Can you see this? / 'Some sneaky game' / Dome home reborn

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Can you see this? With the dawn of the European Union’s new General Data Protection Regulation law, a bunch of U.S. news sites—including those of the Chicago Tribune and its Tronc-owned siblings; and the Times of Northwest Indiana and its Lee Enterprises cohort—today became unavailable in the EU.
The New York Times: GDPR … Makes Europe World’s Leading Tech Watchdog.”
Tech companies are scrambling.
Facebook’s newly released political-advertising transparency tools reveal President Trump’s campaign has run 4,400 ads on Facebook this month alone. (Hat-tip to CNN’s informative Reliable Sources email newsletter.)
Amazon’s Alexa is in trouble for recording a conversation between a married couple without their permission or awareness and sending that recording to a random person on their contacts list.
A T-Mobile bug let anyone see a customer’s account info (as heard on the latest Chicago Public Square Newscast).

Rape and other charges. Developing coverage: Disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein’s lawyer says he will plead has pleaded (corrected) not guilty in connection with a wave of accusations that launched the #MeToo movement.
Accusations against Morgan Freeman have cost him his advertising gigs with Visa and Vancouver Transit.

‘Some sneaky game.’ Opponents of plans to build a police and fire academy on Chicago’s West Side have gone to court to block a hastily scheduled City Council vote on the matter at 2:15 p.m. today—on the threshold of a holiday weekend.
From the Trib: Five things to know about the academy plan—and the controversy surrounding it.
You can watch the proceedings—if they happen—live on the web here.
On the West Side last night, neighbors literally ran from one shooting to the next.
Columnist Eric Zorn says a state representative who resigned from her job with the Cook County sheriff’s office in a battle against House Speaker Michael Madigan didn’t act courageously: “Quitting at the suggestion or perception of a threat that you might be fired isn’t courage.”

And by the way, my weapons?
They’re enormous, very large!
I hope you’ll never see them
But be warned — I’m still in charge.
— The Trib’s Mary Schmich sets Trump’s breakup with Kim Jong Un to verse.
Her colleague Rex Huppke tries to decipher “garbled presidential tweet farts.”

Lettuce eat romaine? Consumer Reports says it’s probably OK to consume romaine lettuce again after an E. coli outbreak—unless you’re very young, very old or pregnant.
A dramatic drop in Lake Michigan E. coli bacteria levels seems to be one benefit of the quagga mussel invasion.
Humans, though: Not so helpful.
McDonald’s shareholders have rejected a first step toward banning plastic straws.
At McCormick Place last night, someone stole $18,000 worth of candy.

Plugged in. The Trib reports the company that bought the old Mitsubishi auto factory in Normal, Ill., has landed a $200 million loan to start building electric cars there.
Even under the coal-friendly Trump administration, the EPA has quietly settled a deal that the Trib’s Michael Hawthorne reports shows how coal-fueled electricity “has largely disappeared from the Chicago area.”

Dome home reborn. In Carbondale, fans of world-renowned designer Buckminster Fuller are close to restoring the only geodesic dome he actually lived in. (Photo: One Illinois.)
The Sun-Times guide to Chicago-area summer festivals.
The Trib’s guide to summer theater in Chicago.

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