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  • Mercury in corn syrup? Food made with ingredient may have traces of toxic metal

    Mercury in corn syrup? Food made with ingredient may have traces of toxic metal
    A swig of soda or a bite of a candy bar might be sweet, but a new study suggests that food made with corn syrup also could be delivering tiny doses of toxic mercury. For the first time, researchers say they have detected traces of the silvery metal in...
  • Nuclear waste has no place to go

    Nuclear waste has no place to go
    In a pool of water just a football field away from Lake Michigan, about 1,000 tons of highly radioactive fuel from the scuttled Zion Nuclear Power Station is waiting for someplace else to spend a few thousand years. The wait just got longer. President...
  • BP faces new heat from feds over plant

    BP is facing new questions about its Whiting refinery from federal environmental regulators, who accused the company Thursday of starting a project to process heavy Canadian oil three years before it obtained the necessary permit. The U.S....
  • Climate-change talk for grownups

     
    This morning, "my Tribune colleague Michael Hawthorne took readers on a tour through the conflicting claims on global warming. We ran a climate change questions and answers package along with it," writes James Janega at TribNation. Hawthorne underscores...
  • Stewing over sewage cooker

    Once championed as a cutting-edge solution to the region's waste problems, a towering machine built to cook Chicago's sewage into fertilizer is scheduled for its first test next month off the Stevenson Expressway in west suburban Stickney. In an odd...
  • What's in your water?

    What's in your water?
    Chicago officials have never tested the city and suburban water supply for pharmaceuticals and other unregulated chemicals, even as concern grows about the possible health effects of trace amounts of drugs in drinking water. So the Tribune and RedEye did...
  • Tougher smog standards: New EPA proposal would lower limit to 60-70 parts per billion

    Chicago and other urban areas across the U.S. would need to clamp down harder on air pollution under tough smog limits proposed Thursday by the Obama administration, which scrapped a George W. Bush-era rule that ignored the latest scientific advice. More...
  • Catch up on Tribune watchdog reporting

    Catch up on Tribune watchdog reporting
    On Wednesday, the Tribune featured reports updating two of its major watchdog projects this year -- "Clout Goes to College," which exposed the University of Illinois admissions scandal, and "Compromised Care," which reported that elderly and disabled...
  • Madigan, Daley press to solve tour boat case

    Mayor Richard Daley and the Illinois attorney general's office on Tuesday joined a growing list of public officials outraged by the dousing of Chicago River tour boat passengers with foul-smelling gunk over the weekend. About two-thirds of the 120...
  • Band's driver denies drenching boat

    The bus driver for rock star Dave Matthews called from the road Monday to say his luxury coach was not the one responsible for dousing passengers on a Chicago River tour boat with foul-smelling muck over the weekend. Witnesses on the architectural...
  • Dreaded predator found in lake

    The fish pulled out of Burnham Harbor was so strange looking that the angler who caught it posted its picture on the Internet. Long and slender, with a grotesque mouth full of razor-sharp teeth, the creature at first glance looked like a mottled cousin...