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

The Evening Rush for Wednesday, April 24, 2013

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The must-read news stories for April 24, 2013

Jessica Koscielniak~Sun-Times

CPS students balk at tests
CPS students walked out of the second day of standardized tests to protest the role those tests played in the school system's decision-making in closing certain schools. The protest came as the CPS board met and another group, a group of charter school supporters, also rallied outside of CPS HQ. For more information, Sun-Times education reporter Lauren FitzPatrick and WBEZ's education team have been tweeting from both the rally and the CPS board meeting all day. [@bylaurenfitz, @wbezeducation]

Manchester shooting
Five people were found dead in Manchester, a small town 40 miles west of Springfield, earlier this morning and the suspect is also dead after leading police on a high-speed chase. Another person, a 6-year-old girl, was wounded but still alive. As of this afternoon, the nephew of the Manchester mayor was considered a suspect in the slayings. [Sun-Times, St. Louis Post-Dispatch]

Flooding redux
The Illinois River's flood levels are higher than they've been in 70 years and fire officials in some areas fear fuel leaks could spark fires in areas only accessible by boat due to floodwaters. [The Guardian]

Long-reaching influence
Two former Chicagoans figured prominently in a recent debate in Nevada over that state's stance on gay marriage. [Las Vegas Sun]

Wage talk
Fast food and retail workers took to the streets today to protest in support of higher working wages. [CBS 2]

Trotter's gun saga ends
State Sen. Donne Trotter, originally considered the frontrunner to succeed Jesse Jackson, Jr. in the 2nd Congressional District, was sentenced to just one year of court supervision after pleading guilty to trying to pass through a security checkpoint at O'Hare with a gun. [Sun-Times]

Deadly collapse
Dozens are dead after a tragic building collapse in Bangladesh earlier today. [N.Y Times]

Another face of Chicago's violence
Sun-Times columnist Mark Brown points out that Cornelius German isn't Hadiya Pendleton -- but that doesn't make his violent death any less important. [Sun-Times]

Stop me if you've heard this before
Illinois politico clouts a kid into good school. [Crain's]

MayDay PayDay
So what's Mayor Daley doing with all his leftover campaign cash? He's doling it out to charities, of course. He also took some time out to compare the U.S. gun problem to China's lack thereof. [Tribune, DNA Info]

Don't be fooled by today's sunshine: April 2013 is now the wettest April on record in Chicago. [Sun-Times]

Scare tactics
Note to the Department of Defense: if you're going to conduct urban warfare exercises in populated areas, be sure to alert nearby residents. [Tribune]

Taste makers
The Taste of Chicago has announced the rest of its entertainment slate, and it includes Neon Tress, Jill Scott and Robert Plant. [Sun-Times]

A Horse named Geraldo
A horse named Geraldo got loose and snarled traffic on I-80 in Indiana but was apprehended after he was found moping around Al Capone's empty vault. [ABC 7]

Draft Day nears
It's almost time for the NFL Draft, so time to make a few more guesses as to who the Bears will take. [Sun-Times]

Waiting for Garza
Matt Garza's return to the Cubs hit a (hopefully) small snag this week during a rehab assignment. [ESPN]

Digging the hole deeper
After the brouhaha over her article in the New York Times book review, Rachel Shteir turned her attention to the Chicago Bliss of the Lingerie Football League. [ChicagoSide]

The Bright One
We're excited for this week's soft launch of our partnership with Homicide Watch. Check out the site and let us know what you think of the site by tweeting us at @Suntimes. [Homicide Watch Chicago]

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

And finally
President Obama has a pretty good parenting technique in trying to dissuade his daughters from getting tattoos. [WaPo]

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