The must-read news stories of the day from around the Web for February 11, 2013.
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Friends gather to mourn Hadiya Pendleton at her funeral on Saturday, February 9, 2013 // AP Photo-Nam Y. Huh
Hadiya's impact grows
Even though she was laid to rest on Saturday in a beautiful, joyous service celebrating her too-short life, Hadiya Pendleton's death continues to have an impact on Chicagoans and the nation. Besides the announcement that charges could come tonight in her shooting death, the Obama family invited Hadiya's mother, Cleopatra Pendleton, as a guest to tomorrow night's State of the Union speech. In addition, President Obama will visit Chicago on his post-SOTU rounds. It will be a delicate balance as he addresses the city's gun violence issues without putting the blame squarely on his pal and our mayor, Rahm Emanuel. But there's no other way to look at his visit as anything but a warning to the leaders of his adopted hometown to get their act together. [Sun-Times]
Catholics the world over continue to reel from the unexpected resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, especially the Vatican's tech intern who's all "I just taught the old man how to Tweet and now I'm going to have to do it again?!?" Meanwhile, apparently you can just quit the most powerful religious position in the world with a simple two-weeks notice which seems kind of weird. It's harder to quit Facebook than it is to resign as Pope. Shouldn't the pope have to do something difficult to resign, like recover a Horcrux? [Sun-Times, NY Times]
CTA to riders: U Mad, Bro?
The CTA is hitting the Purple and Brown Lines hard over two nine-day periods this spring when construction on the Wells Street bridge will close the structure and snarl up transportation. While shuttle buses will run from the Chicago Brown line through the loop, one out of every three Brown Line trains will terminate at the Merchandise Mart while two out of three will use the underground Red Line tracks instead. How will riders know which Brown Line trains to board depending on destination? Don't know. How long between trains that terminate at Merchandise Mart? Don't know. Meanwhile, every other line will also feel the effects of the construction including a Red Line that will become swollen thanks to limited Brown Lines and no Purple Lines south of Howard at that time. Good luck and may the odds be ever in your favor. [Crain's]
The 7th Ward's Lament
The replacement for the City Council's 7th Ward seat - vacated a few weeks ago by Sandi Jackson - will be filled by former IDOT employee Natashia Holmes. Meanwhile, constituents of Jesse Jackson, Jr.'s 2nd Congressional Ward wonder how they've been without a congressman since last June and then remember, oh right, we re-elected him. [Sun-Times]
Hitting the brakes on bikelanes
IDOT has put a hold on Mayor Emanuel's plan to expand the city's bike lanes, using a myriad of excuses, including the space the bike lanes take away from traffic lanes. Rahm responded by stealing Gov. Quinn's bike while he was in the magic shop. [Chicagoist, YouTube]
Wheeling and dealing
The city has reached a deal with the CPD's sergeants' union on a new contract which could undermine attempts by the Fraternal Order of Police to play hardball with the city on a new contract for rank-and-file officers because nothing is ever easy. [Sun-Times]
But can you mix it with vodka?
There's a new breakfast energy drink from Mountain Dew because apparently mainlining a mixture of cocaine, methamphetamine, and pure adrenaline just isn't X-TREME!!!!! enough. [Tribune]
Biggest Grammy Winners
Sure, Black Keys, Mumford & Sons and fun. took home trophies but the biggest winners of last night's Grammy ceremonies were Katy Perry's dress and Ellen DeGeneres. [Sun-Times, Sun-Times]
The Cubs broke camp today with team president Theo Epstein seeing his shadow which means two more years of futility until the North Siders reach the playoffs. [Cubs.com]
Williams' Second Wind
A great piece on former Bull Jay Williams whose taken on a great career in the announcer's booth following a motorcycle accident that cut short a promising career. [NY Times Magazine]
The Bright One
Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart may have more populist appeal than some of his City Hall pals but the Sun-Times Watchdogs Tim Novak and Chris Fusco shine a light on how his office is full of Shakman-exempt clout jobs. [Sun-Times]
I, for one, welcome our new Super Volcano overlords. [NPR]