Teachers wanted / What are you flying? / The Trebek problem

Teachers wanted. The Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools warns the state’s lack of teachers is getting worse—afflicting every subject area, in every region.

After almost a decade, the University of Illinois at Chicago is bringing back its Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education degree.
Deadspin: Starbucks CEO and presidential candidate Howard Schultz “has no time for … the community that aided his rise to riches”—his Michigan alma mater.

‘I can’t believe he’s still a police officer.’ A lawyer for the family of a disabled and unarmed man shot and wounded by a Chicago cop is outraged the department is recommending the officer be suspended for just six months.
The Better Government Association: Bad police fingerprint work is undermining Chicago property crime cases.
A plan to increase the Chicago tax on the sale of high-end real estate—to fund programs to help the homeless—was shot down yesterday by Mayor Emanuel’s City Council allies.

What are you flying? Updating coverage: Here are the airlines still using Boeing 737 Max 8 airplanes around the world …
… as investigators sift through the wreckage of a 737 Max 8 that crashed Sunday, killing 157.
Tips for determining if your next flight is on a 737 Max 8.
Boexit: British regulators are among the latest to ground the model.
Slate: A bad business decision may have made the 737 Max 8 vulnerable.
Honda’s recalling more than a million additional vehicles with potentially deadly air bags.

The ‘not worth it’ gamble. NBC News: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s decision to take impeachment of Donald Trump off the table puts the burden on Republicans.
A George Washington University law prof on why Pelosi really fears impeachment: “An enraged Trump base with a new President Mike Pence.” (Cartoon: Keith Taylor.)
A new app helps Trump fans find MAGA-friendly restaurants.

The Trebek problem. The Tribune’s Heidi Stevens’ concerns about the words Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek used to announce his cancer diagnosis triggered “more feedback … than anything I’ve written in months.”
New research concludes African-Americans and Hispanics breathe far more air pollution than they’re responsible for making.
A new organization, BirthStrike, encourages men and women to refuse to bear children until the world addresses “climate breakdown and civilization collapse.”
NPR: “It’s 2050 And This Is How We Stopped Climate Change.”
On the 30th anniversary of the invention of the World Wide Web, its inventor has a plan to fight hate speech.

‘Live statues.’ To spotlight Chicago’s lack of public monuments honoring women, actresses—standing still—will portray some of the city’s iconic women around town today.
The Trib’s Rick Kogan profiles the man behind those metallic deer sculptures around the city.
A local brewery today is giving away bikes in Chicago—one an hour—and giving clues on Twitter about how to find them.
It’s also Free Pancake Day.

On this, the third annual National Support Chicago Public Square Day …
Thanks to the many readers whose pledges—ranging from just a few cents a day to a few more cents a day—keep this thing coming. Their ranks include Joseph Lynn, Richard Milne, Marj Halperin, Roy Robert Lagemann, Jameson Branson, Joe Hass, Susan Beach, Nora Schlesinger, John & Beth Messina and John Kierig. Isn’t this the perfect day for you to join them?
And thanks to Smokey Robinson for helping get this edition out the digital door.