Boogaloonies / Illinois’ 2nd wave? / Folding out

Boogaloonies. The Guardian rounds up incidents in which armed men around the country—some affiliated with the pro-gun, anti-government “boogaloo” movement—have been disrupting protests by driving vehicles at crowds.
As Trevor Noah noted on last night’s special hourlong Daily Show, police have sometimes been just as bad: “Is there anyone non-threatening enough that police would not get violent with them? What we’re learning is that the answer is no.”
Police Supt. David Brown: “Chicago has moved past this period of looting and vandalism.”
Chicago cops arrested more than 3,000 people over the last nine days for “civil unrest” and looting. (Cartoon: Keith J. Taylor.)
Updating coverage: George Floyd, whose death in Minneapolis inspired protests nationwide, was to be buried today—his body borne by a horse-drawn carriage.

‘For every one video I watch of someone being arrested, I watch 10 other videos of no one doing a thing but being black.’ Public defenders held a Black Lives Matter protest around Cook County’s Southwest Side criminal courthouse.
WTTW: When black teenagers learn to drive, it’s time for “the talk.”
ProPublica’s Wendi C. Thomas: “The police have been spying on black reporters and activists for years. I know because I’m one of them.”
Acknowledging its abuse in racial profiling, IBM says it’ll stop selling facial recognition and analysis software.
The Smithsonian is launching a new initiative: “Race, Community and Our Shared Future.”

‘Decommission defund.’ Tribune columnist Eric Zorn says a poor choice of words—“Defund the police”— threatens to undo the progress civil rights activists have made over the past two weeks.
Six Chicago aldermen explain how cutting police funding could make Chicago safer.
The Sun-Times’ Lynn Sweet: “Defund” plays into President Trump’s hand, crippling efforts to elect Joe Biden …
 … who the Trib’s Rex Huppke jokingly says should be tweeting more insults.
Newsweek: Biden is planning the most radical economic overhaul since the New Deal.
Eccentric but wealthy ex-mayoral and ex-presidential candidate Willie Wilson is forming his own party—the Willie Wilson Party, because of course—to challenge Sen. Dick Durbin.
NBC News: Republicans are recruiting an army of poll watchers to fight patently nonexistent voter fraud—and maybe to intimidate minority voters.

‘A ticked-off mayor.’ A Trib editorial calls on Mayor Lightfoot to show restraint and keep cool.
Chicago magazine’s Edward McClelland: Lightfoot was never a police reformer.
Chicago filmmaker Steve James—whose new documentary series, City So Real, seemed complete with Lightfoot’s election—is adding footage on the crises she’s faced since.
Hear Chicago Public Square’s 2018 podcast with James.

Illinois’ second wave? The Trib’s Joe Mahr runs down the stats to watch for signs COVID-19 is making a comeback.
As businesses reopen, older workers face tough decisions about whether to return to work.
Google Maps’ new update adds COVID-19 features like transit crowdedness and testing center guidelines.
Hospitals’ new opioid crisis: Not enough for coronavirus patients.

‘No delivery fees for the remainder of the year.’ Uber Eats is pitching in to help black-owned restaurants get back to business.
As oil demand plummets, BP is eliminating 10,000 jobs …
 … and State Farm is cutting Illinoisans’ auto insurance rates even more.

Weather eyes up. Chicago faces the prospect of heavy rain and winds later today …
 … the remnants of Tropical Storm Cristobal.

Folding out. The world’s longest-working comics artist, Al Jaffee—creator of Mad magazine’s “Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions”—is retiring at 99 …
 … with a special edition featuring a final iconic “fold-in.”
From 2017: An interview in which Jaffee discussed life, death and cartooning.
Critic Chris Jones praises the latest from Chicago’s Neo-Futurists, who’ve taken their skit performances onto the web for $3 a week.

‘Our local news outlets help keep us safer. Let’s help keep them open.’ A multimillion-dollar “Support Local News” campaign backed largely by Google launches today.
Axios has cleared its reporters to join protests—and promises help covering bail and medical bills if they’re arrested or hurt while doing it …
 … a notion your Square publisher has been cool with for decades (2017 link).
The Daily Beast: Trump’s new favorite news channel employs a guy also paid by the Kremlin.

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