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

The Evening Rush for Thursday, April 11, 2013

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The must-read news stories for April 11, 2013.

rush_apr11.jpg Erica Lafferty and Jillian Soto join with other family members of victims of gun violence and U.S. senators during a press conference at the U.S. Capitol today. The Senate voted to approve the procedural motion allowing further debate on the gun reform legislation pending before Congress and sought by the Obama administration. Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images

Gunning for debate The U.S. Senate managed to side-step any filibuster this morning when it voted to open debate on the current gun bill. But while that seemed to be an easy, expected vote, the fate of the bill itself is far from a foregone conclusion. Meanwhile, our interactive map shows you where Illinois congressmen stand with the NRA. As for the state's senators, both Durbin and Kirk are in support of the bill. Kirk even let on that the two keys in hammering out the bipartisan effort were booze and a boat. [Sun-Times, Map, Live Senate Video, DNA Info]

Bail set in robbery
Bail has been set at $750,000 for the suspect in a robbery attempt in Logan Square that was caught on tape. Despite being shot in the thigh during the incident, the store owner was able to fend off the alleged suspect with a baseball bat. [Sun-Times]

North Korea looms
The North Korea missile threat is still a thing. [L.A. Times]

Beavers' replacement tabbed
Stanley Moore, who just paid off his own ethics fine, has been tabbed to replace former Cook County Commissioner William Beavers. [Sun-Times]

Developments in diplomat's death
New details have emerged in the investigation into the deaths of several Americans in Afghanistan over the weekend, including River Forest's Anne Smedinghoff. [Miami Herald]

Rahm stands firm on IG
Mayor Rahm Emanuel stood firm that the City Hall inspector general didn't need any more power than he already has because it's not like an inordinate amount of City Council members have wound up jailed over corruption charges or anything. [Sun-Times]

Ax attack
An Indiana man was arrested for attacking a local Planned Parenthood clinic with an ax, causing damage to the building but, fortunately, no injuries. [Tribune]

Goat's head soup
Another year, another goat-involved prank at Wrigley, where a goat's head was shipped to Tom Ricketts. The players, at least, are taking it in stride. [Sun-Times]

Casino clash continues
The Springfield battle to bring a casino to Chicago continues unabated and full of bickering. [WBEZ]

File under: No kidding
O'Hare is the worst airport in the country for on-time departures. [Sun-Times]

The sales performance of Windows 8 has been, to say the least, underwhelming. [NPR]

Heat over Havana
If only Nixon can go to China, only Jay-Z can go to Cuba. After taking heat for the trip, though, the rapper has responded with a vitriolic diss track aimed at critics. [Sun-Times]

Cubs prospect Jorge Soler lost his cool in a big way during a game last night between Daytona and Clearwater that resulted in Soler charging the opposing team's dugout with a bat in hand. Soler, who was stopped by a teammate, has been suspended for five games. [ESPN]

Fight club
The inner workings of an NHL fight. [Sun-Times]

Miracle on Ice
According to at least one Team USA player, one of the Russian hockey players on ice for the famous 1980 USA-USSR Olympic tilt was actually a KGB agent trying to prevent Soviet players from defecting. [Deadspin]

The Bright One
Lynn Sweet was glad to see First Lady Michelle Obama finally drop her cautiousness and take a firm stand against youth violence yesterday. [Sun-Times]

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

And finally
I would be shocked - SHOCKED, I say - if this report of a state-supported scientist in Iran building a time machine turns out to be false. [Telegraph]

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