| Mar 31, 2014
| 2:31 PM
It's officially spring. We're deep into pothole season, which, like other holiday seasons, seems to grow longer every year. This pothole season could be the longest yet. Potholes are out of control. The Chicago Department of Transportation said last month...
| Jul 25, 2014
| 5:38 PM
YORK — Frances Goodwin Holt reported for duty at Naval Weapons Station Yorktown on June 20, 1966, to work as a chemist in naval mine warfare.
She was about 26, barely 5 feet tall, a mere 90 pounds and one of only a handful of women who worked at...
| Apr 4, 2014
| 4:35 PM
SAN FRANCISCO — For more than two decades, Leland Yee climbed the political ladder in San Francisco.
A child psychologist turned politician, Yee straddled opposing camps in the city's bare-knuckled political fights, appealing to both right and...
| Mar 15, 2014
| 6:19 PM
It costs about $2,000 to buy an ounce of the illegal drug, the therapist said — enough for roughly 150 doses. She pays her longtime dealer in cash; he gives her a Ziploc bag of white powder.
Back home, she scoops the contents into clear capsules....
| Jun 4, 2014
| 9:30 PM
Biochemist Alexander Shulgin accidentally discovered one of the most famous and infamous party drugs of the 1980s.
He synthesized a compound called MDMA in 1976 in his backyard laboratory and, as was his tradition, tried it out on himself. "First...
| Aug 27, 2014
| 10:16 AM
Dow Chemical Co. has kicked off processes to sell two of its specialty chemicals subsidiaries that could fetch close to $2 billion combined, according to people familiar with the matter, part of its effort to divest several billion dollars worth of non-...
| Aug 5, 2013
| 6:13 AM
Maybe it was the type of day – a sultry summer afternoon with the sun peeking around thunderclouds.
Or maybe it was because I knew the area's back story – a place that hasn't changed much since colonial times, when the forboding swamp served...
| Sep 26, 2013
| 5:00 AM
SACRAMENTO — Hundreds of items found on supermarket shelves, such as shampoos, cleaning supplies, cosmetics and food packaging, could get chemical makeovers under new rules being put in force by California.
On Thursday, state toxic chemical...
| Apr 24, 2013
| 9:11 AM
It seems to me that we should stop defining eras by presidents and begin defining them by the best and/or (possibly) most influential television show.
This is tricky territory because clearly we’re not about to use the most popular show of the...
| Oct 14, 2013
| 3:21 PM
TIC Gums in Harford County is perhaps the biggest privately owned player in an invisible part of the food industry.
It's not chewing gum, though the company does get some visitors who assume that's what it makes. The name refers to a different kind of...
| Oct 11, 2013
| 2:02 PM
Columbia-based W.R. Grace & Co. said Friday that it has agreed to buy a Dow Chemical Co. division for $500 million.
Grace is paying cash for Dow's Unipol polypropylene licensing and catalysts business, including a Louisiana manufacturing plant. Dow said...