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?
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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