Here are some of the stories that caught our attention during the work day.

The Evening Rush for Wednesday, March 27, 2013

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The must-read news stories for March 27, 2013



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Ministers, CTU rally against CPS closures
Members of the Chicago Teachers Union are taking to the streets along with parents and students to protest the CPS' closure of 54 schools across the city. Be sure to follow along at our live-blog for updated photos, reports and live videos. In the meantime, a group of black ministers who were loyal to former mayor Richard Daley have broken with Mayor Rahm Emanuel over the closures, a politically important fissure for the mayor that could have great impact upon his ability to appeal to black voters in the next election. Meanwhile, CPS continues to deal with more issues around today's rally including a leaked memo to principals on their expected behavior during today's events. [Live-blog, Sun-Times, The Reader, WBEZ]



SCOTUS on DOMA
The Supreme Court spent a second day on gay marriage by hearing arguments over the Defense of Marriage Act. Unlike yesterday, it seems that the justices may actually be leaning toward making a decision and possibly overturning parts of the law. [Sun-Times, LA Times, transcripts and audio]

Safe passage
Back to CPS school closings ... the administration says it will hire more patrols for its "Safe Passage" program to help protect students as they begin attending new schools with rival gangs because the CPS is making them. [Sun-Times]

Outbreak?
It seems an outside norovirus was responsible for the spate of travelers taken from O'Hare to local hospitals recently. [NBC 5]

No to NATO 3
A judge has rejected a request by the so-called NATO 3 to drop terrorism charges against them for actions during last spring's NATO protests. [Sun-Times]

Riches!
Chicago still has millionaires? I thought Oprah left town. [DNA Info]

Return trip
First Lady Michelle Obama is coming back to Chicago to address youth violence in April because that's still a thing we need to address. [Sun-Times]

Melting snow surprise!
It looks like it might warm up a little this weekend, though a cold snap could open April. Still, be on the lookout for all those little surprises the neighborhood dog left in your front yard while the snow piled up. [Tribune, CBS 2]

Not again
Once again, controversy surrounds the apparent ouster of TV's blandest talk show host. [Hollywood Reporter]

Spinoff
Jesus, the breakout character from History Channel's miniseries "The Bible" is getting his own miniseries. No word about that Obama-resembling devil, though. [A.V. Club]

Pity the slapshot
Mr. T shooting the puck at the Blackhawks game. Not sure what else you need. [ChuffPo]

When a tie is as good as a win
The U.S. Men's National Soccer Team escaped Mexico's Estadio Azteca with a thrilling 0-0 tie (and I say that genuinely) in World Cup qualifying. [ESPN]

Bulls turn up Heat
Derrick Rose won't be playing in tonight's big tilt but Dwyane Wade will. Meanwhile, Taj Gibson has been tasked with wooing LeBron James to play in Michael Jordan's shadow. Good luck with that. [ESPN, Sun-Times]

The Bright One
Mitch Dudek has the great story about a cold-weather swimmer who keeps getting himself in hot water. [Sun-Times]

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

And finally
"Timothy Wayne "Tim" Hopkins, 54, went to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and Dale Earnhardt to contribute his building and painting expertise to the construction of many heavenly mansions on Saturday, March 23, 2013, in Memphis." The obit only gets better. [NEMS Daily Journal]

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