| May 27, 2011
| 4:21 AM
The cleanup is well underway after severe storms rip through the area, causing downed trees, power lines and leaving thousands of people in the dark. Crews working throughout the night to try and restore power but still nearly 35,000 are without...
| May 31, 2011
| 8:36 AM
The Salvation Army is opening a cooling center Tuesday for people seeking to escape the high temperatures. It will be located in the Salvation Army community room at 118 S. Duke Street in York City. The center will open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday...
| Jul 27, 2009
So it turns out July isn't hot, the rain doesn't have to let up by tomorrow, and bears aren't scary.
These and other turn-everything-you-think-you-know-on-its-head lessons are courtesy of a recent trip to far north Ely, Minn., a town of about 3,700...
| Mar 15, 2010
| 1:23 PM
Birds, plants and insects native to the fragile ecosystems of Hawaii are, alas, well-represented on the federal endangered species list. And now there are more.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently announced the addition of 48 species unique to...
| Oct 12, 2007
| 2:43 PM
May 21, 2009
I LOVE ...
... the colorful spring flowers planted at City Hall and the Daley Center. It gives me a "lift."
-- Barbara Rieffel, Chicago
. . . Phil, the Navy Pier trolley driver, who befriends every passenger and is such a wonderful...
| Dec 23, 2008
Why is everyone in Hollywood talking about 10,000 hours?
That's the amount of time that author Malcolm Gladwell says it takes for a talented person to master a cognitively complex skill -- like becoming a world-class pianist or an Olympic athlete -- in...
| Apr 18, 2009
I'm not the sort of person who's easily enamored of plastic objects, especially big ones that cost $1,150 apiece. Working in an uncertain industry in uncertain times, I'm hardly the target market for an expensive, 187-pound piece of injection-molded,...
| Apr 11, 2010
Is there anyone among us who does not know, or know of, a child with an autism spectrum disorder? Whether diagnostic criteria are allowing us to identify more individuals, or something in the environment is causing more autism, or our social habits and...
| Dec 20, 2009
I'm in an old farmhouse on a high, windy prairie in Idaho. There's snow on the ground: It's 6 below zero this morning, and the plumbing is frozen again. Coincidentally, I just finished rereading "Alone" by Adm. Richard Byrd, an account of the brutally...
| Oct 10, 2006
| 10:52 AM
The ever-increasing high quality of football is one of the NFL stories of the new century. Asked to explain what's going on, Philadelphia quarterback Donovan McNabb said, "Big-time players are making big plays in big games."
In other words, in the...
| Oct 1, 2008
KING trumpets that have a texture almost as firm and meaty as young porcini; shimejishimeji that have a flavor that is wonderfully nutty; hen of the woods with a taste as earthy as their name. If you still think the cutting edge in grocery store mushrooms...