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The Evening Rush for Thursday, March 7, 2013

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The must-read news stories for March 7, 2013: Steinberg versus Toronto, Woodward versus Rahm, and more Blackhawks fever



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Steinberg v. Toronto, Part Deux
Yesterday, Neil Steinberg fired the first shots in what has become the great Chicago-Toronto War of 2013. Or something. Canada initially did not take Neil's shots lightly but they are, after all, Canadians, eh? And politeness has (mostly) won out judging by the media's written responses. Still, bigger outlets like the Wall Street Journal and the CBC have reached out to Neil for comment on his story, so this battle doesn't look to be going away. Next up: Neil takes on the original cast of "Degrassi Jr. High" and says mean things about Spike. [blogTO, Canada.com, Toronto Star]


Woodward, Rahm play the feud
The other tête-à-tête for Chicago is the battle between legendary journalist Bob Woodward and Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel. Well, sort of. Not content to stop with his blown-out-of-proportion snit with the White House last week, Woodward took a potshot at Rahm during an appearance in town last night. Rahm likely doesn't care. Maybe. [Sun-Times, Politics Blog]

City gunning for changes
The City Council is trying to push through legislation that would expand the city's current "gun offender registry" in an attempt to boost what has been slow registration so far. [Sun-Times]

Thanks, Rodman
Dennis Rodman visits North Korea and now the enemy nation wants to restart the Korean War and nuke the United States. Waaaaaaaaaay to go, Worm. [Tribune]

School Daze
The committee charged with recommending school closures and consolidation for CPS recommended doing so to no more than 80 schools yesterday. But a report by Lauren FitzPatrick shows that black students would disproportionately bear the brunt of the closures, something Mayor Emanuel says is due to population shifts. [Sun-Times, Sun-Times]

Rocky numbers
The state's unemployment numbers bounced back up in January, hitting 9 percent. [ABC 7]

Sports legend support gay marriage
Chicago sports legends Ernie Banks and Richard Dent have joined a group of athletes supporting gay marriage in Illinois, a big deal given both the perceived generation gap in terms of support for the issue as well as the fact that homophobia is still a rampant issue in pro sports. [Sun-Times]

Getting crafty
Craft beer is all the rage these days, especially in Chicago where you can throw a rock and hit a new craft beer brewer. It's so popular, in fact, that Ald. Moreno is offering one grocer a deal that would allow him to sell beer as long as it fits the definition of "craft" so as to apparently avoid "problems" because only troublemakers drink Bud Ice (which really is just awful, if it even still exists). [Grid, Crain's, DNA Info]

Uptown tango
The situation in Uptown with the Salvation Army, the homeless, and Ald. Cappleman continues to evolve as outlined by Sun-Times columnist Mark Brown. [Sun-Times]

Then & Now
Chicago without Chicago: What would it look like? [WBEZ]

Charity Point Plus
I love the Blackhawks, yet -- and maybe this is because I'm originally from non-hockey country -- the current "points streak" thing is a little weird since, technically, the Blackhawks have lost three games. Luckily, Whet Moser, who is way smarter than me, has a solid defense of the "charity point." [Chicago Mag]

Here come the Hawks
The Blackhawks have come a long way since the TV blackout days, hitting record ratings in the midst of the aforementioned streak, which has provided a bevy of memorable moments. [Sun-Times, Sun-Times]

Tax time
A cautionary tale for tax season as former Bears star Chris Zorich has been charged with failing to file his income taxes for four years. [Sun-Times]

The Bright One
Our amazingly talented photo/multimedia staff has a brand new Facebook page that's worth your while. [Facebook]

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

And finally
For people who want to meet a hookup at the airport -- and there are apparently a lot of you -- Orlando, Miami and Newark are the top three airports for just such fun. AH, yes, Newark, "The City Of Love." [NJ.com]

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