The Evening Rush for Friday, August 30, 2013

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The must-read news stories for Friday, August 30, 2013

President Barack Obama pauses after speaking to members of the media in the Cabinet Room of the White House on Friday. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP

Making the case

After Secretary of State John Kerry delivered a forceful address on the United States’ evidence of chemical weapons use in Syria, President Barack Obama said he has not yet made a final decision on intervening. Both spoke to the danger of allowing violations of international norms on chemical weapons to go unchallenged. [Sun-Times]

Further reading

Declassified report and map

Tammy Duckworth opposes intervention

Americans want congressional approval before any action

Webb axed

The Bears have cut offensive tackle J’Marcus Webb. [Sun-Times]

NFL’s purse policy penalty

The NFL’s new policy on purses and bags caused a bit of a mess Thursday night. [Sun-Times]

Chicago cop convicted

A Chicago police officer has been convicted of making a fake 911 call. [Sun-Times]

Celeb chef slams students

Students say celebrity chef Charlie Trotter insulted them and then kicked them out of his restaurant. [Sun-Times]

Evaluating quarterbacks with Google autocomplete

There are innumerable statistics in sports to measure an athlete’s performance, but why not keep it simple? [USA Today]

iPhone trade-in

Apple has launched its in-store trade-in program, allowing customers to trade older model iPhones for credit toward a new model. [USA Today]

Chicago before the fire

A neat interactive map shows what Chicago looked like before and after the 1871 fire. [Smithsonian Magazine]

26 TV shows to binge-watch

You COULD spend the holiday weekend outside with family and friends. OR you could binge-watch some great TV. [A.V. Club]

Video: Homeless man’s cinder-block home

A homeless man has built a cinder-block hut for himself. [DNAinfo Chicago]

Dave Chappelle heckled

Comedian Dave Chappelle walked off the stage after being heckled Thursday night. He’ll be performing in Tinley Park on Saturday. [Sun-Times]

The Bright One

Rick Morrissey says the NFL concussion issue is far from settled. [Sun-Times]


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

And finally

In case you were wondering, here is what you can and cannot read in prison. [National Journal]

The Latest
Two men were found fatally shot minutes apart on the West and South sides.
The woman was discovered about 4:35 p.m. in the 5500 block of West Melrose Street and pronounced dead at the scene, Chicago police said.
Busy with his own family and career, man distances himself from siblings with alcoholism and personality disorder, but feels guilty about it.
Black Cook County residents are four times as likely to have difficulty saving money or paying their bills as compared to whites; Latinos are three times as likely.
Illinois law bars insurers from charging out-of-network rates for neonatal care at in-network hospitals. But that didn’t keep it from happening to Brenna Kearney and her husband Casey Trumble. Only a reporter’s questions got things fixed.