| May 3, 2012
People in the news business are often asked why newscasts have so much bad news. While I do spend a lot of time covering crime and pretty negative or sad events, I also get to cover many happy occasions.
Today, I was sent to the Shedd Aquarium to...
| Apr 13, 2012
| 9:07 PM
In choosing controversial former University of Oregon President Richard Lariviere as its likely next chief executive, the Field Museum has opted for a "change agent," according to the man hiring him, and a "gentleman with elbows," according to one of...
| Mar 21, 2012
| 9:35 PM
Naperville Park District Mudslide Lacrosse Naperville Park District and New Wave Lacrosse will host mudslide lacrosse from 9 a.m. to noon March 25 on the …...
| Mar 4, 2012
On March 4, 1837, exactly 175 years ago, Chicago was incorporated. Not that Flashback needed a reason, but we took this occasion to compile a very long list of events, year by year and decade by decade, that helped shape this great city.
| Mar 2, 2012
| 4:27 PM
A 13-year-old male California sea lion rescued from Washington State was put down this week because of complications from urogenital cancer, officials said tonight.
"Otis" had been sent to the Shedd Aquarium in 2009 as part of a government effort to...
| Mar 2, 2012
| 2:31 PM
One of the Shedd Aquarium’s California sea lions has died. Otis was 13 years old.
Shedd staffers decided to euthanize the sea lion after a rapid decline in health caused by complications related to cancer, according to a news release.
Otis was one...
| Jan 27, 2012
| 1:54 AM
Despite the so-so economy, attendance at Chicago's museums and zoos, held steady last year.
Overall attendance at 14 area institutions was 14.4 million, virtually identical to the 2010 totals, according to the group Museums Work for Chicago.
| Jan 26, 2012
| 10:26 AM
The Shedd Aquarium is the new home for a 10-week-old sea otter found orphaned on the California coast last month, the aquarium announced today.
The female pup, now weighing about 15 pounds, was found near the southern end of the Big Sur Coast near...
| Jan 6, 2012
| 12:10 PM
Chicago’s largest museums are offering many free days to Illinois residents this month, with most of them following up with more free days in February.
The free days are the result of a revision of a state law regarding the Chicago Park District...
| Nov 13, 2011
| 6:46 PM
When Marshown Means woke up after undergoing surgery for more than two hours, the 6-year-old boy opened his eyes and smiled, his family said minutes after seeing him.
The family breathed a collective sigh of relief when they learned the young boy...
| Nov 11, 2011
| 1:05 AM
FARGO, N.D. - "Mom, you didn't wash your hands long enough," my 8-year-old daughter announced as I stood by the kitchen sink.
"But," I began to respond before she continued her lesson.
"You said that we are supposed to wash our hands for 20 seconds,...