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The Evening Rush for Tuesday, February 12, 2013

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The must-read news stories of the day from around the Web for Tuesday, February 12, 2013.

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Pres. Obama earlier today
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State of the Union fever
Tonight, President Obama delivers the first State of the Union of his second term and it promises to be a doozy. One of the subplots involves gun laws and invited guests. The parents of Hadiya Pendleton will be guests of the Obamas and Carolyn Murray, mother of Justin Murray who was shot and killed in Evanston in November 2012, will be the guest of Rep. Jan Schakowsky. All told, 26 gun violence survivors will be present, including Gabby Giffords and a teacher from Sandy Hook Elementary in Newton, CT. Meanwhile, in a move that seems destined to backfire, Rep. Steve Stockman has invited former rocker, gun advocate, and taxidermy enthusiast Ted Nugent. We'll have live coverage of it all, including live video, analysis, and more, at starting at 7:30 p.m. (Chicago time). [Sun-Times, Think Progress, NY Times]

Hunt for Christopher Dorner intensifies
Major movement this afternoon in the hunt for fugitive ex-cop Christopher Dorner in the Los Angeles area as a gun battle broke out in the Big Bear resort area between Dorner and authorities after Dorner was spotted following an apparent attempted carjacking. As of publishing time of this newsletter, authorities still hadn't taken Dorner into custory and at least two deputies were wounded by gunfire. [CBS LA, LA Times]

No bail in Hadiya case
Michael Ward, 18, and Kenneth Williams, 20, have been ordered held without bail in connection to the shooting death of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton. Both have been charged with first-degree murder and two counts each of aggravated battery with a firearm. [Sun-Times]

School days shenanigans
One North Side parent has battled the CPS for a year on memos and documents related to the system's new longer school day except there don't appear to be any. [The Reader]

File Under: Bad ideas, foot-in-mouth
Surprisingly, a plan by some people in an Indiana town to hold a "gay-free" prom backfired, particularly when the special needs teacher spearheading the movement compared gay students to her students with disabilities and claimed she didn't believe gay students had any purpose in life. [NBC News]

Plagiarize, Profitize
1. Plagiarize. 2. Resign in disgrace. 3. ???? 4. Profit. [Politico]

Next verse, same as the first
Chicago leads the nation in gas prices. Your wallet hates you. [Tribune]

Every Rose has its thorn
Derrick Rose may return in late February unless he doesn't in which case he'll return when he wants. So nothings changed. [Sun-Times]

Puff, puff, pass, dunk
Jay Williams allegations of heavy marijuana use by his Chicago Bulls teammates a decade ago have some of those teammates a little upset. [Deadspin]

The Bright One
Lauren Fitzpatrick reports on the latest complications in the next round of potential CPS closings. [Sun-Times]

Sudoku; Weather; Traffic; CTA; Metra

And finally
I take back every pope joke I've ever made. [NBC News]

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