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The Evening Rush for Wednesday, February 20, 2013

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The must-read news stories of the day for February 20, 2013: Jesse's elk heads, Te'o the Bear, and more



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Jesse Jackson, Jr. arrives in court // Photo by Cliff Owen/AP

The Jacksons' day in court
Both Jesse Jackson, Jr. and his wife, Sandi, pleaded guilty to charges involving fraud and misuse of campaign funds in federal court yesterday in Washington, D.C. During court proceedings, more details came to light, including the fact Jackson spent close to $14,500 on dry cleaning and $8,000 on a pair of stuffed elk heads (because if there's something every congressman needs, it's a stuffed elk head). Also, there's the $300 spent at a Build-A-Bear workshop which must have been spent on the "poops gold" model of teddy bear. It will all come to a head later this summer; Jesse Jr. will be sentenced on June 28 and Sandi on July 1. Until then, try to imagine how much each of Jesse Jr.'s fur capes cost to dry-clean. [Sun-Times]



The Shotgun Express
Since there's not a gun problem at all in a city where innocent teens and children are routinely injured or killed by gunfire, the NRA wants to allow riders to carry guns on the CTA and Metra. Because if there's one place where everyone is prone to calm, rational thinking that won't escalate into more shootings, it's on a crowded rush-hour train. Thanks, NRA, for the worst idea of the week. [Sun-Times]

Tempered tamper
An admitted white supremacist was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison after he was found guilty of soliciting an attack on a jury foreman who had ruled on another white supremacist's case. [Tribune]

Blue bins and fundraisers
Mayor Emanuel was busy announcing a handful of initiatives. First is the expansion of the city's recycling program to everyone in the city in which trash and recycling totally won't end up in the same pile at all. And, second, Rahm has challenged the same business community that funded the doomed 2016 Olympic bid to raise $50 million for at-risk youth about which I actually have nothing negative to say. Good move, Rahm. [Sun-Times, Sun-Times]

Old school
Of course, Rahm is also up to some King Daley I tricks: burying unwanted legislation that may actually accomplish stuff in a rules committee where it dies like so many other pushes for reform. [Chicago Reader]

D-Pete redux
The hearing for a new trial for Drew Peterson entered it's second day while Stacy Peterson entered her 1,942nd day of being a missing person. [Sun-Times]

The building case against Pistorious
More details are emerging surrounding Oscar Pistorious and the alleged murder of his girlfriend last week, including more information on allegations of domestic abuse. [BBC]

Sick kids hospitalized
Somehow, 16 9- and 10-year-old schoolchildren from Wendell Green Elementary on the South Side consumed nicotine lozenges, requiring treatment at a local hospital. [Sun-Times]

Rocky Mountain High
So for my next birthday, I will eat dinner at Medieval Times and then fly to Colorado, not necessarily in that order. [Denver Post]

Billboard wiped clean
The bawdy downtown billboard that used a reference to oral sex and former porn star Bree Olson to promote a hook-up website for adults has been taken down because tourists have to suffer through enough of River North as it is. [Sun-Times]

Stumped
Remember ESPN's "The Schwab"? Here's the great tale from the guy who actually stumped him. [ChicagoSide]

From Catfish to Midway Monster?
Not tired of Manti Te'o yet, Bears fans? Good. Because he could be coming to Soldier Field. [Sun-Times]

The Bright One
In case Canucks forward Jannik Hansen's punch to the back of Marian Hossa's head last night didn't make you hate Vancouver enough, check out some of the team's post-game comments from last night and then check out Mark Lazerus' great analysis of the NHL's head-shot problem. [ESPN, Sun-Times]

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

And finally
After we narrowly avoided Pink Taco Field in Phoenix several years ago, Florida A&M University's new football stadium has sold naming rights to a private prison company, because why not? At this rate, I look forward to attending a future NFL game at Vagisil Dome in a few years. [BizJournal, NY Times]

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