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The Evening Rush for Tuesday, March 12, 2013

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The must-read news stories for March 12, 2013.



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RIP Jonylah Watkins
6-month-old Jonylah died this morning after being shot 5 times in Woodlawn yesterday while her dad was changing her diaper in the car. The father, Jonathan Watkins, is a documented gang member with a criminal background. In an interview with the Sun-Times, Watkins said "I was trying to help. I was trying to help. I was trying to help her." A law enforcement source said the shooting was likely gang retaliation. [CST]


Smokers section
Black smoke. No Pope. Move along, please. Day 1 of the conclave produced no new Pontiff, with cardinals sending up a plume of black smoke -- yes, there's a white smoke app for that -- early this afternoon. Say what you want about Chicago elections, but at least we know the winner before they even start. And as if the Vatican didn't have enough riding on this, noted statesman and dictator fan Dennis Rodman will be on hand to observe. [CST, Deadspin]

The Bears don't have a prayer
Speaking of God and goings on behind the closed doors . . . The Bears have parted ways with chaplain Ray McElroy. If Jay Cutler couldn't get divine intervention for O-line assistance before, he's doomed now. [Bears blog]

But back to Rodman
The former Chicago Bull and his new BFF Kim Jong-un are taking their relationship to the next level by planning a vacation together. During a bar appearance in Fargo, N.D. (yeah), Rodman revealed that although he doesn't condone some of the authoritarian leader's decisions, he still plans to return to North Korea in August to vacation with Kim. Awww... [CST]

They're baaack. Well, soon. Maybe.
Hostess is moving ahead with plans to sell its Twinkies, and one of the new owners says the spongy, cream-filled snacks could be back on shelves by summer. Just in time for bikini season. [CST]

A divot to deal with
Mortgage broker and golfer Mark Mihal is recovering after an 18-foot-deep sinkhole opened up beneath him Friday on the fairway at the 14th hole of the Annbriar Golf Course just southeast of St. Louis. Bet he wasn't expecting that hole-in-one! [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]

Tapping into March Madness
The NCAA basketball tournament is the champion of sports. It's drama, feel-good stories -- hello, JMU -- anger, animosity, tears of joy and despair, sportsmanship and the best sports on TV every year. It is, simply, sports perfection. But the beer bracket is better. [Chicagoist]

Crossing the line
There is much joy in some very small parts of the world because Google has finally changed the colors on its transit maps to reflect the lines on the CTA. This should provide something soothing to look at while you wait out delays and suffer through overpacked rail cars. [CTA Tattler]

Makin' it rain
Vernon Hills police believe a banking mishap caused an unknown amount of cash to swirl around a busy intersection during rush hour Monday evening. A traffic jam occurred when people stopped and dashed out of their cars to collect the $100 and $10 bills. [News-Sun]

ICYMI
If you've been following the David Koschman saga, you know the latest Watchdogs report details a Daley Machine tie to the judge overseeing the case against Daley nephew Richard Vanecko. If you were wondering what Betty Loren-Maltese had to say about Judge Maureen P. McIntyre, wonder no more. [Betty's Blog]

The Bright One
Congrats to our Kate Grossman for winning the Education Writers Association's top national award for 2012 for opinion writing. She won for editorials she wrote during a particularly turbulent year in education in Chicago, with a teachers strike and big battles over a longer school day and school closings. [National Education Writers Association]

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

And finally
If you plan on getting arrested soon and doing something really stupid for your mugshot, stop. You won't trump this guy. [Chicagoist]

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