s Hayes Brown fears “little has really changed since 2020’s police brutality protests.” (Photo: Galveston marker, by 2C2K Photography on Flickr.)
 ProPublica on this date in 2020: Illinois was “a quasi-slave state.”
 Four years ago today, The Associated Press began capitalizing Black.

Chicago police ‘legitimacy at critical risk.’ Chicago’s inspector general says Mayor Johnson’s pledge to root out cop extremists has “fallen short.”
 Read the letter, dated April 25—weeks before revelation that the department’s list of organizations officers can’t join didn’t include any racist, far-right groups.

‘A 7-year-old who didn’t have anything to do with whatever is going on over here.’ A neighbor mourns the shooting death of Jaimani Amir Rivera—struck by an apparently stray bullet yesterday afternoon on Chicago’s Near West Side.
 Chicago’s police superintendent calls it “random.”

‘The heat is all Joe Biden’s fault because I said so.’ USA Today columnist Rex Huppke mocks the president’s critics: “If I need confirmation of that belief, I’ll go on the internet and find a fellow truth-teller who believes the same thing.”
 Chicago may have to sweat through this one through Saturday night.
 The city’s citation of Juneteenth as justification for closing all but one of its cooling centers for the poor and the homeless is, in the words of one state representative,extremely alarming.”
 The Lever surveys the environmental impact of artificial intelligence’s ascendance—guzzling water supplies and jacking up consumers’ electricity rates.
 Jimmy Kimmel: “It’s so hot at Mar-a-Lago, Donald Trump asked Melania to be even colder to him.”

‘Biden takes the dare.’ Law professor and former federal prosecutor Joyce Vance says the president’s new executive action on undocumented spouses and kids of U.S. citizens does what “Republicans declined to do in Congress earlier this year and said he could do on his own.”
 Migrants and volunteers at a Pilsen shelter say a noisemaker installed across the street—apparently to deter outside gatherings—is “terrible.”

Whoops. After word leaked out that Trump planned to spend his nights during the Republican Party’s Milwaukee convention at his Chicago hotel, his campaign says he’s changed his mind.
 The Daily Beast explains “how Trump’s rich pal is keeping his biopic out of theaters.”
 The pastor of a Texas megachurch resigning after accusations he sexually abused a woman from the age of 12 was among those on Trump’s evangelical advisory board.
 Men Yell at Me columnist Lyz Lenz perceives “eugenics by any other name” in Christian nationalism’s push to “outbreed the left.”


And now, Colbert tickets. The digital booth’s open for the Chicago Democratic National Convention editions of The Late Show, Aug. 19-22.

No confidence. Unionized journalists at WBEZ and the Sun-Times have voted overwhelmingly to demand immediate removal of Chicago Public Media CEO Matt Moog.
 Former Chicago TV news executive Jennifer Schulze: “Fox, Sinclair and the RNC are working together to meddle in the election.”
 Columnist Anne Helen Petersen mourns: People magazine “should be thriving in 2024,” but instead is grinding out “pretty grim shit.”

Thanks. Mike Weiland, Mike Braden and Sandy Lentz made this edition better.

Hot nights / Americans incoming / ‘The Summer of Royko’

Hot nights. The Sun-Times says Chicago’s looking at what could be the longest streak of above-70-degree nighttime lows in 91 years.
 Yesterday’s high of 97 broke a 137-year-old record for June 17 …
 … driving more people to the lake, where at least two have drowned this week.
 The Lever: Big Oil plans to criminalize climate activists’ pipeline protests.

‘This is what people have to live with.’ Block Club Chicago: A City Council member’s Facebook Live talk about crime was interrupted by the shooting of two people.
 A teenager convicted of shooting and killing two boys outside Chicago’s Benito Juarez Community Academy in 2022 has been sentenced to 46 years in prison.
 LateNighter: A new survey suggests late-night hosts are more popular than President Biden and Donald Trump.

‘The Court … has left both the law and the facts behind.’ Public Notice’s Lisa Needham dissects Justice Clarence Thomas’ “disgracefully unserious” opinion tossing out a Trump administration ban on bump stocks—the aftermarket mod that let a Las Vegas shooter kill 60 people and wound more than 500 over just 11 minutes in 2017.
 Elie Mystal at The Nation: The court “wants more people to die in mass shootings.”
 A Tribune editorial: “If Trump gave the word that Republican lawmakers ought to codify his bump stock ban … it would sail through Congress.”
 Illinois’ ban remains in force.

Americans incoming. Biden’s moving to grant citizenship to half a million immigrants without present legal status in the U.S.
 Johnson’s belatedly launched a Chicago task force on reparations to address the repercussions of slavery …
 … under the leadership of a new city chief equity officer.

‘Uh, he is one.’ Columnist Parker Molloy is exasperated by the New York Times headline, “Biden Campaign Ad Paints Trump as a Felon.”
 The Atlantic’s Tom Nichols: “Trump World seems worried.”
 Casey Michel, the author of the upcoming book Foreign Agents: How American Lobbyists and Lawmakers Threaten Democracy Around the World, tells Politico he sees an “absolute explosion” of foreign interference in U.S. politics.

‘How isn’t that a conflict?’ The Sun-Times flags the case of an Illinois state senator who invests in insurance brokers and chairs the Senate’s insurance committee.
 The chair of the Chicago City Council ethics committee is proposing to take big money out of city politics—with public financing for council elections.

‘BEYOND HERE BE MONSTERS.’ USA Today columnist Rex Huppke ponders how a surgeon general’s warning on social media might be worded.
 Bloomberg: India’s farmers are getting news from two realistic, soon-to-be multilingual artificially intelligent avatars.

‘How effective are these drugs? Very.’ Your Local Epidemiologist takes a critical look at Ozempic and other cutting-edge weight-loss medications.
 Bloomberg: Their booming popularity is generating vast quantities of plastic trash.

‘The Summer of Royko.’ Chicago magazine’s Robert Chiarito surveys a bunch of events around town celebrating iconic columnist Mike Royko.

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