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Daywatch: Lightfoot’s gas card plan advances | Lost Larson pays fired worker after retaliation claim | Bulls even playoff series against Bucks

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s high-profile effort to hand out 50,000 gas cards and 100,000 CTA transit fare cards narrowly cleared an important City Council hurdle Wednesday even as aldermen expressed concerns the initiative was more about politics than helping citizens.

“I’ve heard from some constituents who’ve said they feel this is the mayor trying to prove that she has the biggest gas hose,” said Northwest Side Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa, 35th.

Lightfoot’s plan, dubbed “Chicago Moves,” came just weeks after onetime political supporter and now potential mayoral opponent Willie Wilson used his own money to buy more than $1 million in free gas at Chicago stations in March as prices at the pump have soared. Here are the stations in and around Chicago participating in Wilson’s latest giveaway Saturday, one that now comes with thorny questions about providing handouts to potential voters.

And in Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin tried to claim victory in Mariupol on Thursday, even as he ordered his troops not to storm the last pocket of Ukrainian resistance. Meanwhile, as thousands of tanks and troops rumbled into Chernobyl in the earliest hours of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February, they churned up highly contaminated soil from the site of the 1986 accident that was the world’s worst nuclear disaster. It’s being seen as a seen as nuclear risk “nightmare.”

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Lost Larson fired worker after staff complaints of low pay and COVID-19 safety concerns, spurring investigation

Renowned Chicago bakery Lost Larson paid more than $2,000 last month to a former employee after the National Labor Relations Board found merit to the worker’s claim that she was fired for banding with colleagues to address workplace concerns.

Lucy Honold, 31, who worked at Lost Larson from November 2020 until her firing Aug. 2, 2021, filed a charge with the NLRB in November. A four-month investigation concluded Honold had been fired in response to “her protected concerted activity of bringing workers’ concerns to the employer’s attention,” a NLRB spokesperson said.

Ald. Byron Sigcho-Lopez urges federal judge to consider Daniel Solis’ ‘rampant’ corruption when weighing deal with prosecutors

Chicago Ald. Byron Sigcho-Lopez asked a federal judge to consider the “rampant and unchecked corruption” of his predecessor, Ald. Daniel Solis, when weighing the unprecedented deal Solis has been offered by federal prosecutors in his bribery case.

Sigcho-Lopez’s two-page victim impact statement was sent to U.S. District Judge Andrea Wood in the form of a letter, not a formal filing in the case against Solis, who pleaded not guilty to a bribery count last week as part of a deferred prosecution agreement with the U.S. attorney’s office.

Is low-grade prostate cancer really cancer? University of Chicago doctor argues it’s time for a name change.

A University of Chicago Medicine doctor is arguing that one of the most common types of cancer in men sometimes shouldn’t be called cancer at all — a stance that some say could save many patients from invasive, unnecessary treatments but others say could put patients at risk.

Dr. Scott Eggener argues in a paper published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology that Gleason 6 prostate cancer should no longer be labeled as cancer.

DeMar DeRozan’s 41 points — a postseason career high — lead the Bulls to a 114-110 win that evens their 1st-round series

DeMar DeRozan is a man of his word, the Tribune’s Julia Poe writes. He proved that to Chicago Bulls fans Wednesday night, devouring the Milwaukee Bucks defense in the second half to cement a 114-110 win that evened the first-round playoff series at a game apiece.

The Bulls star didn’t disguise his frustration after Game 1, promising he wouldn’t repeat his 6-of-25 shooting performance. In Game 2, DeRozan delivered when it mattered.

Cubs and White Sox away games worth a weekend trip, from scenic vistas in San Francisco to the Bronx Zoo

Chicago baseball fans don’t have to go far for a great game day experience — the majesty of Wrigley Field, the camaraderie of Sox Park. But if that first whiff of fresh air at a springtime ballgame has got you spellbound with wanderlust, why not make an excuse to join your favorite team at an away game for a weekender that’s sure to be a home run.

Here are our picks for the best cities to head to this baseball season to cheer on the Chicago team of choice, then spend some time taking in sights, activities and delicious food.


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