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The Evening Rush for Tuesday, June 4, 2013

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The must-read news stories for June 4, 2013


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. []

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]

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]

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

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

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