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

The Evening Rush for Friday, May 24, 2013

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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]

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, 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]

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]

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