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Those are people who died. Undertaking a task he concedes “is kind of overwhelming,” newsletter journalist Christopher Ingraham is rounding up the obituaries of people who either refused to get vaccinated against COVID-19 or just didn’t get around to it.
Almost all—99.5%—of the COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. over the last few months have claimed the unvaccinated.

Offered, not required. Chicago Public Schools will provide students and staff free weekly COVID-19 tests—but won’t demand that everyone accept.
The Daily Beast: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s ban on mask mandates “is being roundly ignored” …

‘Oh. My. God. It’s a movie. I made that up.’ The co-writer and executive producer of I Am Legend, Akiva Goldsman, is appalled that people are crediting the story’s inciting incident—a vaccine cure for cancer that goes horribly wrong—for their vax resistance.
Journalism critic Tom Jones faults reporters for not stressing “Facts. Numbers. Medical experts. Science.
Law blogger Jack Leyhane slams the City of Chicago and reporters for touting pandemic numbers without sufficient context: “No wonder we’re all confused.”

Pandemic winners and losers. The AP suggests gyms may be headed the way of video arcades and movie rental stores.
But the fake vaccination ID biz is booming.
The pandemic is revolutionizing future teachers’ training.
A couple of Chicagoans are winners in the latest $100,000 Illinois lottery for the vaccinated.

The Morton Arboretum is offering hundreds of free trees to people who lost theirs in June’s tornadoes.

‘Take that damn vest off right now and start compressions.’ The Sun-Times recounts police radio calls Saturday night after two officers were shot—one of them fatally.
Two Chicago brothers have been charged in the case with murder and unlawful use of a weapon, and an Indiana man faces federal charges for allegedly buying the gun used.
Several Chicago cops turned cold shoulders to Mayor Lightfoot as she visited the surviving officer at a hospital.

Illinois’ first. The ex-CEO of a suburban tech firm was set to become the first Illinoisan to plead guilty to federal charges in connection with the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol.
He apologized the next day (Jan. 8 link).
His website asserts, “It’s always been important to me to lead with integrity, honesty, and authenticity.”
Dominion Voting Systems is suing Fox News wannabes Newsmax and One America News Network (OAN)—and also ex-Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne—for $1.6 billion, complaining they “recklessly disregarded the truth” in their spreading of conspiracy theories about the election and Dominion’s voting machines.
The Tribune reports that three of four South Side Walgreens stores damaged in last summer’s looting are finally fully reopening.

Thompson-centered. An auction Thursday will offer antique folk art collected by the late Illinois Gov. Jim Thompson …
 … including a wood carving of Mrs. O’Leary milking her cow.
The Washington Post in 1982: “Thompson is reeling from articles … describing how he accepted antiques … from friends and contributors.”

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