| Feb 6, 2013
| 6:12 PM
Federal officials vowed Wednesday to conduct an emergency cleanup of a lead-contaminated lot near a Pilsen elementary school, more than six years after authorities first identified the hazards.
The Tribune reported in November that the lot had not been...
| Feb 4, 2013
| 3:53 PM
The shootings in Newtown, Chicago and other communities raised concerns about mental health relative to those committing such crimes, but the discussion has missed a critically important point. Screening for early warning signs and providing accessible...
| Jan 1, 2013
| 5:28 PM
The first winter after Danielle Smith bought her house in North Baltimore, the 35-year-old schoolteacher wondered if it even had a furnace, it was so cold and drafty.
Now, with almost all new windows and several other energy-efficiency retrofits, Smith...
| Dec 11, 2012
| 2:37 PM
A Baltimore retailer has been ordered by city health officials to stop selling a children's ring, necklace and earrings because the items contain dangerous levels of lead.
The Baltimore City Health Department said Tuesday it has issued a nuisance...
| Nov 26, 2012
| 10:53 PM
A wide-ranging bill to give hunters and fishermen more access to public lands stalled in the Senate Monday after Republicans said it spends too much money.
Republicans supported opening lands for outdoorsmen and many other provisions in the bill...
| Nov 23, 2012
Federal and state officials have known for more than six years about hazardous levels of brain-damaging lead in a vacant lot near Walsh Elementary School in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood.
Yet even after field investigators raised alarms about children...
| Oct 14, 2010
| 6:21 PM
Products called chelators that are sold over the counter as treatments for autism, heart disease and other conditions are dangerous and illegal, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned in a crackdown announced Thursday.
The chemicals, which help...
| Oct 24, 2011
| 4:34 PM
This week is national Lead Poisoning Prevention Week and Will County officials are encouraging residents to take advantage of opportunities to have their children and …...
| Oct 11, 2011
| 4:34 PM
Huntley Patch reports: Kane County has been awarded a $1.04 million grant by the U.S. Department Housing and Urban Development to address lead-based paint hazards …...
| Mar 31, 2011
| 10:15 PM
Residents in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood complained for years about metallic-tasting smoke rolling down their narrow streets but had little evidence it was harmful.
Now they have proof. New monitoring data obtained by the Tribune reveal that high...
| Mar 23, 2011
| 4:09 PM
Today's Hot Button Issue: the dangers of lead poisoning have forced New Orleans to close three popular playgrounds.
The city tested 13 playgrounds and found that Danneel Playground, Taylor Playground, and Annunciation Playground all had high levels of...