David Schaper http://wuis.org en The Long Wait On Safety Rules For The 'Soda Can' Of Rail Cars http://wuis.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 20:15:00 +0000 David Schaper 23084 at http://wuis.org The Long Wait On Safety Rules For The 'Soda Can' Of Rail Cars Chicago Celebrates A Century Of Baseball At Wrigley Field http://wuis.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 09:39:00 +0000 David Schaper 22285 at http://wuis.org Chicago Celebrates A Century Of Baseball At Wrigley Field NLRB Sides With College Football Players Hoping To Unionize http://wuis.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 21712 at http://wuis.org Off Australia, Searchers Find Possible Clues To Airliner Mystery http://wuis.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 21290 at http://wuis.org FAA Review Finds Dreamliner 'Fundamentally Sound' http://wuis.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 21227 at http://wuis.org A Terrible Winter Wreaks Havoc On Roads, Pipes And City Budgets http://wuis.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 20832 at http://wuis.org A Terrible Winter Wreaks Havoc On Roads, Pipes And City Budgets We're Serious: The Onion Is Selling Health Care http://wuis.org/post/were-serious-onion-selling-health-care Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>Here's a headline for you: Recently insured man can't wait to get out there, start seriously injuring himself. Well, if you're laughing then officials in Illinois may be getting their money's worth. The state has hired the satirical news site The Onion to help get the word out about the Affordable Care Act.<p>As NPR's David Schaper reports from Chicago, the hope is to get the attention of the state's young invincibles.<p>DAVID SCHAPER, BYLINE: Ah, millennials. They tend not to read newspapers or watch TV network news. Wed, 12 Feb 2014 21:29:00 +0000 David Schaper 18844 at http://wuis.org Amtrak Fights Big Oil For Use Of The Rails http://wuis.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 18397 at http://wuis.org Amtrak Fights Big Oil For Use Of The Rails String Of Oil Train Crashes Prompts Push For Safety Rules http://wuis.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 17614 at http://wuis.org String Of Oil Train Crashes Prompts Push For Safety Rules Documents Reveal Decades Of Child Abuse Among Some Chicago Priests http://wuis.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 17380 at http://wuis.org The Upside Of The Bitter Cold: It Kills Bugs That Kill Trees http://wuis.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 16717 at http://wuis.org The Upside Of The Bitter Cold: It Kills Bugs That Kill Trees Oil Company Looks To Great Lakes As Shipping Demand Booms http://wuis.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 15845 at http://wuis.org Oil Company Looks To Great Lakes As Shipping Demand Booms N.Y. Train Crash Spotlights Push For Automatic Safety System http://wuis.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 14533 at http://wuis.org N.Y. Train Crash Spotlights Push For Automatic Safety System Epic Commutes Face Those Caught In Public Transit Puzzle http://wuis.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 13991 at http://wuis.org Epic Commutes Face Those Caught In Public Transit Puzzle Early Warnings Saved Lives In Weekend Storms http://wuis.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 13389 at http://wuis.org Size Does Matter, At Least In The Tallest Building Debate http://wuis.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 12596 at http://wuis.org Size Does Matter, At Least In The Tallest Building Debate Reverse Commutes Now Often A Daily Slog, Too http://wuis.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 11887 at http://wuis.org Reverse Commutes Now Often A Daily Slog, Too FAA May Stop Making You Power Off Those Electronics http://wuis.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 9976 at http://wuis.org FAA May Stop Making You Power Off Those Electronics Chicago's Privatized Parking Meters Sour Airport Lease Deal http://wuis.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 9913 at http://wuis.org Tensions Over Syria Run High In Two Chicago-Area Districts http://wuis.org/post/tensions-over-syria-run-high-two-chicago-area-districts Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>Defending national security is one of the core arguments President Obama is using in his bid to strike Syria. Congress is expected to vote on military action next week. NPR's David Schaper takes us now to two Chicago area districts where passions on Syria are running high.<p>DAVID SCHAPER, BYLINE: The more than 200 folding chairs set up in the community center in suburban Willow Springs were not nearly enough to accommodate the overflowing crowd that turned out for Democratic Congressman Dan Lipinski's town hall meeting last night. Fri, 06 Sep 2013 21:20:00 +0000 David Schaper 8493 at http://wuis.org Rogue Jumpers Parachute From Top Of Chicago's Trump Tower http://wuis.org/post/rouge-jumpers-parachute-top-chicagos-trump-tower Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>Finally, a big jump and a mystery in Chicago. Police are searching for three men who jumped off the top of the 92-story Trump Tower late last night with parachutes. They managed to land and escape before police arrived.<p>NPR's David Schaper has been gathering reaction in Chicago.