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The Evening Rush for Thursday, February 21, 2013

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The must-read stories for February 21, 2013: Peterson sentenced, snow "storm," and raining fire on the sun



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Peterson freaks out, sentenced to 38 years
Drew Peterson went out in a blaze of verbal glory today at his sentencing hearing, giving us one more surreal circus act before he hopefully forever fades into obscurity. After the presiding judge rejected his call for a new trial and both sides presented their case for sentencing, Peterson stepped to the mic and screamed, "I DID NOT KILL KATHLEEN!!!" at the top of his lungs. He then proceeded to rant about how the media made him a monster, how he is going to get a shoulder-to-shoulder tattoo, and, well, you can read excerpts from his rants by clicking here. In the end, it mattered naught and Peterson was sentenced to 38 years for the murder of his third wife, Kathleen Savio. [Sun-Times]


Snow big deal
A "major" winter storm is heading toward the city and is forecast to drop between 3 and 5 inches of snow, proving our acceptance of global warming with this reclassification of what constitutes a "major" winter storm in Chicago. [Sun-Times]

A less racist America that's still racist
There's good news and bad news in terms of our country's prejudices and, yes, plenty of people hate the president because he's black. [Chicago Reader]

CTA potpourri
Dedicated lanes for rapid transit are coming to the Loop. Meanwhile, the Green Line should see 10 times its normal ridership when the Red Line closes on the South Side this summer for its makeover. [Sun-Times, Sun-Times]

Smells fishy
As if the world doesn't have enough to worry about with pink slime and horse meat, it appears as if now not even fish are what they seem. [NY Times]

They see me trollin', they hatin'
One Illinois lawmaker wanted to require web administrators to pull down anonymous comments filled with hate-speech on Internet comment boards but has backed off after many constituents raised concerns over the free speech element of being able to post "LOL U R DUM, COMMIE" on the Internet. [The Daily Caller, Sun-Times]

Too many jokes
The Playboy Mansion is reportedly a victim of "swatting." I'm just gonna leave it at that. [Tribune]

Sagging poll for Rahm
A Crain's/Ipsos poll says Rahm's approval rating is down, but there are reasons to be skeptical of the numbers. [Sun-Times]

Head 4
Here's a fun game that lets you match the neighborhood with its place on the map and then argue with your friends about how that's totally not right because you grew up there and you know, dammit, that that's not the neighborhood you grew up in. [The 312]

Science is scary
This video shows it raining fire on the sun. Welcome to my nightmares. [Gizmodo]

Canucks cheap shot
Marian Hossa doesn't buy Jannik Hansen's explanation of his punch to the back of Hossa's head on Tuesday night, and I'm with him because nobody likes the Canucks. [Sun-Times]

Tebow'd
Back-up quarterback and All-Pro holy roller Tim Tebow won't be speaking at a controversial Dallas church after all. [Deadspin]

Correction
In yesterday's edition, I said the stadium being named after a private prison company was at Florida A&M. The stadium is actually for Florida Atlantic. My apologies to the Rattlers. [NY Times]

No sled for you
The sledders who went up a hill but weren't allowed to sled down because it turns out the hill's a mountain. [ABC 7]

Trump (is a) hack
And here I thought Trumps Twitter rants were so dumb he must have been hacked ages ago. [Mashable]

The Bright One
Dave Hoesktra and Jon Sall posted up with some grandmother hoopsters. [Sun-Times]

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

And finally
Women be talking! So says science. [Science World Report]

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