‘I don’t want to die’ / Not-so-freak accidents / Biden’s pick

‘I don’t want to die.’ A young girl in a Ukraine port city spoke for Ukrainians horrified by Russia’s invasion.
The Associated Press rounds up a confirmed list of what exactly has happened in Ukraine so far.
As disinformation about the conflict spreads, the News Literacy Project has a useful guide to making sure your news sources are legit.
If you’re ready to contribute to humanitarian efforts for the war’s victims, do your homework first.

‘No to war.’ Inside Russia, thousands of chanting protesters took to the streets.

So that’s what it takes. The war has split the Republican Party’s old and new guards.
Southern Illinois Rep. Mary (“Hitler was right”) Miller—who, by the way, was born in Oak Park—says, “None of this would be happening if President Trump was still in the White House.”
A Tribune editorial: “Put Putin on trial.”
The European Union was planning to freeze his assets.
Formula One has canceled the Russian Grand Prix.

‘Everybody in the United States should be concerned.’ Gov. Pritzker, the great-grandson of a Ukrainian refugee, calls on Illinoisans to beware cyberattacks from Russia.
Harvard Business Review: “If you are just now evaluating your cyber posture, you are probably too late.”

Not-so-freak accidents.
A Sun-Times investigation* finds that snow plowed against the barriers that line Chicago-area expressways defeat the barriers’ purpose—creating “launch ramps” that have sent motorists to their deaths.
Honda Accord sedans and CR-V SUVs are under investigation for a glitch that can reportedly slam on the brakes breaks without reason.
Chicago’s school speed cameras aren’t supposed to issue tickets when school’s out, but a Trib investigation finds they did last fall.

‘It’s a blind trust in the way of—put your hand over one eye.’ The executive director of Common Cause tells the Better Government Association the blind trust set up to manage Gov. Pritzker’s vast wealth as he presides over state government hasn’t been great at averting conflicts of interest.
Think getting convicted of a crime will keep elected officials from running for office again? Not always. (Middle of Politico’s Illinois Playbook.)

Biden’s pick. The president’s chosen federal appeals court Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to sit on the Supreme Court—in the words of The Associated Press, “making her the first Black woman selected to serve on a court that once declared her race unworthy of citizenship.”

Mask market’s bottom about to drop out. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was set to announce a change to mask-wearing guidelines—meaning most Americans won’t have to wear them inside public settings.
Columnist Charlie Madigan praises nurses: “Appreciate them for what they do, who they are and why they do it. It’s clearly not about money.”

‘This was more than just talk.’ Federal prosecutors have persuaded a federal magistrate to hold without bail a Maine teenager who had explosive devices and plans to attack Chicago houses of worship.
A Florida TV chef who specializes in gluten-free dishes has been arrested in connection with last year’s Capitol insurrection.

* Co-authored by Chicago Public Square cap winner Stephanie Zimmermann.
Readers Angela Mullins, Mike Braden and Chris Koenig made this edition better.

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