‘Someone should have called a cab’ / Last flavor standing / ‘Something special, five days a week’

‘Someone should have called a cab.’ For What It’s Worth law blogger Jack Leyhane tackles a question raised by the (waaaay) most-tapped item in the April 19 Chicago Public Square: Whether a judge who was a passenger in her own car broke the law by not cooperating with cops who charged the driver—another judge—with driving under the influence.

Lightfoot sequel? The mayor says she’s almost ready to announce her candidacy for reelection.
U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley says he won’t run.

A ‘middle finger’ to the U.N. That’s what the mayor of Kyiv, Ukraine, calls Russia’s bombardment of the city during a visit by the United Nations’ secretary-general.
CNN’s Stephen Collinson: “The strategic broadening of the war was accompanied by … alarming nuclear rhetoric from Moscow.”
A Wayne State University psych professor offers tips on how to protect your family from horrific news images—and still stay informed.

‘Local law enforcement is policing … making fart noises with your armpits.’ Esquire’s Charlie Pierce takes a poke at Illinois in his occasional roundup, “What Is Wrong With These People?
Politico: Conservative Republicans who built their political brands—in Illinois and elsewhere—on challenging party leaders are starting to struggle with problems of their own.

‘Extremely disturbing.’ A Connecticut congresswoman is calling for a full investigation of a whistleblower’s report that he was fired after flagging safety problems and faked records at Abbott Nutrition’s Michigan plant months before two babies died from infections traced to formula made there.
Bed Bath & Beyond is recalling woven bunny baskets sold since March—because they pose a choking hazard for little kids.

Last flavor standing. The FDA’s moving to outlaw menthol cigarettes.
NPR: The tobacco industry used menthol to target Black Americans.

Rainbow Cone heads north. Chicago’s iconic South Side ice creamery next month opens an outpost in Skokie.
Chicago gets a fresh taste of warm weather this weekend, but it may be wet.
A lifeguard shortage compounded by the pandemic means at least one suburban pool—and maybe others—won’t open this summer.
Illinois’ daily COVID-19 case count has reached its highest point since Feb. 11.

‘Something special, five days a week.’ For this, the 25th anniversary of Chicago columnist Mike Royko’s death at the age of 64, the still-anonymous author of the Mike Royko 50 Years Ago Today feature celebrates Royko’s legacy.
The Tribune rounds up some of the most memorable columns by and about Royko. (Photo: The back cover of a personal copy of Royko’s Boss: Richard J. Daley of Chicago—featuring a portrait shot by Leo Cummings.)
Saturday at 2 p.m., the Edgewater Historical Society hosts a panel discussion about Royko, and you can watch via Facebook Live.
Three months before he passed on, Royko schooled your Square columnist in “Chiconics” (third letter in column).

‘It doesn’t end well for humanity in the books.’ A University of Arizona astronomy professor takes a critical look at plans to broadcast Earth’s location into space in the hope of connecting with extraterrestrial intelligences.
2016: Astrophysicist Stephen Hawking thought it was a bad idea.

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