Lisa Holewa - AOL News
Five years after Riley Fox was kidnapped from her living room, sexually assaulted and drowned in a creek, with no solid leads in the case, FBI agents went door to door in the little girl's town looking for new clues.
And they found one: from Trisha Kiefer, who stood on her Wilmington, Ill., front lawn smoking a cigarette, waiting to tell agents about a creepy feeling she'd had about her ex-boyfriend -- Scott Wayne Eby, who ultimately pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life in prison for killing the 3-year-old girl, the Chicago Tribune reported today.
Three-year-old Riley Fox...
Melinda Henneberger - Politics Daily
LOS ANGELES -- Elizabeth "Lizzy" Seeberg was a college freshman with a wide-open smile – here is a heartbreaking photo of her in spaghetti straps and pearls – who built houses with Habitat for Humanity and hoped to become a nurse. Lizzy also suffered from depression, and 10 days after telling friends and campus cops that she'd been sexually assaulted by a University of Notre Dame football player, rape crisis volunteers who knew she had missed a counseling session found her barely breathing in her dorm room.
The 19-year-old daughter of serious Catholics and prominent volunteers in the...
Lee Speigel - AOL News
(Oct. 19) -- Quick, Robin! To the Bat Pool!
Batman fans know quite well that when Gotham City is in trouble, the police flash the Bat Signal into the sky -- a cry for help, when Penguin or the Joker are on the loose.
So what should the Dark Knight's fans make of the latest Google Maps sensation: A satellite image of a backyard swimming pool in suburban Illinois with the Caped Crusader's famed logo.
According to the Chicago Tribune, a Hinsdale, Ill., couple's property appears to be reaching out to the famous fictional crime fighter by blazing his well-known signal into the sky.
Carl Franzen - AOL News
(July 30) -- The devastating oil spill that erupted from an Enbridge Energy pipeline near the Kalamazoo River in Michigan on Monday has sparked an epic environmental and economic conflict in the Midwest. Like others before it, it pits fish versus oil -- just not in a way you might expect.
Speaking to reporters Thursday, Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley sounded off about the disaster, saying that the Michigan oil spill "is worse than [Asian] carp." He continued:
"Michigan better do something about the investigation, the criminal and civil investigation -- who's paying for it, and who had the...
Ben Muessig - AOL News
(July 8) -- Sculptor Tony Tasset has an eye for art.
The Chicago artist has constructed a three-story-tall sculpture of an eyeball, modeled after his own eyes. Fittingly titled "Eye," the oversized optic was put on public view Wednesday in the Windy City's Pritzker Park.
After building the giant sphere from 24 pieces of fiberglass, Tasset, 49, and a team of assistants primed the peeper; coated it with off-white paint; and added hundreds of veins, a detailed blue iris and a black pupil.
John Merline - AOL News
(Nov. 9) -- When President Barack Obama promised in February that the $787 billion stimulus bill would unleash "a new wave of innovation, activity and construction," he probably didn't have tidying up gravestones in mind. But that is what some of the money has paid for, along with frozen fish sperm, Taser guns and an ongoing political headache that Obama easily could have avoided.
As reporters start to pore over the details of the stimulus spending reports the White House released a little more than a week ago, they're turning up lots of gems like this. In addition to the above, reporters at...
Dylan and Ethan Ris - Politics Daily
Before we go any further: Yes, "Illinoisan" is a word. There's even a newspaper with that word in the title.And if that paper's readers weren't embarrassed enough by getting their news from an entity that just brazenly rewrites the dictionary like that, well there's someone out there to pick up the slack...Their state's junior senator, Roland Burris.Burris, who has been told to resign by Governor Pat Quinn, Senator Dick Durbin, the editorial board of the Chicago Tribune, and local political goon Bill Daley, refuses to heed their calls. U.S. Senator Roland Burris, under pressure to resign after...
Dylan and Ethan Ris - Politics Daily
Two weeks ago, the New York Times had their way with Tom Daschle, convincing him to withdraw his HHS nomination within hours of a reproachful editorial.Jealous that their proverbial big brother took down a former Senate majority leader/one-man savior of American health care, the Washington Post and Chicago Tribune have set their sights a bit lower...On a lame duck political appointee who's been on the job for all of three weeks.From the Trib:The benefit of the doubt had already been stretched thin and taut by the time Roland Burris offered his third version of the events leading to his...
Brian Grummell - AOL News
And it ain't pretty. Perhaps sensing an opening to take shots at the Notre Dame coach after the new athletic director had to issue something resembling a vote of confidence this week and Jason Whitlock took to calling him college football's "Pear Bryant", the Tribune fired off several more volleys at the ego of the Irish coach.The Tribune's college football writer Teddy Greenstein delivers a virtual treasure trove of anecdotes and quotes hammering at Weis' seemingly limitless ego. An appetizer:When [Jeannette PA football coach Ray] Reitz told Weis that [recruit Terrelle] Pryor might attend a...
David Knowles - Politics Daily
Call it a new era of transparency. In the past week we've seen a veritable strip-tease by the Democratic candidates for president. Not that they'd been hiding all that much, mind you, but the modus operandi of the race up until this point had been to batten down the hatches, stay on-message, and brace for whatever potential scandal that might rear its head. Of course, a top-down, carefully controlled campaign also has its down sides. The media grows restless covering the same old shtick day after day. So it starts digging. Whispering campaigns are launched on blogs like this one. Surely there...