The Evening Rush for Friday, August 16, 2013

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The must-read news stories for August 16, 2013

Ryne Sandberg when he managed the Peoria Chiefs | Sun-TImes Library

Ryno gets his chance

The one-time apparent heir to the Cubs’ managerial position, former Cub great Ryne Sandberg, will finally get his big-league managerial debut tonight as he takes the helm for the Philadelphia Phillies. The team tabbed Sandberg as the interim fill-in for Charlie Manuel, who was fired today. The Phillies find themselves in fourth place in the NL East with a 53-67 record, well on their way to their first losing season since 2002. The Phils, who are 5-19 since the All-Star Break, brought Manuel on in 2005, winning the World Series in 2008 and winning the pennant in 2009 before losing to the Yankees in the World Series. Sandberg, until today, had served as the Phils third base coach for this season, his first major league coaching gig after several years as a minor league manager for both the Cubs and the Phillies. Note to Cubs fans: You can see Ryno manage in person when the Phillies come to Wrigley for a three-game series Aug. 30-Sept. 1. [Sun-Times, Twitter reaction]

Egypt violence

At least 60 people were killed in violent clashes in Egypt today between security forces and supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi after a call for a “day of rage” by the Muslim Brotherhood. [N.Y. Times, Sun-Times, Twitter]

No kidding

I’m shocked — SHOCKED, I say — to learn the NSA broke its own rules on privacy thousands of times. [WaPo]

Good Samaritans

A pair of good Samaritans helped rescue a woman from an attempted sexual assault late last night near the Midway Orange Line stop. [CBS 2]

Corruption trail?

Mayor Rahm Emanuel plans to order an audit of the work of former city comptroller Amer Ahmad after Ahmad was indicted for money laundering, bribery and other public corruption charges related to his previous position as deputy treasurer in the state of Ohio. [Sun-Times]

Wrongful death

A jury awarded $8.5 million in damages to the mother of a teen who was shot and killed by police in 2007, telling DNAinfo that after they re-enacted the shooting, the CPD’s side of the story just didn’t add up. [DNA Info]

Next act

Former CeaseFire head Tio Hardiman has chosen his next project: a run for governor of Illinois. [Sun-Times]

Ban hammer

The Republican National Committee voted to ban NBC and CNN from televised coverage of the party’s 2016 presidential primary debates over the networks’ planned specials about Hillary Clinton. [The Atlantic]

Metra mess

It was a tense meeting at times for the Metra board after a month of turmoil and resignations. [Sun-Times]

Going solar

The White House — again — installs solar panels. [Grist]

Area 51

It’s real. No. Really. [Sun-Times]

Heartwarming waddle

The story of penguins who visit Lurie Children’s Hospital. [Sun-Times]

Big screen

The Houston Texans now have the biggest Jumbotron in the NFL. [Gizmodo]

Bear down

The Bears edged the Chargers 33-28 last night and we’ve got your complete post-game breakdown. [Sun-Times]

The Bright One

Prep for this year’s Air & Water Show, which will have a bit of a different look to it thanks to federal budget cuts. [Sun-Times]


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

And finally

Sometimes, being out of shape can really put a crimp in your crawfish theft getaway plans. [WWL]

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