McCain's final ____ / Free U. of I. tuition / World's 'most littered item'

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McCain’s final ____. Sen. John McCain’s wishes for his funeral included requests that Barack Obama and George W. Bush—and not Donald Trump—deliver remarks.

Lowering of the White House flag in McCain’s honor didn’t last long.
Honors for McCain will include a cross-country funeral procession. (Cartoon: Keith Taylor.)
The Tribune’s Dahleen Glanton: Trump “is obsessed with loyalty. Yet he surrounds himself with traitors.”
One of McCain’s former captors in Vietnam sends his sympathy.
Washington Post columnist Greg Sargent: “Want to honor McCain? Then call out Trump’s racism.”
FiveThirtyEight: What McCain’s death means for the Senate.

Free U. of I. tuition. To stem a native student brain-drain, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign promises eight semesters of free tuition and fees to any qualified state student whose household income falls below the state household median income.
Gov. Rauner’s vetoed a bill that would have set a $40,000 minimum salary for public school teachers.

Chicago’s deadliest recent fire. Eight people—including at least six kids—perished in an apartment building that apparently had no working smoke detectors.
Flush from fees collected in a downtown building boom, Mayor Emanuel’s set to dole out $8 million for neighborhood projects on Chicago’s West and South sides.
Chicago mayoral candidate Willie Wilson yesterday again gave away cash at church.

Protest party. As Chicago police target unofficial block parties linked to violence, a self-styled “Army of Moms” defiantly hosted just such a gathering Sunday.
After a law-enforcement sting involving a “bait truck” filled with athletic shoes to catch thieves, rapper Vic Mensa gave away 10,000 pairs of shoes Sunday on the South Side.
Laura Washington in the Sun-Times: Chicago’s is a history of protest, and the whole world is still watching—which happens to be the title of a Tuesday presentation at the University of Illinois at Chicago, reuniting organizers of the 1968 political protests that rocked Chicago and the world. Admission’s free, but you have to register online beforehand.
Columnist Neil Steinberg on coverage of those protests: “The media paid for it, and pays for it still.”
The Trib’s Ron Grossman: “There wasn’t any logic to those late August days in 1968.”
From 1994: An audio interview with William Kunstler, lawyer for defendants in the 1969 Chicago Seven conspiracy trial that arose from those protests.

Shadow on Chicago. An ex-Vatican official says the city’s Roman Catholic leader, Cardinal Blase Cupich, owes his job in part to a church official accused of sexual misconduct.
The pope refuses to “say a word about it.”

Red Line stabbing. A convicted felon has been charged with an attack on a woman early Saturday.
Expect Lake Shore Drive delays as a resurfacing project unfolds downtown.

The shooter: What we know. CNN rounds up details about the deceased suspect in the shooting spree at a Florida video game tournament.
The gaming community mourns.

‘The Alcatraz of the Midwest.’ Tours of Illinois’ historic and long-abandoned Old Joliet Prison begin Tuesday.
Movies and TV shows filmed there include The Blues Brothers and Prison Break. (2013 photo: David Wilson.)
Headed for the mothballs: The Fox Valley’s old Dial Soap factory.

$1 million for journalism. No strings. Craiglist founder Craig Newmark is dumping a load of cash on Mother Jones.
Across the country, student newspapers are disappearing.
Your Square publisher’s advice in 2017: If your school kills your student newspaper, you can keep going. Cheap.

World’s ‘most littered item.’ Environmentalists’ new target: Cigarette butts.
Climate Desk: Think Rivers Are Dangerous Now? Just Wait.”
Hot day looms: Chicago’s heat index heads north of 100 today.