Vaccinated: What next? / ‘The strangest anniversary’ / Two trials

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Vaccinated: What next? If you haven’t gotten your COVID-19 shots yet, it’s increasingly likely you know someone who did. How are those people supposed to behave now? Dr. Anthony Fauci says he expects the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week to issue guidelines for the fully vaccinated. [Update, 10:10 a.m.: Here they are. Including: Vaccinated grandparents can hug their grandkids again.]
A social quandary for the vaccinated: Share the news, or not?
Experts say we’re still in “the eye of the hurricane” and masks shouldn’t go away.
The Conversation: Even “updated” vaccines could struggle to keep up with emerging strains.

Gone in a flash. All 110,000 vaccination appointments at the United Center disappeared quickly yesterday—even after the state at the last minute restricted them just to Chicago residents.

What’s in it for you? Coming Illinois’ way under a pandemic relief bill likely to pass the House Tuesday—billions for local governments, health centers and transit agencies, with payouts for most adults and expanded help for the unemployed.
Last Week Tonight host John Oliver explores the history of “shitty” U.S. unemployment programs: “Inequity was baked in … from the very beginning.”
Some economists see an employment boom to come.

‘The strangest anniversary.’ CNN’s Brian Stelter looks back to this day last year, when the word pandemic entered the national dialog
A year ago in Chicago Public Square: A former Homeland Security assistant secretary warned, “The U.S. isn’t ready for what’s about to happen.”
Neil Steinberg shares the grief of a woman whose husband died of COVID-19, but who doesn’t want to be named because “there are so many real crazies out there.”

‘Will it be saved, adapted, torn down or … fall into neglect?’
Sun-Times columnist David Roeder says 2021 will determine the fate of Chicago’s iconic but far from beloved James R. Thompson Center(Photo: Harry Carmichael in the Chicago Public Square Flickr group.)
A West Side office looted during last year’s social unrest is becoming a museum honoring Black history.

Two trials.
The Minneapolis cop accused in the May 25 death of George Floyd—an act that triggered nationwide protests—faces third-degree murder charges.
Despite international condemnation, a Des Moines Register reporter went on trial today for “failure to disperse and interference with official acts” as she covered police conflict with protesters in May.
Live blog coverage of the proceedings here.

‘Smarter and more thoughtful than it needs to be.’ The Tribune’s Christopher Borrelli lists 18 “Easter eggs” in the Museum of Science and Industry’s massive new exhibit, “Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes.”
One of the exhibit’s architects, Danny Fingeroth, is a guest on the latest Square podcast.
The exhibit’s Chicago run could outlast the pandemic.

Colleges across the country have eliminated spring breaks to discourage social gatherings that could spread the coronavirus.

And the cap goes to …
Chicago Public Square readers stepped up bigly to claim the first-ever Square swag before last night’s midnight deadline. The top three supporters who’ll be getting one of those lovely chapeaus as soon as we can pack ’em up are Crissy Kawamoto, Brian Crawford and Susan Beach. Thank you—and thanks to all whose support keeps this service coming your way.
 Keith J. Taylor is getting one, too.

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