Here are some of the stories that caught our attention during the work day.

The Evening Rush for Friday, March 1, 2013

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The must-read news stories for March 1, 2013: Fewer murders, sequester blame game, and telepathic mice.

Photo: Stacie Scott/Sun-Times Media

Murder rate down, for now
After a bloody start to 2013, February was mercifully "quieter" with only 14 murders reported across the city (11 by shooting, three by stabbing), half the number of murders during February 2012. While city leaders - especially Mayor Emanuel and Police Supt. Garry McCarthy - are breathing a sigh of relief, there's still reason to be skeptical. And Whet Moser goes over some of the factors that may play into the lower numbers and how the murder rate typically dips every February. So be prepared to see an uptick as things warm up in March. [Sun-Times, Chicago Mag]

Anticlimactic exhumation
An autopsy of the exhumed body of dead lottery winner Urooj Khan revealed no new findings about what may have killed him. That said, there were no traces of cyanide (some of Khan's family had alleged his wife had poisoned him with cyanide) and coronary artery disease was ruled a contributing factor due to 75 percent blockage in one artery. [Sun-Times]

Blah blah CTA blah blah service interruptions blah blah blah alternate routes blah blah inconvenience to riders blah blah headaches for travelers blah blah blah. But there *is* a nifty video. [CTA, YouTube]

Sequester blame game
During a press conference this morning, President Obama called the upcoming budget cuts from the sequester crisis "dumb" and "arbitrary" while blaming Republicans for the mess who in turn blamed him for the mess and at the end of the day, the problem still isn't fixed and the American people are the ones who suffer. [Sun-Times]

Love of guns
WBEZ continues its look at the relationship between gun owners and their guns and how they figure in to the larger national conversation happening right now on gun control. [WBEZ]

Gag order
As more details in the heinous necrophilia-tinged Joliet murder case emerge, the judge presiding over the case has issued a gag order so the parties involved can figure out who leaked police reports to the press. [Sneed, Sun-Times]

School daze
Mick Dumke looks at the disinvestment crisis looming for neighborhoods like Auburn-Greshamn as they face potential CPS school closures. [The Reader]

Romney's return
Mitt and Ann Romney finally break their post-election silence in a long interview with Fox News this weekend. In a preview of the chat, the former Republican presidential nominee compared the campaign to a roller coaster. [FOX News]

Sinkhole stunner
Oh, great, something else for me to live in total, complete, paralyzing fear of. [Tampa Bay Online]

"Live Mas" con el caballo
I'm sorry but if you ate Taco Bell regularly - in Britain, too, of all places - and didn't think there was something weird with what you were eating, I don't know what to tell you. [Reuters]

Adieu, Bonnie Franklin of One Day At A Time, who died of cancer. [A.V. Club]

Big East conclave
The "Catholic Seven" schools - including DePaul - are reportedly about to band together, pull in Xavier and Butler, and retain the Big East name assuming the smoke from ESPN's Bristol headquarters turns white. [ESPN]

Spare Jordan?
An Atlanta woman has filed suit claiming Michael Jordan is the father of her 16-year-old child. [Sun-Times]

The Bright One
Rick Morrissey says all the fuss over Derrick Rose is to blame for the Bulls' recent rough patch. [Sun-Times]

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

And finally
I, for one, welcome our new telepathic mice overlords. [Jezebel]

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