‘The work of cowards’ / Cats! / Were you breached?

‘The work of cowards.’ Sun-Times columnist Mary Mitchell says she’s “tired of people blaming poverty, lack of jobs and community disinvestment for the ‘demonic acts’ taking place all over our city”—including the shooting and killing of …

 … a 70-year-old woman reporting for work at a Hegewisch grocery store …
 … and a 67-year-old suburban special education teacher driving home along the Dan Ryan after a White Sox game.

‘This is not an accident.’ Popular Information talks to a political media strategist who’s found it “next to impossible” to get journalists to include voices supportive of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Updating coverage from The Associated Press: The Taliban face growing challenges to their rule—including severe food and cash shortages.

One of our boys made it. Glenbrook North High School alumnus and ex-New York Observer editor Ken Kurson—recipient of a federal pardon from then-President Trump—now faces New York state charges, accused of cyberstalking his ex-wife.
In 1996, Kurson told the Tribune he’d abandoned a career in rock: “Whoever spots me on stage performing music has my permission to take me out to Joliet and put me out of my misery.”
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance is sending a message: “We will not accept presidential pardons as get-out-of-jail-free cards for the well-connected.”

‘Citizen Mask Enforcers would carry air horns.’ As Chicago prepares to reimpose its indoor mask requirements, Tribune columnist Rex Huppke suggests ways to encourage compliance.
Food critic Nick Kindlesperger updates guidance for Chicago restaurant-goers. (Cartoon: Keith J. Taylor.)
Health care journalist Harris Meyer asks, “Shouldn’t docs who spread false COVID-19 info lose their licenses?

Cats! Animal rescuers found 41 cats in a Northwest Side home whose owner died—and Block Club reports there may be more.
A rescue group wants help caring for the animals.

Were you breached? T-Mobile says more than 40 million of its customers’ names, driver’s license ID information and Social Security numbers were exposed in a data leak.
Consumer Reports: Things to do to protect yourself from corporate security failures.

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