David Schaper http://wrvo.org en Airspace Over Ukraine Was Not Considered Unsafe http://wrvo.org/post/airspace-over-ukraine-was-not-considered-unsafe Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>Most airlines are now diverting their planes away from the Ukrainian-Russian border to avoid the area where the Malaysia Airlines plane was shot-down. The Federal Aviation Administration banned U.S. operations in the air space around Crimea back in April. Aviation authorities in other countries warned about flying through parts of the region, too. But those restricted flight zones are some distance away from where flight 17 went down. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 12:11:00 +0000 David Schaper 59122 at http://wrvo.org First Responders Unprepared For Another Train Disaster http://wrvo.org/post/year-after-train-disaster-first-responders-unprepared-another Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>Ever since that Canadian train derailment, first responders all across North America wonder, what if it happens here? Sun, 06 Jul 2014 11:55:00 +0000 David Schaper 58424 at http://wrvo.org For Sale: Vacant Lots On Chicago Blocks, Just $1 Each http://wrvo.org/post/sale-vacant-lots-chicago-blocks-just-1-each Chicago is practically giving away land: vacant lots for just $1 each. The catch? To buy one, you must already own a home on the same block.<p>Like many U.S. cities, Chicago has struggled with what to do with a growing number of empty lots in the wake of the foreclosure crisis. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 08:01:00 +0000 David Schaper 58226 at http://wrvo.org For Sale: Vacant Lots On Chicago Blocks, Just $1 Each Rainstorms Pummel Upper Midwest, Drowning Resources http://wrvo.org/post/rain-storms-pummel-upper-midwest-drowning-resources Heavy rains over the past couple of weeks have rivers rising all across the Upper Midwest, flooding homes, swamping fields and washing out roads.<p>Fans hum 24/7 as Laura Westra tries to dry out her sopping-wet basement in the small town of Rock Valley, Iowa.<p>The nearby Rock River, in the northwest corner of the state, swelled last week wider and deeper than anyone can remember.<p>"We've lived here 45 years, and this is the first time we had water in the basement," Westra says.<p>Rain and river water inundated her neighborhood, flooding her home and many of her neighbors' homes.<p>"Our son's Thu, 26 Jun 2014 07:16:00 +0000 David Schaper 57939 at http://wrvo.org Rainstorms Pummel Upper Midwest, Drowning Resources Chicago Gets Out From Under Its History Of Political Patronage http://wrvo.org/post/chicago-gets-out-under-its-history-political-patronage A court-appointed federal monitor will no longer oversee hiring in the city of Chicago. A federal judge ruled that the city has put in place enough safeguards to minimize patronage in Chicago government jobs. It took 45 years of court orders and consent decrees, but political reformers say that patronage, which once built a powerful democratic machine, is slowly becoming a thing of the past. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 20:07:00 +0000 David Schaper 57415 at http://wrvo.org Chicago 'Heroin Highway' Bust Shows A 'New Face Of Organized Crime' http://wrvo.org/post/chicago-heroin-highway-bust-shows-new-face-organized-crime Authorities say they've broken up a major heroin and crack cocaine distribution ring in Chicago.<p>A joint federal and local task force that includes the DEA, FBI, Chicago police and other law enforcement agencies arrested and charged more than two dozen gang members who allegedly supplied a significant amount of heroin to customers coming from the city and suburbs.<p>The increasingly easy availability and lower street cost of heroin has led to a surge of <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/05/28/316673753/todays-heroin-addict-is-young-white-and-suburban">heroin abuse</a> not only in Fri, 13 Jun 2014 20:23:00 +0000 David Schaper 57300 at http://wrvo.org Chicago 'Heroin Highway' Bust Shows A 'New Face Of Organized Crime' Illinois Lawmaker Found Guilty Of Accepting $7,000 Payoff http://wrvo.org/post/illinois-lawmaker-found-guilty-accepting-7000-payoff In a case in which some observers suggest the FBI may have gone too far to snare a politician in a bribery scheme, a jury has convicted an Illinois lawmaker of corruption.<p>The verdict against State Rep. Derrick Smith relates to the then-freshman representative's acceptance in 2012 of a $7,000 payoff from an FBI informant.<p>The jury agreed with the prosecution that Smith abused his office for personal gain. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 21:21:00 +0000 David Schaper 57130 at http://wrvo.org Illinois Lawmaker Found Guilty Of Accepting $7,000 Payoff Trump Stamp Has Chicagoans Irked At The Donald http://wrvo.org/post/trump-stamp-has-chicagoans-irked-donald Leave it to a wealthy New Yorker to raise the ire of the citizens of the Second City.