The Evening Rush for Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014

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Brent Vincent Betterly, Jared Chase and Brian Church. | Chicago Police Department

NATO 3 allegedly make Molotov cocktails in recordings played at trial

Recordings that allegedly capture three out-of-town activists making Molotov cocktails out of beer bottles before the 2012 NATO summit were played in court Thursday.

While Brian Church, Jared Chase and Brent Betterly are heard making sounds mimicking explosions, they also sound like they aren’t so sure they know what they want to do with the firebombs undercover officer Nadia Chikko said she saw them make. [Sun-Times]

Aldermen want tighter controls over marijuana dispensaries

As the implementation of medical marijuana in Illinois begins to take shape, some aldermen are bemoaning the lack of control over dispensaries. [Sun-Times]

U of I hikes tuition

For the second year in a row, the University of Illinois has hiked tuition for incoming freshman 1.7 percent. [Sun-Times]

Chicago woman killed in Afghanistan remembered

Lexie Kamerman packed so much into her 27 years because she chose to live a spectacular life, her mother told hundreds at a memorial service. [Sun-Times]

Yes, flu cases are worse

If you’ve been feeling under the weather, you aren’t alone. [Sun-Times]

Justin Bieber arrested

We’re real sorry, but news is news. [Voices]

No logo for Greg Maddux

Greg Maddux will sport neither a Cubs nor a Braves cap on his Hall of Fame plaque. [Voices]

Team USA unveils Opening Ceremony uniforms

And boy, are they something. [USA Today]

Revenge-porn king indicted

“The most hated man on the internet” has been charged with conspiracy to access people’s computers without permission. [TIME]

Don’t text and walk

We probably already knew it was a bad idea, but now there is science to prove it. [Smithsonian Magazine]

The Bright One

Slingshots, firecrackers, boasts and booze don’t add up to terrorism. Mark Brown weighs in on the NATO 3 trial. [Sun-Times]

Commute

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

And finally

Say what you will about Chicago’s weather, but at least we don’t have a ghost ship full of cannibal rats heading for our shores. Yet. [Plymouth Herald]

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