Since I arrived in your great state in 2005, I can’t think of too many times since I instituted the Star Tribune 3 Stars that I didn’t include a goaltender with a shutout as one of my three. I was a little unsure until after the 2-0 win over Colorado when I heard Devan Dubnyk making the same jokes that he didn’t really have anything to do during his 18-save, 24th career shutout. Hey, makes up for all the times Dubnyk has unfortunately lost a shutout in the last five minutes the past few years. Other than a robbery on Nathan MacKinnon early in the first period, Dubnyk could have sat in a rocking chair all game and turned away the Avalanche. Facing a team that has now lost 11 of 13, the Wild used a dominant defensive performance to win its eighth consecutive game overall and seventh straight at home. The Wild, 12-3 at home, is now 10-1-3 in its past 14 games and 8-0-1 this month. It hasn’t lost in regulation since Nov. 29, and remember the Wild was 2:35 from … [Read more...] about Postgame: In virtual league-wide anonymity, Wild extends winning streak to eight
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Proclaiming he has been lucky enough to have a “front row to history,” longtime Ald. Ed Burke reflected on his nearly 50 years in Chicago politics during a Wednesday afternoon speech to the City Club of Chicago.Burke won election as Democratic committeeman for the 14th Ward in July 1968 after his father, Ald. Joseph P. Burke, died of lung cancer while in office. The younger Burke has held that post ever since, rising from a young ward heeler to long-serving chairman of the powerful City Council Finance Committee, where he wields great influence over Chicago’s purse strings.“It was 50 years ago when a young police officer took leave from the force to replace his father as 14th Ward committeeman. At age 24, he was the youngest Chicagoan ever to hold that job,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in introducing Burke on Wednesday. “He still holds that job today, and anyone who knows Chairman Burke, knows him as a walking encyclopedia of Chicago history.”As … [Read more...] about Ald. Ed Burke takes nostalgic look at his 50 years in Chicago politics
My nephew’s senior year in high school is already different from mine in any number of ways—the iPhones, the Facebook account, an online encyclopedia of college essay ideas. But perhaps most astonishing is what I realized only after I talked to him about his daily routine: just how little time he's physically in a school. This semester, he’s taking two of his classes virtually, and even for the rest, so much of his coursework is done on the Web that he rarely needs to go into the building. By the time he graduates next year, he’ll have logged nearly a full semester's worth of credits from completely virtual classes. Everyone in his school does this at least once: thanks to a 2011 law, students in Florida, where he lives, are actually required to take a cyber course as a prerequisite to graduate. He knocked that off pretty quickly during his junior year, found that he liked the do-it-yourself approach to learning, and started to stack his schedule with them: … [Read more...] about Virtual schools are booming. Who’s paying attention?
United and American spar with city over massive deal Chris McGinnis Updated 10:44 am, Thursday, March 1, 2018 Photo: Chris McGinnis Expansion deal in jeopardy at Chicago O'Hare airport Expansion deal in jeopardy at Chicago O'Hare airport Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has unveiled an eight-year, $8.5 billion plan for a massive expansion and modernization program at O'Hare Airport – a hub for both United and American Airlines – but a last-minute objection by American threatens to delay or derail the project. If approved, the project could be complete by 2026. TravelSkills with Chris McGinnis sponsored by . American balked at signing a new lease for the expanded airport "because of a secret provision, inserted at the last minute, awarding additional gates to United," a company official told The Chicago Tribune. Until American buys into the plans, the project's future is uncertain. Just a few days … [Read more...] about “Secret” deal threatens huge Chicago O’Hare airport expansion
Meanwhile, the Global Terminal would be home to the two hub airlines and their international partners. For United, that means being located side by side with its Star Alliance partners, including Lufthansa and All Nippon Airlines. For American, that means easy connections with One World partners British Airways and Japan Airlines. In the airline industry, having domestic and international airlines in the same terminal is known as a "global alliance hub," Evans said, pointing to London's Heathrow Airport and Tokyo's Narita International Airport as the standard. O'Hare would become the first such global alliance hub in the U.S., Evans said. "My boss, the mayor, has this thing: 'I don't just want O'Hare to be bigger, it has to be the best,' and this is one of the ways we're going to leapfrog over the other U.S. international terminals," Evans said. Burke, the airports council CEO, said becoming the nation's first global alliance hub would be a significant coup for O'Hare, especially given … [Read more...] about Massive revamp of Chicago’s O’Hare Airport likely to set off intense scramble for new gates, routes
