The Evening Rush for Monday, May 12, 2014

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Bears general manager Phil Emery with first-round draft pick Kyle Fuller. | AP 

Evaluating the Bears’ draft

The Bears’ 2014 draft class likely won’t be judged fairly for another five years, when Kyle Fuller, Ego Ferguson, Will Sutton and the others have navigated their way to the top of — or out of — the NFL.

Still, it’s possible to look at the team’s picks in the ­context of who else was available, what the Bears needed and whether the two points intersected.

Quite simply, how’d they do? [Sun-Times]

Former NIU star Jordan Lynch says he’s ready to embrace the role of running back for the Bears. [Voices]

Join the discussion

What does a strong, vibrant community look like, and how can we help build one here in Chicago? [Voices]

Video of Nigerian schoolgirls surfaces

The barefoot girls look frightened as they chant in Arabic. [The Washington Post]

Going crazy on Jay-Z

Beyonce’s sister, Solange, went ballistic on her brother-in-law. [New York Post]

Who has clout?

Report reveals names of who got hired at IDOT based on their political connections. [Early & Often]

Donald Sterling’s ‘terrible mistake’

Clippers owner also said he was baited into making racist comments. [CNN]

‘The point of no return’

Scientists say Antarctic Glacier loss is unpreventable. [Time]

Photos of the day

Steven Avilla wears a Washington monument costume as he greets visitors to the monument in Washington, D.C. The Washington Monument was reopened after it had been closed for a restoration due to damage caused by a 5.8-magnitude earthquake that struck the D.C. area on Aug. 23, 2011. | Getty Images

There’s a new chief in town

A decorated State Police commander has been tapped to lead a Metra police force once blasted as “antiquated” and “in crisis.” [Early & Often]

A drinkable book?

The pages inside it make up a full-on water purification system that can be used in developing countries. [Wired]

The Bright One

Yogi Berra turned 89 today, so here are some classic quotes from the Yankee. [Voices]


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

And finally

Rahm Emanuel apparently was a huge fan of Zack Morris and “Saved by the Bell,” based on his wardrobe at last night’s Blackhawks game. [Early & Often]

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