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Good morning.  High today 44. [Forecast]

Boston bomb parts found. Investigators analyzing remnants of "pressure cooker" bomb; overnight vigil in Boston for victims. [CNN] See the FBI photos: [Sun-Times]

BreakingFuneral services for former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Among those present: Queen Elizabeth, Dick Cheney, Henry Kissinger. [Sun-Times] [NBC]

Senate gun votes
The fate of a measure to broaden background checks on gun sales is uncertain with only hours left until the 3 p.m. Central vote on the Manchin-Toomey amendment to close gunshow loopholes. [The Hill] [Roll Call]

Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) has met with Newtown shooting victims families. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) is to meet with them today. [Tribune] [Sun-Times]

NBC News is reporting this morning that Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.) is saying he does not have the votes to pass the background check measure today. [Kelly O'Donnell]

Boston bomb aftermath
Boston bomb victims remembered. [Sun-Times] Bomb pieces found; law enforcement asking for photos, videos. [Boston Globe]

Tragedy hits close to home as Theo Epstein's twin brother ran the Boston Marathon [Sun-Times]

What investigators are searching for. [PBS Newshour]

President Barack Obama called the bombings an "act of terroism" on Tuesday. [Politico]

Family Guy pulls marathon massacre scene. [Sun-Times]

Obama will travel to Boston for an 11 a.m. Thursday interfaith service at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston's South End. 

For updates during the day: [Sun-Times]

 Anne Semdinghoff funeral today

The wake for the River Forest diplomat killed in Afghanistan was in Oak Park Tuesday; Gov. Pat Quinn among the mourners. Anne Smedinghoff's funeral is today. [Sun-Times] [Tribune]

Former Gov. Thompson, White Sox Reinsdorf sued

Perri Immer, former executive director of the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority filed a federal lawsuit against White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf and former Gov. Jim Thompson, alleging the two conspired to fire her after she tried to end long-standing practices that boosted White Sox revenue at the expense of the public. [Sun-Times]

Watch your butt

Illinois smokers would be charged $50 every time they're caught tossing out their cigarette butts if a state House bill becomes law. [Sun-Times]

Chicago story obit

Richard Seidel, whose work as an archivist, acquisition librarian, and historiographer helped create world-class UIC collections on pioneering social worker Jane Addams of Hull House, died March 25 in Chicago of complications from a brain tumor. He was 75. [O'Donnell, Sun-Times]


Freshman Rep. Robin Kelly (D-Ill.) Committee assignments: Oversight and Government Reform Committee and Space, Science and Technology. [Sun-TimesNot the prime spots to deal with her prime issue, gun control, but not many slots left to claim. 

Chicago public affairs lobbyist Bill Griffin joined the law firm of Riordan Fulkerson Hupert & Coleman. He's a well-connected Democratic insider who has represented American Airlines for more than thirty years.

Very Rare . . . a Democratic leaning immigrant rights group will honor a Republican. The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights next Monday holds an event to deliver a "thank-you" to Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) who is working with Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) on immigration legislation working its way through Congress. Ryan and Gutierrez headline a City Club of Chicago lunch on Monday.

Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.) named Tuesday to a special House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee "Panel on 21st Century Freight Transportation." Lipinski's district contains many rail, truck facilities.


Obama meets with Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, welcomes the Wounded Warrior Project's Soldier Ride to the White House, dines with Democratic Senators at a Washington hotel. Durbin will be part of the Senate group.

Secretary of State John Kerry offers his first congressional testimony since taking over State, justifying his fiscal 2014 budget before the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel makes brief remarks at the 100 Club breakfast, unveiling an exhibit honoring the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising at City Hall. With City Colleges of Chicago Chancellor Cheryl Hyman announcing a West Side jobs program at Malcolm X College.

Meetings: Cook County board, RTA board, Illinois Riverboat Gaming board.

Teach For America founder Wendy Kopp speaks in Northwestern's Contemporary Thought Series on Evanston campus.

Environmental Law & Policy Center 20th Anniversary Celebration at Navy Pier.


Blackhawks to host Penguins at Soldier Field next season [Sun-Times]

New Bears coach Marc Trestman has the need for speed [Sun-Times

White Sox play Blue Jays in Toronto; Texas Rangers meet the Cubs at Wrigley Field; Bulls host the Washington Wizards at the United Center.

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