| Nov 1, 2012
by Rick Loomis, Los Angeles Times Kentucky calls me home every year. The funny thing is that I’m not from there. But every year for the last 10 years, I still go. In theory I go there to teach, but in reality I go there to recharge. The...
| May 8, 2012
| 7:10 PM
For the 50 years leading up to the Civil War, steamboats ruled the Mississippi River and its tributaries to the east and west, carrying passengers, produce, sugar, cotton and livestock while weaving through the nation's heartland and touching the shores...
| Apr 30, 2012
An American queen was on hand to rechristen another American Queen as Priscilla Presely helped bring the largest steamboat ever built back into service.
Acting as godmother to The American Queen, the wife of the late Elvis Presley was on hand to swing...
| Oct 23, 2012
| 5:28 AM
ST. PAUL, Minn. - High atop the American Queen, Richard and Marilyn Jensen sat on deck chairs outside their stateroom, holding each other's wrinkled hands. Beyond the railing, the bluffs of southern Minnesota, tinged with fall colors, slid by. A distant...
| Jun 24, 2012
| 8:11 PM
CINCINNATI — Because of its hilly topography, this city has been called the "San Francisco of Ohio." And this July, those hills will be coming alive with the sound of choral music.
From July 4-14, the World Choir Games, also known as "The...
| Mar 25, 2011
| 12:57 PM
WASHINGTON — Federal officials said today that lab testing found the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal’s electric dispersal barriers, aimed at keeping Asian carp out of Lake Michigan, were effective for fish 5.4 inches or longer.
| May 7, 2011
| 7:05 PM
Memphis area residents were warned on Saturday that the Mississippi River was gradually starting to "wrap its arms" around the city and rise to record levels as flooding moves south.
"It's a pretty day here, and people get a false sense of security,"...
| Apr 9, 2012
| 1:22 PM
March 2012 will go down as the warmest March in the United States since record-keeping began in 1895, NOAA said Monday.
In addition, the three-month period of January, February and March was the warmest first quarter ever recorded in the Lower 48 states....
| Apr 10, 2012
| 5:38 PM
While others found much to criticize about this year's General Assembly, environmental activists hailed it Tuesday as the most significant in decades for advancing long-running efforts to restore the Chesapeake Bay.
In a year when lawmakers balked at...
| Apr 16, 2012
| 12:05 PM
America is full of baseball pilgrimages and road trips. Fenway Park in Boston turns 100 this year. Wrigleyville, the neighborhood around Wrigley Field in Chicago is the best baseball neighborhood in the country. California has five major league teams to...
| Jan 5, 2012
I loved the mild December we just experienced in Chicago. Where could I move to where last month's weather would be the December norm?
—Ben Cleveland, Chicago
Chicago's very mild December closed out 7.5 degrees above normal....