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

The Evening Rush for Monday, April 1, 2013

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The must-read news stories for April 1, 2013.

Anthony Rizzo rounds the bases after his Opening Day homer // Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

Opening Day
Hope springs eternal for baseball fans across the world and even here in Chicago as both the Cubs and Sox took to the field for the first time in the 2013 season. The Cubs started off with a 3-1 victory over Pittsburgh even after a trademark Carlos Marmol ninth inning meltdown; Kyuji Fujikawa got the save in his Cubs debut with Jeff Samardzija getting the win. But despite the Opening Day victory, there's still trouble looming for the Cubs (and not just of the Carlos Marmol variety). According to Gordon Wittenmyer, the team's debt is undermining its rebuilding efforts. Meanwhile, the Pale Hose open the season at home against the Kansas City Royals. The game is locked in a scoreless tie at post time, but you can follow live updates at the link below. [Sun-Times, Wittenmyer, White Sox]

Good news on crime front
While the roving mob of teens that caused trouble on the Mag Mile over the weekend cast a shadow, Mayor Emanuel and Police Supt. Garry McCarthy were able to deliver some good news: The murder rate for March followed February's lead of a significant drop. It was the lowest March murder rate since 1959. While it's hard to tell how the unusually cool weather played into the numbers, the results are still encouraging. [Sun-Times]

Death penalty
Prosecutors in Colorado have announced that they will seek the death penalty for James Holmes, the  man charged with last summer's deadly mass shooting at an Aurora, Colo., movie theater. [Denver Post]

Gun tax in effect
The $25 tax on each gun purchased in Cook County went into effect today. [Sun-Times]

Texas violence against crime fighters
A horrific story is ongoing in Kaufman County, Texas, as the district attorney and his wife were killed at their home over the weekend, just two months after an assistant district attorney was also murdered. The ADA who was killed helped prosecute members of the Aryan Brotherhood, but the extremist group hasn't been formally tied to any of the killings. [L.A. Times, Dallas Morning News]

Burge rebuffed
The 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals upheld the former cop's perjury conviction in connection to dozens of allegations of torturing suspects at Area 2 headquarters in the 1970s and 1980s. [Sun-Times]

The geography of Chicago poverty
The always brilliant Whet Moser uses stats and maps to show how poverty in Chicago has shifted west and south over the last 50 years. [The 312]

Dewey decimated
One Chicago branch of the Chicago Public Library system has settled on a unique way to protest cuts: Check out every book in the building. [Sun-Times]

Blame Xenu
Scientology has set up an anti-psychiatry pop-up exhibit in Wicker Park, which is sure to be filled with rational analysis from level-headed thetans. [DNA Info]

The official Lollapalooza lineup was unveiled, confirming that the leaked snoozer of a bill was, indeed, correct. [Sun-Times]

Moving up
Link's Hall is relocating and refocusing as a venue for jazz and other artistic collaborations. [WBEZ]

Sorry not sorry
In a discovery sure to aid millions of marriages, a study alleges that people who don't apologize are happier than those who do. [Smithsonian]

A look at how TV networks handle gruesome in-game injuries, like that of Louisville's Kevin Ware. [Deadspin]

Blame it on Rio
Preparations for the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics have taken a hit due to some questionable construction situations. [BBC]

The Bright One
Kim Janssen looks into the case of Timothy Forrest and how it has curbed the FBI's use of civilians in undercover operations. [Sun-Times]

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

And finally
A dog in Belarus inherited $1 million from an immigrant who had moved to the U.S. Lassie and Benji were unavailable for comment. [NDTV]

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