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

The Evening Rush for Wednesday, April 17, 2013

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The must-read news stories for Wednesday, April 17, 2013

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Chaos in Boston
More chaos in Boston where developments and non-developments caused an outbreak of confusion.
• Early in the afternoon, multiple media outlets progressed from a suspect in the bombings being identified to an arrest being imminent to an arrest being made. But just minutes after CNN and the Associated Press -- both citing independent sources -- reported the arrest, reports from other outlets contradicted these, and eventually groups such as the Department of Justice and the FBI denied any arrest had been made. What we do know: there is a suspect (possibly two) based on video evidence and an arrest may happen soon. Unless it doesn't. [Sun-Times, L.A. Times, Boston Globe]
• Meanwhile, giving the surreal events an even crazier background was the evacuation of Moakley Federal Courthouse in Boston after a bomb threat. [CBS Boston, live video from WCVB]
• Said bomb threat wound up postponing a planned press conference to discuss details of potential suspects. [WCVB]
• And earlier in the day, authorities identified the third victim who died in the blast as Boston University graduate student Lingzi Lu of China. []

Letters with ricin in D.C.
After yesterday's letter to a U.S. Senator was found to contain ricin, a similar letter sent to President Obama was found to test positive for the same poison. There was also another reported incident in which a suspicious package temporarily shut down a U.S. Senate building. [Sun-Times]

Gun amendment voted down
As expected, the U.S. Senate fell short of the 60 votes required to pass the Manchin-Toomey amendment to expand background checks on guns. [Sun-Times]

Arrest in Texas murders
The wife of an ex-judge was charged with the shooting deaths of two Texas prosecutors as well as the wife of one of the prosecutors after confessing to the crimes. [Tribune]

Medical Marijuana
Illinois took one step toward legalizing medical marijuana as the statehouse approved the measure, which now heads to the state senate. [Sun-Times]

Meeting with Newtown parents
U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk sat down with the families of victims from December's Sandy Hook Elementary shooting in Newtown, Conn. [Sun-Times]

Thatcher laid to rest
Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was laid to rest today at services earlier today. [BBC]

Amber alert
Authorities are still searching for a 1-year-old who was abducted in Maywood; previous suspects have since been cleared. [Sun-Times]

Wrigleyville beating
Three men have pleaded guilty to a Wrigleyville assault caught on tape. [CBS 2]

Stormy weather
Spring is finally making its presence known via storms and floods rather than sunny, warm weather, because that's the Chicago Way. [Sun-Times]

Closer look
There's now video of the shooting inside the Vernon Hills police station on April 3. [Sun-Times]

CTA potpurri
Besides a map that shows CTA stops alongside the neighborhood median income levels, there's also a new discussion about what type of train car makes the "perfect" train car. [Map via The Reader, Chicago Mag]

Starbucks is now testing out handcrafted sodas. [Crain's]

Out of doors fun
The Blackhawks and Penguins will play a game at Soldier Field next March, part of the NHL's plan to play six outdoor games and tempt Chicago's unpredictable spring weather. [Sun-Times]

D-Rose repeat
Derrick Rose is still not playing for the Bulls. You can all exhale now that today's update has concluded. [ESPN]

Don't take his guns, Obama!
Jonathan Papelbon doesn't want President Obama to take away his guns. His fastball, on the other hand... [Deadspin]

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

And finally
Ale yeast wants to be Oregon's official state microbe. In other news, Oregon has an official state microbe. [Pop-Sci]

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