The White Sox signed only one notable free-agent hitter this offseason, despite an offense that ranked near the bottom of the American League in most categories. Welington Castillo is not expected to turn things around in 2018, so there’s no pressure to be a difference-maker. But if he can continue to improve as he has since leaving the Cubs in 2015, Castillo can help the team both offensively and defensively, while teaching the young starting pitchers a thing or two along the way. He’s a perfect pickup for a team at this early stage of the rebuild, and it could pay dividends after Castillo is gone. “I have the experience to help them out a little, and I know Rick (Renteria) as a manager too, so why not come to a place where you know the manager and most of the players?” Castillo said. “It’s a young ballclub and I think I can bring a lot of stuff to this club.” I’ve known Castillo since he was coming up in the Cubs’ system a decade … [Read more...] about White Sox’s Welington Castillo returns to Chicago with newfound respect
CHICAGO -- A cryptocurrency case is now making its way through Chicago federal court. The U.S. attorney's office says it's the first criminal prosecution involving virtual currencies in the region. The suspect is a 24-year-old trader accused of misappropriating more than $2 million in Bitcoin and Litecoin. Charging documents say Joseph Kim was an assistant trader for a Chicago firm that recently formed a virtual currency group. He was charged Thursday. His attorney, Bill Ziegelmueller, didn't immediately return a telephone call seeking comment. The complaint alleges Kim transferred more than $2 million of the company's cryptocurrency to personal accounts to cover his own trading losses. It says he made false statements to management to hide the theft. A conviction on the wire fraud charge carries a maximum 20-year prison sentence. … [Read more...] about Prosecutors say Chicago gets 1st cryptocurrency case
Steve Murray sometimes gets together with other old-timers in the real estate industry, shares some wine and inevitably gets around to remarking, “I sure would’ve thought it would’ve changed more by now.” Murray, president of consulting firm Real Trends, has been tracking for 40 years how U.S. real estate agents do their jobs. And over the past decade, the internet has disrupted almost every aspect of a transaction that sits at the core of the American Dream. Everyone now has free access to information that used to be impossible to find or required an agent’s help. But as a new home-buying season kicks off, one thing remains mostly unchanged: the traditional 5-to-6-percent commission paid to real estate agents when a home sells. While the internet has pummeled the middlemen in many industries - decimating travel agents, stomping stock-trading fees, cracking open the heavily regulated taxi industry - the average commission paid to real estate agents has … [Read more...] about In virtual age, home buyers still like their real Realtors
HUD: East Chicago disregarded HUD policies, failed to evaluate, remove contamination for housing projects in Superfund site EAST CHICAGO — In the years since EPA first designated the Calumet neighborhoods a toxic Superfund site, the city failed to evaluate or mitigate hazards before carrying out some federally funded housing projects, a HUD investigation has found.Federal officials said the move may have endangered families’ health and safety.On Thursday, the city released a statement largely placing blame on the federal government, alleging EPA gave East Chicago the green light on projects that did not disturb the soil and the Department of Housing and Urban Development rules lack clarity about soil testing. HUD's findings were uncovered during an inspection of city environmental reviews of properties from 2009 to 2015.Environmental reviews entail “reviewing a project and its potential environmental impacts to determine whether it meets federal, state and local … [Read more...] about 5 stories you need to know today: HUD: East Chicago disregarded HUD policies, failed to evaluate, remove contamination for housing projects in Superfund site.
As the temperature plummets and roads turn to ice, Milwaukee cyclist Tom Schuler can escape to an alluring island with sun, palm trees, mountains and a road that never has potholes or cars.He’s surrounded by cyclists from around the world.Yet, none of them has left home.Instead, their bikes are connected to indoor, stationary “smart trainers” that allow them to experience riding in faraway or fantasy places from the comfort of home, a local bike shop or a fitness studio.The trainers have a sensor that broadcasts, via Bluetooth or other means, a rider’s speed, distance, power output and other data to a personal computer or tablet. The information is uploaded to an online “virtual world” where in some programs cyclists see themselves, as an avatar, pedaling along a course with others.The technology is a fusion of fitness and social media. Schuler, a former professional bicycle racer, recently participated in an online group ride … [Read more...] about Pedal through the winter with indoor smart trainers and virtual bike routes