<p>And it's not because of something he said, or wrote, as a former <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/04/26/179297751/poor-chicago-critique-touches-raw-nerve-in-the-windy-city">New Yorker living here did last year</a>. It's just five letters, the huge letters of this man's last name lit up for the entire Midwest to see: T-R-U-M-P.<p>Those five letters, more than 20 feet tall and 141 feet long, are being pasted to the most visible side of Chicago's Trump International Hotel and Tower. Sun, 08 Jun 2014 19:57:00 +0000 David Schaper 57010 at http://wrvo.org Trump Stamp Has Chicagoans Irked At The Donald NPR Reporter Witnesses One Of Chicago's Latest Shootings http://wrvo.org/post/npr-reporter-witnesses-one-chicagos-latest-shootings Gun violence in Chicago is so common in some neighborhoods that the daily reports of shootings can seem like little more than numbers. Our reporter saw the dangers of Chicago's South Side firsthand. Thu, 29 May 2014 11:03:00 +0000 David Schaper 56510 at http://wrvo.org NTSB Raises New Concerns About Dreamliner's Lithium Ion Battery http://wrvo.org/post/ntsb-raises-new-concerns-about-dreamliners-lithium-ion-battery The National Transportation Safety Board is calling on the FAA to take another look at the safety of the battery used in its Dreamliners. The recommendations issued by the NTSB on Thursday call on the FAA to evaluate whether additional requirements and independent testing outside the aviation industry are needed on the lithium ion batteries used in the Boeing 787s. Incidents involving the batteries' failure caused the fleet to be grounded last year. Fri, 23 May 2014 21:14:00 +0000 David Schaper 56269 at http://wrvo.org Summer Travel Season Expected To Heat Up http://wrvo.org/post/summer-travel-season-expected-heat AAA predicts that more Americans will travel this Memorial Day weekend than any other since the start of the Great Recession. Those who do may find higher air fares but gas prices have leveled off. Fri, 23 May 2014 09:01:00 +0000 David Schaper 56223 at http://wrvo.org Northwestern Players Cast Union Vote — But Results Will Have To Wait http://wrvo.org/post/northwestern-players-cast-union-vote-results-will-have-wait Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish.<p>It's a historic day on the campus of Northwestern University. Football players there became the first college athletes in this country to vote on whether to unionize. The results may not be known for some time. The National Labor Relations Board is reviewing Northwestern's appeal of an earlier ruling to allow this union vote to take place. Fri, 25 Apr 2014 20:22:00 +0000 David Schaper 54861 at http://wrvo.org The Long Wait On Safety Rules For The 'Soda Can' Of Rail Cars http://wrvo.org/post/long-wait-safety-rules-soda-can-rail-cars Freight trains roll through the Chicago suburb of Barrington, Ill., every day, many pulling older tank cars known as DOT-111s. They're known as the "soda can" of rail cars, says village President Karen Darch, because their shells are so thin.<p>Many of the DOT-111s are full of heavy Canadian tar sands crude oil. Some carry ethanol. And more and more of them are loaded with light Bakken crude oil from North Dakota.<p>"The worry is that if there's a derailment and the car is punctured, if any of the flammable materials in it ... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:13:00 +0000 David Schaper 54325 at http://wrvo.org The Long Wait On Safety Rules For The 'Soda Can' Of Rail Cars Chicago Celebrates A Century Of Baseball At Wrigley Field http://wrvo.org/post/chicago-celebrates-century-baseball-wrigley-field When the first pitch is thrown between the Chicago Cubs and the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday, it will mark the start of the 100th professional baseball season at iconic Wrigley Field.<p>The ball park on Chicago's North Side, known as the Friendly Confines, opened as the home of the Chicago Federals 100 years ago this month.<p>The Cubs moved there two years later, and in all that time the Cubs have never won a World Series. Fri, 04 Apr 2014 09:36:00 +0000 David Schaper 53747 at http://wrvo.org Chicago Celebrates A Century Of Baseball At Wrigley Field NLRB Sides With College Football Players Hoping To Unionize http://wrvo.org/post/nlrb-sides-college-football-players-hoping-unionize Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel.<p>A ruling by the National Labor Relations Board today could really shake up big-money college sports. The board took the first step in favor of allowing Northwestern University's football players to unionize. A regional director for the board ruled that these college athletes meet the definition of university employees under federal law.