September 14, 2008 |
Every year, when August turns to September, my husband and I pack our car, grab our dog, and head for Lake Michigan. A deep sense of relaxation comes over me as I put my car in gear and head for the Pennsylvania Turnpike. I share the narrow roads with tractor-trailers and, reaching Michigan, pass through Ann Arbor's game-day traffic without a single moan or complaint, because I know what awaits me at the end of our GPS-navigated route: inner peace. I grew up going to Ludington, Mich.
December 29, 2009 |
The fish must have a lot of money and really good lobbyists. As a result, they've convinced a number of politicians that healthy fish are more important than healthy people. That's the only conclusion I can reach to explain the current response by the Great Lakes congressional delegation to the impending invasion of Asian carp. They are coming, no doubt about it, and bringing their insatiable hunger with them. They have moved up the waterways of the Mississippi Valley and are now poised to enter Lake Michigan.
September 26, 1989 |
HERE'S ILLINOIS 'The Prairie State' Key Physical Features: Lake Michigan, Illinois River, Mississippi River, Ohio River, Wabash River, Illinois Ozarks, Mississippi Palisades. SPOTLIGHT ON CHICAGO 'The Windy City' Chicago is the greatest inland port city in the world! Chicago is the only place where the Great Lakes link with the Mississippi River system. More steel and machinery come from factories around Chicago than any other area in the world!
June 24, 1990 |
Here's how science marches forward in Chicago: A guy who used to do electrical work for the city is down at the boatyard last fall, talking with the fellows who keep their boat next to his. One does heating and air conditioning; another distributes newspapers. In their spare time, when the weather's good, they dive on wrecks in Lake Michigan. The divers show off a piece of something that looks like wood, saying it came from what appeared to be a field of tree stumps, about 15 miles offshore.
February 18, 1987 |
Scientists who have been watching the ever-rising waters of the five Great Lakes are offering little hope that significant relief from flooding, erosion, evacuation and property damage is in sight. Both the laws of man that govern diversion of water, and the laws of nature that govern climate, are working against quick solutions, several scientists said this week during the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science here. "Everybody for the last two and a half years or so has looked for the plug, which you can pull away and drain the lakes," hydrology expert Frank H. Quinn said Monday.
May 28, 2010 |
Best sports city: Philadelphia, No. 2. Chicago, No. 4: Don't take our word for it. Those are the 2009 Sporting News rankings. Pittsburgh's No. 1 ranking might have been clubbed away by Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Most notorious mobster: Philadelphia, Nicky Scarfo. Chicago, Al Capone: If Chicago is so great, how come Capone spent so much time at Eastern State Penitentiary on Fairmount Avenue? Most notorious fire: Philadelhia, MOVE, 1985. Chicago, Mrs. O'Leary's cow, 1871: The cow story was a ruse, but the fire in 1871 destroyed about four square miles of the city.
November 8, 1998 |
Ahhh, the beauties of fall in Chicago! The blizzard of vivid leaves in the parks along Lake Michigan. The fat, orange jack-o'-lanterns on the porches of Gold Coast mansions. The first scent of wood smoke from a thousand chimneys under the brilliant orb of a harvest moon. The salmon run at Lincoln Park Lagoon. The salmon run at Lincoln Park Lagoon? "This year, there are some pretty big ones coming in," Mario Rivera said, as he filed to a killing sharpness the barbs of a wicked-looking treble hook.
April 10, 1991 |
Just yards to the west, the lights from 100 office towers silhouette one of the world's most sophisticated skylines. To the southeast, a reddish moon rises in the spring night sky. The air is crisp, the city quiet - it's a perfect time to catch dinner downtown. That's what Mark Jedry was doing. With a party of his old pals from St. Rita's High School the other night, the 30-year-old O'Hare Airport employee was hauling a 12-by-6-foot nylon net up from beneath the water of Lake Michigan, plucking out small, silvery fishes and serving them up, quick- cleaned and fried, on paper towels with hot sauce.
August 7, 1988 |
Last month, a 9-year-old girl named Emma Houlston landed a single engine Grumman in St. John's, Newfoundland, to become the youngest person ever to fly a plane across Canada. When Emma was asked at one of the stopovers what flying a small plane across Canada was like, she managed to sum up the experience in two words: "Boring, mostly. " I took that as an indication that she's a pretty sensible little girl. It gave me some hope, in fact, that she's sensible enough to exercise some restraint next fall during show-and-tell period when it gets to be her turn to give a little talk on the theme of "What I Did Last Summer.
September 21, 1997 |
It was one of those moments on a summer night we wait for all winter: The sun was expending its last bit of energy to cast a golden glow across the grass where we lay sprawled. Music was drifting over from the outdoor stage at a waterfront restaurant, and sailboats drifted by, moving as lazily as we felt. Our stomachs were full from a delicious dinner. Whatever edge remained from the workweek had been dulled by an extra Saturday night cocktail. As the golden haze turned toward the pink of twilight, we slid into sweatshirts and, making the most strenuous effort of the evening, crossed our legs to settle into the grass a little more deeply.