Trump's threat / 'Scooter-freude' / Fateful F-bomb

Trump’s threat. The president tweets that immigration agents next week “will begin the process of removing … millions of illegal aliens” …
 … an assertion that followed by less than two hours the president’s condemnation of a Fox News poll that found 50% of Americans favor his impeachment or removal from office.
HBO’s John Oliver in a report you can see free on the web here: The case for inaction on impeachment “is starting to get weak” …

 … but The Washington Post’s Aaron Blake says that’s not Trump’s worst poll number. (Cartoon: Keith J. Taylor.)
Blake again: The Boston Globe’s fake Trump front page from 2016 is proving increasingly prophetic.

Lightfoot’s laurels. The Sun-Times’ Lynn Sweet was in the audience for—and sworn mostly to secrecy about—Monday’s recording of Mayor Lightfoot’s segment set to air on Stephen Colbert’s show later this week: “The audience  … gave Lightfoot a standing ovation.”
Sweet’s colleague, Fran Spielman: Lightfoot’s “nonstop … celebrity schmoozing” parallels “one of the biggest pet peeves” about Rahm Emanuel’s time in office.
Lightfoot is backing down from a threat to punish a top cop for taking a preapproved and prepaid family vacation after Lightfoot dictated otherwise.

‘Scooter-freude.’ Streetsblog Chicago’s John Greenfield “does not condone the vandalism of Chicago’s new shared scooters … However, I am in favor of documenting said vandalism” …
 … which has not been in short supply …
 … although the city says the weekend rollout has “worked out really well.”
One person was in custody after a shooting wounded three people on a CTA bus last night.
If you had trouble checking up on your CTA account yesterday, here’s why.

Bad timing. [Update, 10:16 a.m.] Gizmodo: Google Calendar Dies One Hour After Google Tweets About How Great It Is.”
And if you had trouble checking Gmail, here’s why.

13 victims? The FBI is checking claims by a former University of Illinois doctoral student that he killed 12 people other than the graduate student whose murder he’s on trial for.
The reward’s up to $10,000 for information in the stabbing death of a veteran Chicago firefighter’s son.

Wright fight? Oak Park’s historic Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio plans a new visitor center …
 … that may prove controversial. (Rendering: John Ronan Architects.)
A historic Hoffman Estates farmhouse is apparently doomed.

Water woes. Lake Michigan water levels stand to reach records this month, raising the prospect of more frequent “shoreline and coastal flooding, especially during storm events.”
Melting Arctic ice could unleash pollution—including radioactivity—and ancient diseases.

Fateful F-bomb. An inadvertently broadcast obscenity was what media columnist Robert Feder calls “the last straw” for host Patti Vasquez’ run on WGN Radio.
Now her name is in the mix of potential candidates to replace [correcting] fill the Illinois Senate seat representing a district now also served by the retiring—and only—Chicago Republican in the Illinois House.
A time in 2013 your Square host and Vasquez shared a studio at WBEZ (beginning at 4:27 in that audio).

Is your bank branch closing? Crain’s has a list of the 44 Chicago-area locations Fifth Third plans to shutter next month—most of them in the suburbs.
Mastercard will let customers use a preferred name on cards even if it’s not a legal name.

This will fix everything. Boeing’s chief financial officer says the company’s open to changing the name of its cursed 737 Max jet …
 … a suggestion President Trump floated in April.

New-look Trib. The creaky Chicago Tribune website’s been overhauled with a new look imported from The Washington Post.
Flashback, 2007: Notes on an earlier Tribune redesign.
Flashback, 2000: American Journalism Review wrote about the Trib’s then-unusual new mission, breaking news.

Wednesday is National Invite Someone to Subscribe to Chicago Public Square Day—not to be confused with National Support Chicago Public Square Day. That was March 12. But why wait?
 Thanks to reader Sharon Rosenblum for untangling a mistake in Square coverage of the Vasquez story above, and to Pam Spiegel for additional grammatical vigilance.

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