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The Evening Rush for Wednesday, March 13

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The must-read news stories for March 13, 2013: A New Pope, Bears moves, and a rifle raffle



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Pope Francis I, AP Photo

Pope & change
Argentine cardinal Jorge Bergoglio was elected as the first Jesuit pope -- the first from either of the Americas -- and he has taken the name Pope Francis I. While some will point to Super Diplomat Dennis Rodman's involvement as a factor, others will point out that Bergoglio received the second-most number of votes at the 2005 conclave. Francis, the 266th pope overall, is the first non-European pope in more than 1,000 years, and observers say his election shows the Catholic Church recognizes its need for global outreach since Latin America is home to a big chunk of the world's Catholics (approximately 483 million or 41 percent). Many "pink smoke" protests hoping for a broader role for women in the Vatican dotted the Catholic world landscape, which makes sense; the pope is elected by a small group of old, mostly white males making it difficult to tell the difference between pope election or GOP party leader selection. The new pope's first big trip will likely be this July for World Youth Day in Rio. [Sun-Times, NY Times, live blog, Special app edition]


Jonylah Watkins
As police try to do their best with few -- if any -- leads in the murder case of 6-month-old Jonylah Watkins, the girl's father Jonathan, also wounded in the shooting and believed to be the intended target, is cooperating with police in their investigation. Watkins, however, insists he doesn't know who the shooter was. [Sun-Times]

More senseless -- and stupid -- violence
How senseless is gang violence now? If the above story didn't do it for you, consider the allegations by Lake County prosecutors that a Zion man was shot and killed Sunday because of the way his hat was tilted. [Tribune]

Gay marriage battle
As the battle over marriage equality continues in the state legislature, House Speaker Michael Madigan says he's 12 votes shy of having enough support to pass the legislation. [Sun-Times]

"Wider net" cast on gun offender list
The City Council has approved legislation to expand those who appear on a list of registered gun offenders. [Sun-Times]

CPS money riles state GOP
Because CPS doesn't have enough enemies, it can add one more to the list: state Republican lawmakers.[Crain's]

Hush
After one of the defense attorneys for William Beavers, about to stand trial on tax-evasion, claimed the case was rigged by a tainted jury pool, the presiding judge has slapped everyone with a gag order. [ABC 7]

Another reason to hate the IRS
Happy spring, a glitch may delay your tax refund. [Tribune]

Chi-rish amateur hour
St. Patrick's Day brings out the worst in people, particularly the hooligan idiots celebrating in Wrigleyville, so here's hoping authorities follow through on their "zero tolerance policy" threat, because green puke looks good nowhere. [DNA Info]

The Endangered Seven
Preservation Chicago unveiled its list of the city's seven most endangered buildings. Wrigley Field is not listed because "visitor's emotional state during visit" isn't part of the criteria. [WBEZ]

No fun first lady
First lady Michelle Obama will grace the cover of Vogue magazine for the second time and the FLOTUS apparently put the kibosh on some rather "creative" ideas from photographer Annie Liebovitz. [Washington Post]

Rifle raffle
A downstate Little League is trying to top last year's meager fundraiser ($10) by raffling off an AR-15 assault rifle, the same type used in the Newton, Conn., shootings. Ticket sales have thus far been "gangbusters." [Sun-Times]

Bear-y aggressive
After adding a new tight end yesterday, the Bears went out and added former New Orleans Saint Jermon Bushrod to their offensive line. [ESPN]

Cutler playing out the string
The level-headed Jay Cutler and the calm, rational Bears fans will have a fun 2013 season as Cutler has said he's just fine playing out the last year of his contract in full without negotiating an extension. [Sun-Times]

The Bright One
Our sterling music critic Thomas Conner is in Austin, Texas, for the music portion of the annual South By Southwest festival -- but before he left, he took the time to share some thoughts on the new Justin Timberlake album. [Music Blog, Justin Timberlake review]

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

And finally
Iran is so upset over the "distorted image" of the country in Hollywood films (like "Argo") that they're suing Hollywood. [The Guardian]

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