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Here are some of the stories that caught our attention during the work day.

The must-read news stories for June 6, 2013.


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Photo by Jessica Koscielniak

The Ripple Effect
While we know the toll of gun violence in Chicago by the numbers, what about the human toll? For every person shot in the Chicago area, family, friends and community members must deal with the effects in ways large and small: physical, emotional and financial. In the first of an occasional series, The Ripple Effect, Sun-Times multimedia journalist Jessica Koscielniak talked to four mothers "Left Behind" after their children were counted among the city's violence victims. Read their stories, see their faces, hear their voices. [The Ripple Effect]


For real
No, guys, this time, Bill Daley is seriously serious about maybe running for governor. [Sun-Times]

Can you hear me now?
How big is domestic surveillance under Obama? So big the NSA asked carrier Verizon to hand over all of its call data. For its part, the Obama administration has gone on the defensive. [The Guardian, The Atlantic]

Legislative OT
Without a pension deal in place, Gov. Quinn is calling lawmakers back to Springfield to settle this in chambers, starting June 19. [Crain's]

Credit headache
What does a pension failure get you? Another downgrade for the state's credit rating. [Sun-Times]

Less money, more problems
Doing more with less is a new skill set for CPS principals who will have more flexibility with their budgets next year but less money to be flexible with. [WBEZ]

No bond for Jonylah suspect
Korman Willis, the man charged with the shooting death of Jonylah Watkins, has been ordered held without bond. [Sun-Times]

RIP
Swimming champion-turned-Hollywood-starlet Esther Williams has passed away at the age of 91. [L.A. Times]

Legging it out
If you went swimming recently in Lake Michigan and lost your leg - perhaps from swimming too much, maybe from a lake shark, or even if it just fell off - it's been found when it washed up on shore so you should come claim it. [Sun-Times]

Texas "justice"
A man was acquitted of murder in the death of an escort he shot (she died seven months later) after he paid her $150 but she refused to have sex. [San Antonio News]

Big fish
I, for one, welcome our new Frankenfish overlords. [WTKR]

Daft Punk unmasked
Underneath those cool, spacey robot helmets, music geniuses Daft Punk are .... just like us! [Gawker]

Fake out
The fascinating story of the amazing baseball prospect that didn't exist. [SB Nation]

No Bull
The NBA Finals start tonight and I don't care unless they play it on ice and the Blackhawks are involved. [ESPN]

The Bright One
Speaking of the Blackhawks, with the puck dropping on Game 4 in a few hours, Rick Telander wonders what has happened to Patrick Kane. [Sun-Times]

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

And finally
Remembering D-Day, 69 years later. [CNN]

The must-read news stories for June 5, 2013.


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Mayor Emanuel, surveying the Council Chambers in May 2013 // Sun-Times Files

City Council hoedown
It took over two hours of "'atta boys" to get to the actual legislation, but the City Council did eventually get down to business. By a 39-11 margin, aldermen voted in favor of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's proposed changes to the parking meter deal. Also approved: the 'meh' compromise no one involved really liked regarding more night games at Wrigley Field and a measure to come down harder on both drivers and cyclists. There was also a lot of bones creaking as even opponents of the parking meter deal changes bent over backwards to heap praise on Emanuel for his handling of the deal while also occasionally bringing up empty objections to the deal. It was a testament to democracy. Or something. [Sun-Times, Politics Blog]


Philly building collapse
At least two people are dead and a dozen hurt after a building in Philadelphia collapsed this afternoon. What's more, the building's owner seems to have connections to a slum lord. [Philly.com, CityPaper]

D-Day for Roseland
Officials will decide by 5 p.m. whether to keep Roseland Community Hospital open. [Sun-Times]

National security merry-go-round
Tom Donilon is out and Susan Rice is in as national security adviser. Pulitzer Prize-winning author and former Obama campaign adviser Samantha Power is up as Obama's nominee for the U.N. This will all go smoothly with the GOP, surely, given how much former child actor Frankie Muniz hates it. [WaPo]