<p>NPR's David Schaper joins us now from Chicago. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 21:51:00 +0000 David Schaper 53327 at http://wrvo.org Off Australia, Searchers Find Possible Clues To Airliner Mystery http://wrvo.org/post/australia-searchers-find-possible-clues-airliner-mystery Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish.<p>As morning breaks over the Indian Ocean, crews are searching for objects in the water that could be debris from a missing Malaysian Airlines jet. Australian satellites spotted two objects: one that appears to be almost 80 feet long, the other about 15 feet long. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 20:47:00 +0000 David Schaper 53007 at http://wrvo.org FAA Review Finds Dreamliner 'Fundamentally Sound' http://wrvo.org/post/faa-review-finds-dreamliner-fundamentally-sound A review by the Federal Aviation Administration and Boeing has concluded that the troubled 787 known as the Dreamliner is safe. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 09:06:00 +0000 David Schaper 52965 at http://wrvo.org A Terrible Winter Wreaks Havoc On Roads, Pipes And City Budgets http://wrvo.org/post/terrible-winter-wreaks-havoc-roads-pipes-and-city-budgets Bitter cold has returned to parts of the Midwest, mid-Atlantic and Northeast, following another heavy snowstorm that left 1 to 2 feet of snow from Ohio to New England.<p>And when all this snow finally melts, it'll expose the physical toll of this brutal winter: potholes, broken water mains, collapsed catch basins and other infrastructure problems.<p>"This winter's crazy, crazy busy," says John Polishak, a foreman for the Chicago Department of Water Management. "Everybody's been working 16 hours a day, seven days a week. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 22:43:00 +0000 David Schaper 52679 at http://wrvo.org A Terrible Winter Wreaks Havoc On Roads, Pipes And City Budgets Amtrak Fights Big Oil For Use Of The Rails http://wrvo.org/post/oil-transports-gum-passenger-route-across-northern-plains Oil business in North Dakota is creating some big headaches for Amtrak travelers. Trains on the popular Empire Builder route between Chicago and the Pacific Northwest are often delayed for hours.<p>One reason for the congestion is an influx of trains hauling crude oil across the Northern Plains.<p>The delays are becoming so bad that a passenger group now wants the U.S. transportation secretary to intervene.<p><strong>Frozen Before Ice Fishing</strong><p>Among the disgruntled customers are ice fishers trying to get to Devils Lake, N.D. Thu, 06 Feb 2014 08:22:00 +0000 David Schaper 50956 at http://wrvo.org Amtrak Fights Big Oil For Use Of The Rails String Of Oil Train Crashes Prompts Push For Safety Rules http://wrvo.org/post/string-oil-train-crashes-prompts-push-safety-rules The National Transportation Safety Board is calling for the swift enactment of tough new standards on trains carrying crude oil. Fri, 24 Jan 2014 23:41:00 +0000 David Schaper 50382 at http://wrvo.org String Of Oil Train Crashes Prompts Push For Safety Rules Documents Reveal Decades Of Child Abuse Among Some Chicago Priests http://wrvo.org/post/documents-reveal-decades-child-abuse-among-some-chicago-priests Papers documenting allegation of sexual abuse by priests in the Chicago Archdiocese were released to the public today by victims' attorneys. The documents cover only 30 of at least 65 priests for whom the Chicago church says it has substantiated claims of child abuse. The papers, put online, were made available through settlements between Church and victims' lawyers. Church officials said most of the abuse occurred before 1988, none after 1996, and that all were ultimately reported to authorities. Tue, 21 Jan 2014 23:26:00 +0000 David Schaper 50216 at http://wrvo.org The Upside Of The Bitter Cold: It Kills Bugs That Kill Trees http://wrvo.org/post/upside-bitter-cold-it-kills-bugs-kill-trees While many of us may prefer to never again see temperatures drop below zero like they did earlier this week across the country, the deep freeze is putting warm smiles on the faces of many entomologists.<p>That's because it may have been cold enough in some areas to freeze and kill some damaging invasive species of insects, including the tree-killing emerald ash borer.<p>After their eggs are laid in the bark of ash trees during late summer, the larvae of these beetles start to bore. They feed on the conductive tissue, where water and nutrients go up and down the tree. Fri, 10 Jan 2014 23:44:00 +0000 David Schaper 49774 at http://wrvo.org The Upside Of The Bitter Cold: It Kills Bugs That Kill Trees Oil Company Looks To Great Lakes As Shipping Demand Booms http://wrvo.org/post/oil-company-looks-great-lakes-shipping-demand-booms North Dakota and western Canada are producing crude oil faster than it can be shipped to refineries.