Starbucks shutdown / #BoycottNFL / 'Drive' voice stilled

Starbucks shutdown. Today’s the day all company-owned Starbucks stores in the U.S. will close to train employees in how to fight unconscious bias.

The company’s CEO in a letter to customers today: The arrest of two black men at a Philadelphia Starbucks last month “was reprehensible.”
CNN: Starbucks’ plans for the afternoon are elaborate.
Why some doubt the effectiveness of unconscious bias training.

New life for an old hospital. Work’s underway on transformation of the former Cook County Hospital into two Hyatt Hotels, medical offices and retail space.
Upheaval at Chicago’s DuSable Museum of African American History: Seven board members have quit.

‘The most inappropriate #MemorialDay comment that a @POTUS has ever made.’ A veterans group is among those condemning President Trump for a self-serving Memorial Day tweet. (Cartoon: Keith Taylor.)
In a deal that raises fresh conflict-of-interest charges, the president’s daughter Ivanka has landed a batch of new trademarks in China.
On his birthday yesterday at Yankee Stadium, Trump’s lawyer, ex-New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, received “thunderous boos.”
The Onion: Yankees Fans Pack Stadium For A__hole Heritage Night.”

#BoycottNFL. A movement to protest the NFL’s crackdown on players who protest police brutality during the national anthem is gaining prominent supporters.
Chicago’s Memorial Day weekend: Seven dead and 39 shot, by the Tribune’s account—and more mayhem on North Michigan Avenue.
A Chicago Fire Department diver is dead and two others hurt after an unsuccessful search for a man overboard in the Chicago River.

#MarchforStolenChildren. Organizers in Chicago, Washington and other cities have pegged June 14 to protest the separation of children from their parents along the U.S. border.
A U.S. Health and Human Services deputy secretary calls reports the department has lost almost 1,500 immigrant kids false.
… but The Washington Post says they’re true.

‘The combination … is horrible.’ The Chicago Public Schools inspector general is condemning imprisoned ex-schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett for having accepted lavish meals from Mayor Emanuel’s school board appointee Deborah Quazzo—an investor in a schools vendor.
Ads spotlighting the schools’ present CEO—ads maybe not-so-coincidentally bankrolled in part by the mayor’s No. 1 donor—are raising hackles among the mayor’s challengers.
CNN: Here’s what teachers have changed with protests across the country this year.
… and, as The Reader’s Ben Joravsky noted last month, much of it was inspired by Chicago teachers’ strike six years ago.

‘The Drive’ voice stilled. Nick Michaels, the announcer whose imaging has defined WDRV 97.1-FM since its launch 17 years ago, has died. (Sixth item in Robert Feder’s blog.)
Longtime CBS News correspondent Bob Fuss is dead at 64.

The Trib’s new sib. Tronc, parent company to the Chicago Tribune, is acquiring the 153-year-old Virginian-Pilot newspaper.
New report: The spread of mobile devices is eroding consumption of almost all other media—especially print.

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