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

The Evening Rush for Wednesday, April 10, 2013

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The must-read news stories for April 10, 2013.

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Gun control moves forward, sort of
This weekend marks four months since the horriffic shootings at Newton and today we finally get movement on any sort of gun-control legislation since that tragedy. Thing is, while it's a bipartisan agreement on background checks, it doesn't at all guarantee passage of a larger gun-control legislation package that could be voted on next week. It's already taken this long to get just one piece agreed to; how far will the legislation be set back if the package is rejected overall? And then there's the NRA, which is already pushing back on the bill. Locally, there's more support for gun-control legislation. According to a poll by a gun-control group, Illinois voters said they were more likely to elect legislative candidates who backed strong gun-control measures by a 4-1 ratio. [Senate agreement, Illinois favor gun control, Buzzfeed]

FLOTUS visits again
Meanwhile, First Lady Michelle Obama was back in Chicago. She spoke at a luncheon backing an initiative by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to help curb youth violence. Later this afternoon, she's slated to stop by Harper High School, the school recently profiled in a pair of brilliant "This American Life" episodes that featured some fantastic reporting from WBEZ's Linda Lutton and Alex Kotlowitz. [Sun-Times, This American Life]

North Korea war games
As North Korea continues to threaten a missile test, former Vice President Dick Cheney gave GOP leaders perhaps the most succinct situational update possible: "We're in deep doo doo." [N.Y. Times, CNN]

Budget crunch
It's been a busy day for President Barack Obama; he has also submitted his new budget, which is already getting conservatives in a tizzy. [Sun-Times]

Traffic makeover
After years of planning, it looks like the make-over for the Damen/Elston/Fullerton intersection may actual come to fruition. [ABC 7]

Saturdays saved
The U.S. Postal Service will not give up Saturday delivery, after all. [Sun-Times]

The long walk
Parents and students protested the proposed CPS closings by walking the 20 minutes between King and Jensen Elementary schools. King students will be consolidated into Jensen next year. [WBEZ, Sun-Times]

Grand plans
So what's in store for the old main post office building that's just sort of sitting there right now? Quite a lot, actually. (Maybe.) [Grid]

Looking back on Byrne
Ben Joravsky has a great piece on Jane Byrne's run at mayor way back when. [The Reader]

True disaster prevention
NASA's new budget includes a heap of money to help build an asteroid defense system, which is no reason for us to be worried at all, I'm sure. [WSJ]

Drive-by shooting hurts elephant
Police in Tupelo, Miss., are still searching for suspects in a drive-by shooting that wounded a Barnum & Bailey elephant. [Yahoo!]

Everybody panic
Here are all the animals that have a flu strain. [Gizmodo]

Thatcher fallout
While some Brits mourned the death of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, others were far more jubilant, sending the song, "Ding, Dong, The Witch Is Dead," toward the top of the charts. [Sun-Times]

No. 50
For the first time in over 20 years, the Bears are issuing the number 50 jersey - worn by legend Mike Singletary - to an active player. [ESPN, Sun-Times]

Comiskey Park remembered
Here are a few great photos from the final years of Comiskey Park. [Chicago Mag]

The Bright One
Mark Brown looks at the CPD's decision to build private showers for transgender recruits. [Sun-Times]

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

And finally
New York City's newest menace: Times Square furries. [Gothamist, WSJ]

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