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  • National awards for Tribune's "Playing With Fire" series

    National awards for Tribune's "Playing With Fire" series
    If you read the Chicago Tribune's "Playing With Fire" series about the deceptive campaign by the chemical and tobacco industries to introduce toxic flame retardants into our homes -- and ultimately into our bodies -- you won't be surprised that it won some big awards.
  • California flame retardant development, and its context

    California flame retardant development, and its context
    Though obscure, fire-safety rules in California have a huge impact on consumers everywhere in the country because they influence how manufacturers make furniture sold in all states. Under a current California rule, known as Technical Bulletin 117, foam...

    Pilsen polluter H. Kramer agrees to cut lead emissions

    Pilsen polluter H. Kramer agrees to cut lead emissions
    Owners of a smelting facility linked to dangerous levels of lead in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood will spend $3 million on new equipment to curb emissions of the toxic metal. In a legal settlement announced today by federal and state officials, H....

    Voters await election night results: 'Last 4 years unlike I've ever seen'

    Voters await election night results: 'Last 4 years unlike I've ever seen'
    Students watched as the counts mounted onscreen at the UIC student center, periodically falling silent when a total was announced. "Come on, Ohio," breathed Monique Bolden, 18; of the West Side. "Come on, president." The table of students, who live in...

    Makers of flame retardants sever ties with industry-funded front group

    Makers of flame retardants sever ties with industry-funded front group
    The world's major manufacturers of flame retardants officially cut ties today with an industry-funded front group that waged a deceptive campaign to fuel demand for the chemicals in household furniture, electronics, baby products and other goods....