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The Evening Rush for Friday, April 19, 2013

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The must-read news stories for April 19, 2013.

SWAT team members search for the at-large suspect in this week's attacks in Boston // Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images

Latest from Boston
Where to begin? After a surreal, violent, horrifying series of incidents overnight, things have quieted down in Boston. But the situation is no less tense as authorities continue to hunt for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the at-large suspect in Monday's marathon bombing and last night's firefight with police officers that included explosives. Meanwhile, the suspect's older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the other suspect identified by the FBI for Monday's bombing, is dead after last night's gunfight. A fuller picture of the two suspects continues to emerge as family members have come forward to talk about them. Follow along with our complete coverage for the latest as the search continues. [Sun-Times, Live blog, Boston Globe]

Helping out
At the request of the Boston Police Department, the Chicago Police Department is sending five detectives and one sergeant to Boston to assist in the investigation. [NBC 5]

Back at home
Meanwhile, eight people were shot in Chicago from Thursday afternoon through the wee hours of Friday morning. [Sun-Times]

Murder charges
Charges against a North Side couple accused of smothering a baby have had charges against them upgraded to first-degree murder. [Tribune]

More flooding?
River levels across Northeast Illinois continue to rise even as the rain has moved out and residents try to dry out, meaning more flooding could still occur. [Sun-Times]

A Ceasefire volunteer is accused of attacking cars in the middle of Chicago Avenue while naked. [DNA Info]

Small step forward?
The Boy Scouts are now considering a tiny step forward by accepting gay youths as members, but they would maintain a ban on gay Scout leaders. [L.A. Times]

Trauma desert
Possibly another factor in Chicago's murder rate: distance many shooting victims have to travel to the nearest trauma center. [WBEZ, Chicago Mag]

An express bus could be coming back to Ashland Avenue as a 16-mile stretch of the road will be the next rapid bus transit project for the CTA, another example of the agency spit-shining and reinstalling previously cut services under the guise of improvements. [Sun-Times]

Healing power
Pop star/composer Brian Eno has a new project: creating music to heal the sick. [The Independent]

Bear Down
The NFL draft is next week and now we have the Bears' 2013 schedule to break down. [Sun-Times]

Tonight's White Sox-Twins game has been postponed because of cold. [ESPN]

The Bright One
No Rose? No problem. So says Rick Telander who thinks the Bulls could still pose a playoff threat. [Sun-Times]

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

And finally
Wait, are we the aliens? [Yahoo!]

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