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The Evening Rush for Monday, Feb. 18, 2013

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WHOPPER FAIL | MURDER CITY - Must-read news stories of the day for Feb. 18, 2013


Whopper of a #Fail
No, Burger King didn't change its name to McDonald's. The chain's official Twitter account was hacked for over an hour Monday morning. The hacking started out with a few jokes about the company being sold to McDonald's but quickly took a turn towards violent language and gang-related tweets. Shout-outs to Chicago rappers Chief Keef and Lil Reese were also sent during the hacking. WARNING: Some of these tweets are NSFW. [CST]

SuperPAC Apple
Debbie Halvorson, a candidate for Jesse Jackson Jr.'s old congressional seat, accused her top opponent -- Robin Kelly -- of improperly colluding with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's SuperPAC. [Natasha Korecki]

Witches' Brew
The witches are flying back to Chicago. "Wicked," the hit Broadway musical, will be returning to Chicago in celebration of the show's 10th anniversary on Broadway, with a limited eight-week run (Oct. 30-Dec. 21) at the Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph. [CST]

Going to Hollywood
The now-closed West Side hot dog stand that hired only ex-offenders is moving to Los Angeles. Felony Franks has licensed a food truck in Hollywood after facing issues in Chicago over its name. [CBS]

Telling Murder City's story
The story of Chicago's rampant homicide and gun violence epidemic has become a national tale -- a story told in hard numbers and shocking statistics. But the story is not about numbers -- it's about people. Reporting may start with the numbers, but it has to focus on the name, like This American Life did in this fantastic two-part installment focused on Englewood's Harper High School -- the second part is to be posted Friday night. Local reporter Tanveer Ali writes that the coverage of Hadiya Pendleton's life and death is a blueprint for coverage. [This American Life podcast, CJR]

That sound you hear is Harry Caray spinning. Rumor has it the Chicago Cubs are looking to make a major trade, but it's not a player. The lovable losers apparently aren't as loyal as their fans -- it's looking more like the Cubs may ditch WGN. The station has broadcast Cubs games since 1948, which is nearly the entire stretch the team has gone since its last World Series appearance. [Trib, WGN]

Breaking Bang News
In the biggest news story since Michelle Obama's bangs, the first lady explains why she got said bangs. Mrs. Obama jokingly tells talk-show host Rachael Ray that a mid-life crisis is what inspired her new 'do. [AP]

Going to the dogs
Former White Sox pitcher and new Blue Jays pitcher Mark Buehrle will leave his family behind because his dog, a mix of bulldog and American Staffordshire Terrier, is banned in Toronto. [Deadspin]

Lolla Leak
Let the 2013 Lollapalooza lineup leaks begin! The first rumors of a lineup began spreading yesterday, just like they do around this time every year. Don't get your hopes up, though -- these leaks are rarely accurate. [The Sights and Sounds, Fake Shore Drive]

The Bright One
Photojournalists Jessica Koscielniak and Jon Sall take a look at "The Mile" between Barack Obama's home in Kenwood and the park where Hadiya Pendleton lost her life. [CST blogs]

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

And finally
Had enough of the sky-falling news? Well don't stop asteroid-ducking just yet. [Investors]

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