Kenosha lies / Rohr no more / Thanks, August

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Kenosha lies. The Associated Press runs a fact-check on President Trump’s remarks yesterday in Wisconsin.
The New York Times’ take: Misleading, exaggerated, false.
The Sun-Times’ Neil Steinberg: “Trump gave $1 million of your tax money to the Kenosha police; that’s $142,857 for each bullet pumped into Jacob Blake’s back.”

Trump-comfy Tribune columnist John Kass offers an explanation for “why Democrats didn’t want … Trump to visit Kenosha.” (Cartoon: Keith J. Taylor.)
Lynn Sweet in the Sun-Times: Expect Trump and Vice President Pence to keep “lavishing attention on Wisconsin.”

Odds are … Europe-based betting exchange Betfair says wagers on its network put Trump ahead of Joe Biden to win.
Vox’s Ezra Klein explains “the eerie stability of Trump’s approval rating.”
Eric Levitz at Intelligencer:Many GOP Voters Value America’s Whiteness More Than Its Democracy.”
A Democratic analytics firm warns Election Night could look like a landslide for Trump—even if he eventually loses …
 … a prospect that the Times suggests could also trigger Democrats’ “doomsday scenario.”
Old Navy says it’ll pay its employees to work the polls on Election Day.
Want to do the same? Here’s how you can—earning a few hundred bucks—in Chicago and Cook County.

Tale of two states. White House coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx says the fight against COVID-19 is playing out better in the Chicago area than in the rest of Illinois …
… but Chicago’s top doc warns, “The whole state, including Chicago, is at a warning level for our number of new cases.”
Added to the city’s quarantine list, with fines up to $7,000: Hawaii, Nebraska, North Carolina.
Glimmers of hope: New research concludes that “immunity to this unpredictable and highly contagious virus may not be fleeting” …
 … and that cheap steroids can help COVID patients.

‘I probably should have decided earlier.’ Northwestern University’s president is apologizing and cutting tuition for first- and second-year students who got late notice last week they can’t live on campus this fall.
Acknowledging that sending students back to school has increased the odds of cascading outbreaks, the White House coronavirus task force is warning colleges not to send COVID-infected students home.
ProPublica: New Orleans hospitals sent COVID-19 patients home to die—even as relatives begged them not to.

Rohr no more. Iconic Chicago car dealer Bob Rohrman is dead at 87.
Mark Mothersbaugh, frontman for Devo—and composer for Pee-wee’s Playhouse, Rugrats and more—is sharing his harrowing personal battle against the coronavirus.
A biological sciences professor says the death of Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman underscores two important public health concerns.

‘McCrook.’ That’s the Sun-Times’ newspaper headline on the guilty plea from ex-Cook County Commissioner and McCook ex-Mayor Jeff Tobolski, who—in reporter Jon Seidel’s words—“admitted he’d abused both jobs.”
McDonald’s is getting sued by dozens for of former Black franchisees who say the company treated them worse than their white counterparts.
 Lawyers around the country report a flood of age discrimination complaints triggered by COVID-19.

‘Trump says he will save American suburbs from the threat of affordable housing. They’re not exactly terrified in Northbrook.’ Columnist Irv Leavitt takes a look at fear and loathing in the suburbs.
Chicago’s second-largest hotel, The Palmer House Hilton, has been hit with a foreclosure lawsuit.
So has the redeveloper of Chicago’s long-neglected Congress Theater.

Thanks, August. Last month wrapped up Chicago’s hottest meteorological summer on record …
 … and a desperately dry one, too.
The Conversation: Trump’s push for looser showerhead standards could send a lot of water and money down the drain.

‘Made me cringe every time.’ Reviewing last night’s debut of WGN America’s nightly three-hour newscast, NewsNation, critic Robert Feder gives thumbs-down to the show’s “overworked, self-serving mantra: ‘We’re bringing you balance, not bias.’”
Trib critic Steve Johnson: “There were filler stories with absolutely no broader meaning.”
Hours before the premiere, Trump blew a kiss on Twitter to its Nextar Media boss.

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