Anti-vaxxers’ ‘field day’ / ‘Repugnant, rude and vulgar’ / Not since 1998 …

Anti-vaxxers’ ‘field day.’ Mother Jones documents how the death of fully COVID-19 vaccinated ex-Secretary of State Colin Powell has been twisted by the benighted.
The Daily Beast: Powell obituaries “set off a far-right feeding frenzy.”
USA Today: Powell’s death in fact “underscores the importance of vaccination.”
Yesterday’s Chicago Public Square inadvertently fanned the flames. As reader Linnea Crowther wrote, “You should not have mentioned that Colin Powell was vaccinated without also noting that he was seriously immunocompromised.”
In Powell’s honor, President Biden’s ordered federal flags flown at half-staff through Friday.
Columnist Irv Leavitt condemns Powell obituaries that glossed over the part where Powell “lied to you when it mattered most.”

Chicago’s least compliant department. More than a third of the city’s police department employees—including cops—face dismissal for not reporting their vax status.
Mayor Lightfoot says “a small number” of those cops have been disciplined.
A Chicago officer was shot in the face yesterday afternoon in Lincoln Park—but police said his wounds weren’t life-threatening.
The suspect’s from a suburb.
Surveillance video shows an armed robbery crew that yesterday hit four 7-Eleven stores in downtown Chicago over the course of just 30 minutes.

Maintain the masks. Chicago’s top doc says she expects the city’s face covering requirements to remain in place through Thanksgiving.
Masks are No. 1 in a Purdue University professor’s roundup of trick-or-treating safety tips.

‘Repugnant, rude and vulgar.’ That’s the Cook County Democratic Party’s assessment of Chicago Ald. Jim Gardiner’s behavior in office …
The final report from Chicago’s departing inspector general, Joe Ferguson, spotlights a stomach-turning assortment of city worker misbehavior.
His farewell statement: “The past may not be dead, and it may not even be past, but … it need not be our future.”

Three days dry. Residents of the south suburb of Dixmoor have been without running water for three days after water main breaks in Harvey, which supplies Dixmoor’s water.
One resident’s complaint: “My life is horrible right now.”
A fix seemed near, but a boil order remained in effect.

‘Never seen anything quite like it.’ That’s a veteran employee’s assessment of a ransomware attack that crippled operations across the Sinclair Broadcast Group, one of the nation’s largest media empires …
 … taking down email, phone services and stations’ ability to broadcast local shows, news segments and NFL games.
Sinclair almost owned WGN-TV and Radio (2018 link).

Not since 1998 … has Chicago celebrated a basketball championship—a drought that ends at 11 a.m. with a parade and rally to honor the Chicago Sky’s WNBA title.
New rules apply to fans entering the United Center for tonight’s Blackhawks home opener.

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