Waffle House ‘terrorism.’ The Tribune's Rex Huppke on the Nashville gunman’s crimes: “What are we really dealing with here if not terror? What do you call it when people are made to feel unsafe in the most public of places?”
■ All the victims were young people of color.
■ Sun-Times editorial: The suspect “had a particularly lethal gun … because of a bad law” in Illinois.
■ The National Rifle Association has just broken a 15-year fundraising record.
■ What we know about the driver who plowed a van onto a Toronto sidewalk, killing at least 10.
‘This is … discrimination that in addition to being unacceptable is also illegal.’ Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is suing to shut down a Champaign-area bus company that promised customers, “You won’t feel like you’re in China when you’re on our buses.”
■ Sun-Times editorial: “Why would anybody ride a bus operated by a company that allegedly has … declined to serve … ZIP codes thought to have larger Jewish populations?”
■ Read the full complaint.
Stan Lee sued in Chicago. A massage therapist says the co-creator of Marvel Comics’ iconic characters fondled himself and grabbed her during sessions last year. But his lawyer calls it a “shakedown.”
■ Me, after seeing Lee’s on-stage interview during that visit: “He has energy and enthusiasm to betray his age.”
■ Read the complaint filed in Cook County Circuit Court. (2010 photo: Gage Skidmore.)
■ Mayor Emanuel has broken his silence about a sexual harassment scandal linked to Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan.
‘Your votes are being stolen.’ The Better Government Association’s Madeleine Doubek says you have until Friday to pressure Illinois lawmakers to give voters this fall a say in whether to create fairer legislative boundaries.
■ An online BGA tool makes finding and writing your legislators about the issue as simple as typing your name and address.
■ A musician who wrote and performed classic Schoolhouse Rock songs is dead at 94.
New streets for old. Chicago’s released a list of the 200 miles it’ll be repaving this year.
■ A new report from the state comptroller finds State of Illinois late payment interest penalties for the last 2 1/2 years under Gov. Bruce Rauner have totaled more than those for the previous 18 years combined.
What Facebook won’t let you … After years of secrecy, the company has published the Community Standards guide its employees have used to decide what it does and doesn’t allow. (TL;DR: Cannibalism is out.)
■ Reddit, the company that bills itself as “the front page of the internet,” is opening its first non-coastal office here.
■ The company’s co-founder: Consumers will drive internet privacy reforms.
Garbage Patch assault. Twenty-one years after discovery of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch—a swarm of 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic—the world’s first plastic-cleaning machine is headed out to do something about it.
■ Five myths about recycling.
Want fries with that? Amazon will now deliver stuff to your car—if you have the right kind of car.
■ Hasbro blames Toys R Us (and, indirectly, Amazon) for a miserable first quarter.