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Fall Out Boar: How a nuclear disaster created an animal sanctuary

Across the planet, the fight to help wild animals survive against human encroachment usually produces predictable results: People win. Animals lose. That's why the comeback of the monarch butterfly in Mexico, or the resurgence of wild tigers in Asia, inspires headlines and hopes that conservationists...

The statin stumper: Warning, new heart findings may flummox your doctor

Millions of Americans take statins to cut their risk of heart disease. Study after study has shown these drugs, introduced in the late 1980s, to be effective. But how do they function? For years researchers believed that statins worked by lowering cholesterol in the blood. Over the decades the...

Why the transgender bathroom wars matter

Decades ago, when Americans imagined 2016, hopeful citizens visualized groovy innovations like widely available personal jetpacks, easily accessible moon bases and "futuristic" fashion trends that looked suspiciously like neon 1980s clothing coated with Saran Wrap. So far, 2016 has brought us none...

Da Bulls? Still da best

The only thing we like more than a good debate is resolving one: The 1995-96 Chicago Bulls are the best NBA team of all time. Swish. But we're not just about pretty shots here. We believe in playing defense, too, in this case protecting the Bulls' legacy in the face of a challenge by the rising...

Keeping America safe requires new thinking

In today's world, the threats we face are constantly changing, and the government's ability to keep America safe relies on its capacity to adapt quickly to these new and evolving threats. In the years following 9/11, the U.S. made significant changes to our intelligence and law enforcement capabilities...

Anti-police screed goes unchecked by CTU, Karen Lewis

Two weeks ago, the Chicago Teachers Union hosted a rally designed to gin up support for a potential teacher strike. The rally included closing remarks from a teacher — not a union member because she teaches at a private school — who yelled into the microphone, "F--- the police, f--- CPD, f--- the...

After Rauner's F, mixed marks for Mike Madigan

What about Mike Madigan? Those four words sum up the bulk of the critical responses to my column Wednesday, in which I argued that Bruce Rauner has been an epic failure as governor of Illinois. If Rauner deserves an F for his first 15 months in office — a highly polarized time in which the state's...

The 'girl reporter' who exposed terrors of immigration

The girl reporter. Every newspaper in 1921 had at least one, and 25-year-old Genevieve Forbes didn't want to be one. The girl reporters wrote the society pages. They provided fashion tips and curated recipe ideas. Forbes wanted more compelling stories to cover. And if her Tribune editors were going...

Taxes done? Now let's talk about death

Benjamin Franklin wrote, "In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." So, after you are done filing your taxes, consider thinking about your death. A movement among health-care providers is urging all of us to associate tax time (don't worry, you have until Monday...

Why dress codes can't stop sexual assault

When news broke that Deputy Principal Cherith Telford at Henderson High School in New Zealand told female students that their uniform skirts must be knee-length to "keep our girls safe, stop boys from getting ideas and create a good work environment for male staff," reactions were mixed. Singer...

Our takeaway from the task force: Step back, Mr. Mayor

Fetch the Benadryl and a tall glass of cold water. Mayor Rahm Emanuel's police accountability task force has finished its report, and some of its recommendations are likely to make hizzoner break out in hives. The 190-page report draws on conversations with current and former Chicago police officers...

$255 million for two jet fighters, and other waste

As the tax deadline approaches, it's once again time to consider how the federal government wastes our money. Remember the spending caps that were supposed to keep Congress from overspending? Gone with the wind. How about the promise Republicans made about no more earmarks on spending bills? It...

Hillary Clinton's overdue shift on crime

Looking back on the 1994 crime bill that he signed, Bill Clinton is probably wishing it had included a shorter statute of limitations — not on crimes but on presidential responsibility. Today he finds himself pilloried for something he claimed as an achievement. An issue that once was a political...

The Tesla jolt

A couple of weeks ago, tens of thousands of Americans lined up to plunk down $1,000 deposits for a car that won't even be built until late next year. Mania? Hysteria? No, Tesla. In the first 24 hours of Tesla's Model 3 availability late last month, more than 115,000 customers lined up in stores...

What can we learn from Beyonce's recent copyright lawsuit?

In her iconic video for "Single Ladies," Beyoncé effortlessly teases viewers with her left hand — flipping back and forth and back again-cooing "If you like it then you shoulda put a ring on it." If this were 1999, we would have seen this music video introduced by Carson Daily for the first time...

As a new report slams his department: The big job ahead for Chicago's top cop

The Chicago City Council's Public Safety Committee cleared the decks Tuesday for a quick resolution of the search for a new police superintendent, approving a pair of measures to allow the mayor to bypass the Police Board and give the job to interim chief Eddie Johnson. The full council should...

Gov. Rauner's interim grade: An epic F

Bruce Rauner is a failed governor. Fifteen months after the wealthy Republican venture capitalist was sworn in to his first elected office, the state he was elected to lead is in worse shape by nearly every measure than the state he inherited from his Democratic predecessor. The backlog of unpaid...

What is the sound of a city? A wail, a thrum, a rustle

Take a moment to consider the sounds of Chicago. You're standing on Michigan Avenue. To your left, buses moan and screech to a halt. To your right, tourists chatter as bicyclists whiz by. An ambulance wails in the distance. A trumpet plays. Underneath it all, the rattle of the "L," the creak of...

What promise will Trump renounce next? How about this one ...

For every complex problem, H.L. Mencken wrote, there is an answer that is neat, plausible — and wrong. Donald Trump should write that quote on his forehead, backward, so that it's the first thing he reads in the mirror every morning. The billionaire Republican presidential front-runner bedazzles...

What if Mike Quigley is right about Wrigley as a potential terror target?

U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley is nobody's fear-mongering right-winger. He's a liberal Democrat — smart, practical, prudent — whose district roams from Chicago's North Side west into DuPage County. Many of his fellow congressional Democrats don't like to talk much at all about terror threats; they think...

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