Shots at noon / ‘I regret that tone’ / Chicago done wrong

Shots at noon. Cook County was set at 12 p.m. today to release 15,000 COVID-19 vaccine appointments …
 … for which people can sign up here.
Also effective—your Square columnist can attest firsthand—is the county’s toll-free hotline: 833-308-1988.
Gov. Pritzker is encouraging Chicagoans over 16 to visit the suburbs to get shots beginning Monday.
Chicago’s top doc recommends crossing state lines: “Indiana has got plenty of vaccine and not enough people taking it.”
A mass vaccination center in Tinley Park was locked down Thursday, along with five schools, as police investigated reports of a car stolen and shots fired.
A woman asked to put on a face mask at a Chicago Dunkin’ Donuts has been accused of aggravated battery—hitting an employee with a tip jar.
Sun-Times columnist Neil Steinberg offers some—oh, let’s say, extreme—ideas for persuading anti-vaxxers to get their shots.

‘You don’t have to be a howling paranoid  … to appreciate the civil liberties issues.’ Politico’s Jack Shafer raises concerns about the push for “vaccine passports.”
A Michigan State University medicine professor offers guidance for people anxious about rejoining the world.
Tribune columnist Mary Schmich: Hugs are no longer forbidden for the vaccinated, but still: Ask first.
Chicago’s Riverwalk restaurants and vendors are back beginning today.
The Onion: “A swarm of rats scrambled to hide their miniature, fully functioning amusement park and resort before workers returned to a local office building.”

‘I regret that tone.’ Addressing critics of his column “urging a wait-and-see response to the police killing of 13-year-old Adam Toledo,” Trib columnist Eric Zorn says, “I should have done better.”
That column, also featured in Wednesday’s Chicago Public Square, drew international attention.
As the boy’s family waited to see police video of the incident, they planned a private service to lay his body to rest.
Accounts conflict over who fired at whom before a 21-month-old was shot in the head as he rode in his grandfather’s car along Lake Shore Drive this week.

‘Keep knocking.’ A Georgia lawmaker arrested and handcuffed after knocking on Gov. Brian Kemp’s door as he signed a restrictive new voting law says her joy at dismissal of the charges against her “is tempered by the fact that I should have never been arrested.”
The independent National Catholic Reporter: “Catholic-led organizations and donors have pumped millions of dollars into voter suppression efforts.”

South Side celebrations.
 … at which Mayor Lightfoot and Gov. Pritzker got some boos.
The University of Chicago blames frat parties for a COVID outbreak that has forced a return to virtual learning and dorm quarantines for at least a week.

Chicago done wrong. The Trib’s Tracy Swartz rips Netflix’s new movie, Thunder Force, for being set here but failing to nail the city’s look, feel … or bus routes.
Sun-Times critic Richard Roeper rates it “a thunderously bad film.”

‘A nasty, unappealing thing.’ Variety’s chief TV critic, Daniel D’Addario, reviews Fox News’ entry in the late-night comedy biz.
Stephen Colbert on the saga of scandalized scandal-scarred Congressman Matt Gaetz: “I know Gaetz is from Florida, but ‘Bahamas sex trafficking with weed-peddling hand surgeon’ is almost too Florida even for him.”

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