| Jun 2, 2013
| 5:35 PM
Robert Lee Lyles Jr., who had two careers in his 69 years and excelled at each, died May 27 at his home in Annapolis.
A scientist, physician and state policy adviser, Dr. Lyles "was a modern renaissance man with a tremendous curiosity," said Gene Ransom,...
| Dec 15, 2013
Philip Laible, Argonne National Laboratory: endurance bioenergy reactor. An endurance bioenergy reactor. Huh?
Most of us have seen one — in a movie.
In "Back to the Future," Doc barrels his DeLorean into the McFlys' driveway. "What are you...
| Feb 3, 2014
On Nov. 1, 1952, U.S. scientists detonated the first hydrogen bomb over Eniwetok Atoll in the Pacific, introducing a powerful new weapon of war and, in the process, atomizing the rocky island. Air Force planes flying through the debris clouds collected...
| Dec 2, 2012
Half a century ago, the unthinkable became all too thinkable as the Soviet Union and the United States engaged in a game of chicken, played with nuclear bombs.
On Oct. 22, 1962, President John F. Kennedy went on television to announce that the Soviet...
| Mar 25, 2011
| 1:19 AM
Federal and state nuclear experts will undergo questioning from Illinois' two U.S. senators at a forum in Chicago today.
Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin and Republican colleague Mark Kirk are hosting the public forum this afternoon at the Dirksen Federal...
| Aug 4, 2011
| 7:21 AM
Jonathan and Kelly Caplan
Paules and Kathleen Gibson, of Lewisburg, Pa., announce the marriage of their daughter, Kelly Lynn Gibson, to Jonathan Lee Caplan, son of Howard and Diane Caplan, of Columbia, on May 22, 2011.
The bride is a 1987 graduate...
| Aug 15, 2011
| 8:02 AM
Fikile and Karen Guralnick
Leonard and Ann Guralnick, of Columbia, announce the marriage of their daughter, Karen Ann Guralnick, to Fikile Richard Brushett, son of Stephen Brushett and Refiloe Bam, of Silver Spring, on June 25, 2011.
The bride is a...
| Jan 13, 2012
He gets around, that George Washington.
Spit crisp and slick from the ATM, he slides in and out of wallets, waiters' aprons, beggars' coffee cups, deli cash registers, the pockets of teens' jeans.
Countless anonymous fingers have fondled that buck of...
| Jan 20, 2012
| 10:39 PM
Lurking beneath the surface of the West Branch of the DuPage River are the remnants of radioactive contamination left behind by a factory that was shuttered almost four decades ago.
The Rare Earths Facility in West Chicago not only was a major employer...
| Nov 30, 2012
| 4:51 PM
Perhaps spurred by the excitement of being out in public for a rare joint appearance, Gov. Pat Quinn and Mayor Rahm Emanuel suggested Friday that they are “very close” to an agreement to expand gambling in Illinois and bring a casino to...
| Oct 29, 2012
Amy Francetic was at a child's birthday party in 2004 when she decided it was time to leave Silicon Valley.
"I was sitting there listening to 6-year-olds talk about IPOs and whose house was bigger and how much a wedding dress cost," she said.