TRUMP’S ‘SAD DAY.’ Updating coverage: The president was headed to Las Vegas to meet with survivors and law enforcers in the aftermath of the massacre there Sunday night.
■ The Vegas shooter bought at least 33 weapons over the last year—many more powerful than those wielded by the U.S. military.
■ His girlfriend is back in the U.S. for questioning.
■ His father began a life of crime in Chicago. (Photo: FBI.)
■ Journalist and publisher Aaron Barnhart: A leading terrorism expert in 2005 predicted a massive attack on Las Vegas. But he got the killer’s race wrong.
■ Brooklyn College prof: “Lone wolf” is the special name we give white terrorists.
‘HE WAS DYING ON TOP OF ME. I TOLD HIM I LOVED HIM AND I WOULD SEE HIM IN HEAVEN.’ On their wedding anniversary, a man died protecting his wife from the bullets in Vegas.
■ An Aurora hospital executive who was there: “I can get the screaming out of my head, but not the crying.”
■ A St. Charles man celebrating his 50th birthday was among those injured.
■ Columnist Neil Steinberg: “If you press gun fans about semi-automatic weapons, they’ll … insist they need military-grade weapons should they decide to commit treason and fight that government whose flag, when slighted, sparks such fury.”
‘MORON.’ That’s the word NBC News says U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson used to describe President Trump last summer—around the time Trump delivered a politicized speech to the Boy Scouts of America, which Tillerson once led.
■ Developing: At Square’s deadline, Tillerson was set to make a statement—topic unrevealed. (Update, 10:07 a.m.): Denies rumors he considered quitting, praises the president, doesn’t deny “moron” report.)
■ Politico: Under Tillerson, skilled diplomats are leaving in an unprecedented exodus.
■ San Juan’s mayor calls Trump’s tossing of paper towels to hurricane survivors “terrible and abominable.”
■ Trump denounces some coverage of that visit as “fake.”
■ How Trump’s two eldest kids dodged criminal indictment in 2012.
■ Vox: Trump’s reverse Midas touch makes everything he hates popular.
FRIES WITH THAT. With six months to completion, the Tribune’s Samantha Bomkamp and E. Jason Wambsgans take a peek at McDonald’s new Near West Side headquarters in Chicago. And, yes, there’ll be a restaurant on the ground floor.
■ A massive redevelopment plan for the Tribune’s riverfront printing complex could make room for Amazon’s new HQ.
■ Plans for a controversial new high-rise have won approval in Oak Park.
■ Hey, Amazon: ATM fees in Chicago are among the lowest for major metro areas.
DOWN THE DRAIN. Chicago’s government watchdog blames an “unchecked culture of abuse” and “inefficient management” for wasting millions of dollars on police overtime, increasing cops’ burnout.
■ A Chicago cop is on trial for the shooting death of his childhood friend.
IN THE EVENT OF EMERGENCY … How to add emergency info to your iPhone or Android device (written by your Square proprietor’s son; image: Apple).
■ Tom’s Guide: “If you had a Yahoo account in 2013, your username and password were stolen. Period.” What you can do now if you’re the holder of one of the three billion accounts compromised.
■ Wired: Six fresh horrors from the Equifax ex-CEO’s Capitol Hill testimony.
PETTY’S LAST INTERVIEW. A few days before his death, Tom Petty sat down with the Los Angeles Times’ Randy Lewis, who shares the audio—in which you can hear Petty say fatefully, “I just have to learn to rest a little bit, like everyone’s telling me.”
■ Crooked Media—responsible for the Pod Save America podcast—is expanding, with another podcast, a new text-based website and a “network of very fine people on both sides.”
■ How Jimmy Kimmel became the nation’s conscience.
The psychologist behind “primal scream” therapy is dead at 93.
CORRECTION. The item about the Nobel Prize for physics in yesterday’s issue was missing a preposition. Thanks, most-attentive-Square-reader-ever Mike Braden.