David Schaper http://publicradioeast.org en Airspace Over Ukraine Was Not Considered Unsafe http://publicradioeast.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 46786 at http://publicradioeast.org First Responders Unprepared For Another Train Disaster http://publicradioeast.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 45693 at http://publicradioeast.org For Sale: Vacant Lots On Chicago Blocks, Just $1 Each http://publicradioeast.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 45364 at http://publicradioeast.org For Sale: Vacant Lots On Chicago Blocks, Just $1 Each Rainstorms Pummel Upper Midwest, Drowning Resources http://publicradioeast.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 44878 at http://publicradioeast.org Rainstorms Pummel Upper Midwest, Drowning Resources Chicago Gets Out From Under Its History Of Political Patronage http://publicradioeast.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 44107 at http://publicradioeast.org Chicago 'Heroin Highway' Bust Shows A 'New Face Of Organized Crime' http://publicradioeast.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 43909 at http://publicradioeast.org Chicago 'Heroin Highway' Bust Shows A 'New Face Of Organized Crime' Illinois Lawmaker Found Guilty Of Accepting $7,000 Payoff http://publicradioeast.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 21:27:00 +0000 David Schaper 43631 at http://publicradioeast.org Illinois Lawmaker Found Guilty Of Accepting $7,000 Payoff Chicago's Latest Case Of Political Graft Has A Twist http://publicradioeast.org/post/chicagos-latest-case-political-graft-has-twist It's the kind of political corruption allegation that makes even hardened Chicagoans roll their eyes and exhale a heavy sigh that says, "here we go again."<p>A state representative is caught on tape secretly meeting with a shady character, pocketing an envelope full of cash. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 00:41:00 +0000 David Schaper 43541 at http://publicradioeast.org Chicago's Latest Case Of Political Graft Has A Twist Trump Stamp Has Chicagoans Irked At The Donald http://publicradioeast.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 43450 at http://publicradioeast.org Trump Stamp Has Chicagoans Irked At The Donald Gun Shots Interrupt Interview, But The Conversation Just Gets Started http://publicradioeast.org/post/gun-shots-interrupt-interview-conversation-just-gets-started Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Shootings are common in Chicago. So far this year, police have responded to more than 600 of them. That includes more than 100 homicides. What's uncommon is a reporter at the scene who sees and hears it. And that happened just last week to NPR's David Schaper. He was interviewing people on Chicago's South side about neighborhood improvement when the shots rang out. The conversation immediately shifted to gun violence. Tue, 03 Jun 2014 20:08:00 +0000 David Schaper 43060 at http://publicradioeast.org NPR Reporter Witnesses One Of Chicago's Latest Shootings http://publicradioeast.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 42616 at http://publicradioeast.org NTSB Raises New Concerns About Dreamliner's Lithium Ion Battery http://publicradioeast.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 20:58:00 +0000 David Schaper 42197 at http://publicradioeast.org Summer Travel Season Expected To Heat Up http://publicradioeast.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 42112 at http://publicradioeast.org Oil Industry Blamed For Freight Rail Delays http://publicradioeast.org/post/oil-industry-blamed-freight-rail-delays Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And here in the U.S., in the upper Midwest and Northern Plains, many grain bins and silos are still full, long after last fall's harvest. This is because the railroads are months behind in shipping.<p>A huge slowdown in rail service is delaying deliveries of grain and other commodities as well, like corn, coal and cars. Mon, 19 May 2014 09:18:00 +0000 David Schaper 41721 at http://publicradioeast.org Northwestern Players Cast Union Vote — But Results Will Have To Wait http://publicradioeast.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 39869 at http://publicradioeast.org For Short Trips, Intercity Buses Horn In On Airline Customers http://publicradioeast.org/post/short-trips-intercity-buses-horn-airline-customers Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>OK. It's hard to imagine a bus getting you some were faster than a plane. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 08:56:00 +0000 David Schaper 39496 at http://publicradioeast.org The Long Wait On Safety Rules For The 'Soda Can' Of Rail Cars http://publicradioeast.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 20:56:00 +0000 David Schaper 39001 at http://publicradioeast.org The Long Wait On Safety Rules For The 'Soda Can' Of Rail Cars Chicago Celebrates A Century Of Baseball At Wrigley Field http://publicradioeast.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 38080 at http://publicradioeast.org Chicago Celebrates A Century Of Baseball At Wrigley Field Board Rules Athletes At Northwestern University Are Employees http://publicradioeast.org/post/board-rules-athletes-northwestern-university-are-employees Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>A major ruling by a federal agency could turn the multibillion dollar business of college sports upside down. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 09:05:00 +0000 David Schaper 37421 at http://publicradioeast.org NLRB Sides With College Football Players Hoping To Unionize http://publicradioeast.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 37397 at http://publicradioeast.org