| Feb 22, 2011
| 3:13 PM
Ron Shockley was working on a damaged cable in Park Forest when he heard a loud blast that shook his work tent. Then a woman began screaming.
He and a co-worker ran three blocks toward the sound of the explosion and saw a woman in a nightgown standing...
| Feb 23, 2011
| 8:02 PM
Seventeen Baltimore police officers were charged Wednesday — and more than a dozen others suspended — in an extortion scheme in which officers are accused of receiving thousands of dollars in kickbacks for steering accident victims to a towing...
| Feb 26, 2011
The level of devastation from this week's earthquake in New Zealand has some California scientists saying that the state's seismic building codes should be reevaluated to address the striking structural failures seen in Christchurch.
In New Zealand,...
| Feb 26, 2011
Veteran television producer Rob Cope-Williams was out in the field Tuesday, working on his weekly farm report, downing a lunch of French fries and a pint of beer at a countryside hotel, when he felt the jolt.
He and his crew figured it was just another...
| Feb 26, 2011
| 2:00 PM
An employee with the Water Reclamation District of Great Chicago died Friday as a result of injuries from a workplace accident at a Hanover Park Facility, an autopsy today determined.
John Fergus, 51, of Mount Prospect died from muliple injures...
| Mar 4, 2011
| 3:27 PM
A scaffold collapse on a high rise building in Yonkers left two workers clinging on for their lives Friday afternoon.
Firefighters successfully rescued the workers after the pair dangled thirteen or 14 stories above the ground for nearly an hour....
| Mar 10, 2011
| 11:51 PM
A magnitude 8.9 earthquake slammed Japan's northeastern coast Friday, unleashing a 13-foot tsunami that swept boats, cars, buildings and tons of debris miles inland. Fires triggered by the quake burned out of control up and down the coast.
At least one...
| Mar 14, 2011
| 9:11 AM
One of the recent Frugalista columns in the Chicago Tribune was about strategies for parking in Chicago -- for free or at least for less than people usually get stuck paying.
The column drew some thanks from drivers, but, as I expected, I also got...
| Mar 17, 2011
California has failed to identify and retrofit thousands of brittle concrete buildings despite years of warnings from scientists that the structures are highly vulnerable to collapse during a major earthquake.
Officials have known as far back as the 1971...
| Mar 16, 2011
| 1:18 PM
Last week’s earthquake in Japan is yet another wakeup call for the Southland. As you read this column think about our situation if the California’s “big one” hit right now. Are you ready?
One of the lessons from the earthquake...
| Mar 24, 2011
| 1:27 PM
The configuration of the eighth floor of the Brown Building at the NYU complex in Greenwich Village was designed for classrooms. Twice a week I attended a psychology class there and on occasion my mind would drift from the lesson of the day.