The Evening Rush for Monday, Feb. 10, 2014

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Ed Michalowski (right) has accused state Treasurer Dan Rutherford of sexual harassment in a federal lawsuit filed Monday.

Trouble for Rutherford

A former high-ranking employee for Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford dropped bombshell allegations in federal court Monday — charging that Rutherford sexually harassed him and used his state office to further his political aspirations. [Sun-Times]

Michael Sam reaction

Telander: Will all gay athletes now feel free — or freer — to come out of the closet? [Sun-Times]

Finley: He won’t be alone as gay NFL player. [Sun-Times]

Trapped, again

After escaping a bathroom in Sochi, bobsledder Johnny Quinn gets stuck on elevator. [Voices] [Updates from Sochi]

Metra fails

Only 30 percent of trains were on time during first January storm. [Sun-Times]

Stay out of northern India

That is, unless you want to be a man-eating tiger’s 11th human victim in six weeks. [Daily Mail]

‘Flappy Bird’ frenzy

Would you pay $90,000 for a phone with this now-extinct game? [Forbes]

Snow more

Some incredible snow sculptures were carved up over the weekend at Navy Pier. [Voices]

Water games

You can thank that “eight glasses of water a day” rule on a bunch of 19th Century quacks. [Slate]

Two years for Nayak

Raghuveer Nayak — the wealthy fundraiser for convicted politicians Jesse Jackson Jr. and Rod Blagojevich — will join the disgraced pair behind bars. [Sun-Times]

Hillary, the smack-talker

Newly released documents reveal how Hillary Clinton felt about Monica Lewinsky: a “narcissistic loony toon.” [CNN]

In breaking news …

Starbucks doesn’t like the “Dumb Starbucks” store. [Voices]

Pass the beet juice and cheese brine

They’re saving some municipalities from certain winter disaster. [Time]

The Bright One

No need to scramble on Valentine’s Day — these essential apps will help you out. [Voices]

Commute

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

And finally

Dennis Rodman apparently was asked to leave North Korea last month because he vomited, urinated and defecated all over his hotel. [Voices]

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