Hat in the ring
Bruce Rauner is jumping in to the governor's race by taking aim at the Legislature. [Sun-Times]

For Bobby
Groupon is honoring its fallen worker Bobby Cann, the cyclist killed by an allegedly drunk driver in Old Town last week, by accepting $10 donations to install protected bike lanes. [DNA Info]

File under: Shocking!
When you take loaded shotguns to gun clubs, sometimes 10 people get hurt by an accidental shooting. [Sun-Times]

Recovering Paris
Paris Jackson, daughter to deceased King of Pop Michael, is recovering from an emergency trip to the hospital in what is being labeled as an apparent suicide attempt. [L.A. Times]

FLOTUS vs Heckler
If you didn't know that heckling the first lady was a bad idea by now, I don't know what to tell you. [Sun-Times]

Sparkly problems
Hammond, Ind., is being terrorized by a glittery lawn problem. [CBS 2]

Wrong tree
The wife of a politician has taken to social media in an attempt to chase other women away from hitting on her husband, particularly strippers. And, yes, this story is from Alabama, how did you know? [AL.com]

Roid rage
More baseball players to face punishment for steroids. No, this is not a repeat from 2004. [ESPN]

Peavy pains
There's an MRI waiting for Jake Peavy after he was yanked from last night's game against the Mariners due to pain in his ribs. [USA Today]

Hawks trouble
Duncan Keith awaits his punishment after a hearing connected to his slash on the L.A. Kings last night. [Sun-Times]

The Bright One
Hello, Operator, can you help Quinn place this call? Mark Brown on the governor's tough calls. [Sun-Times]

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

And finally
Superheroes are real; they're just in Virginia. [WTKR]

The must-read news stories for June 4, 2013




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Austin's misstep towards Kirk
There are crazy things said by elected officials and then there's what Ald. Carrie Austin (34th) said today about Sen. Mark Kirk and his plan to arrest 18,000 gang members to fight crime. Responding to both Kirk's plan and Rep. Bobby Rush's comment calling the plan "an elitist white boy solution," Austin said: "I don't think it's a white boy syndrome from the North Side. I don't make statements like that. I think that's awful for [Rush] to say something like that. But, nevertheless, maybe the stroke affected [Kirk]." So she says she doesn't make statements like "that" except then she did? Kirk's plan is unwieldy and unrealistic; it would have been far easier, as Whet Moser pointed out, to take the high road here. And yet Austin managed to step right in it in a ridiculous way. Alas, Rush and Kirk have announced they're actually going to do their best to work together on a better, more easily accomplished solution. [Sun-Times, Sweet Blog]


DNA test unravels man's life
The incredible -- in every sense of the word -- story of Paul Fronczak, whose life is not at all what he thought it was, thanks to a dusty box he recently discovered in a crawl space. [http://www.suntimes.com/news/20513939-418/dna-test-unravels-long-solved-baby-snatching-case.html]

IRS = Irresponsible Revenue Spending
And the hole gets even deeper for the IRS. [NBC News, The Daily Show]

No-win Wrigley tweaks
When is a compromise not a compromise? When both sides dislike the finished deal, which is what happened at the City Council today as the bill to expand the number of night games underwent some tweaks in committee but, when passed, neither the Cubs nor Lake View residents were happy with the final product. [Sun-Times]

Unaccompanied (and undocumented) minors
WBEZ takes a close look at the rising number of undocumented youth who are coming to the U.S. and making their way alone. [WBEZ]

Hardiman out at CeaseFire
Tio Hardiman is out as head of CeaseFire after the domestic violence allegations against him. [Sun-Times, Sun-Times]

