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

The Evening Rush for Wednesday, May 22, 2013

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The must-read news stories for May 22, 2013.



Erica Clark is removed from the Chicago Board of Education meeting after going over her designated 2 minutes of talking time and sitting on the ground Wednesday. | Jessica Koscielniak ~ Sun-Times

CPS votes to close 50 schools

After several hours of calls from parents, supporters and even aldermen to save their schools, the Chicago Board of Education made quick work Wednesday, voting to close 50 schools. Forty-eight schools will close in June. Canter Elementary will get a one-year reprieve, and Attucks Elementary will close at the end of the 2014-15 school year. The votes to shut the schools were unanimous for all but Von Humboldt Elementary, which passed on a 4-2 vote. The anti-climactic vote occurred after hours of testimony that got quite heated at times, with several protesters having to be carried out of the board's chambers. The crowd continued to shout even as CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett addressed the board, dropping a Martin Luther King Jr. quote in support of the closures. As of post time, protests continue around the board's building, but the damage was done as the stunned protesters quietly filed out of chambers. [Sun-Times, Live coverage and map, WBEZ]

Adieu, Urlacher
After parting ways with Da Bears earlier this year, Brian Urlacher today announced his retirement from football altogether, moving into what will likely be the next lucrative phase of his career: faking laughs on TV shows. [Sun-Times]

A British soldier was attacked and killed by two men in London in a brutal terror attack. Meanwhile in Florida, a man with ties to one of the Boston bombing suspects was shot and killed by authorities after trying to attack an FBI agent with a knife. [BBC, NBC]

Ex-student caught
A former Glenbard East student has been arrested after he bragged to friends about a plot to cause violence and mayhem. [Sun-Times]

OK cleanup
Another day of cleanup and searching for survivors in Oklahoma where President Barack Obama will visit on Sunday. [The Oklahoman, Tribune]

Food stamp explosion
Connected to the CPS closings is poverty, and that's a long thread in Illinois where food stamp usage has recently exploded. [The 312]

The Fifth
As expected, the "star" witness in this week's hearing looking into improper conduct by the IRS invoked the Fifth Amendment. [L.A. Times]

Palmer Hilton for sale
Got a spare $500 million? Then the Palmer House Hilton could be your own personal in-the-Loop playground. [Crain's]

Weiner watch
Anthony Weiner is back and running for mayor of New York City. [Gothamist]

Behind the mic
StoryCorps has opened a booth open to all Chicagoans at the Cultural Center where you can share your own story. [The Reader]

Sergio's poor taste
Shades of Fuzzy Zoeller as Sergio Garcia, already in a feud with Tiger Woods, made a "fried chicken" reference to Woods. [Sun-Times]

NFL shenanigans
So the NFL wants to crack down on the Saints for their "bounty" scandal and cut down on concussions all in the name of player safety but is totally OK with even more games? NFL commissioner Roger Goodell loves those dollar signs. [ESPN]

Over my dead body
Reinsdorf to family: When I die, sell the Sox, keep the Bulls. Not quite "Leave the gun, take the cannoli," but close. [Sun-Times]

The Bright One
Rick Morrissey weighs in on Brian Urlacher's retirement. [Sun-Times]

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

And finally
Looking for love on the subway? Try Prague. [The Verge]

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