| Jul 22, 2013
As a young boy, Darrell Crawford played his heart out on the basketball court in his South Side neighborhood, imagining he'd one day become an NBA star.
But he quickly realized that the sports arena wasn't where he excelled. He performed much better...
| Jul 28, 2013
The giant Muon g-2 electromagnet that inched its way through the Chicago area last week wasn't the first scientific marvel to snarl traffic even as it excited imaginations.
Rear Adm. Richard Byrd's massive Antarctic snow cruiser made nearly the...
| Oct 9, 2013
I run a non-profit called Do Your P'Art Foundation that brings kids from all over Chicago and the suburbs together through school partnerships and field trips. We work with about 1,000 students a year and keep growing. The program’s purpose is to...
| Sep 11, 2013
| 1:32 PM
For years now, it has seemed a foregone conclusion that One World Trade Center, the skyscraper that has arisen on the site of the destroyed twin towers in lower Manhattan, would rise to a symbolic height of 1,776 feet and dethrone Chicago's Willis Tower...
| Sep 15, 2013
For decades now, new buildings at DePaul University have seemed to be performing acts of architectural penance.
Invariably faced in brick and trimmed in stone or some imitation of it, these buildings politely fit their leafy Lincoln Park environs, but...
| Sep 16, 2013
Regnal Jones is a University of Chicago-trained molecular geneticist. John Bradley has a master's degree in urban education from Harvard. The two have devoted the bulk of their careers and lives to helping Chicago-area students become doctors, nurses,...
| Sep 25, 2013
I was talking to Regnal Jones recently about the Chicago Area Health and Medical Careers Program, where he's been executive director since 1985 and has helped nearly 5,000 students from underrepresented racial and socioeconomic groups enter the health...
| Jun 23, 2013
There are 140 or so miles of highway between the heart of Chicago and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. It's not the most exciting stretch of road unless you look at it as an asphalt umbilical cord.
Coming to terms with the fact that its...
| Jun 12, 2013
| 9:16 AM
SAN FRANCISCO — Google.com is the most visited online front door in the United States. According to Alexa, a longtime Internet statistics firm, it is also the second most visited home page in the world behind Facebook.com; roughly 40 percent of...
| Jun 9, 2013
Brittney Bratton made it only partway through rehearsing her high school graduation speech before she had to stop.
"Stay strong," called Danita Allen, school counselor at Youth Connection Leadership Academy as Bratton tried to collect herself. "If...
| May 31, 2013
| 9:46 AM
If you are among those who believe in ghosts, you've got it made. According to various surveys and studies, something in the neighborhood of 45 percent of adults in this country believe in ghosts. That number is almost certainly higher here, since we have...
| May 24, 2013
| 10:04 AM
Walk past a row of four shoe-shining chairs raised on a wooden stage. Take a right. Front and center, a fireplace flickers.
A leather ottoman sits next to it, shelving everything from Playboy, Fortune and Sports Illustrated magazines.
Within an arm&...