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The Evening Rush for Monday, February 25, 2013

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The must-read stories for February 25, 2013: CTA crime, UNO shenanigans, and Ikea's meatballs


Big Brother is watching but not very closely
Don't let the slew of new high-def cameras at CTA train stations give you a false sense of security. A Sun-Times study of crime stats show that despite the new cameras, crime is actually up at CTA stations across the city. Since 2010, the number of cameras has doubled and while arrests have increased by 3.4 percent, crime has still increased by 32 percent during that same time frame. There are several other nuggets of info - both good and bad - to dig into from the study; one example is that the Red and Green Lines - which will be the two affected by the Red Lin closures this summer - have the most crimes. Meanwhile, be sure to check out our interactive map to see stats for every CTA train stop in the city. [Sun-Times, Interactive Map]

More charter school shenanigans
Watchdog Dan Mihalopoulos continues his excellent dig into shenanigans at UNO (United Neighborhood Organization) and its backers' big donations to State House Speaker -- and political powerhouse -- Michael Madigan. Meanwhile, Chicagoist uncovers one Board of Education employee who may be in the midst of a serious conflict of interest. [Sun-Times, Chicagoist]

He coulda been a contender
The New York Times has a fascinating piece about the concurrent story lines and crossing paths of Jesse Jackson Jr. and Barack Obama. [NY Times]

Another day, another release
Yet again, a person convicted of murder in Chicago has had that conviction overturned. Today, Nicole Harris was set free, the conviction for the alleged 2005 murder of her 4-year-old son overturned when an appeals court ruled Harris didn't get the chance to properly testify that the death was the result of an accident. Harris had confessed but later recanted the confession. [Sun-Times]

Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan suggested over the weekend that gang leaders could serve as protectors for the Nation. Mayor Emanuel disagrees. Commenters across the Internet respond with logical, reasoned and not-at-all-racist reactions. [DNA Info]

Not so funny
The North Chicago Police Academy was subject to hijinks that were above even the Steve Guttenberg kind of Police Academy, when it handed out a brochure on trial procedure that was littered with racially insensitive images in a poor attempt at humor. [Sun-Times]

Mary Ann McMorrow, the first female on the Illinois Supreme Court and its first female chief justice, has died. [Tribune]

Not exactly Ladies Night
From off-color jokes to bipartisan furor to crude tweets, it was a rough Oscar night for women. [Gawker, Vulture, Breitbart, WBEZ, The Onion]

Sequester shuffle
Apparently, wait times for flights out of Midway and O'Hare could actually get worse than they already are thanks to the upcoming sequester cuts. [Sun-Times]

Appointment listening
If you haven't yet, please listen to both parts of This American Life's shows on the South Side's Harper High School. Compelling, sad, required listening. [Part 1, Part 2]

Down to the River to pray
A look at whether or not the city can save the Chicago River and vice-versa. [OnEarth]

Say neigh to Ikea meatballs
Swedish meatballs have been taken off the menu at Ikea stores around Europe after traces of horse meat were found in the popular food. Even worse, the whereabouts of the Ikea monkey remain unknown. Beware, Toronto. [USA Today]

The Blackhakws continue to have the last laugh as their record-setting non-losing streak has reached 18 games after yesterday's win over Columbus. Hop on the bandwagon before it's too full and ticket prices go up even higher (if that's at all possible). [Sun-Times]

Which group do the Cubs belong to?
A look at how the city's sports teams and athletes break down based on their charities. [Crain's]

The Bright One
We're thrilled to debut the daily video news update from Carol Marin, The Marin Report. [Sun-Times]

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

And finally
Finally, the great Catholic Church-Drag Queen War of NYC comes to a close. [NY Post]

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