The must-read news stories of the day from around the Web for February 14, 2013.
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Love is all around
In a move perfectly appropriate for Valentine's Day, the Illinois State Senate officially passed SB 10, the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act, by a 34-21 margin with two "present" votes. The bill now moves on to the house though Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago) has said there's no specific timetable for the House taking up the vote. That said, once the House does, if they approve the bill, it will be signed by Gov. Quinn who, alongside Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and President Barack Obama, has called for the bill to be passed. Sen. Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon), who opposed the bill, said, "Businesses will be affected. Bed and breakfasts, florists, all those that are wedding-related, will be affected. They will choose to, most of them, dissolve their businesses. That's what happened in other states." In other news, Sen. Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon) wins the award for Most Tone-Deaf statement That Exposes A Complete Lack Of Understanding About The Segment Of The Population He Is Trying To Suppress by naming the industries that are most likely to actually benefit by allowing gays to marry. [Sun-Times, Sun-Times]
Derrick Rose said, "____"; Everybody panic!
Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose has thrown the team's fan base into a tizzy yet again by suggesting he'd be totally cool with sitting out the entire 2012-13 season and saving himself to start next season at full-strength. So chaos reigns until tomorrow when something else is said to kick up even more dust. Well played, adidas. [Sun-Times]
Olympic Hero to Prime Suspect
Strange happenings in South Africa where double-amputee-track-star-Olympic-inspiration-hero Oscar Pistorius is now charged with the murder of his model girlfriend. Early reports indicated it as an accident with Pistorious thinking his girlfriend was a burglar but further info from police - including a pile of previous domestic incidents - casts a dark shadow on the runner. Meanwhile, Deadspin unearthed previous profiles that showed Pistorius' love affair with guns. [NY Times, Deadspin]
Public Enemy No. 1
The Chicago Crime Commission has named a new Public Enemy Number One and it's Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman Loera of Mexico's Sinaloa drug cartel. [Sun-Times]
Anatomy of a Heroin Ring
Speaking of drug cartels, The Reader's Mick Dumke has put together a fascinating piece of investigative journalism exploring all of the detailed ins-and-outs of a West Side heroin ring and how it goes well beyond the city limits. [Chicago Reader]
Senate Dems fell short of being able to block the GOP from a filibuster over the Chuck Hagel confirmation for Secretary of Defense. [Sun-Times]
That poop-and-God-knows-what-else-filled Carnival cruise ship is nearly at the dock in Mobile, Alabama - because I guess Mississippi was deemed to nice - after the Coast Guard towed the ship which has been drifting out at sea since an engine fire this past weekend. [CNN, NPR]
The National Trust for Historic Preservation has withdrawn its lawsuit to block the razing of Prentice Hospital, paving the way for its demolition so get your Instagrams in while you can. [Sun-Times]
Kudos to the Whitney Young chess team who are state champs. Rook beats knight, suckas! *mic drop* [Tribune]
Something to be Dank-ful for
The White Sox have now broken camp and John Danks had a great first throwing session since surgery last August. There's still a long way to go, but any progress is good progress for fans of the Pale Hose. [Sun-Times]
The University of Illinois made a questionable photo choice for an ad promoting next week's game against Penn State. [Deadspin]
The Bright Ones
Jonathan Sall and David Hoekstra dug up some romantic car-related memories from Chicago Auto Show attendees. [Sun-Times]
And if you prefer to have a good, happy cry, check out this story about one Oak Forest girl's Valentine's Day surprise. [Southtown Star]
Trenton, New Jersey is the nation's least romantic city because of course it is. [NJ.com]