‘I didn’t do anything wrong’ / Gone / ‘As good as finales get’

‘I didn’t do anything wrong.’ Kenosha gunman Kyle Rittenhouse took the stand in his own defense yesterday.
Esquire’s Charlie Pierce: “The judge gave the prosecution 15 minutes to find an expert to testify that something every baby’s grandma knows to be true is actually the way things are.”
Columnist Eric Zorn: “The prosecution is holding a weak hand.”
Watch today’s proceedings live here.

Uh-oh. For the first time in two months, the daily number of new COVID-19 cases in Illinois topped 5,000 …
 … and the holiday season probably won’t help.
FiveThirtyEight asked kids how they’re handling the pandemic. The answer: Not so bad.

‘Desecration of history.’ Reader columnist Ben Joravsky eviscerates quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ defense of his failure to get vaccinated against COVID.
The Tribune’s Rex Huppke writes Rodgers’ next State Farm commercial: “I don’t have car insurance. It’s a personal decision.” (Cartoon: Keith J. Taylor.)

Gone. Another political victim of the Chicago Park District’s lifeguard-abuse scandal: The district’s politically connected board president, Avis LaVelle …
 … who’s resigning just as the board’s next budget calls for a new Office of Protection to check out future such charges of abuse.

‘This is just the beginning!’ The Chicago woman handcuffed while naked and pleading for help during a botched police raid in 2019 celebrates Police Superintendent David Brown’s recommendation that the sergeant in charge be fired.
The Civilian Office of Police Accountability recommends others get the ax, too.

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‘Inflation is bad for the 1% but helps out almost everyone else.’ Jon Schwarz at The Intercept holds that “inflation panic” is designed to restore “an economy with higher unemployment, lower growth, and more frightened workers.”
A Harvard economist says “a sizeable chunk of the inflation we’re seeing is the inevitable result of coming out of the pandemic.”
The Conversation: Regardless, it’s here to stay.

Who needs a good doggie? Its capacity for care overwhelmed, the Anti-Cruelty Society is waiving adoption fees for pets through Sunday.

First flakes. Chicago may see snow tomorrow for the first time this season.
Oil-rich Saudi Arabia faces charges it’s sabotaging UN climate negotiations.

‘As good as finales get.’ Critic Aaron Barnhart recommends the closing episode of M*A*S*H—airing tonight on MeTV and available for streaming on Hulu—for your Veterans Day viewing.
President Biden marked the day with a pledge to help troops exposed to toxic environments …
 … a problem Jon Stewart spotlighted in the premiere of his Apple TV+ series.

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