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The Evening Rush for Friday, Sept. 20, 2013

A distraught Semehca Nunn, grandmother of Deonta Howard, reacts to the shooting of the 3-year-old Thursday night at Cornell Square Park in the 1800 block of West 51st Street in the Back of the Yards neighborhood. | Chandler West/For Sun-Times Media

McCarthy: ‘Miracle’ no one was killed

Ald. Willie Cochran (20th) says cops have identified a person of interest, and Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy says police were “talking to several people” in connection to last night’s Back of the Yards shooting that injured 13 people, including a 3-year-old. McCarthy said at a news conference that a military-grade assault-style rifle with a high-capacity magazine was used in the mass shooting, and he seized on the opportunity to blame lax nationwide gun control laws: “Illegal guns, illegal guns, illegal guns drive violence.” All injuries are non-life threatening. [Sun-Times]

Joliet journalist could be jailed

A Patch reporter has been found in contempt of court for refusing to divulge who provided him with police reports detailing a grisly January double homicide. Joe Hosey faces potential jail time and will be fined $300 per day until he reveals his sources. [Joliet Herald-News]

Jackson Jr. auction canceled

The only thing more embarrassing than looting your campaign fund to buy a guitar with Michael Jackson and Eddie Van Halen autographs? Looting your campaign fund to buy a guitar with fake Michael Jackson and Eddie Van Halen autographs. More authenticity problems for the Jacksons. [Sun-Times]

Brick house

You know the drill: House passes a bill that has no chance in the Senate or on the president’s desk, and everyone talks and talks and calls it “work.” [New York Times]

Hey, kids, look! iPhones!

Apple didn’t allow preorders for the new iPhones, contributing to nice, media-friendly lines this morning at stores across the country. Predictably, reporters were there. [Chicago Tribune]

Dealer’s choice

So the “I’m a drug dealer” defense didn’t work for an accused gun dealer in federal court today. [Sun-Times]

Fraudster fund-raiser

Raghuveer Nayak, who was connected to the alleged selling-Obama’s-Senate-seat plot involving Jesse Jackson Jr. and Rod Blagojevich, will plead guilty in a federal tax and health-care fraud case. [Sun-Times]

Francis and George

Cardinal George reacted to yesterday’s remarks by Pope Francis but sidestepped controversy. [Voices]

Statistically speaking

The Bears are 2-0, but both games have required fourth-quarter comebacks and Cutler and Co. have trailed as much as they’ve led. Chad Merda breaks it down with an interactive graphic. [Voices]

The Bright One

Bruce Rauner and Bill Daley have some things in common, writes Steve Bogira. But only one of them still wants to be governor. [Chicago Reader]

Commute

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

Sleepy PM

It’d be better if it were a candid shot of Obama or Putin, but it’s still amazing. [The Independent]