| Dec 17, 2010
| 5:48 PM
Enrique Villa can walk from his condominium on Water Street to his job at St. Paul and Baltimore streets in about five minutes. In Maryland, that's rare.
Villa and his wife, Kathryn, a physician whose commute by subway to Johns Hopkins Hospital is nearly...
| Dec 26, 2010
North Dakota enacted a hail insurance law. Crisco was introduced. And the hull of the Titanic was launched.
As years go, 1911 wasn't exactly lousy with interesting events; a century later, things look equally quiet, aside from a commemoration of the...
| Dec 22, 2010
State officials have revoked the medical license of a Burbank neurologist after they discovered a 2007 felony conviction related to threatening his girlfriend's 13-year-old son with a knife.
The medical license for Emilio Louis Cruz, who was last...
| Apr 18, 2011
| 3:09 PM
One of the casualties of the recent budget deal is a potential game-changer in health care: nonprofit health insurance cooperatives (co-ops). Although not eliminated, the funding to help launch the co-ops was cut significantly. Let's set aside the fact...
| May 4, 2011
| 12:37 PM
Former longtime Chicago Tribune reporter Bill Barnhart and his writing partner, Gene Schlickman, were among five Chicago-area writers winning recognition from the Society of Midland Authors, which announced winners of its annual Author Awards Wednesday...
| Dec 24, 2010
The attraction of a battery-powered electric car is that it doesn't consume one drop of gas, drain the planet of petroleum, or produce harmful exhaust people inhale.
Nissan has created an electric that's on sale now, the 2011 Leaf that boasts "100...
| Jul 7, 2010
| 5:36 PM
We broke camp early and headed south, following the Yellowstone River. Then, taking a quick jaunt through western Wyoming we tacked our ship, pointed it west and followed the Pacific sun.
This is my last write chronicling this Montana adventure, a...
| Aug 4, 2010
| 11:19 AM
SANTA FE, N.M. — The people of New Mexico were fed up.
With few job prospects in their northern home states of North Dakota, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Nebraska and such, streams of white people, including some from Canada who were overstaying their...
| Aug 4, 2010
| 2:29 PM
A mother of two is dead after using a synthetic-marijuana laced incense known as "Spice."
Now her friends and family want the drug outlawed since more and more people appear to be dying from it.
"Yesterday I lost one of the most important people in my...
| Aug 11, 2010
| 8:54 PM
Thousands of people speed by it every day on Highway 2. If you blink your eyes you might miss it. It's Wayside Chapel, one of the tiniest churches in the entire country. But, the spiritual pit stop has a unique past and a rich history.
In a town where...
| Aug 13, 2010
| 7:52 PM
A blue rose. A camellia that blooms year round. A hibiscus that never needs fertilizer. Lawns that are never attacked by insects. Oranges that smell like bananas and bananas that smell like oranges. Genetic modification, or GM, says it may all be...