RIP
Tim Samaris, one of three veteran tornado chasers killed in last week's tornado outbreak in Oklahoma, had previously helped Chicago's Museum of Science & Industry develop its volatile weather exhibit. In related news, the tornado that killed Samaris and his colleagues near El Reno, Okla., has been measured at 2.6 miles wide, the largest ever on record with the National Weather Service. [DNA Info, NewsOK]

I will turn this plane around!
Good on AirTran, which kicked 100 teens off a flight for being obnoxious teens. [CBS Atl]

Just Say No
Disgraced former Chicago Ald. Ambrosio Medrano's attorney said Medrano tried to bribe a Los Angeles County official because he didn't think the bribe would really go through as opposed to, say, just saying no because a bribe is illegal. Good job, good effort. [Sun-Times]

Weed problem
The city is cracking down on weeds -- real weeds, not "the pot" as my mom says -- except workers can't tell the different between weeds and native plants. [The Reader]

A magic land
Where climate change does not exist! It's waaaaaaaay down there. [Perth Now]

Sir Stewart Eats A Slice
Sir Patrick Stewart knows how to eat a Chicago-style slice of pizza and look like a gentleman doing it. [Twitter via Gapers Block]

Here come the Hawks
After building up a solid 2-0 lead, the Blackhawks now have to take on the Kings in L.A., where the left coasters have been dominant. The puck drops at 8 tonight on NBC Sports Network. [Sun-Times]

Bear Down
The Blackhawks are still playing but attention is also turning to football as the Bears start OTAs: Brandon Marshall has been cleared to play, and the team may give QB JaMarcus Russell a tryout. [Sun-Times, ESPN]

The Bright One
The Reader's Ben Joravsky and Mick Dumke weigh in on Chicago's Parking Meter Fail Part 2: The Wrath of Rahm. [The Reader]

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

And finally
The patriotic cymbal player is my new spirit animal. [Sun-Times]

The must-read news stories for June 3, 2013




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Sun-Times Library

Parking meter wheel and deal
If there's something that we can set our clocks to, it's that if there's enough reason to be skeptical about a bill before the City Council, the Council will pass that bill. We're one step closer to that now as the Council's Finance Committee gave the thumbs up to Mayor Emanuel's proposed changes to the stinking pile of a meter deal Daley left us with. Funny thing is, more aldermen are acting skeptical of the changes than of the original deal, which, OK. It didn't keep the committee from passing it and it likely won't keep the Council at large from approving the measure, either. A big sticking point is the expansion of the parking hours in exchange for free Sundays in all but one ward, a move that could net an even bigger profit for the leasing company, which is raking in more and more cash every year of this 75-year deal. Meanwhile, just a brief reminder that all the money the city made off of leasing the meters has already been spent. [Sun-Times, The Reader]


Swabbing SCOTUS
The Supreme Court issued a ruling today that allows for police to swab DNA from arrestees in serious crimes, upholding a Maryland law. [WaPo]

Maine West developments
Today marked the first court appearance for the former Maine West boys soccer coach who was fired after allegations of hazing broke. [Sun-Times]

Wikileaks on trial
The trial of Bradley Manning, a U.S. soldier accused of a massive document leak, opened today with prosecutors accusing Manning of being responsible for putting sensitive information in enemy hands. [N.Y. Times]

Out for justice
A congressional envoy hit Russia to learn more about the alleged Boston Marathon bombers yet came up empty-handed despite the best efforts of one of the envoy's aides, Steven Seagal. [USA Today]

R.I.P.
Sen. Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey died at the age of 89, the Senate's last remaining World War II veteran. A replacement will be tabbed by Gov. Christie. [CBS News]

Understanding Turkey
Some of you may be vaguely aware of something sorta kinda maybe happening in Turkey or something but you don't know something something Blackhawks, right? Anyway, here's a good explainer of what's happening and why you should care. [Gawker]

Not so fast on gang arrest plan?
Is Sen. Kirk's plan to curb gang violence -- the one Rep. Bobby Rush isn't too fond of -- something that could actually work? [Sun-Times]

