Walmart says goodbye to Confederate paraphernalia
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  • Walmart says goodbye to Confederate paraphernalia

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• That, since 9/11, nearly twice as many Americans have been killed by white supremacists and other non-Muslim extremists than by self-proclaimed Islamic jihadists? Evin Billington

• That Illinois is one of a handful of states where online shoppers searched for items with the Confederate flag more often than for stuff with the U.S. flag? Mick Dumke

• That Walmart is joining the list of places that will no longer sell the Confederate flag or anything bearing the Confederate flag? Drew Hunt

• That Kevin Wheatcroft, an Englishman who owns perhaps the world’s largest collection of Nazi memorabilia, occasionally sleeps in Hitler’s old bed? Tyler Daswick

• That the evolution of human language might have been an economic need? Drew Hunt

• About the Google Maps “Trekker” that takes Street View photos where cars can’t go? Steve Bogira

• About how a British teenager tricked the New York Times into reporting that Dylann Roof was a brony? Aimee Levitt

• That the guy who invented the plastic pink flamingo has died? Evin Billington

• That the Navy Pier Ferris wheel is getting bigger and boozier? —Ryan Smith

• That the Davis Theater in Lincoln Square is getting a $4 million renovation? Tal Rosenberg