The Evening Rush for Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014

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Chiberia weather wearing thin

Slowly but surely, things are returning to normal. Temperatures hit 1 degree today! And after a bumpy 1½ days, Metra was expecting to run a normal schedule on 11 of its 12 lines during Tuesday’s evening rush. After two days off, Chicago Public Schools will be back in session Wednesday. Temperatures could get as high as 38 degrees on Saturday. [Sun-Times]

Dibs is over

Whatever junk you tossed in the street to claim a parking spot will be tossed out when garbage collection resumes. Cheers! [Redeye Chicago]

How icebreaking ships work

And why they sometimes get stuck. [Discovery]

Judge rules gun sale ban unconstitutional

A federal judge wrote Chicago’s sale ban “goes too far in outright banning legal buyers and legal dealers from engaging in lawful acquisitions and lawful sales of firearms.” [Sun-Times]

Unemployment benefits bill clears hurdle

Six Republicans joined Democrats to pass an extension of unemployment benefits in the Senate. [Sun-Times]

Dennis Rodman defends North Korea

He was angry. He was defiant. In this CNN interview, Dennis Rodman insists his North Korean basketball game is a good idea. [Sun-Times]

Luol Deng traded to Cavs

Bulls fans are distraught, but deep down inside, they know it is probably for the best. [Sun-Times]

10 Blackhawks in the Olympics

The Hawks will be well-represented in Sochi come February. [Sun-Times]

Colorado running low on legal weed

A week after recreational marijuana went up for sale, vendors in Colorado warn they are running out of supplies. [Time]

The Bright One

Mark Brown explores the many homeless in Chicago who will take their chances with the cold. [Sun-Times]


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

And finally

How the NSA almost killed the internet. [Wired]

The Latest
A man was driving ‘at a high rate of speed’ in the 8900 block of South Ashland Avenue about 9:52 p.m. Saturday when he hit the side of an apartment building, police said.
A man was shot in an altercation in the 0-100 block of West 87th Street about 7:54 p.m. Sunday. He was in fair condition at Stroger Hospital, police said.
A two-vehicle crash occurred about 2:15 a.m. Sunday in the westbound lanes of Palatine Road near Wheeling Road, according to police. One person suffered serious injuries.
Chicago firefighters responding to reports of an apartment building fire Sunday at 6430 South Stony Island Ave. put the fire down by 8:51 p.m., officials said.