Sharp turn / Had it? You’re not protected / Tribune trouble

Sharp turn. After days of inaction over reports of favoritism in the administration of COVID-19 vaccines, the board of the West Side’s Loretto Hospital has accepted the resignation of its chief operating officer (and Eric Trump pal) Dr. Anosh Ahmed.
■ The announcement came shortly after Block Club Chicago—whose reporting has led coverage of this story—revealed Loretto shots had gone to ineligible workers at a steakhouse Ahmed frequented.
Sun-Times columnist Mary Mitchell: The Loretto board’s not off the hook yet.
■ CBS Chicago: People wrongfully given vaccinations now are scrambling to find Dose No. 2.

‘Vaccine passports.’ As Gov. Pritzker got the one-shot dose of Johnson & Johnson’s protection from the coronavirus, he said he likes the idea of a voluntary system to identify those who’ve been immunized
■ … a notion Chicago Public Square asked him about Dec. 8 (at 24:01 in this video).
■ Mayor Lightfoot is pushing an ordinance to require that companies give employees time off to get vaccinated
Tribune columnist Rex Huppke got the shot: “The only side effects I experienced were increased awesomeness, sculpted abs, the ability to wield Thor’s hammer, Mjölnir, and mild soreness in my left shoulder.”
■ Manny’s Deli didn’t make it even a day into its 30-day challenge for customers to wear masks, but it’s still going to give 1,000 free sandwiches to those who do.

Had it? You’re not protected. A University of South Carolina professor of immunology explains why even those who’ve survived COVID-19 infections should get vaccinated.
The New Yorker lists things fully vaccinated people are still not allowed to do”—including “Use both armrests on a plane or a train.”

‘Biden has repeatedly disappointed those who hoped to see him babbling incoherently.’ As the president finally—for the first time since his inauguration—holds a press conference this afternoon at 12:15 p.m. Central, columnist Steve Chapman defends Biden: “Americans don’t need him to barge into their lives every day to be satisfied with his performance.”
■ Media writer Tom Jones says you can look for the White House press corps to “go out of its way to show … it can be just as tough on Biden as it was on Donald Trump.”

‘A slap in the face to people that have suffered great atrocities.’ A Black Chicago alderman took offense at a plan to give 5,000 of Chicago’s neediest families $500 a month—regardless of their ethnicity—“until we deal with the issue of reparations … to … descendants of slaves.”
■ Approved in the City Council: An anti-gentrification law slapping steep fees on developers who tear down residential buildings near The 606 trail.
■ A Chicago alderman is pushing an end to the city’s 6 mph threshold for speed tickets—returning to 10 mph—but increasing the fine from $35 to $100.
■ Headed to the Illinois House: A plan to end the state ban on local rent-control laws …

Tribune trouble. Takeover of the Chicago Tribune’s parent company by the parasitic Alden Global Capital was looking more likely …
■ … because Tribune Publishing’s own board—including Alden’s agents—indicated it would back Alden’s deal …
■ … even as a Maryland businessman offered a better price.
■ Government and politics reporter Hal Dardick is the latest to depart the Trib.
The New York Times has told reporters: Get approval before launching a personal newsletter.
■ Media journalist Simon Owens deflates the argument “Why would I pay for a … newsletter when I can subscribe to Publication X for the same price?(Apology: This link is not public, but Simon has granted permission to reprint the exchange, which we’ve done so in the following screenshot. Subscribe to Simon’s newsletter here!)

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