The Evening Rush for November 16, 2012

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Here are some of the stories that caught our attention during the work day for November 16, 2012.

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Yes, yes, there’s a lot happening in the world today but the focus here at home is the closing of Hostess, a union-busting power play that’s been bungled from a PR perspective by the union as nearly 1,500 people in Illinois – and 18,000 nationwide – will lose their jobs. Also, no more Twinkies and people are already selling the snacks for $1,000 on Craigslist because people are dumb but know that even dumber people will buy them. The cackling you heard this afternoon was coming from the Little Debbie HQ. [Sun-Times; L.A. Mag; Storify]

Da coach’s son tested positive for da opiates. [Sun-Times]

The CTA doesn’t realize its service is a good enough deterrent to using it, decides to padlock and emergency exit anyway. [Chicagoist]

If you bought furniture from IKEA during the 1980’s, there’s a chance it was made by East German work-camp prisoners, something for which the company finally apologized today. The Proletariat was not available for comment. [Tribune]

The Drew Peterson circus continues as his attorneys have filed for a new trial claiming previous lead attorney Joel Brodsky fouled the case up. [ABC 7]

A Valparaiso, Indiana couple has been accused of being the worst people in the world. [CBS 2]

Bad news: there will be no Cutler for the Bears on Monday night. Good news: there will be no Cutler for the Bears on Monday night. [Sun-Times]

The Bulls are building something else they can put a Michael Jordan statue in front of which is a bummer because everyone knows Luc Longley deserves a staute, too. [Bulls]

Bright One: Neil Steinberg takes umbrage with Mitt Romney’s sour election grapes. [Sun-Times]

Then & Now: Western Avenue. [WBEZ]

FINALLY: The Taliban has idiot emailers, too! [ABC News]

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