Chicago sportscaster dead / Mueller time / Water warning

Chicago sportscaster dead. Chet Coppock has died at 70, after injuries sustained in a car accident.

His daughter delivered the news in a post to Facebook.
Media columnist Robert Feder recaps Coppock’s career—including his role as the “Godfather of Sports Talk Radio.”
Tributes have been flooding Coppock’s Facebook page.

7th grader’s suicide. A boy shot and killed himself at a suburban middle school yesterday—after what one source says had been a rough couple of days for him.
A Sun-Times editorial warns that a Downstate Illinois movement to designate counties “gun ownership sanctuaries” will make it “even harder for Chicago to make its streets safer.”

Shrinking Chicago. The metro area’s population dropped last year for the fourth year in a row.
As vote-counting ends, the next City Council looks to shift notably to the left …
 … but at least one race may yet face a recount.
Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot wants your ideas … and resumes.

Mueller time. Now that the Justice Department has released the partially-censored version of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on the 2016 presidential election, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee has tweeted a demand that Mueller himself appear before Congress.
Updating coverage: Following Attorney General William Barr’s spin-heavy news conference this morning, the report itself was undergoing close scrutiny at Chicago Public Square’s email publication deadline.
Slate:The most remarkable part of Barr’s press conference had nothing to do with the facts.”
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called Barr’s appearance “@realDonaldTrump’s campaign press conference.” (Cartoon: Keith Taylor.)

‘A state’s attorney and staff so obsessed with how their decisions would look to the public that they didn’t realize how their decisions would look to the public.’ A Tribune editorial slams Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx for her handling of actor Jussie Smollett’s apparently false claim of a hate crime and demands she tell the truth under oath.
Mayor Emanuel on calls for Foxx to step down: “She got elected. She should serve out her term.”

New Metra stops for Chicago. Stalled for almost a decade, construction’s about to begin on long-planned commuter rail stations to serve the city’s North and South Sides.
Spend May 19 troubleshooting Chicago’s bike lanes, get free doughnuts. (Hat-tip to the invaluable Streetsblog Chicago.)

Water warning. Consumer Reports finds several popular brands of bottled water “with arsenic levels at or above 3 ppb”—a level “potentially dangerous to drink over extended periods of time.”
The Sun-Times’ Mary Mitchell addresses Pipeline Health’s botched purchase of a suburban hospital in a deal led by Dr. Eric Whitaker, “a close friend of former President Barack Obama, [which] makes this dispute even more damaging.”

What is the Chicago-area high school attended by the holder of the new Jeopardy! record for single-day earnings? James Holzhauer broke his own record on yesterday’s show.
Meanwhile, host Alex Trebek has wrapped up recording for this season’s shows and posted a video updating fans on his pancreatic cancer diagnosis.

Lollapronouncement. The day-by-day lineup is out for this summer’s Lollapalooza festival in Chicago.
Single-day tickets are priced at up to $2,000.

As foretold by Futurama. Scientists have been able to restore function to the brains of dead pigs—but, for ethical reasons, they deliberately stopped short of restoring consciousness.
The Atlantic: Dentistry is “much less scientific—and more prone to gratuitous procedures—than you may think.”

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