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The Evening Rush for Monday, April 8, 2013

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The must-read news stories for April 8, 2013

Mourners gather outside Holy Name Cathedral after funeral services for Chicago Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert Monday, April 8, 2013. | Rich Hein~Sun-Times

Honoring Ebert
Family, friends and fans gathered this morning at Holy Name Cathedral to honor legendary Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert who died last week. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Gov. Pat Quinn were among those who spoke, as well as family members, including Ebert's widow, Chaz. All remembered Roger not only for his intelligence but for his kind heart and his constant willingness to share his knowledge with those who sought it. [Sun-Times, Live-blog, Memorial page]

RIP, Margaret Thatcher and Annette Funicello
Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, nicknamed "The Iron Lady," died at the age of 87 after suffering a stroke. Later in the day, former Disney and "Beach Blanket Bingo" star Annette Funicello died at the age of 70. [BBC on Thatcher, CNN on Funicello]

City ponies up for lawyers
The latest Watchdogs report spells expensive news for City Hall, which spent $22 million on private lawyers in 2012 with more than half of that going toward defending CPD officers. [Sun-Times]

Imminent immigration reform
If Sen. Dick Durbin is to be believed, the "Gang of Eight" could meet as early as tomorrow to hammer out a bipartisan bill on immigration reform. [WBEZ]

Remembering Anne Smedinghoff
Anne Smedinghoff's family shared thoughts and memories of the young River Forest woman who was killed in Afghanistan over the weekend while working for the State Department. [Sun-Times]

Rules of Journalism
Yet again a journalist is now facing jail time for refusing to reveal his or her sources. This time, it's Fox News' Jana Winter who's in trouble with the judge presiding over the Aurora, Colo., shooting case. Winter was the first to reveal that Holmes had shared with his psychiatrist an outline of his plan to attack and kill a large group of people. [Gawker]

Calm down, bro
China is asking North Korea to just take a breath and chillax before they do something dumb like nuke someone. [L.A. Times]

Another twist
The March shooting death of William Strickland got even more complex over the weekend when Strickland's wife was accused of hiring her grandson to kill him. [Sun-Times]

Madigan's funds grow
Lisa Madigan continued with her fundraising edge over Gov. Quinn and even widened the gap between her and the governor. Of course, Madigan has made no formal announcement of any run for governor in the 2014 elections, but her undetermined status looms even larger now. [Sun-Times]

Adieu, Caribou
Caribou Coffee will be closing some of its 18 Chicago locations, with some being converted to Peet's Tea & Coffee. Fortunately, there are still roughly 3,761 Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts locations for caffeine addicts. [Tribune]

No More Moon
NASA has no clear plans to go back to the moon anytime soon, so says its chief. But that's only because it's busy doing more awesome things like figuring out how to lasso and asteroid and head to Mars. [FOX DC]

'School of Rock' on the Great White Way
Andrew Lloyd Webber wants to turn "School of Rock" into a Broadway musical because if "Rock of Ages" can succeed, surely a version with kids can, too. [A.V. Club]

Blackhawks clinch
The Chicago Blackhawks became the first team in the NHL this season to clinch a playoff spot with their 5-3 win over Nashville yesterday. The Hawks still lead the Ducks by five points for first place in the Western Conference. [Sun-Times]

Aon and Man U
Aon has re-upped its commitment to the English Premier League's Manchester United (the N.Y. Yankees of English soccer) and will plaster its name on the team's new training facility. [Crain's]

The Bright One
"Mad Men" returned to the small screen last night, kicking off its penultimate season, and Lori Rackl ran through all of the ins, outs and tiny details that are packed into the episode. [The Daily Sizzle]

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

And finally
Could you outrun deadly dinos? Short answer: No. Long answer: Hell, no. [io9]

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