Swimsuits sunk / Welcome back, McDonald's / Grande ambition

Swimsuits sunk. The Miss America competition is declaring itself “no longer a pageant”—and ending the swimsuit and evening gown parts of its competition.

Miss America’s new boss, ex-Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson: “We are not going to judge you on your outward appearance.”
Daily Beast senior editor Erin Gloria Ryan on Bill Clinton’s insistence he doesn’t owe a #MeToo-era apology to Monica Lewinsky: “Clinton just doesn’t f__king get it. And he never will.”
Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank: “Clinton cleared a path for Donald Trump.”

‘They didn’t think this through at all.’ A former Homeland Security official blames the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy on illegal immigration for the hundreds of migrant kids separated from their parents and stuck at border stations.
ThinkProgress: A Trump tweet this morning packed four lies into a single tweet about immigration.
The Onion: ICE Agent Trying To Think Of Fun Name For Jail Cell Before Locking Up Immigrant Child.”
ProPublica: Hundreds of Illinois children languish in psychiatric hospitals after they’re cleared for release.”

Who’s pushing people onto CTA tracks? This unidentified guy for one, according to police. The Sun-Times’ Mary Mitchell despairs that “these men are still walking around our streets and that makes us targets for their insanity.” (Photo: Chicago Police.)
Lyft is in talks to acquire the company that runs Chicago’s Divvy and bike-sharing programs in New York, Boston, D.C. and San Francisco.

Welcome back, McDonald’s. Its new Chicago headquarters is open, ending almost a half-century in remote Oak Brook— being, in its CEO’s words, “a little detached from everyday life.”
The company’s critics see the new HQ as the “perfect” place to protest.

‘This bill will allow them to clean the slate of things that they gave up before the age of 13.’ Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin is proposing a law giving people the option of wiping out info they surrendered to internet companies as kids.
The next version of Apple’s iOS software gives parents more control in the struggle against “smartphone addiction.”
Scientists hold out hope that gadget obsession—and the sharing economy—can put the world on track to meet optimistic goals in the fight against global warming.

Grande ambition. Howard Schultz is quitting his job as Starbucks’ executive chairman—and he tells The New York Times he may run for president.
The Washington Post: “A Kentucky crowd cheered a valedictorian for quoting Trump. Then he told them it was Obama.”
What’s at stake in today’s eight state primaries.

Correction, clarification. Yesterday’s Chicago Public Square undercounted the number of cheerleaders suing the Houston Texans football team and overstated the imminence of Apple’s new software; it was previewed, not released. Thanks to readers Marty Berg and Mike Gold.
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