November 10, 2010 |
The online dating world is full of wishful thinking, baggage-hiding, and artfully chosen photos that defy reality and gravity. All laptop romantics fib a little, hoping the truth won't matter once they've made an electronic love connection with another lonely liar. But even by today's standards, the Match.com post by an infamous former Main Liner is a stretch. The half-dozen pictures show a balding gent resembling Mr. Burns from The Simpsons , but the profile lists his age at an inconceivable 54. He's a Gemini who digs dogs and devours the Economist, a lawyer who earns $150,000 a year.
May 15, 1999 |
In the 1950s and '60s, environmentalists warned that the Great Lakes were dying, becoming a watery toxic-waste dump and a polluted blight on America's reputation worldwide. Today, after 30 years of stricter environmental standards, Lake Michigan, along with a once-even more polluted Lake Erie, is a cautious success story. Environmental officials point to clear evidence - lake water more crystalline than anyone can remember - as the most dramatic proof of how much cleaner the Great Lakes are. But some anglers are saying that Lake Michigan and the other Great Lakes may be too clean, and that the purer water, which makes it possible to see the bottom while swimming off any Chicago beach, adds up to happier swimmers but fewer fish.
August 1, 2010
Adaysouting.com offers suggestions for day and weekend trips up to 120 miles from many U.S. locations. What's not: Some activities have descriptions; others do not. Naturally, the items with descriptions are more inviting. The site was started last year by two moms - expect Virginia and the mid-Atlantic region, where they started, to be the strongest. - Jen Leo, Los Angeles Times
January 5, 1999 |
Just when mollusk-watchers think they have the zebra mussel sort of figured out, the thumb-sized, striped-shelled, Eurasian interloper throws them another curve. Chicago is looking into spending $10 million per mile to extend water-intake tunnels up to eight miles into Lake Michigan, so the city's drinking water can be drawn from places that the zebra mussel has yet to infest, places that it supposedly would find inhospitable. City officials are doing this because in recent summers, the mussel - now ubiquitous along the lake shore - has made drinking water smell like dirty socks at the bottom of a college freshman's laundry bag. But recent research in Lake Erie indicates that Chicago's plan could have a fatal flaw: If Lake Michigan's zebra mussels start behaving like Lake Erie's zebra mussels, the pernicious little bivalve might beat the city's tunnels to their destination.
April 10, 1986
Not since 1944 when I was stationed at the Naval Armory have I felt the crisp, clear and biting winds coming off Chicago's Lake Michigan. That is, until Buddy Ryan was named head coach of the Eagles. Over 40 years ago I found those winds to be refreshing; yes, even exhilarating. That feeling has returned. Finally we have a coach who has taken charge and is not afraid to identify individual or team shortcomings. Previous coaches have explained away our many losses over the years as being caused by "breakdowns," but not one coach has had the guts to identify who broke.
March 25, 1998 |
Lake Champlain is all washed up when it comes to being a "Great Lake. " An agreement reached Monday night between Michigan and Vermont Congress members makes it easier for Vermont schools to obtain funds to study environmental problems exclusive to the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain. But it reverses the designation of Champlain as a Great Lake that was signed into law earlier this month. "We have agreed to call Lake Champlain a cousin instead of a little brother to those larger lakes in the Midwest, while accomplishing our goal of improving the ecology of the lake," said Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D., Vt.)
March 8, 1990 |
Sen. John Glenn (D., Ohio) yesterday proposed a $40 million plan to control zebra mussels, the tiny striped-shelled mollusks that rode into the Great Lakes on a European tanker three years ago and have spread to clog water- system pipes and threaten fish populations. In its native waters, the zebra mussel's proliferation is checked by natural predators; in North America, it has virtually none. Since the mussels were released into Lake St. Clair along with ballast water from a European tanker, they have spread at a rate of 160 miles per year through the Detroit River and into Lake Erie, and have been reported in the west end of Lake Ontario and in Green and Sturgeon Bays in Lake Michigan.
October 3, 1989 |
HERE'S NEW YORK 'The Empire State' Key Physical Features: Atlantic Ocean, Long Island, Adirondacks, Catskills, Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, the Finger Lakes, Lake Champlain, Hudson River, Mohawk River, St. Lawrence River. SPOTLIGHT ON NEW YORK CITY 'The Big Apple' New York is the largest city in the United States - about 8 million people. The city is divided into five boroughs: Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, Bronx and Richmond (Staten Island). More business is carried on in New York than in any other city on earth!
April 30, 2000 |
The grimy docks of the "twin ports" of Duluth and Superior, Wisc., are clogged. There are mountains of coal from Montana and Wyoming and mounds of taconite, iron ore ripped from the Iron Range in Minnesota and northern Wisconsin, awaiting shipment to the steel mills and power plants of the East and Midwest. Times here should be good. Beyond the coal wharves, reaching like metallic fingers into an impossibly blue Lake Superior, the waters are ice-free. The shipping season opened March 16, the earliest ever, thanks to a mild winter.
March 7, 1998 |
Calling all encyclopedia makers and schoolteachers: The country has six Great Lakes, at least for now. President Clinton signed into law yesterday a measure that gives Great Lake status to Lake Champlain, a 490-square-mile body of water that touches Vermont, New York and Quebec. This was good news for Vermonters, who lobbied hard for the new title and the environmental research money that comes with it. It was a minor setback for Rep. Fred Upton (R., Mich.), who desperately wanted Lake Champlain locked out of the Great Lake club.