Outage outrage / ‘We are in deep s***’ / COVID rising

Outage outrage. No region was crippled more than the Chicago area by yesterday’s coast-to-coast Comcast service failure …
 … and which the company had yet to fully explain.
(Cartoon: Keith J. Taylor.)

The outage was a reminder of the dangers of putting all of one’s telecom services in one basket (2005(!) link).
The company wasn't offering refunds, but don’t let that stop you from calling or messaging to request one …

‘A complete state of shock.’ Chicago radio personality, podcaster and political consultant Maze Jackson says he was carjacked yesterday.

Bracing for unrest after a verdict in Kyle Rittenhouse’s trial for murder in Kenosha, the Chicago Police Department has canceled days off through the weekend.
Rittenhouse was taking the stand this morning, and you can watch live.

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‘Your days are f‑‑‑‑‑‑ numbered.’ Reuters has tracked down—and shared appalling audio from—nine Trump supporters who terrified U.S. election officials, yet who so far have escaped consequences.
Republican Michigan Rep. Fred Upton has been threatened with death for his vote with Democrats to pass President Biden’s infrastructure bill.
A funny ad featuring Mark (The Hulk) Ruffalo encourages people suffering from “electile dysfunction” to support the Freedom to Vote Act.

‘Presidents are not kings, and Plaintiff is not President.’ A federal judge says Donald Trump can’t invoke executive privilege to block President Biden’s release of Trump administration documents related to the Jan. 6 insurrection.
“The court holds that the public interest lies in permitting … the legislative and executive branches to study the events that led to and occurred on Jan. 6, and to consider legislation to prevent such events from ever occurring again.”
Read the ruling here.
An excerpt from ABC News Washington correspondent Jonathan Karl’s forthcoming book, Betrayal: The Final Act of the Trump Show, introduces you to the “deputy president” who made the insurrection possible.
The Los Angeles Times’ Mark Barabak ponders the case of “Kamala Harris, the incredible disappearing vice president.”

COVID rising. Axios Chicago explains why the city’s pandemic caseload has been growing.
But the news is good for Arkansans looking to visit here.
The Atlantic’s Alexis Madrigal: “I was ultracareful for 18 months. Then I got COVID.”

Brian Williams bails. He’s leaving NBC—and MSNBC—at the end of the year, but he vows to “pop up again somewhere.”
CNN’s Brian Stelter: “MSNBC has a talent problem.”

Like Twitter, but it costs money. If you pay $2.99 a month, a new service from the company lets you undo your tweets …
 … but only if you act within 30 seconds.
You.com, a new challenger to Google, pledges better privacy and more elaborate results.

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Chicago’s first clout? The hybrid novel-and-1972-Chicago primer Roseland, Chicago: 1972 takes a detour into the story of John Kinzie—who may also have been the city’s first murderer.
A new online tool lets Chicagoans try their hands at drawing new ward boundaries based on the 2020 census …

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