America is sad
Look, I'm sad, OK? So are you. So are they. Just... just leave me alone, OK? I need to be alone with my thoughts. [TIME]

In Russia, cat smuggles you!
In what is simply another reason in a long list of reasons to dislike cats, a Russian feline was caught trying to smuggle cell phones into a prison because #YOLO. [PIX 11]

Nomz
Why, thank you, Dunkin' Donuts, I would love a coronary. [Sun-Times]

Big TV
A big thing happened on "Game of Thrones" that had fans all in a tizzy on Twitter last night and then Mad Men featured the 1968 Chicago DNC riots. [A.V. Club, Chicagoist]

Skill kills for Hawks
Rick Morrissey looks back at how the Blackhawks skated past the Kings in less than 30 hours for two big wins to open up the NHL's Western Conference Finals. [Sun-Times]

Bend it like Beckham
Fans of the Pale Hose will be happy to welcome Gordon Beckham back to the field. [ESPN]

The Bright One
Part 2 of the Watchdogs' look into the financial shenanigans of Ald. Ed Burke, money magician. [Sun-Times]

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

And finally
What the woman didn't realize was the deepening factions between her chickens, nudged forward by Chief Keef. [Patch]

The must-read news stories for May 31, 2013.



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AP Photo/Seth Perlman

Final countdown in General Assembly
It's the final day of the spring session for the Illinois General Assembly and there are a lot of items still up in the air. A proposed pension fix took a big hit yesterday, and there's still not much movement on a casino for Chicago. In addition, there's a new concealed-carry bill that, as of post time, has been passed by the Senate and sent to the House. But everyone is really focusing on the gay marriage bill, which remains in the House, hovering just around the required number of votes. House Speaker Mike Madigan invited same-sex families to his box in the chambers, which would seem to indicate a photo op of some sort related to get things passed, but that's merely speculation. Either way, expect a flurry of activity -- even if nothing gets accomplished -- in Springfield tonight and we've got you covered. [Live Updates from Springfield, Live State House video, Live State Senate video, Politics blog]


Arrest for CeaseFire head
Tio Hardiman, head of the anti-violence group CeaseFire, has been arrested on charges of domestic battery. [Sun-Times]

Meter sparring continues
As Mayor Emanuel's administration seeks to calm fears from aldermen about proposed changes to the controversial parking meter deal, more questions keep popping up. [CBS 2, The Reader]

Pedestrian scramble
It turns out being far safer than it sounds, but one of the Loop's busiest intersection got a test run at allowing six-way pedestrian crossing today. [Sun-Times]

City tops major metros in jobless
Even as unemployment rates fall, Chicago is tops among the United States' top five metro areas in terms of the jobless rate. [Crain's]

Wannabe sentenced
The young man who wanted to set off an explosion near Wrigley Field but failed has been sentenced to 23 years. [Sun-Times]

School deadline approaches
Parents of students who attend CPS schools scheduled to be closed are approaching a deadline to choose which schools their children will attend next year. [WBEZ]

Making a run
State Treasurer Dan Rutherford has thrown his hat in the ring for the 2014 governor's race. [Sun-Times]

Wolf Point tussle
There's been a lawsuit filed over the proposed towers at Wolf Point. [Chicago Grid]

Horrible cruelty
A Garfield Park man has been accused of literally mowing over the foot of a neighbor's dog. [DNA Info]

Allegations at Navy
The Naval Academy is investigating accusations of sexual assault against three football players. [WaPo]

Groce gets a raise
Illinois men's hoops coach John Groce is getting a raise. [ESPN]

Oh, Canada
None other than Nate Silver explores the inability of Canadian teams to win Lord Stanley's Cup. [N.Y. Times]

The Bright One
The Blackhawks kick off their Western Conference finals series against the L.A. Kings with a pair of games this weekend. Mark Lazerus takes a look ahead. [Sun-Times]

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

And finally
A small Georgia town is getting sued over its new "choose one: nudity or booze" law. [WTSP]

The must-read news stories for May 30, 2013.



