The Evening Rush for Monday, Jan. 6, 2014

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How about that weather?

The temperature at O’Hare Airport hit minus 16 at 7:51 a.m., and wind chills dropped to minus 42 as Chicago turned into “Chi-beria.” Getting anywhere, whether via plane, train or automobile proved challenging, and Chicago Public Schools will remain closed on Tuesday. Yep, only 73 more days until spring. [Sun-Times] [Voices]

Blame game: This is all global warming’s fault. No, really, it is. [Quartz]

Urban igloo: An Andersonville man is hoping his 7-by-9-foot igloo will make it through the winter. [DNAinfo Chicago]

Paging Bill Nye: Here’s proof that a bunch of those wacky cold weather science experiments actually work. [RedEye}

An ex-gang member and his six-figure state job

Twice before politically connected Xadrian R. McCraven got that state job, he was twice found unfit to work for the Illinois Department of Corrections. [Sun-Times]

‘The largest outbreak … of this bacteria ever’

A very specific and very dangerous bacteria has made the rounds at a Park Ridge hospital. [Sun-Times]

Are you watching?

Despite a rough December and no Derrick Rose, the Bulls’ TV ratings are still up over this point last year. [Crain’s Chicago Business]

Some good news

Spending on health care in 2012 grew at a slower rate than the economy. [Bloomberg]

Judge threw case out

The suspect in a brutal sexual assault of 15-year-old girl had charges dismissed in August attack. [Sun-Times]

A friendly game in North Korea

Dennis Rodman is personally delivering a birthday present for his good pal, Kim Jong Un. [Sun-Times]

Brain-dead girl leaves hospital

California hospital released Jahi McMath on Sunday to the Alameda County coroner, who then released her to her mother’s custody. [CNN]

30 under 30

Both Jonathan Toews and Derrick Rose are on Forbes’ annual sports list. [Voices]

Who knew?

In a groundbreaking and very important study, researchers have learned that dogs align with the earth’s magnetic field while doing their business. [New York Post]

Uncle Fun is closing up shop

You’ll have only a few more weeks to stock up on whoopee cushions and chattering teeth. [Voices]

The Bright One

Lori Rackl never thought she’d say it, but she misses O’Brien on “Downtown Abbey.” [Voices]

Commute

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

And finally

In a rare feat, a London woman gave birth into the leg of her onesie. [Metro]

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