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SHORT TAKES ON THE DRIFTING WRECKAGE – OVERNIGHT: 

(Editor's note:  Because of a technical problem we're printing Short Takes very late, with only one entry.  Problem will be resolved in time for our next edition.)

ON HER WAY OUT? – FROM THE NEW YORK POST:   Chicago’s Fraternal Order of Police issued a vote of no-confidence in Mayor Lori Lightfoot Wednesday, citing poor work conditions and the cancellation of a march for fallen officers due to the coronavirus pandemic.  The vote by the police union, as well as police Superintendent David Brown and First Deputy Eric Carter, was unanimous among as many as 200 active and retired rank-and-file officers, the Chicago Tribune reported.  Reasons cited for the move reportedly include officer burnout and the department’s decision to cancel off days for cops on several occasions — as well as a move from 8 ½-hour shifts to 12-hour work periods in preparation for possible unrest in the city.  The symbolic action also followed the second consecutive year that the Chicago Police Department canceled its annual St. Jude Memorial March for the city’s fallen cops while citing the COVID-19 pandemic.  This is the mayor who announced that she would only give interviews to minority reporters, somethting that has already created an uproar among Chicago journalists.  Her departure from office is overdue.

May 22, 2021