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The Evening Rush for Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013

Former Maine West High School soccer coach Michael Divincenzo arrives at Cook County Circuit Court in Skokie on Tuesday. | Tim Boyle/For Sun-Times Media

Maine West High school hazing trial underway

The first witness called to testify in the trial of Maine West High School’s former soccer coach said he “didn’t see any poking happen” but told a dean last year he’d heard about an alleged assault on a fellow player. That testimony kicked off the trial of 37-year-old Michael Divincenzo of Elk Grove Village, who is charged with misdemeanor hazing, battery and failure to report abuse. [Sun-Times]

Mega Millions reaches $636 million

Playing “what if” is always fun, but what if you actually win? [CNN]

14-year-old girl found beaten

A 14-year-old girl was found “battered, bloody and unconscious” Tuesday morning near a Safe Passage Route on the Northwest Side. [Sun-Times]

Sheriff’s Office slams background check limit

Tom Dart says the state is hindering his ability to run criminal background checks on those applying for concealed carry permits. [Sun-Times]

State complaint against pot doc

Wicker Park’s pot business has been hit by Illinois financial regulators. [DNAinfo Chicago]

Top TV of 2013

Lori Rackl breaks down her favorite shows, new and old, of 2013. [Voices]

It pays to be hated

Whether it’s an airline, cable provider or bank, being America’s least-favorite company doesn’t impact the bottom line. [Businessweek]

Chicago’s best Italian beef

No Portillo’s or Al’s Beef on this list. [Serious Eats]

Is Kanye still Chicago?

Ahead of tonight’s concert, it’s worth asking if Kanye West still harbors a connection to Chicago. [Redeye Chicago]

Rev. Greeley’s Collection eBook

All Chicago’s Rev. Andrew Greeley ever really wanted was for us to take time and reflect on the holiday season. [Sun-Times]

The Bright One

Richard Roeper says “Anchorman 2” is even funnier, and more thought-provoking, than the original. [Sun-Times]

Commute

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

And finally

Yeah, it’s cold, but it’s nothing new for Chicago. Here are 101 ways to enjoy winter. [Chicago Magazine]