| Mar 26, 2014
When a woman from Nordic Energy called 72-year-old John Staunton and offered him a cheap rate on electricity, he signed up. His roommate wastes a lot of electricity, he said, by sleeping with the TV on.
The first month, the bill came as promised —...
| Apr 3, 2014
| 1:32 PM
While the rest of Chicago was shoveling out from the snowy depths of the big blizzard of 2011, a trio of musically inclined local gals used its time productively, forming the dark, surfy quartet now known as Blizzard Babies.
The hope in forming the...
| Mar 9, 2014
Chicago's third-coldest winter has contributed to the deaths of 26 people so far, nearly 50 percent more fatalities than the entire season's average in recent years, according to numbers provided by the Cook County medical examiner's office.
| Mar 16, 2014
| 4:10 AM
The news arrived to readers of The Courant on the morning of March 8, 1877, seven weeks before the start of the second National League baseball season.
Hartford, a charter member, was deemed unacceptable as a major league market. The city's "base ball"...
| Aug 1, 2014
| 2:53 AM
Throughout Pennsylvania, union members count on coal for the good-paying, middle-class jobs that enable them to support themselves and their families.
I should know. As the business manager for Boilermakers Local 154 in the western part of the state,...
| Jul 14, 2014
| 10:05 PM
Flash floods throughout the Lehigh Valley caused several traffic accidents, but few injuries Monday evening.
In Allentown, a car became stuck in deep water under a railroad bridge on South Eighth Street, south of Tioga Street, at 6:25 p.m. Reinaldo...
| Jul 9, 2014
Four thousand feet below central Illinois, Peoples Gas is pumping natural gas into a vast underground sandstone formation, stockpiling supply for another Chicago winter.
The sandstone — its tiny pores trap and hold the gas — serves as the...
| Jul 10, 2014
| 4:29 PM
Next week will bring a span of unseasonably cool days and nights that could dip into the 40s in some Chicago suburbs, say weather forecasters.
In a tweet on its official Twitter feed, the National Weather Service in Romeoville described the system in...
| Jul 10, 2014
| 11:18 AM
Chill out, everyone, the polar vortex is not coming back to Chicago.
Despite a tweet today from the National Weather Service, which said a "July version" of the polar vortex will hit Chicago next week, the area won't see a single flake or anything...
| Jul 11, 2014
| 11:29 AM
Put away those shorts and tank tops, Chicago, and get ready for another "polar vortex."
That’s what some people are calling the unseasonably cold temperatures expected to come to the northern and eastern United States next week, as a patch of cold...
| Feb 7, 2014
The second fret had become buzzy on my vintage mandolin. Not a crisis for a person of my skill level, but since the top on my son’s acoustic guitar had just developed a crack, I took both instruments to Jim......