‘Blood was everywhere’ / You’re still payin’ / Correction

‘Blood was everywhere.’ Witnesses talk to the Sun-Times about a Halloween party at which a gunman wounded at least 15 people early Sunday.
 Robert Crimo III, accused of killing seven and wounding 48 at last year’s July 4 parade in Highland Park, won’t have to testify at his dad’s trial on charges of recklessly signing the younger Crimo’s gun ownership application.

Burke’s comments on Jews. A federal judge overseeing the corruption case against ex-Ald. Ed Burke says the jury can hear his caught-on-audio remarks about Jewish people …
 … so now Burke’s lawyers say they plan to ask potential jurors about their opinions on the war between Israel and Hamas.
 Evanston teenager Natalie Raanan, held hostage by Hamas, has returned home.

‘This offset is nothing of the sort.’ Historian Heather Cox Richardson takes a critical look at House Republicans’ plan to link U.S. aid for Israel to a cut in funding for the Internal Revenue Service.
 The Bulwark’s Charlie Sykes: “As … the Mideast is burning, the new speaker of the House has decided that this would be a good moment to trigger the libs.”

Trump ballot tracker. Lawfare’s launched a dashboard updating challenges across the nation to Donald Trump’s appearance on state ballots for the presidency …
 … including this week’s Colorado suit contending that the events of Jan. 6, 2021, disqualify Trump under a rarely invoked clause of the Constitution.

You’re still payin’. Even though, by many measures, the pandemic emergency’s passed, the Sun-Times reports Chicago restaurants continue to slap surcharges on diners’ bills.
 Slow Boring columnist Matthew Yglesias: 2020’s murder surge wasn’t about COVID.
 Popular Information explores Target’s possible “ulterior, more opportunistic motives” for store closings it’s been blaming on crime.

‘A sense of urgency.’ Politico says that, as the weather takes a turn for the worse, Chicago City Hall’s under pressure to accommodate the city’s influx of refugees.
 A City Council committee’s cleared a plan for a migrant tent camp in the parking lot of a donated South Side ex-Jewel grocery store.

‘We still need to fight for every tenth of a degree.’ A new study warns that Earth is on unfortunate track to breach a key global warming threshold within five years.
 Today, Halloween, is just the 10th time in Chicago weather history that fall’s first freezing temperature and first snowfall have accosted the city on the same day.
 The Conversation explores the history of what many consider Halloween’s creepiest song.

Correction. Yesterday’s Chicago Public Square associated the wrong link with yesterday’s most-tapped item, a WXRT April Fool’s prank in 1980.
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 … and fixes always appear promptly on the Square website, with credit to the readers who report goofs first …
 … as was the case yesterday for Mike Weiland.
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