‘An unlivable world’ / Big doorbell’s watching / COVID fermata

‘An unlivable world.’ A new United Nations report on the climate says that’ll be Earth’s fate if humans don’t move immediately to improve building practices and cut the use of fossil fuels.
A University of California transportation specialist who contributed to the report: “Revolutionary changes in transportation, from electric vehicles to ride-sharing, could slow global warming.”
 The World Health Organization says the air you’re breathingwherever you are on the planet—sucks.

‘He may well rot in hell.’ Charles M. Madigan, who reported from Moscow for the Tribune in the 1970s, says Russia’s President Vladimir Putin may never be tried or imprisoned, but “he is likely to join Lenin and Stalin as a man who tried to use terror to achieve an objective.”
A Trib editorial calls for Putin to be held accountable: “The corpses of Bucha surely will be Exhibit #1.”
Updating coverage: Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy planned to address the U.N. today.

Big doorbell’s watching. The City of Chicago will reimburse residents for installing outdoor security cameras—if those residents agree to register the cameras with the cops …
 … a thing you can do here, free cam or not.
WTTW News: A Chicago cop who shot and killed a man Sunday wasn’t wearing a body cam.
Two break-ins within minutes of one another overnight hit the Macy’s on State Street and a LensCrafters store on North Michigan Avenue.
The thieves apparently coveted sunglasses.
Developing story: Police say a CTA Red Line operator who thought he was helping a customer recover a cellphone that had fallen on the tracks last night was pushed onto those tracks.

Help for renters. The City of Chicago is launching a free legal assistance program for low-income apartment dwellers facing eviction.

And then there were three. City Cast Chicago has whipped up a cheat-sheet guide to the remaining contenders hoping to build the city’s first casino.
The first of three public hearings comes tonight at the Harold Washington Public Library.
You can also watch online.

COVID fermata. Chicago Symphony Orchestra music director Richard Riccardo Muti has the novel coronavirus, so tonight’s performance is off.
Gov. Pritzker was set today to sign a bill giving vaccinated teachers and school staffers paid time off if they catch COVID-19.
In the face of what a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention insider calls “some real weaknesses” exposed by the pandemic, the CDC’s director has announced a major review of how it works—and doesn’t.
Want to know how your favorite Chicago restaurant scored in city health inspections? Yelp now can tell you.

‘Union,’ ‘restrooms,’ ‘pay raise,’ ‘plantation.’ Internal documents reviewed by The Intercept show a planned internal messaging app for Amazon employees would block those words.
NPR profiles the guy who Amazon fired two years ago—but who came back to lead the first successful unionization effort in the company’s history.
The Associated Press: The new union faces more hurdles to come.
Starbucks has fired a worker at the center of a government complaint against the company.

Musky spell. A day after disclosure that he’d taken a 9% stake in Twitter—to become the company’s largest single shareholder—Elon Musk is taking a seat on the company’s board.

Returning to public life? You’ll need to wear clothes. So why not snatch one of these new Chicago Public Square T-shirts? If you make a continuing pledge to support Square at any of these levels, you’ll get a code to save you $5—meaning you pay just Square’s cost.
Longtime supporter Mike Dessimoz has kindly shared a shot of himself sporting Square attire. Your turn.
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