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The Evening Rush for Thursday, August 29, 2013

The must-read news stories for Thursday, August 29, 2013

Former Bears quarterback Jim McMahon is one of the former NFL players involved in the now-settled concussion lawsuit. | Sun-Times library

NFL, former players settle suit

The NFL today reached a settlement with several thousand players — including former Bears quarterback Jim McMahon — who filed suit, alleging the NFL hid the effects of concussions. The $756 million settlement will break down among the plaintiffs depending on the injuries they sustained. Meanwhile, Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin is leading a new initiative for better screening and national guidelines for concussions sustained in prep sports. [Sun-Times, L.A. Times, Durbin’s national campaign]


Syria

The U.K. weighed in on joining the U.S. with a potential military strike on Syria. [N.Y. Times, Sun-Times]

Brand spanking new

Ground was broken this morning on the site of the future Green Line stop at Cermak near McCormick Place. [Sun-Times]

Same-sex win

The IRS and Medicare will now recognize same-sex marriages even if the couple is not living in a state that recognizes the marriage. [WaPo]

Hazing redux

A new suburban high school hazing scandal is emerging out in Plano. [Sun-Times]

Metra secrets!

The Metra mess finally has what it’s been missing all along: a secret memo! [Crain’s]

Heating up

More on CPS schools without AC. [Sun-Times]

Rahmbo

Weighing in on whether Mayor Rahm Emanuel is a “tough” leader or just a jerk. [The Reader]

American nightmare

Joe Walsh had a dream and it’s full of hot air. [Sun-Times]

Puff puff pass

The Department of Justice will brook no argument in clearing the way for legal weed in Washington state and Colorado. [HuffPo]

Awwww!

Welcome to the new baby black rhino (endangered!) at Lincoln Park Zoo. I’m calling him Maurice for now. [Sun-Times]

More than etc …

Another Transformers film blows up Chicago again. [Gapers Block]

10th man

Cook County Commissioner John Fritchey lent the Chicago Cubs a hand this summer as a lobbyist. [Sun-Times]

Rigged battle

So how did the whole story about Bobby Riggs fixing the “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match come about? [Deadspin, ESPN]

Mystery hip

Brandon Marshall and the Mysterious Injured Hip: coming to panicked Bears message boards all weekend long. [Sun-Times]

The Bright One

In the wake of yesterday’s Let Freedom Ring rally, Mary Mitchell reflects on where the country stands 50 years after MLK’s “I Have A Dream” speech. [Sun-Times]

Commute

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

And finally

Add one more person to the list of those mad at Miley Cyrus about the debacle at Sunday’s VMAs: the creator of the foam finger. [The Atlantic]