The must-read news stories for April 15, 2013.
Boston Marathon tragedy
Two bombs exploded near the finish of the Boston Marathon on Monday, killing two people, injuring 23 others and sending authorities rushing to aid wounded spectators, race organizers and police said. Updates are still coming in.
[Sun-Times, Boston Globe on Twitter]
Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts had a few interesting things to share during today's press conference on the Wrigley Field deal. Ricketts said the deal to renovate Wrigley Field and develop the land around it will have the "financial impact" that will help the Cubs win the World Series. There was also talk of the Naked Cowboy and Times Square.
Secretary of State John Kerry flew to Chicago today to visit the parents of slain diplomat Anne Smedinghoff, who grew up and attended high school in the western suburbs. [Lynn Sweet]
Bully Bandit strikes again?
It seems the "Bully Bandit" has robbed his 12th Chicago-area bank over the weekend. The robber was dubbed with this moniker because of the aggressive manner in which he carries out his crimes. [Sun-Times]
Samir Naji al Hasan Moqbel, a prisoner at Guantanamo Bay, tells his story in an op-ed for the New York Times. He describes his hunger strike saying, "I will not eat until they restore my dignity." [NYT]
58 years of lovin' it
Ray Kroc opened the first McDonald's franchise 58 years ago today in Des Plaines.[Chicagoist]
Justin Bieber visited the Anne Frank house in Amsterdam and left this ridiculous note: "Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a belieber." [Zwecker, Roeper]
Everybody in uniform at the Tampa Bay Rays game Monday against the Red Sox at Fenway Park wore the number "42" as Major League Baseball celebrated its fifth annual Jackie Robinson Day. Fans will see more of that number on jerseys before the next couple of days are out. [AP]
Speaking of trailblazers...
Today would have been the late Harold Washington's 91st birthday. The city has declared it Harold Washington Day in honor of Chicago's first African-American mayor. [CBS]
Some people go to Vegas for fun, Dennis Rodman goes to N. Korea. The former Chicago Bull said: "I'm going back August 1. We have no plans really, as far as what we're going to do over there, but we'll just hang and have some fun!" It's not all fun and games though. Rodman also told the Miami New Times that the FBI has asked him to be an informant. [Gossip Extra, Miami New Times]