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The Evening Rush for Friday, April 12, 2013

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

Patrick Watson, left, was sentenced in the 2011 death of Sally Katona-King

Sentence in iPhone murder
It was another of the city's senseless crimes, but it happened nearly two years before the murders of Hadiya Pendleton and Jonylah Watkins. On March 28, 2011, Prince Watson, 19, shoved 68-year-old Sally Katona-King down a flight of stairs at the CTA's Fullerton train stop after stealing another commuter's iPhone; Katona-King died as a result of injures sustained in the fall. Watson sold the phone for between $350 and $400 after the incident. Today he was sentenced to 32 years in prison. Surveillance footage ultimately helped nab Watson, who was remorseful as he admitted his crime. [Sun-Times, previously]

Clout takes a nap
There's even more to the story of Joseph Caffarello, the tollway supervisor caught snoozing. It seems clout may have played a role in helping Caffarello get rehired after two different firings. [Sun-Times]

North Korea crisis
North Korea says its first target is Tokyo while the U.S. - and, specifically, Secretary of State John Kerry - are giving the rogue nation a stern warning about making a "huge mistake." [Tribune, The Atlantic]

The night the lights went out
Officials are still trying to figure out where the raccoon chewed through wires, shutting off the lights on four of O'Hare's runways last night. [Sun-Times]

Mandatory minimums
Mayor Rahm Emanuel is standing firm on his push for mandatory minimum sentences for violators of the city's gun laws, but some studies suggest those sentences have little effect on the rate of those crimes. [WBEZ]

A state representative has issued an apology after his response to a constituent's call to support gay marriage implied he was equating homosexuality with statutory rape. [Sun-Times]

Abortion trial
The trial of Dr. Kermit Gosnell has exploded in the media due to accusations from pro-life proponents that the media is purposely not covering the case. While that's a half-truth, the conversation has since opened up about the horrific atrocities Gosnell has been accused of and how the trial should be discussed in the media, now that it can longer be ignored. [Jezebel]

Two big cultural deaths reported today: Legendary comedian Jonathan Winters passed away at the age of 87 last night, and Maria Tallchief, considered America's first prima ballerina, has died at the age of 88. [Winters, Tallchief]

Food on wheels
Despite the City Council making it as difficult as possible to allow food trucks to operate, there will be food trucks at this year's Taste of Chicago. [Sun-Times]

Good news, bad news
Gov. Pat Quinn heralded the amount of money film and television productions have pumped into Illinois, but the state's department of revenue didn't think as highly of Chicago-based Kartemquin Films (responsible for the excellent documentaries "The Interrupters" and "Hoop Dreams"), whose attempt for tax exemption was denied for a third time. [Crain's, Sun-Times]

White House brushes dirt off its shoulders
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney had little to say, aside from "nope," about Jay-Z's new track aimed at critics of his trip to Cuba and saying he had White House clearance for the sojourn. [Sun-Times]

As the Jackie Robinson biopic "42" opens this weekend, Chicago magazine's Whet Moser takes a look back at the player's time in Chicago, including a tryout he had with the White Sox. [Chicago Mag]

Brawl game
A bench-clearing brawl between the Padres and Dodgers has resulted in Dodgers pitcher Zach Greinke suffering a broken collar bone and giving legendary broadcaster Vin Scully another classic moment. [L.A. Times, Deadspin]

You can put it on the board
Sox announcer Hawk Harrelson went on an anti-sabermetrics rant and it raised the ire of commentators at the MLB Network. [Deadspin]

The Bright One
Last night, "Glee" had a school-shooting themed episode that brought the show lots of attention and criticism, but Sun-Times TV critic Lori Rackl weighs in with a defense. [Sun-Times]

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

And finally
Monkeys have blue butts because science! [Popular Science]

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