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Fatal first. Southwest Airlines’ first death from an in-flight incident was a 43-year-old New Mexico mother of two, killed when her body was sucked from a window shattered by debris from an engine failure.

A fellow passenger recalls: “I thought I was cataloging the last moments of my existence.”
The plane’s pilot is winning praise for her “nerves of steel.”
Southwest has begun inspecting all its Boeing 737s.

Tribune Tower challenges. The Tribune’s Ryan Ori surveys the roadblocks that could confound redevelopment plans for the historic newspaper property.
Most-clicked item in yesterday’s edition of Chicago Public Square? This story about the proposed new tower.

No-boys club. Encouraged by Mayor Emanuel, a New York-based women-only co-working and social club, The Wing, says it'll open a branch in Chicago next year.
Rosemont now has a Caddyshack-themed restaurant.

When can a store kick you out? Following a Starbucks store’s forcible removal of two black men awaiting a business associate, USA Today takes a look at the rules.
Hear the 911 call that set it all off.
Confronting a public relations disaster, Starbucks’ CEO is showing “he has what it takes.”
… including his decision to close thousands of stores in May for “racial bias training.”
… as heard on the latest Chicago Public Square Newscast.

Trump-Cohen-Chicago. The Sun-Times says connections between President Trump’s embattled personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, and Chicago go deeper than previously known—including $20 million in personal loans from Cohen’s family to a woman whose family owns a company that manages hundreds of cabs here.
Chicago congressional candidate Chuy Garcia accuses Chicago’s senior alderman, Ed Burke, of “disrespecting” his Hispanic constituents by working to cut Trump’s property taxes in Chicago.

Chicago politics cheat sheet. WBEZ runs down what to expect at today's City Council meeting.
Watch the meeting live on the web beginning at 10 a.m.
And right after the meeting, Cook County Democrats meet to choose a new party boss—probably, for the first time, a woman and an African-American.

‘Enough with the golden parachutes.’ A Sun-Times editorial demands Illinois lawmakers approve a bill to end severance for government employees fired for misconduct.
A College of DuPage president fired for excessive spending has won appeals court approval to sue for breach of contract.

On Facebook? Follow this. The company could be on the hook for billions under a lawsuit accusing it of violating Illinois’ strict biometric privacy laws.
Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart backs passage of a Right to Know Act, requiring companies like Facebook to reveal on request where they’re selling a consumer’s data.

Tax breakdown. After the failure of its website yesterday, the Internal Revenue Service has postponed the income tax filing deadline until midnight tonight—no extra paperwork required.
President Trump exaggerated plans to shrink tax-return forms.

‘What he really was, and really wanted to be, was funny.’ Wait Wait... Don’t Tell Me! host Peter Sagal recalls the show’s former announcer and scorekeeper, Carl Kasell, who died Tuesday at 84.
At about 48:42 in a Chicago Public Square Podcast last November, Sagal compared Kasell to his successor, Bill Kurtis.

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