Long shot / Bad timing of the day / April Fools past

Long shot. Pfizer says its vaccine remains effective against COVID-19 for at least six months—and seems to protect against at least one major virus variant.
The company responsible for Johnson & Johnson’s decision to scrap millions of vaccine doses has a history of problems.
NPR: The theory that the pandemic sprang from a Chinese lab is picking up steam after this week’s joint report from China and the World Health Organization.
All essential workers and people with underlying health conditions now qualify for the vaccine in suburban Cook County.

‘A historic gamble that Americans are … eager for the government to invest in America again.’ Historian Heather Cox Richardson puts President Biden’s massive infrastructure plan in context.
A Sun-Times editorial: “The total tab will be necessarily high because lawmakers and previous presidential administrations kicked the can down the road.”

Bad timing of the day. Ex-Obama administration Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood raves about a development that he says can “show the world that Chicago and Illinois are ‘open for business’” in commentary that appears in today’s Sun-Times …
 … hours after federal prosecutors said LaHood took—and failed to disclose—$50,000 from an associate of a billionaire who illegally channeled foreign contributions to U.S. campaigns …
 … one of which supported LaHood’s son, who’s now a congressman himself.
Speaking of “open for business”: A former Illinois state lawmaker and lobbyist for Commonwealth Edison faces federal charges of tax evasion.

If I would’ve just not tooken the bill, this could’ve been avoided.’ In the murder trial of ex-Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin, a 19-year-old store clerk who reported George Floyd’s fake $20 bill joined what The Associated Press calls “the burgeoning list of witnesses who expressed a sense of helplessness and lingering guilt over Floyd’s death.”
Chicago police were trying to figure out how an 18-year-old Oak Park and River Forest High School student got shot late Tuesday at a Gold Coast hotel where a large party had been held.

Things go better for Coke. Under pressure from boycott movements, the CEOs of Georgia-based Coca-Cola and Delta Airlines have belatedly condemned the state’s repressive election regulation law.
The Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin: “To maintain their desired corporate image and avoid real economic pain, they need to get on the side of democracy—and stay there.”

Wrigleyville’s iconic rooftops will be open—with limits. (Cartoon: Keith J. Taylor.)
Wrigley’s PA announcer talks about his decision to quit.

Chicago’s top tourism exec, Choose Chicago CEO David Whitaker, is departing.

April Fools past.
Chicago Public Square, 2017: Doughnuts / Doughnuts / Doughnuts.
CNET has been tracking some of this year’s pranks …
 … which Google, among others, is eschewing.

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