<p>DAVID SCHAPER, BYLINE: I'm standing on the Wabash Street Bridge over the Chicago River looking up 1,200 feet to the top of the 92-story Trump Tower. Thu, 20 Jun 2013 20:49:00 +0000 David Schaper 4614 at http://wuis.org Founder Of Men's Wearhouse Fired By Company's Board http://wuis.org/post/founder-mens-wearhouse-fired-companys-board Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And let's report on some changes in the American clothing world. George Zimmer, of Men's Wearhouse, might still like the way he looks, but we can guarantee he doesn't like this. The famous face - and gravelly voice - and founder of the company, is out. The company gave no reason for the abrupt firing. But Zimmer is speaking out, as NPR's David Schaper reports.<p>DAVID SCHAPER, BYLINE: His graying beard is instantly familiar. Thu, 20 Jun 2013 08:34:00 +0000 David Schaper 4574 at http://wuis.org Hockey's Hottest Teams Hit The Ice In Stanley Cup Finals http://wuis.org/post/hockeys-hottest-teams-hit-ice-stanley-cup-finals The National Hockey League's Stanley Cup championship gets underway in Chicago Wednesday night, with the Chicago Blackhawks and the Boston Bruins facing off in the first game of the best-of-seven series. It's a classic matchup between two of the NHL's original six teams.<p>Both teams are recent champs, which is helping passionate hockey fans and players put the bitter labor dispute that almost iced the season behind them.<p>Chicago is crazy about the Blackhawks right now. Wed, 12 Jun 2013 21:08:00 +0000 David Schaper 4185 at http://wuis.org Hockey's Hottest Teams Hit The Ice In Stanley Cup Finals Ill. Assembly Called Back To Work On Pension Fund Shortfall http://wuis.org/post/il-assembly-called-back-work-pension-fund-shortfall Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>NPR's business news starts with pension problems for Illinois.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)<p>MONTAGNE: The credit rating for the state of Illinois has taken another step closer to junk bond status. Illinois already had the lowest credit rating in the nation before it was downgraded again this week by Moody's and Fitch. Fri, 07 Jun 2013 08:46:00 +0000 David Schaper 3902 at http://wuis.org Will Ill. Legalize Gay Marriage Before Legislature Adjourns? http://wuis.org/post/gay-marriage-supporters-face-tough-fight-blue-illinois The clock is ticking for those who hope Illinois will become the 13th state to legalize same-sex marriage.<p>The Illinois General Assembly is scheduled to adjourn its spring session Friday night, and the marriage equality bill still has not been called for a vote in the state House, where supporters are struggling to round up the 60 votes necessary to pass it.<p>Advocates of LGBT rights had hoped to make Illinois the first Midwestern state to legalize same-sex marriage legislatively (in Iowa, the state Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in 2009), but Minnesota beat the Land of Lincoln t Thu, 30 May 2013 21:47:00 +0000 David Schaper 3518 at http://wuis.org Will Ill. Legalize Gay Marriage Before Legislature Adjourns? After The Storm: Students Gather For One More School Day http://wuis.org/post/after-storm-students-gather-one-more-school-day Under cloudy skies and through intermittent showers, 4-year-old Kamrin Ramirez holds in her little hands two cards, one addressed to Ms. Patterson, the other for Ms. Johnson, her two preschool teachers at Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Okla.<p>"I write thank you so much," she says.<p>Plaza Towers was obliterated by <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/185643689/2013-tornadoes-in-oklahoma" target="_blank">Monday's powerful twister</a>, and seven children died beneath the rubble there. Thu, 23 May 2013 22:05:00 +0000 David Schaper 3160 at http://wuis.org After The Storm: Students Gather For One More School Day Rescuers Check Piles Of Debris For Survivors In Moore, Okla. http://wuis.org/post/rescuers-check-piles-debris-survivors-moore-okla Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Linda Wertheimer.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And I'm David Greene. Good morning.<p>In Moore, Okla., residents are returning to their neighborhoods and finding little more than empty lots and debris - this after a powerful tornado tore through that city, packing speeds of more than 200 miles an hour.<p>Search and rescue efforts are nearly complete. The fire chief in Moore said he's 98 percent sure there are no more survivors to recover in this community of 56,000 people. Wed, 22 May 2013 12:26:00 +0000 David Schaper 3049 at http://wuis.org Mississippi River's Many 'Parents' Look To Unify http://wuis.org/post/mississippi-rivers-many-parents-look-unify Life on the Mississippi River is a roller coaster of highs and lows: record high floodwaters one year, a drought and near-record low water levels the next. Thu, 25 Apr 2013 20:59:00 +0000 David Schaper 1708 at http://wuis.org Mississippi River's Many 'Parents' Look To Unify Goat's Head Sent To Cubs Owner Not From The 'Rahm-Father' http://wuis.org/post/goats-head-sent-cubs-owner-not-rahm-father While many in Chicago immediately thought of the famous "Billy Goat curse," when a severed goat's head was delivered to Chicago Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts at Wrigley Field this week, I immediately wondered if it was a message from the "Rahm-father," Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.<p>After all, Ricketts is in the midst of intense negotiations with Emanuel's administration over renovating the iconic 99-year old ballpark, <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/04/05/176368265/a-battle-for-rooftop-views-near-chicagos-wrigley-field">as I reported last week</a>.<p>The famously short-tempered Emanuel may be gr Fri, 12 Apr 2013 19:34:00 +0000 David Schaper 1113 at http://wuis.org Goat's Head Sent To Cubs Owner Not From The 'Rahm-Father'