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Sun-Times Library Photo

Batten down the hatches
While more tornadoes were spinning up in Oklahoma, the bad weather is finally shifting east and bringing the storms to our doorstep. The National Weather Service has already issued a Tornado Watch that takes up about 80 percent of the state of Illinois; any storms that develop out west are bound to eventually move east. The stormy pattern doesn't end tonight, either, as more storms appear to be on tap for tomorrow before all of this unpleasantness finally ships out of here. In the meantime, stay alert to evolving (or devolving, as it were) weather conditions over the next 36 hours or so. [Sun-Times, National Weather Service, Skilling]


RIP
Rev. Andrew Greeley has died at the age of 85. [Sun-Times]

Ongoing investigation
A man questioned by the FBI in connection with the Boston bombings and killed when he allegedly tried to attack officials is now said to have been unarmed during the incident. [WaPo]

Ricin redux
Yet another letter with traces of ricin was sent to President Barack Obama but intercepted by Secret Service. [Sun-Times]

Feud
Rep. Bobby Rush doesn't think much of Sen. Mark Kirk's arrest plan for gangs, but TIME magazine cover boy Mayor Rahm Emanuel isn't taking sides. [Sun-Times, CBS 2]

Strike is over
The 10-year strike by workers of the Congress Hotel is over. [Sun-Times]

The Dissolve
The departure of several core staff members of The A.V. Club earlier this spring turns out to be something of a SterlingCooperDraperPryce move as those folks form the core staff of The Dissolve, the new film website from Pitchfork Media. [Pitchfork]

Nike Town
So long Cans, hello Nike in Bucktown. [Crain's]

Bee-lieve
Some local kids are trying to be the best spellers in the nation at the Scripps National Spelling Bee. [Gapers Block]

Kirk Cameron's sad birthday party
Finally, the truth behind the viral photo. [Sun-Times]

THE Ohio State running mouths
Ohio State's president Gordon Gee is writing checks with his mouth he'd better hope his teams can cash. [ESPN]

Arena half-full view
DePaul has some really optimistic views of what it expects in attendance for basketball games at its new arena. [Sun-Times]

The Bright One
Now that Blackhawks fans have exhaled, Rick Morrissey tells us we can also relax. [Sun-Times]

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

And finally
Don't mind me, I'm just learning to Prancercise. [YouTube]

The must-read news stories for May 29, 2013




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Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Game Seven
You don't really need me to explain this one, right? The Red Wings went up 3-1, had the Hawks on the ropes, but our boys in red have fought back to force tonight's epic finale, which also happens to take place at the United Center between Rolling Stones shows. That's got to count for something, right? The Blackhawks have the momentum and home crowd, but Detroit has already proved they can win at the UC, and Zetterberg may as well be paying rent for how long he's spent inside Toews' head this series (hat tip to Matt Linder for that zinger). So it should be a hard-fought -- and hard-hitting -- game tonight. The well-being of our city's sports fans rests on this; you can't expect us to rely on the Cubs and Sox to carry us through to football season, boys. Light up the Wings and light the lamp. To prepare for the epic match-up, catch up with the latest looks from our sports staff. [Hawks Chat Q&A, Lazerus, Morrissey]


Filing suit
As both sides wait for a July hearing on a lawsuit filed to prevent the CPS closures, the CTU has filed suit trying to prevent the closure of 10 of the proposed 50 schools set to be shuttered. [Sun-Times]

Adieu
The country bids adieu to Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-Minn.), who announced she would not seek re-election in 2014, but no one was sadder to see her go than the country's fact-checkers. [WaPo, Poynter]

Protesting deportation
A protest calling for an end to deportations caused quite the snarl on Michigan Avenue earlier today. [Sun-Times]

