The Evening Rush for Monday, October 14, 2013

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Bartman, 10 years later

First, let me say this up front: it is completely unfair to remember the Cubs’ collapse in Game 6 of the 2003 NLCS as the fault of just one man. That would ignore other things like, say, the muffed double-play opportunity by Alex Gonzalez or the fact that, like after the Red Sox’ Buckner game, there was a Game 7 when the team had another chance to rebound and clinch. But, for better or (mostly) for worse, that game will always be remembered for the entanglement of Alou and Bartman along the left field stands in Wrigley Field. And in those 10 years, the Cubs haven’t returned to being as close to a World Series as they were that night. But the blame for that goes so much further than one man. [Sun-Times]

Shutdown progress

While there’s still no compromise, the political sides in D.C. are beginning to close in on a potential deal, maybe. [WaPo, Lynn Sweet’s blog]

Bat-beating trial

The trial of the man charged in a brutal bat beating of two women in Bucktown in 2010 started today. [Sun-Times]


Two University of Chicago professors are among the trio who were awarded the Nobel Prize in economics today. [Sun-Times]


Giant rats are terrorizing Englewood. Giant. Rats. [DNAInfo]

Krokodil creep

The flesh-eating drug continues to spread and burn. [Sun-Times]


A Chicago man is among the very few who actually purchased Banksy originals from a pop-up shop in NYC. [Chicagoist]

Macy’s opens early

Macy’s is breaking with its 155-year-old tradition and opening on Thanksgiving Day — 8 p.m., exactly — for holiday shoppers. [Sun-Times]

Detroit Buck$

While the City of Detroit struggles with its bankruptcy, its sports teams are doing just fine. [N.Y. Times]

The Bright One

Relive yesterday’s Chicago Marathon through our comrpehensive team coverage. [Sun-Times]


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

And finally

The final voyage of the space shuttle Endeavour, in time lapse. [The Verge]

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