| Feb 26, 2014
| 8:28 PM
Japheth Peleti has no shortage of unpleasant stories from decades of living across a fence from a sprawling oil refinery.
He and his family have contended with rumbling noises that rattle their windows, coped with skunk-like odors, plumes of vapor and...
| Feb 8, 2014
| 8:45 AM
Decades of efforts to curb air pollution have cut lung-damaging smog to levels far below the hazy days of the 1970s and '80s in Chicago and most other big urban areas.
New cars emit dramatically less pollution than older models, gasoline and diesel...
| Feb 26, 2014
| 2:30 AM
On Dec. 20, 2009, 32-year-old actress Brittany Murphy died of flu-related complications in her Beverly Hills, Calif., home. Five months later, her husband, Simon Monjack, was found dead in the same home with the same cause of death:...
| Feb 20, 2014
| 2:30 PM
With several weeks or more remaining in a particularly deadly influenza season, U.S. health officials on Thursday urged flu vaccinations for everyone over the age of 6 months, including pregnant women.
"Influenza can make anyone very sick, very fast and...
| Feb 28, 2014
| 8:44 PM
In the morning while walking to her car, Michelle Kennedy sometimes detects a smell like cat urine. She says the asthma her 6-year-old suffers seems to have worsened.
Kennedy suspects the oil and gas wells pumping in her South Los Angeles neighborhood....
| Feb 19, 2014
| 5:00 AM
There are different kinds of resonance. The resonance of history adds interest to any enterprise. Music that resonates in special ways that cause the brain to enter into enhanced new states of awareness, well, that's something you've got to experience for...
| Jan 31, 2014
| 3:16 PM
Re: Front page article “City gets top score for its smoking regulations,” Jan. 26. Are you kidding me? Whether I am in Montrose, Glendale or even the Americana, people are smoking everywhere and there is no enforcement in sight. In fact,...
| Feb 15, 2014
| 11:18 AM
Soon after starting work at Lincoln Elementary in Paramount nearly five years ago, second-grade teacher Lisa Lappin became alarmed by the number of teachers and students sick from cancer and other illnesses.
Pungent, metallic odors sometimes blanketed...
| Feb 7, 2014
| 7:00 AM
A basement fire sent smoke rising to the upper floors of a North Side high-rise overnight but caused no serious injuries, authorities said.
A doorman in the 16-story building reported the fire just after 10 p.m., Chicago Fire Department commissioner...
| Feb 19, 2014
| 1:37 PM
Pesticides have been linked to a variety of human diseases, from cancer to birth defects, asthma and various disorders of the nervous system, so it's hardly unreasonable for people to be concerned about their exposure to them. But good luck finding out...
| Feb 27, 2014
| 9:45 AM
In response to your recent editorial about the health risks associated with pesticides, I offer the following factual information and thoughts ("Understanding pesticide risks," Feb. 19):
It is time to stop spreading a message of fear and instead take...