Twister tip / Who’s not vaccinated? / Happy birthday, NPR

Twister tip. The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for the Chicago region this afternoon and evening, warning that “a brief tornado cannot be ruled out.”
The Environmental Protection Agency is winning environmentalists’ praise for a new rule aimed at cutting the production of gases that are used in air-conditioning and refrigeration but that also are warming Earth.

‘He literally … aimed at the people and gunned his truck.’ A witness describes a driver’s path onto a grass median in Logan Square Saturday, hurting three people, one critically …
 … prompting a call from the Illinois Asian American Caucus for “leadership from Mayor Lightfoot and immediate action from the Chicago Police Department to combat the rise in anti-Asian hate.”
 The driver’s been charged with attempted murder.
Despite negotiations that continued after 14 hours, a man suspected of shooting another man remained barricaded in his Calumet City home.

‘Without DuSable, there would be no Chicago.’ Sun-Times columnist Laura Washington says the city’s long overdue in honoring its founder by renaming Lake Shore Drive after him.
New York Times Magazine contributor Linda Villarosa: “Black Lives Are Shorter in Chicago. My Family’s History Shows Why.”

Who’s not vaccinated? Illinois’ COVID-19 immunizations have been slowing.
Chicago cops aren’t doing their part.
The Sun-Times: Running the state’s largest vaccination sites costs about $400,000 a day.
The New York Times: It may be too late to reach “herd immunity.”
John Oliver last night pleaded for skeptical viewers to get vaccinated: “Stop listening to what Joe Rogan tells you; he’s a ‘fucking moron’—and those are his words, not mine.”

Follow the money. With $1.8 billion in pandemic relief headed to Chicago Public Schools, activist parents and students want to know more about where it’s going.
Texas Tech University research: Free morning meals in schools cut school absenteeism.

Happy birthday, NPR. National Public Radio took to the airwaves on this date in 1971.
 … including a May Day protests report from Chicago radio news veteran Jeff Kamen (1987 link).
A linguistics professor explains why people remember more from reading—especially print—than from audio or video.

AOL, Yahoo sold. After six years, Verizon is giving up on two internet pioneers …
 … selling them to a private equity firm co-founded by a guy who paid more than $150 million to the infamous and now-dead Jeffrey Epstein (January link).

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