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The Evening Rush for Friday, April 5, 2013

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The must-read news stories for April 5, 2013



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Remembering Roger
First, an apology on the absence of this newsletter yesterday. Right as I began putting it together, we received word of the passing of film critic Roger Ebert, who wrote for the Sun-Times for 46 years. The entire newsroom came together under very tough circumstances and did a tremendous job, a hustle Roger would have been proud of. And, so, this newsletter fell by the wayside, but for a good reason.

A day later, the death of one of our own -- one of the best -- still hasn't fully sunk in here in the newsroom. Reading all of the tributes from readers, luminaries and colleagues has been touching and softened the blow. We've done our best to collect them all and package them along with other videos, links, a timeline, and Neil Steinberg's wonderful obituary of our colleague in one easy-to-bookmark page. We hope you'll peruse all of the stories and keep checking in to suntimes.com all weekend for more updates and, on Sunday, Roger's final review. [Sun-Time's Ebert Memorial Page]


Fatal crash
One adult died and more than a dozen schoolchildren suffered minor injuries when a school bus heading to suburban Newport Elementary School was involved in a major crash in which the bus rolled over. [Sun-Times]

2015?
Will anyone step forward to give Mayor Emanuel a legit challenge to the mayoral throne in 2015? The Reader's Mick Dumke has a few ideas who might (or might not) step into the ring. [The Reader]

Kim Jong-uncool
North Korea is now warning foreign embassies to get their emergency escape plans in place as they prepare to launch Armageddon as they load up a pair of missiles. So the L.A. Times says what we're all thinking: N.K. is nuts. [BBC, L.A. Times]

Wrigley Reno
The Cubs are 2-1, spending the weekend in Atlanta before the home opener on Monday, and they may return to a new deal with the city over renovations to Wrigley Field, though trouble looms in the form of antsy and angry rooftop owners. [Sun-Times, Sun-Times]

Judicial order
A federal judge has ruled that the government has to make the morning-after pill available to women of all ages over-the-counter. [N.Y. Times]

Slow drop
The unemployment rate for the U.S. fell to 7.6 percent, but improvements fell short of expectations reflecting a potential slowdown in the recovery. [Sun-Times]

FAA delays closures
The FAA announced that they would delay the closure of dozens of air traffic control towers until June. [Tribune]

Opposition
Cardinal Francis George was joined by a group of prominent black pastors in announcing opposition to gay marriage despite growing public sentiment in favor of it. [Sun-Times, FiveThirtyEight]

Tipsy
Fancy-pants Wicker Park bar Violet Hour's new mural is rubbing some folks the wrong way. I, for one, praise them for so accurately catching me in my natural state. [DNA Info]

Boss' first win
WBEZ turns back the clock to the late Mayor Richard J. Daley's first mayoral election win, 58 years ago today. [WBEZ]

Coming out
Former Bears (and former Ravens) linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo, an outspoken supporter of gay marriage, is claiming as many as four NFL players could be planning to come out pretty soon. [Sun-Times]

Rutgers fallout
Rutgers Athletic Director Tim Pernetti has resigned his position, the latest fallout in the ongoing saga surrounding videotape of former coach Mike Rice abusing players. [ESPN]

Rose tease
Coach Thibs teases about Derrick Rose's potential return again, but does it really matter at this point? [Sun-Times]

Manti of the Midway
Manti Te'o being drafted by the Bears is still a thing, apparently. [ESPN CHI]

The Bright One
Who else but Roger? Along with Royko, he was the writer a phrase like "The Bright One" was made for. And with a career as long and storied as his, there are no shortage of columns to pick from. But after he literally lost his voice, Roger found another outlet that he could own and make his own: Twitter. Here is his column from 2010 in which he talks about how he came to embrace the medium. [Ebert's Blog]

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

And finally
Need to get your hands on some coveted Girl Scout cookies? There's an app for that. [New Yorker]

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