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The Evening Rush for Friday, February 22, 2013

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The must-read news stories for February 22, 2013: Guns everywhere, The Windy Miserable City, and Nike's local prep coup



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Todd Vandermyde, the NRA's chief lobbyist in Illinois, testifies at a hearing on gun safety today in Chicago. Photo by John White // Sun-Times

Guns, guns, everywhere
It was a big day for the concealed-carry debate. First up, a federal appeals court denied state Attorney General Lisa Madigan's request to reinstate Illinois' concealed carry ban, a blow to gun-safety advocates who were dismayed by the ban's repeal in December. Meanwhile, at an Illinois House Judiciary Committee hearing, the NRA got hot about having to wait on the legislature to sort out public safety concerns. Others, including Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, the Rev. Michael Pfleger, and reps from the RTA testified against allowing concealed carry on public transit, among other issues, because allowing concealed carry on trains and buses is sort of the worst idea ever, given how people seem to lose their damn mind when it comes to personal space on crowded rush hour transit. [Sun-Times]


Hot Seat McCarthy
Meanwhile, CPD Supt. Garry McCarthy is on the hot seat according to the City Council's black caucus. While no calls are being made for his ouster right now, Ald. Howard Brookins (21st) intimated that if the city's gun violence continues unabated, action will be taken because they want to keep their City Council seats. Oh, and also curb violence. Meanwhile, retired Gen. Russel Honore, the man who restored order to post-Katrina New Orleans, suggested calling in the National Guard to curb the violence -- but there are holes in his theory [Sun-Times, Sun-Times]

Public Enemy Number Done?
Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, Chicago's public enemy No. 1, may have been killed in a gun battle near the U.S.-Mexico border. [ABC 7]

Hitting where it hurts
Ignoring the sequestration issue because it's confusing and you loathe everyone in government? Ray LaHood got our attention by telling us that budget cuts could result in even more flight delays in Chicago, to which everyone snorts, "Really? It can get even worse than it already is?" [Sun-Times]

War on drugs
Following up on his stellar cover story last week, Mick Dumke looks at new drug arrest numbers and potential disparities therein. [Chicago Reader]

We're a miserable bunch of...
At least according to those monocle-wearing snoots at Forbes, who ranked Chicago as the fourth most miserable city in America. If they think things are bad here now, wait til the Cubs season starts. [Sun-Times]

A whole new meaning to "Pulling out of the station"
Though maybe Forbes is on to something when we live in a city where people just up and masturbate on a Red Line train. [Fox 32]

Pistorius bails out
Oscar Pistorius is out of jail on bail until June as the bizarre story evolves into something even weirder. [Deadspin]

Adieu
Chicago lost two music legends at the end of this week: blues man Magic Slim and the Staples Singers' Cleotha Staples. [Sun-Times, Sun-Times]

Gotta be the shoes
How did Nike come to be on the feet of Jabari Parker and other prep stars? [Grid Chicago]

Move over, Abe Froman
The Schnitzel King is opening a storefront by U.S. Cellular Field, adding to the fantabulous range of eatery options at the stadium. It's just a shame fans never go to Sox games. [DNA Info]

Lance's woes grow
Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong has an even steeper legal hill to climb as the Justice Department has popped a wheelie and hopped on board the lawsuit against him. [NY Times]

Fantastic Football
An exhibition of soccer superstars, including Argentine legend Lionel Messi, is likely coming to Soldier Field on July 6. Take that, Jay-Z and JT. [Tribune, Crain's]

D-Rose Tumult
More tumult surrounding the comeback of Derrick Rose after his agent/brother had an outburst about the Bulls' lack of activity at the trading deadline. I await how adidas will slip this into the ad campaign. [Sun-Times]

The Bright One
Becky Schlickerman, who's been on the Cicero beat with Jon Seidel, reports on an ex-city employee who says she was fired for being a whistleblower on corruption. [Sun-Times]

Commute
Sudoku; Weather; Traffic; CTA; Metra; Flight delays from snow; Plow tracker

And finally
It's not just teens who are causing trouble with constant "sexting." The FBI is getting in on the act, too. [CNN]

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