Supporting change
UIC joined a small but growing list of colleges that have added coverage for gender reassignment surgery to its student insurance plan. [Tribune]

Presidential visit
If you get caught up in an official-looking motorcade today, yes, it's the president. [Sun-Times]

Learn from the best (?)
I hope you signed up for a class on politics taught by former Sen. Roland Burris -- because that promises to be funnier than any improv class. [DNA Info]

Gang fight
Senators Mark Kirk and Dick Durbin came together today to urge federal officials to help the city fight gang violence, specifically the Gangster Disciples, one of the city's largest gangs. [Sun-Times, Chicago Gangs, Gangland TV show on YouTube]

Trouble in Toontown
Strange happenings at Disneyland, where an employee is in hot water over a dry ice explosive that blew up a trash can. [KTLA]

Water birth
This headline could soon read, "Couple feeds newborn to dolphin" or "Child taken away, raised by dolphins as one of their own." [CBS Charlotte]

What's in a name?
I can't wait to watch next year's ESPN's Big Ten-ACC Challenge Presented By Papa John's live from the State Farm Center. [Sun-Times]

Moochers
Ben Joravsky looks at the sports teams in Chicago that get the biggest handouts from the City. [The Reader]

The Bright One
On the opening of their three-shows-over-a-week-stay at the United Center, Thomas Conner reviews the Rolling Stones --  who, says Conner, still have some gas left in the tank. [Sun-Times]

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

And finally
In perhaps the strangest twist of all, Al Qaeda scolded one of its employees for not filling out his expense report. In other news, Al Qaeda keeps expense reports. I bet they have the best passive-aggressive notes about the work lounge refrigerator. [MSNBC]

The must-read news stories for May 28, 2013.


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Juan Rangel before a news conference at UNO Soccer Academy on Tuesday. | John H. White~Sun-Times


Big Changes at UNO
After months of controversy there were some shake-ups and some "shake-ups" at the United Neighborhood Organization (UNO), one of the state's largest charter school operators. Juan Rangel, UNO's $250,000-a-year chief executive officer, accepted responsibility for the group's failings and said he is stepping down from the boards that oversee UNO and its charter-school network. But Rangel will stay on as CEO, so at least he'll still have that healthy paycheck. The moves are all in hopes of getting state funding to flow again, particularly for the under-construction high school being built on the city's Southwest Side. [Sun-Times]


No bond
The man accused in the shooting that resulted in the death of 6-month-old Jonylah Watkins -- allegedly over a stolen video-game console -- has been ordered held without bond. [Sun-Times]

Hitting the Shore
President Obama visited New Jersey, teaming up with Gov. Chris Christie for a state of recovery check. [WaPo]

Defunding rejected
The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an Indiana case over the defunding of Planned Parenthood. [Reuters]

Deep Keef
Another day, another arrest for Chief Keef, this time on charges of driving 110 mph in a 55 mph zone. [Sun-Times]

Derailment
A tractor trailer and a cargo train collided outside Baltimore, causing a major derailment and subsequent explosion. [The Atlantic]

As bad as pollen season
Welcome back, Construction Season, we're so sad to see you're back. [Sun-Times]

Plead the Fifth
A high school teacher in Batavia is in trouble for apparently reminding students they're protected by the Fifth Amendment when they were filling out a survey that included questions about drug use. [Gawker]

File under: Not The Onion
People are complaining about a tea kettle they say looks like Hitler. Godwin's Law is not amused, J.C. Penney's. [Mashable]

Music to your ears
Speaking of The Onion, its sister pub The A.V. Club is teaming up with the Hideout again for a stellar late-season music fest, this year featuring Mavis Staples, Superchunk, Neko Case and The Hold Steady. [Sun-Times Daily Sizzle Blog]

