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The Evening Rush for Wednesday, February 13, 2013

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The must-read news stories of the day from around the Web for February 13, 2013.


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Students wait to speak at a recent CPS hearing on closings

School Daze
Parents the city over are waiting for the most updated list of schools facing closure by the CPS. While not every school on the list will be closed, it will still shake things up as it narrows the list of potential closures down even further. Meanwhile, a group of four aldermen have proposed that the city put a moratorium on charter school expansion - one of Mayore Emanuel's pet projects - for the 2014-15 school year so that students and parents have more time to absorb the current and impending closures. This is more bad news for charter school proponents given the recent grant shenanigans at the United Neighborhood Organization which forced one UNO exec to step down. The entire issue is so tense that even the usually popular Ald. Joe Moreno was booed at a hearing on Monday night. [Sun-Times, Sun-Times, Chicagoist]


Obama's trip home
President Obama will make his speaking appearance at Hyde Park Academy when he visits Chicago on Friday to address the city's gun violence issue (among other things) and the Hidaya Pendleton case. Meanwhile, the family of one of Hadiya's accused killers have come to his defense. [Sun-Times, Sun-Times]

Dorner case deepens
As details continue to emerge over yesterday's dramatic and confusing events in Southern California involving the hunt for ex-cop fugitive Christopher Dorner, there are now allegations that authorities may have been responsible for setting the fire that consumed the cabin and killed one person, presumed to be Dorner. These accusations will surely be met with reasonable, level-headed responses from conspiracy theorists the nation over who won't make any references to Waco, Texas or 9-11 being an inside job. [L.A. Times, Gawker]

Rubber Stamp
It was a busy day at City Hall as the City Rubber Stamp gave a unanimous thumbs up to Mayor Emanuel's watered-down ethics reform as the Stamp, which has seen more than 30 of its members head to prison in the last 40 years, continues to shield itself. [Sun-Times]

Tunney leaves Cubs in the dark
Speaking of the City Council, a proposal that would have okay'd more night games for the Cubs wasn't introduced by Ald. Tom Tunney as had been expected. Tunney wants more answers from the team on things such as traffic and security before he gives them the green light to continue to underwhelm under the lights. [Tribune]

Supreme road trip!
With the Illinois Supreme Court's Springfield digs getting a home makeover, the justices will take a wacky road trip filled with silly antics, lots of beef jerky, and mix tape jamming all the way up to Chicago where they will temporarily hear cases and write in their diaries about how all this fun is bringing them closer together and, maybe, just maybe, a romance will even bloom. [Crain's]

Weezy draws some ire
Rapper Lil Wayne is facing a backlash after he referenced Civil Rights icon Emmett Till in not the most flattering of phrasings in the lyrics of a new song. It's the second time the rapper has used Till's name like so and the Till Family Foundation has reached out to Rev. Jesse Jackson to speak with the rapper's management over the issue. [Sun-Times]

The Return, National Media Edition
USA Today churned out a pretty great interview with Derrick Rose as he gets poised for his return to the Bulls. It's a bummer, though, that Rose chose to eschew any local media for his first interview since the start of the season. Still, anything that can stir up even more useless speculation about his return date must be good, right? [USA Today]

Racy billboard gets motors running
Arrangement Finders is finding itself in a sticky wicket over a new billboard which features porn star and Charlie Sheen's ex-girlfriend Bree Olson plugging the business with an oral sex reference. The website promises to facilitate "hook ups" between adults looking for a little action, no fuss, no muss. Expect to see even more of the billboards springing up all over town as Chicago apparently has the most registered users on the site because no one in this town knows how to behave in a bar, apparently. [NBC 5]

The Bright One
ChicagoSide looks at how the Topps card company has joined baseball Hall of Fame voters in pretending that Pete Rose, one of the game's best hitters no longer exists. [ChicagoSide]

Commute
Sudoku; Weather; Traffic; CTA; Metra; Flight delays

And finally
Who needs custom-made Internet e-cards? These Valentine's from ye olde days are snarky and mean enough as it is. [Slate]

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