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The Evening Rush for Thursday, March 21, 2013

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The must-read news stories for March 21, 2013: School closure chaos, Daley's parting gift and more UNO shenanigans

CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett // Al Podgorski~Sun-Times

School closure chaos
Last night, the Sun-Times broke the story that the Chicago Public Schools would announce around 50 schools would be closed. Today, the names of various schools leaked via sources and aldermen who have already been told of the closures in their ward. CPS is set to release the full, official list this afternoon, so keep checking for more updates. But as a partial list of unofficial closures has been compiled, mapping those closures reveals what most suspected: Neighborhoods on the South and West Sides with higher poverty levels will be hit hardest. Meanwhile, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is enjoying a frosty ski vacation in Utah since the mayor's kids attend the private University of Chicago Lab Schools, which are on spring break. [Sun-Times, unofficial partial list, interactive map, timeline, DNA Info, Chicago Mag]

The gift that keeps on taking
The horrendous parking meter privatization deal that Mayor Daley left us with just got even worse thanks to a parking garage snafu that will force the city to pay $57.8 million to the LLC that is leasing the meters. [Sun-Times]

Another day, another mass shooting in Chicago
Seven people were hurt after a gang-related shooting occurred at a Greshman night club during a rap video release party. [Tribune]

A family affair
Taking a page from the Joe Berrios handbook, it appears UNO head Juan Rangel has three family members on the payroll. [Sun-Times]

Raising a ruckus
Protesters rallied to push Lisa Madigan to pause from her consideration of a gubernatorial run next year and take her appeal of the conceal-carry ban repeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. [Backtalk Blog, CBS 2]

Hog slaughter
William Beavers was found guilty on all counts in his tax fraud trial. [Sun-Times]

Reform, sort of
Maybe Illinois is kind of ready for pension reform? [Politics blog]

Obama for peace
Speaking in Jerusalem today, president called for renewed Israel-Palestinian peace talks. [BBC]

Home value
The closer you are to public transit, the more valuable your home is because apparently potential homeowners don't like the thought of having to trudge a long way through the Chicago winter just to get to a delayed train. [Crain's]

Digging the hole deeper
Michelle Shocked's bad week is getting worse as the singer ditched a radio interview and then set off another Twitter war. [Vulture]

Universe's youth
Scientists have now got an even older baby photo of the universe. [N.Y. Times]

Thorny Rose
Not only does Derrick Rose still not know when he's coming back, he's now saying his injured knee is still sore. [Sun-Times]

Bear down
In a move Brian Urlacher calls a "slap in the face," it looks like the Chicago Bears will be parting ways with the legendary linebacker after failing to reach an agreement on a new contract. [ESPN, Morrissey]

The Bright One
Between the Urlacher news, free agent signings, and next month's draft, it's a good time to subscribe to our Bears iPad app to keep caught up on all the offseason news. [iTunes]

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

And finally
There will be no "Sex Week" at the University of Tennessee. Worse for students: They're still stuck in Knoxville. [FOX News]

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