The Evening Rush for Friday, Oct. 25, 2013

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South Lake Shore Drive extension opens this weekend

The $64 million, 2-mile-long roadway with median plantings of crabapple trees and coneflowers, smooth-sailing bike lanes, parallel parking and LED streetlights opens Sunday.

Rolando Jimenez, 75, says the project — and the development potential it opens — is the best thing to happen to his Southeast Side neighborhood since he bought his home a block from the old Route 41 in 1977. [Sun-Times]

United fined for O’Hare delays

The airline will pay more than $1 million in fines for stranding passengers on the tarmac, the largest such fine since 2010. [Sun-Times]

Up in smoke

Since decriminalizing marijuana 14 months ago, Chicago has written just 1,117 tickets. [Sun-Times]

More than enough to win

Rick Telander says the Bulls have what it takes to dethrone the Heat. [Sun-Times]

Healthcare.gov fixed by November

So promises the man appointed to get it done. [USA Today]

Pedaling out of town

After years of licensing issues, PedalPub (exactly what it sounds like) might ride on out to the ‘burbs. [DNAinfo Chicago]

Bundled up

Comcast is experimenting with a bundle that features Internet and HBO, but no other cable channels. [Variety]

Google gives back

Google is bringing free Wi-Fi to two city parks. [Chicago Grid]

Grand Theft Auto photography exists

Fake photos of fake landscapes are oddly beautiful. [Buzzfeed]

The Bright One

Talking Rahm’s visit with our editorial board, same-sex marriage and Daley’s memory. [CSTtv]

Commute

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

And finally

A completely serious analysis of the government building a Death Star to boost employment and scientific research. [The Week]

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