Thanks, Texas / A ‘humiliating history’ / Your phone’s watching

Thanks, Texas. Dozens of migrants have arrived in “welcoming city” Chicago—sent here in an act of spite by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott …
 … and he says that’s just the start.
Mayor Lightfoot welcomes them: “We will not turn our backs on those who need our help the most.”
Gov. Pritzker: “We are working … to ensure that these individuals are treated with respect.”

‘Palin lost her race for a U.S. House seat. To a Democrat. In Alaska.’ Author and ex-Tribune and Sun-Times editor Mark Jacob on Twitter: “We can defeat the fascists.”
Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s defeat by Mary Peltola—the first woman to win the seat and the first Democrat to take it in 50 years—is the latest in a series of upsets around the country.
Columnist S.E. Cupp: “The overturning of Roe v. Wade … is benefiting Democrats.”
Jezebel: A South Carolina Republican lawmaker who claimed he was haunted by his vote for an abortion ban just voted for another one.

‘This is a guy who demanded that his intelligence briefing have pictures. And now a picture of intelligence files may do him in.’ Esquire’s Charlie Pierce reflects on the Justice Department’s “20-pound dung-hammer of a legal filing” against Donald Trump.
The Atlantic: “The photograph of documents emblazoned SECRET removes any ambiguity as to whether Trump was in possession of classified documents. If it were anyone else, they would be prosecuted.”
The Washington Post annotates that photo.
Updating coverage: A federal judge today was to hear arguments on Trump’s request for an outside legal expert to review the documents seized.

Who’s out—and why. The Trib runs down the reasons a bumper crop of Chicago City Council members have given for not seeking reelection next year.
The history blog Roseland, Chicago 1972 revisits the FBI’s capture 50 years ago of Ald. Fred Hubbard—on grounds he stole $100,000 from a federally funded program to get construction jobs for minority workers.

Booster gold. Illinois next week expects more than half a million doses of the updated COVID-19 omicron subvariant vaccine.
The Conversation: They’re not for use in those who haven’t received any previous vaccination.
Cases on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus are surging.
An allergist offers guidance for telling COVID from allergies, strep or something else.

‘The largest declines … in 50 years.’ A new federal study finds math and reading scores for American 9-year-olds plummeted during the pandemic.

Your phone’s watching. The Associated Press reports that local law enforcement officials across the country—including Chicago—have been using a tracking tool powered by hundreds of apps, such as Waze and Starbucks, that target ads based on your movements and interests.
Twitter’s rolling out an edit button—but it’ll cost you.

Lyft’s ‘national crisis.’ Seventeen drivers and passengers are suing the company, alleging physical and sexual assault during rides.
USA Today explains how riders can report assaults.

News blues. The nation’s largest newspaper chain, Gannett, took its sweet time revealing that it laid off 400 workers and cut 400 open positions last month.
The Chicago Police Department is hiring—a lot.

Correction. Yesterday’s edition of Chicago Public Square bore a bad link to Adweek’s perspective on the U.K.’s lowering of the boom on Unilever for an ad claiming that its Persil cleaning product was “kinder to our planet.” Here’s the right one.
Thanks to those who reported the problem, including Ray Pride and Amy Savin Parker.

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