‘It is tragic’ / Dogs Bite Men Dept. / Chicago and the Oscars

‘It is tragic.’ Mayor Lightfoot tweeted an appeal for those who killed two people and wounded at least 13 others at a party on the South Side over the weekend to turn themselves in.
Hundreds had gathered inside a warehouse usually used for auto repairs.
Police Supt. David Brown: “We have a lot of work to do” to solve the crime.

‘We want full days.’ Hundreds of people gathered in downtown Naperville to demand the area’s school districts risk their kids’ and teachers’ health every weekday.
Chicago lowered the boom over the pre-St. Pat’s weekend on just one bar for breaking pandemic restrictions.
Dr. Fauci says he wishes Donald Trump would encourage his followers to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
Thousands of low-income Illinoisans will get a pandemic break: Outstanding fees and fines won’t be skimmed from their state income tax returns. (Cartoon: Keith J. Taylor.)
 Bloomberg: President Biden’s considering the first major federal tax hike since 1993—on corporations and the wealthy.

Dogs Bite Men Dept.
Politico: Trump’s post-presidency is “adrift.”
Among those charged in the U.S. Capitol insurrection: An avowed white supremacist and Nazi sympathizer who wore a “Hitler mustache” and who allegedly said he’d “kill all the Jews.”

‘Why CNN was right to go after Tucker Carlson.’ Media writer Tom Jones reviews coverage of a week in which Fox News’ reactionary host was excoriated by The New York Times and senior U.S. military leaders.
John Oliver on Last Week Tonight: Carlson is “the most prominent vessel in America for white supremacist talking points.”
The Tribune’s Eric Zorn says he’s OK with Sen. Tammy Duckworth’s “F*ck Tucker Carlson” tweet: She “bravely fought the Iraqis. Now she is wrestling with a pig.”
A tug-of-war is taking shape for control of the Trib and its sibling papers.

‘Intrinsically disordered.’ In a statement approved by the pope, the Vatican says the Catholic Church can’t bless same-sex unions …
 … which it labels “sin.”

Chicago and the Oscars. Among those most honored in this morning’s nominations announcement: Chicago-based tales Judas and the Black Messiah, The Trial of the Chicago 7 and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.
Mank leads all with 10 nominations …
 … in a fresh show of Netflix’s Oscars domination.
Two posthumous Grammy Awards went to Maywood native John Prine.

Look before you date. Match Group—parent of Tinder, Match and other dating apps—will let members run background checks on people using just a full name, or a first name and a phone number.
Members of Congress are sounding an alarm about plans to send pandemic relief cash to Microsoft—in essence rewarding it for selling the government faulty software.

Winter’s veil. A fresh few inches of snow could blanket Chicago by this evening …
 … courtesy of the same system that, over 24 hours, dropped 52 inches on the Rockies.
Three lanes of northbound Lake Shore Drive were blocked this morning after a lamppost fell on a vehicle.

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