Trump's threats / Kobe's copter / Box-blocked

Trump’s threats I. House impeachment manager Adam Schiff says he considers President Trump’s tweet contending that Schiff “has not paid the price, yet, for what he has done to our Country” a threat against him.
The impeachment trial resumes at noon.
Chief Justice John Roberts—who’s tangled with Trump in other contexts—can choose on his own to call witnesses at the trial.
The New York Times’ Peter Baker: Ex-National Security Adviser John Bolton’s new book “sounds like an echo of the so-called smoking gun tape” that doomed Richard Nixon’s presidency. But, Baker says, “This is Mr. Trump’s era … and the old rules do not always apply.”

Trump’s threats II. After NPR reporter Mary Louise Kelly’s revelation of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s obscenity-laced tirade against her for an interview in which she asked him tough questions, the president shared a tweet that questioned NPR’s existence.

An NPR host’s retort: “We exist because we believe in an informed, civil electorate that has access to facts based on trustworthy information and investigation.”
The Washington Post: Emails contradict Pompeo’s claim Kelly lied to set up the interview.
A Fox News host: “For goodness sake, Mr. Secretary, don’t be such a baby. … You should apologize.”
A mental health counselor praises Kelly for “a master class on how to handle gaslighters.”
Can you pass Pompeo’s challenge to Kelly and point to Ukraine on a map(Cartoon: Keith J. Taylor.)

Kobe’s copter. The helicopter that crashed with Kobe Bryant and his daughter on board, killing them and seven others, used to be owned by Illinois.
It was flying in fog that grounded other choppers.
The Tribune’s Rex Huppke: “Many of us never paid enough attention to wade into the Kobe as hero vs. Kobe as alleged rapist debate.”
USA Today columnist Nancy Armour: “Contrary to the almost universal praise and adoration being lavished upon him Sunday following his death in a helicopter crash, Bryant was not perfect.”
A Post political reporter who linked to an article about rape charges leveled against Bryant 17 years ago has been suspended.
The husband of a girls basketball coach also killed in the crash:I’ve got three small kids … and no mom.”

School’s out for … A new law gives Illinois students of voting age time off from class to vote, beginning in November.
The presidential race is down to its last week in Iowa.

Box-blocked. Trib reporter Mary Wisniewski compares Chicago police action against intersection-blocking vehicles to that in other big cities—and finds Chicago comes up short.
A new report concludes Chicago’s waning enforcement of anti-prostitution law disproportionately targets women selling sex—not buyers or traffickers.
Mayor Lightfoot is out to improve Chicago’s lousy recycling rate.

Happy News Literacy Week. Traditionally focused on students in the classroom, the nonprofit News Literacy Project* aims to reach adults with a new public awareness campaign beginning today.
Three years ago tonight, the existence of Chicago Public Square was revealed to the world in this WGN Radio broadcast with Justin Kaufmann.

Your clicks, compromised. An antivirus program used by people around the world is selling users’ web browsing data to some of the world’s biggest companies—including Home Depot, Google, Microsoft and Pepsi.
The company says the data is anonymized, but it can be picked apart and linked to individual users.

Carol Stream, the person.
The woman after whom a Chicago suburb was named—developer Jay Stream’s daughter Carol—is dead at 77.

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