The Blackhawks are popular
A must-win game six for the Blackhawks against the Red Wings was a ratings bonanza, generating twice as many viewers as the Cubs-Sox see-who-stinks-less-fest. [Puck Daddy]

Makeover preview for Wrigley
False signs and banners were held up outside Wrigley's outfield wall today to simulate what it would look like once the team finishes its renovations. [A League Of Her Own]

So Long, Lance
Nike is cutting ties with the Lance Armstrong-founded Livestrong. Good luck with those yellow wrist bands now. [AP]

The Bright One
I watched the entire new season of Arrested Development on Sunday and I tried to collect some thoughts on the experience. [Sun-Times]

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

And finally
Do you fear killer robots? Then there's a group for you. [Slate]

The must-read news stories for May 24, 2013.



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Sexting scandal knocks out prep baseball team
A new scandal has rocked the suburbs. Evanston Township High School has had to forfeit its games in the state playoffs after several players were caught sexting photos. Several female students had apparently sent racy images of themselves to individual players, who then shared the photos with each other. With the accused players suspended pending an investigation, the school was forced to forfeit its scheduled game because they didn't have enough players. According to a letter written by the superintendent that was sent to parents, Evanston Police and the state Department of Children and Family Services have been notified, but will not be taking additional action. [Sun-Times]


Concealed carry redux
A concealed-carry bill that's backed by House Speaker Mike Madigan but opposed by Gov. Pat Quinn and Mayor Rahm Emanuel was passed by the state House and sent to the Senate. [Sun-Times Politics Blog]

Revoked!
Even as the Congress Theater owners are working to make sure the venue can stay open, the city has now gone and revoked its liquor license. [WBEZ]

Garage lawsuit
While also dealing with the parking meter deal (see below), Emanuel and the city have filed a lawsuit in an attempt to knock a chunk off the $58 million a company says it is owed over a parking garage. [Sun-Times Watchdogs]

Bridge collapse
The company that owns the big-rig truck believed to have struck the Interstate 5 bridge in Washington state causing its collapse says everything about the truck and driver are above-board. [Seattle PI]

Student shoved
A video of a Dunbar Vocational Career Academy student allegedly being shoved down stairs has landed a security guard in hot water. [Sun-Times]

Diverted plane
Strange happenings in England where a plane from Pakistan was diverted due to a pair of unruly passengers. [SKY News]

UNO
UNO, one of the state's largest charter-school operators, paid an ex-judge $800 per hour for a new report on how it should reform itself. Maybe start by not paying anyone $800 an hour, guys. [Sun-Times]

Stopping sexual assaults in the military
President Barack Obama used a commencement speech to Naval Academy grads today to reiterate his call to curb sexual assaults in the military. [NPR]

Ventra rollback
That fee-laden system for the CTA's new Ventra payment system? At least some of the many bad options in the plan are being rolled back. [Sun-Times]

Weed is good for you
OK, maybe this article goes out of its way to say, "No, not really," but I'm choosing to ignore all of that. [Tribune]

Where's the (Twitter) beef?
Pop star Katy Perry and Chicago rapper Chief Keef had a brief exchange in which Perry said she didn't like a song that turned out to be by Keef, Keef threatened Perry with physical violence, so Perry apologized because, of course. [Sun-Times]

Hail To Da Coach
Mike Ditka will have his jersey number retired by the Bears at a ceremony this December, and Da Coach is feeling pretty good about it all. [Sun-Times]

Gritting it out
Luol Deng is opting to not undergo wrist surgery this off-season. [NBC 5]

O captain, my captain
With the Blackhawks on the brink of elimination, it's now or never for Jonathan Toews to step up in the captain's role, says Rick Morrissey. [Sun-Times]

The Bright One
Watchdog Chris Fusco tweeted updates from today's City Council panel hearing on the proposed changes to the city's stinker of a parking meter deal. [Live updates, Recap]

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

And finally
Sunday marks the return of Arrested Development, the little show that could, so catch up with our look at the show and swing by Sunday for the running diary we'll file while watching the new episodes. [Sun-Times]

The must-read news stories for May 23, 2013.

