The Evening Rush for Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013

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Rebound time for Bears

It’s only been four days since the Bears dropped their second straight game, a 26-18 loss to the Saints. But there’s no rest for the weary as the Bears take the field tonight on short rest. The good news: they face a New York Giants team that’s a shell of the squad that’s won two Super Bowls in the last six seasons. The winless Giants have to win sometime, but the Bears have the home-field advantage and are champing at the bit to get back out on the field to reverse the current skid. Matt Forte goes up against a Giants defense that’s 27th in the league against the run and Alshon Jeffrey is coming of a revelatory performance against the Saints. Kickoff is at 7:25 p.m. and the game is on NFL Network and My50. [Sun-Times, Sleeping Giants]

Costly racist rant

Idiotic racist, misogynist rants by a former CDOT employee — and nephew of a former Northwest Side congressmen — will cost taxpayers over $500,000 in settlement money. [Sun-Times]

More HOPE in shutdown showdown?

Sliver of hope or just punting the panic? House GOP members have agreed to a temporary raise of the debt ceiling to allow for more negotiations to end the government shutdown. [WaPo, Sun-Times]

Adieu

Safeway, the parent company of Dominick’s grocery stores, has announced it’s exiting the Chicago market by the end of 2014. [Crain’s]

S-T, NBC: Unseal Koschman report

The Chicago Sun-Times and NBC5 have filed a special request to unseal the grand jury investigation in the David Koschman case. [Sun-Times]

Castro investigation

The investigation into the hanging death of Ohio kidnapper Ariel Castro has taken some strange twists and turns. [L.A. Times]

Krokodil tears

The flesh-eating drug “Krokodil” has surfaced in Will County, because that sounds like a fun time. [Sun-Times]

Libyan trouble

Strange happenings in Libya where the Prime Minister was kidnapped and then released. [BBC]

Dueling budgets

Mayor Emanuel has promised no hikes in property, gas, or sales tax in his 2014 budget, but other hikes are still on the table. Meanwhile, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle says she’s offering a hike-free 2014 budget. [Rahm budget, Preckwinkle budget]

Film Fest fun

The Reader has its guide to the 49th annual Chicago Film Festival. [The Reader]

Kanye, Kimmel hug and make up

So the Kanye-Kimmel feud wasn’t a hoax, and the two shared a great, if rambling, exchange on Jimmy Kimmel’s show last night. [Full video]

Next up for the Cubs…

Now that they’ve missed out on Girardi and interviewed Acta, the Cubs will talk to Rick Renteria about that managerial opening. [ESPN]

The Bright One

Another weekend, another highly rated prestige film gets a warm reception from our film critic Richard Roeper. [Sun-Times]

Commute

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

And finally

An unmanned blimp could finally — MAYBE — settle the debate once and for all: Is Sasquatch real? [Gizmodo]

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