<p>Rail car manufacturers can't make new tank cars fast enough, and new pipeline proposals face long delays over environmental concerns. Fri, 27 Dec 2013 21:21:00 +0000 David Schaper 49162 at http://wrvo.org Oil Company Looks To Great Lakes As Shipping Demand Booms N.Y. Train Crash Spotlights Push For Automatic Safety System http://wrvo.org/post/ny-train-crash-spotlights-push-automatic-safety-system <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIsQuoFXwe4</p> Sat, 07 Dec 2013 22:33:00 +0000 David Schaper 48240 at http://wrvo.org N.Y. Train Crash Spotlights Push For Automatic Safety System Epic Commutes Face Those Caught In Public Transit Puzzle http://wrvo.org/post/epic-commutes-face-those-caught-public-transit-puzzle It's a sign of the times: More people are commuting for more than an hour to get to work, and many of the longest commutes are at least partially on public transportation.<p>Take Sarah Hairston's commute from her apartment on Chicago's South Side to her part-time job at a shelter for homeless teens on the north side of town.<p>Hairston, a 25-year-old graduate student, begins her trek at 4 a.m. by walking to a nearby bus stop, in the hopes of catching a bus to the L train. Fri, 29 Nov 2013 07:46:00 +0000 David Schaper 47822 at http://wrvo.org Epic Commutes Face Those Caught In Public Transit Puzzle Early Warnings Saved Lives In Weekend Storms http://wrvo.org/post/early-warnings-saved-lives-weekend-storms The death toll from Sunday's tornado outbreak across the Midwest stands at eight. Many of those who witnessed the devastation say they're shocked that number isn't higher. Early warnings delivered by text message may have helped limit the casualties. Wed, 20 Nov 2013 09:44:00 +0000 David Schaper 47416 at http://wrvo.org Size Does Matter, At Least In The Tallest Building Debate http://wrvo.org/post/size-does-matter-least-tallest-building-debate There's a question that's looming over the new skyscraper at the World Trade Center site in New York: Should it count as the tallest building in the country?<p>The developers say yes. But by some measures, the Willis Tower in Chicago — formerly known as Sears Tower — can still lay claim to the title.<p>Now, an <a href="http://www.ctbuh.org/">obscure organization</a> known as the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat is preparing to settle the debate.<p>"It's a seminal moment for skyscrapers," says Antony Wood, the council's executive director. Fri, 08 Nov 2013 08:03:00 +0000 David Schaper 46851 at http://wrvo.org Size Does Matter, At Least In The Tallest Building Debate Reverse Commutes Now Often A Daily Slog, Too http://wrvo.org/post/reverse-commutes-now-often-daily-slog-too It is still as dark as night as Jim Rix steps out of his red brick Chicago bungalow and gets into his car, parked on the street. It's 6 a.m., and the 53-year-old engineer is getting an early start on his 35-mile commute out to Argonne National Laboratory in Chicago's southwest suburbs.<p>"Depending upon weather and time of day, it can take 45 minutes to two hours to get to and from work," Rix says.<p>Rix is one of many on the roads driving a reverse commute from the city to the suburbs. Tue, 29 Oct 2013 06:55:00 +0000 David Schaper 46306 at http://wrvo.org Reverse Commutes Now Often A Daily Slog, Too FAA May Stop Making You Power Off Those Electronics http://wrvo.org/post/faa-may-soon-stop-making-you-power-those-electronics It's news many airline passengers have waited to hear: The Federal Aviation Administration may allow smartphones, tablets and other personal electronic devices to be used throughout an entire flight — including takeoff and landing.<p>Frequent flier Barbara Reilly, a health care consultant from Atlanta, is like many airline passengers: She boards her flights with a laptop, an iPad and a cellphone, and "I used them all ... continuously, until the very moment I had to turn them off. Mon, 30 Sep 2013 22:16:00 +0000 David Schaper 44955 at http://wrvo.org FAA May Stop Making You Power Off Those Electronics Chicago's Privatized Parking Meters Sour Airport Lease Deal http://wrvo.org/post/chicagos-privatized-parking-meters-sour-airport-lease-deal Close to 19 million passengers come through Chicago's Midway Airport each year, and many will spend a lot of cash here — on food, drinks, books, gum, parking and rental cars — not to mention the landing fees and gate fees paid by airlines.<p>There are a lot of opportunities to make money in a bustling hub airport like this, and the city was hoping to cash in.<p>Last winter, when the city opened the bidding process in what would have been the first commercial airport to go private, six investment firms expressed interest. Mon, 30 Sep 2013 07:29:00 +0000 David Schaper 44907 at http://wrvo.org