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The Evening Rush for Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013

For the past year, Mark T. Johnson has made a 1999 Dodge conversion van parked at a Glenview Metra station his home. | Neil Steinberg/Sun-Times

“He has his ups and downs. How would you be if you slept in a van in the dead of winter?”

For a year, Mark T. Johnson has made his van — parked at the Glen of North Glenview Metra station — his full-time home. If you are wondering how that can happen in a well-off suburb like Glenview, well, therein lies a tale. [Sun-Times]

Dad of the year

This dad lost 40 pounds in two months so he could donate part of his liver to his daughter. [Sun-Times]

Chicago’s clinic closings, 20 months later

Controversy over mental health access continues after Chicago closed half its outpatient clinics in 2012. [Al Jazeera America]

Heroin, LLC

How poverty, addiction and entrepreneurship combine to produce drug dealers. [Chicago Reader]

Aaron Rodgers in for Sunday

Because it’s the last game of the season and will determine if the Bears make the playoffs. Because it’s the Packers. Because we wouldn’t want it any other way. [Sun-Times]

Amazon’s best holiday ever

UPS’ shipping problems aside, it was a very good holiday season for the Internet retailer. [Geek Wire]

Shop apologizes for pre-Christmas firings

Snarf’s sandwich shop suddenly realizes maybe it was a little insensitive to fire 20 employees by email just two days before Christmas. [Chicago Grid]

Iron Maiden is tracking illegal downloads

. . . and playing concerts where their music is pirated the most. Take that, Metallica. [Music Feeds]

In defense of selfies

James Franco takes to the pages of the New York Times to defend the art of selfies. [New York Times]

Cake and Whiskey Club

Sometimes, all it takes is an offhand Facebook comment to create an amazing club. [Sun-Times]

Still no NYE plans?

The clock is ticking. Here are some last-minute New Year’s Eve ideas. [Redeye Chicago]

The Bright One

Video: Our experts take a crack at predicting 2014’s emerging political stories. [Voices]

Commute

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

And finally

The most impressive images NASA took from space in 2013. [Wired]