The Evening Rush for Monday, April 21, 2014

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Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy. | Al Podgorski/Sun-Times

Community values, new cops called key in fighting city’s violence

Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said his department is ramping up a “comprehensive” and “complicated” strategy to get ahead of Chicago’s gun violence as the typically bloody summer months draw near. [Early & Often]

And it was a bloody weekend in Chicago, where eight people were killed and another 37 were wounded. [Sun-Times] | [Weekend Shooting Tracker map]

Pretty good company

Joakim Noah is only the second Bull to win the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year award. [Sun-Times]

The Boston Marathon, one year later

Monday’s race was filled with emotion for both runners and spectators. [Boston.com]

‘Wakey, wakey, Backes’

Keith, Toews discuss “heat of the moment” trash-talk. [Voices]

When death comes a knocking

Here’s a fascinating, interactive look at mortality rates in the U.S. [Bloomberg]

Cheap airfare

But you’ll have to travel in the jet’s wheel well at 38,000 feet. [Time]

Some sharp words

Feds say credit-card-fraud boss threatened rival would be “cut into pieces.” [Sun-Times]

U.S. marshal opens fire in courtroom

Takes down defendant after he allegedly tried to attack a witness. [USA Today]

Top photos of the day

President Barack Obama makes a face as he reads “Where the Wild Things Are” during the White House Easter Egg Roll. | AP

The Bright One

There’s a Google map to help you keep track of “Game of Thrones.” [Voices]

Commute

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

And finally

UNICEF has an anti-public defecation mascot — appropriately named Mr. Poo. [Daily Mail]

The Latest
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