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The Evening Rush for Thursday, April 25, 2013

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The must-read news stories for Thursday, April 25, 2013


Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery talks about the upcoming NFL draft before the Bears first mini-camp at Halas Hall on Tuesday, April 16, 2013, in Lake Forest, Ill. (AP Photo/Jim Prisching)

Draft Night
The NFL Draft is upon us, and the first pick is in just a few hours, but it'll be a while yet before we learn what the Bears will do with the No. 20 pick in the draft. Trying to zero in on a pick is impossible given the shuffling that's likely to happen in terms of trades and surprise picks by teams, but all signs point to the Bears not taking Manti Te'o -- so save the fake girlfriend jokes and breathe a sigh of relief the Notre Dame linebacker won't be bringing his painfully slow 40 time to Soldier Field. In the meantime, catch up with other analysis and predictions and be sure to tune in to our live blog, which goes up later this evening ahead of the 7 p.m. start, to follow updates and analysis as the draft unfolds. [Live blog, Sun-Times, ESPN]

Gov. Quinn is cutting off state funding to UNO, the state's largest charter school operator, over insider deals the state says violates terms of the deal. This follows a series of excellent reports on the insider deals by the Sun-Times Watchdogs team. [Sun-Times]

Chemical weapons in Syria
U.S. intelligence reports seemed to confirm that Syria has twice used chemical weapons against rebels during that country's fierce civil war, but officials are awaiting firmer confirmation before going forward with any retaliation or sanctions. [Sun-Times, L.A. Times]

Bombers were NYC-bound
According to New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, the reported destination of the Boston Marathon bombers was to be Times Square in New York City where they allegedly hoped to set off more of their crude bombs. [BBC]

Aldermen push mayor
The Progressive Caucus of aldermen in City Hall continue to push Mayor Emanuel on giving the city Inspector General unfettered access to city documents. [Sun-Times]

Glitch hitch
Trading at the CBOE was delayed by a computer glitch earlier today. [Crain's]

According to the feds, sneaky drivers were faking bankruptcy in order to get their cars out of impound lots without paying fees and fines. [Sun-Times]

Hinsdale problems
Apparently, cars running into buildings in downtown Hinsdale is such a problem that the town may have to install more barriers. [CBS 2]

More testimony
In today's testimony in the Johnny Borizov trial, the gunman told how Borizov pushed him to commit the murders. [Sun-Times]

All the living presidents came together today to celebrate the dedication of the George W. Bush Library, which includes an interactive exhibit that allows you to clean the ranch and observe natural disasters from the comfort of a virtual Air Force One high above. [Sun-Times, N.Y Times]

I like to ride my bicycle
The city's bike-sharing program is ready to roll out this summer, provided it ever gets warm enough to ride a bike on a regular basis. [Tribune]

NASA has found three faraway planets that offer us the best chance yet of finding a planet that human life could survive on. [CNN]

Still out front
A great interview with Steppenwolf's Martha Lavey on how the theater company manages to stay edgy after all these years. [Chicago mag]

No Rose
News flash: Derrick Rose will not play in Game 3 tonight for the Bulls against the Nets. [ESPN]

The Bright One
For all the latest Bears info going into tonight's draft, be sure to check out our free Bears app and all the goodness contained therein. [iTunes]

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

And finally
Want to make sure that person you're about to hook up with isn't related to you? There's an app for that. [Sun-Times]

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