Here are some of the stories that caught our attention during the work day.

The Evening Rush for January 30, 2013

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Here are some of the stories that caught our attention during the work day for January 30, 2013.

The fallout over the shooting death of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton continues as Mayor Rahm Emanuel got emotional addressing the murder and asking the community for help in catching the "punk" who shot her. Sun-Times

Speaking of guns, former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, a survivor of a gunshot wound to the head in 2011, addressed a Congressional panel today on the need for new gun control laws. YouTube/C-SPAN

A drill at an area school involved police firing blanks so students would know what gunshots sound like because that is the world we live in now but there's no problem with guns whatsoever. Nope. ABC 7

Former governor George Ryan had a reverse Monopoly incident as he bypassed both the halfway house and the GO square and went directly home where he was presented with the ashes of his late wife. Sun-Times

A lot of Chicago beer is being recognized is awesome which is not a surprise at all to those of us who indulge in our local craft brews early and often. Gapers Block

The CTA, despite a struggling infrastructure and constant delays, somehow recorded its highest ridership levels in 22 years with 545.6 million rides. Those riders will all be in to work as soon as this stupid signal delay at LaSalle and Van Buren is cleared up. Sun-Times

No Urlacher? No worries. Allegedly. NBC Chicago

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick could have been a Chicago Cub. Joke's on him! Instead of having to play in the playoffs, he could have had the whole offseason free! Sucker. Sun-Times

The new PED is deer antler spray because of course it is. CBS Chicago

BRIGHT ONE: Mary Mitchell's moving column on the Hadiya Pendleton shooting death. Sun-Times

AND FINALLY: File under "things that aren't nearly as surprising as they seem": Hitler's toilet is in New Jersey. Gothamist

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