Unprotected / Uninvited / Undercover / Unpressured

Unprotected. Warning that “your mask probably isn’t as good as it could be,” the Tribune’s Kevin Williams offers a guide to what works and what doesn’t.
The Conversation: Why the CDC recommends masks indoors even if you’ve been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Uninvited. Under fire for flouting pandemic precautions, ex-President Barack Obama’s told hundreds who were on their way to his 60th birthday bash this weekend not to come.
Analysis from the AP: The coronavirus’ delta variant is screwing up politicians’ COVID calculus.
Need a new driver’s license? Beginning next month, you may need to make an appointment. (Cartoon: Keith J. Taylor.)

Undercover. Chicago’s top doc, Public Health Commissioner Allison Arwady, says she slipped in unidentified at Lollapalooza several times to see if security was enforcing COVID-19 precautions and “was really pleased.”
She acknowledges cases are on the rise in Chicago—but she doesn’t blame Lolla.

Unpressured. The dog days of summer have chilled demand for Chicago-area housing, Crain’s reports.
The Biden administration has extended a national moratorium on evictions for counties with “substantial and high levels” of virus transmission.

‘What the f___ are you guys doing?’ Newly released video details the actions of officers who last month fired dozens of rounds to kill a sexual assault suspect who’d escaped electronic monitoring.
A Chicago alderman complains that video of police struggling to contain a brawl shows how timid cops have become for fear of being disciplined.

Skateboarder charged. Terry Kennedy, whose skateboard prowess has landed him in video games, TV shows and music videos, faces murder charges in the beating death of a Wheaton man in Oakbrook Terrace.
Ex-Ald. Proco “Joe” Moreno has been sentenced to two years’ probation for reporting his car stolen when it wasn’t.

CNN’s Cuomo conundrum. Anchor Chris Cuomo is stuck deep in the sexual harassment scandal engulfing his brother, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo—arguably the biggest national political news Tuesday—but Chris didn’t mention it on his show last night.
One CNN insider tells BuzzFeed News: “That Chris Cuomo wasn’t fired over his inappropriate conflict of interest in actively affecting a news story is … a disgrace to journalism.”
The Washington Post’s Philip Bump walks through “the most abominable allegation against Andrew Cuomo.”
The list of those calling for the governor to quit includes President Biden, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, New York’s two U.S. senators, and the governors of neighboring New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut.

‘A very lonely man.’ Sun-Times columnist Phil Kadner praises Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger’s “courage” in serving as one of just two Republicans on the select committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection.
Kinzinger, back in Illinois yesterday: “I never expected, nor ever wanted, to serve on that committee,” but he has “no regrets, none at all.”
The Sun-Times’ Neil Steinberg: “The forces chipping at the foundations of our country are switching to jackhammers, vowing to undercut our American system more effectively next time.”

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