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Andrew A. Nelles~Sun-Times Media

Daley's staff knew meter deal was bad news
To the surprise of absolutely no one, it seems then-Mayor Daley's staff knew the parking meter deal it had foisted on the city was a rotting pile of garbage. More specifically, emails obtained by the Sun-Times Watchdogs showed a flurry of angry emails between City Hall -- first Daley's administration, then Rahm's -- and Chicago Parking Meters LLC about the hit the city and its taxpayers would take over disability parking. Still, it would take from May 2010 -- the second year of the deal and when the issue was first noted -- until December 2011 -- when Rahm was in office -- for the issue to become public, yet another surprise punch in the face for city residents. The kicker: The city finally released the documents to the Sun-Times yesterday under cover of the CPS closings. [Sun-Times]


Droning
A day after the White House acknowledged the deaths of four American citizens due to drones, President Obama delivered a major speech outlining changes to come to the country's national security and counter-terrorism policies. [WaPo]

Last gasp to prevent school closures
Teachers and parents who opposed the Board of Education and Mayor Emanuel's controversial mass closing of CPS schools will have one last chance to stop the closures at a four-day hearing to be held in July. [Sun-Times]

Boy Scouts vote on gay ban
The Boy Scouts of America will vote today on whether to lift the ban on gay scouts. [Tribune]

New AG
The Chicago area is one step closer to a new Attorney General thanks to the nomination of Zachary Fardon, who doesn't look anything like actor Aaron Eckhart. [Sun-Times]

Swedish riots
Oh, by the way, there have been riots in Sweden all week. [The Guardian]

Chicago experiences shrinkage
Despite gaining 10,000 residents from July 2011 to July 2012, Chicago's overall growth has slowed dramatically. [Sun-Times]

Space cadet
Proving there is justice in the world, the Florida teen who had the law crack down on her when a science experiment in class went wrong has had the charges against her dropped and has been given a free trip to Space Camp by a retired astronaut. [ABC News]

Trump card
A jury found in favor of emotional black hole and real estate mogul Donald Trump in the lawsuit filed by a former Trump Tower condo owner. [Sun-Times]

Protecting legacies
Congress has passed a bill that punishes those found lying about military medals -- so your beer-soaked humblebrags to the nice lady at the bar just got more boring. [TPM]

WhyFi
O'Hare and Midway are finally emerging from the Stone Age and offering free WiFi. Except said free service will be extremely limited and you'll still have to pay several bucks an hour just to check in at the airport on Facebook from your laptop. [Sun-Times]

Pritzker pocket change
Looks like Penny Pritzker forgot about that extra $80 million she had just sitting around. Doesn't matter, as she's very likely headed toward an approval anyway. [Sweet, Sun-Times]

Bitter Gone Wild
Joe Francis apologized for saying the jurors who convicted him "should be lined up and shot," which is surprising because you'd think the guy who created "Girls Gone Wild" and was just convicted of imprisoning three women at his house would always take the high road. [L.A. Times]

Space smash
Look at this picture of two giant galaxies and realize that your train being packed means nothing in the grand scheme of things. [The Verge]

Zen Master on D-Rose: Be cool
Even Phil Jackson has weighed in on Derrick Rose -- because it matters less now than ever. [ESPN]

Must-win
The Blackhawks face a must-win in Detroit tonight, and we celebrate their ability to make that comeback happen. [Sun-Times, ChicagoSide]

The Bright One
After yesterday's Board of Education farce, Mark Brown revisits his feelings on an appointed school board versus an elected one and finds he's had a change of heart. [column, video]

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

And finally
This guy's life-size X-Wing built out of LEGOs is better than anything you've ever built out of LEGOs. [Gizmodo]

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