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The Evening Rush for Tuesday, March 26, 2013

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The must-read news stories for March 26, 2013: SCOTUS may side-step Prop 8, CPD's new strategy, and mega-music-fest news


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Prop 8 Battle
The Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments over California's controversial Proposition 8, banning same-sex marriage in the state. While the SCOTUS won't issue a ruling for some time, all indications are that the court will actually, well, do nothing. Certain questions from the justices -- particularly Anthony Kennedy -- indicated that the high court may dismiss the case with no ruling, relegating the case back to the appeals court that already overturned Prop 8. Thus, gay marriage would continue in California but there would be no "sweeping" ruling by the Court that could be applied to other states. The spotlight will once again be on the court tomorrow as the justices hear arguments over the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act. [Sun-Times, FiveThirtyEight, SCOTUS Blog]


Shoe leather policing
CPD Supt. Garry McCarthy's newest tactic for fighting crime? More police on foot patrol. On the flip-side, though, the number of detectives -- officers not on foot patrol -- has, in fact, dropped in areas of the city hardest hit by crime. [Sun-Times, The 312]

Empty-handed
A search by Sheriff Tom Dart for more potential John Wayne Gacy victims at a building where the serial killer's mother once lived has turned up zilch. [Sun-Times]

The Before Time
On the heels of CPS closures, activists around the city are getting ready to mark the one-year anniversary of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's controversial closing of many of the city's mental health facilities. [The Reader]

The Toddler
The trial of a longtime Todd Stroger aide seems to actually be aimed at snaring the Toddler himself. [Sun-Times]

Italy, eh?
Apparently, double jeopardy does not exist in Italy, where Amanda Knox has had her acquittal overturned. [L.A. Times]

Bad math
Spending $50,000 to punish someone for stealing $111? It's the Illinois way, apparently. [WBEZ]

Expensive snacks for Congress
And you thought you spent a lot of money every month on coffee. [WUSA]

Festive!
Lollapalooza has sold out already but Pitchfork Fest looks to be a better bet anyway as its fuller lineup was announced earlier today. [DNA Info, Sun-Times]

Mr. Everything
Simeon-star-and-Duke-player-to-be Jabari Parker is, once again, Illinois' Mr. Basketball. [Tribune]

The heat is on
The Miami Heat and their looooooong winning streak swagger into town tomorrow night to face the Bulls. [ESPN]

The Bright One
Our outstanding, award-winning Editorial Board is now on Facebook, so give 'em a "Like." [Facebook]

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

And finally
While the drought is easing in Illinois, it's still severe in other parts of the country, and its latest victims are corncob pipes. [NPR]

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