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■ Vox: Democrats’ “blue wave” was much larger than reported early on.
■ After a long Arizona vote count, a Senate seat has flipped to Democrats.
■ In Illinois and across the country, momentum is building for fairer legislative maps.
■ The president’s appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general faces a legal challenge …
■ … as the president’s reportedly considering axing other top officials of his administration.
Thanks for playing, Chicago. Amazon’s passing up the city in its corporate HQ quest …
■ … but the company still employs more than 12,000 people in Illinois.
■ A judge has ordered Amazon to hand over Echo recordings made at a home where two women were murdered.
‘Target has failed.’ Accusing the chain of “ghettoizing” the Chicago stores it’s planning to close, Congressman Bobby Rush is calling for a Black Friday boycott of Target’s State Street store.
■ Tribune columnist Kristen McQueary: Target has chosen to “cut ties with an entire swath of a big city to focus on more affluent parts of the same big city.”
■ By the way: The radio company whose website filed the report linked above is advertising e-cigs on-air and online.
■ The latest of 18 candidates to declare for the Chicago mayor’s job: A West Side state lawmaker.
■ PolitiFact’s issues to watch in the mayor’s race.
Swastika arrest. Police have arrested a student accused of blasting a Nazi symbol to students’ phones during an Oak Park and River Forest High School rally last week.
■ A British couple who named their son “Adolf” have been found guilty of membership in a banned Nazi group.
Stan Lee’s legacy. Marvel Comics’ progenitor, who died Monday at 95, leaves a body of work that condemned racism and bigotry—including a 1968 “soapbox” column as timely today as it was then.
■ In what was billed as his last pop-culture convention appearance in Chicago, Lee last year declared “Nerdism is the highest state of mankind.”
■ Lee had filmed at least one more of his trademark cameos for a Marvel movie set to be released next year.
■ As he died, Lee faced a civil lawsuit in Chicago, accused of a lewd assault.
■ The Onion: “Stan Lee, Creator Of Beloved Marvel Character Stan Lee, Dead At 95.”
‘This isn’t just my lane. It’s my f__king highway.’ A forensic pathologist who fired back at the National Rifle Association for its complaint about doctors working to prevent gun deaths shares her perspective in a first-person essay.
■ Vox: One state offers a model for dealing with gun violence.
‘Throughout history, women have been … silenced.’ In an essay for Vanity Fair, Monica Lewinsky explains why she participated in a new documentary series, The Clinton Affair.
■ Chicago bookstores are bracing for a Michelle Obama wave.
■ Friday’s Square misspelled the name of Tribune columnist Heidi Keibler Stevens. Apologies to Heidi and thanks to reader Christine Badowski Koenig for the catch.
■ Friday’s issue also was missing a closing quotation mark, as flagged by the inestimable Mike Braden.
■ New to Square: A formal statement of this site’s corrections policy. (Link corrected.)