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Morning drive podcast and news roundup: Guns, school budgets and Lebowski!

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It's the 11th anniversary of the Big Lebowski. Aug. 5, 1990, the Dude was in line at Ralph's listening to President Bush say the violence against Kuwait will not stand. As such, you should plan this weekend to go bowling, in honor of the Dude, Walter and the gang.

Chicago Public School will reveal how it plans to plug its $700 million budget deficit today. School officials have said they won't increase class sizes, won't cut language programs, preschool or antiviolence programs while adding money to kindergarten. The goal has been to keep cuts away from classrooms. What exactly gets chopped will be announced today.

After four days of intensive searching in Chicago's waterways, authorities say they haven't found any Asian carp. Searching began after DNA of the invasive species was found in waterways beyond the electric boarder meant to keep them in the great lakes. 

Lollapalooza's 20th anniversary festival kicks off today in Grant Park. Residents looking to catch a free listen outside of the park will be out of luck. Traffic will be redirected to avoid the sidewalks to the east of the park. Drivers should expect delays through Sunday night. 

It is official - July was hot. It was also very wet. The hottest day was July 13 in Dixon Springs, Ill. with 105 degrees. Illinois State Waterways reported yesterday that at least 38 places in the state hit 100 degrees or more throughout the month. 

A 75-year-old woman was pulled over (in the skies) by two F-16 fighter jets when she ventured into restricted airspace during the president's birthday celebration Wednesday. The Daily Herald got confirmation from the North American Aerospace Command that the jets were summoned from Toledo, Ohio on Wednesday. 

The National Rifle Association is good at what it does. It is good at lobbying Congress. In the final installment of "Under the Gun," Rob Wildeboar dives into why the NRA's successful tactics just don't fly in Canada.  

The Sox lost (again) to the Yankees. Cubs won their fifth (fifth!) game against the Pirates. WBEZ's Jen Brandel's analysis: It would make sense that a bear could beat a man with an eye patch. 

High in the low 80s, but the humidity is going to be up. Same throughout the weekend with a chance of thunderstorms on Sunday.

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