- Created on 17 October 2013
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- Created on 17 October 2013
CHICAGO (AP) — An exhibit featuring rare Disney memorabilia is opening at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry.
"Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives" celebrates the 90th anniversary of The Walt Disney Company. It opens Wednesday and runs through Feb. 17. It's sponsored by D23: The Official Disney Fan Club.
Museum officials say the exhibit will feature items that haven't been widely seen by the public. That includes drawings, props, costumes and animation artwork.
One example is Disney's original script for the 1928 cartoon debut of Mickey Mouse in "Steamboat Willie." There will be props from movies like "Mary Poppins," ''The Princess Diaries," and "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea."
Disney CEO Robert Iger (EYE'-gur) said in a statement that the company is happy to offer a "rare glimpse" into its history.
- Created on 17 October 2013
CHICAGO -- CHICAGO (AP) — Ten years into its $8 billion airfield overhaul, O'Hare International Airport is opening a second new runway that officials say will begin to ease the Chicago hub airport's congestion and eliminate the flight delays that have a ripple effect across the country.
Planes are scheduled to start landing and taking off Thursday morning on the 10,800-foot runway in the southern half of the airport's footprint. That will mark the end of the first phase of the O'Hare Modernization Program, a massive project begun in part to address the crippling delays and maintain the airport's status as a key crossroads in the nation's transportation architecture.
The question now is how soon travelers will start to notice. O'Hare still ranks at or near the bottom in on-time departures.
"O'Hare's been bottled up for so long. This could lead to some exciting things, some new services," said Joseph Schwieterman, Chicago-based transportation researcher at DePaul University, adding that a low-cost carrier could even move in.
Under the project, which began in 2013, the airfield's crisscrossing runways will be reconfigured into a parallel layout that officials say would allow more aircraft to take off and land. The lattice network of runways was conceived to allow pilots to take off and land under different crosswind patterns; aircraft technology has largely eliminated that need.
When the project is complete, O'Hare will have six parallel and two crosswind runways.
The major expansion pieces yet to be completed are two parallel runways, a control tower, and an extension to an existing runway. One of those new runways and the control tower are under construction, but the city's airline partners in the mega project have yet to agree on how to divvy up the funding of $2.3 billion worth of work still needed to build the final runway and extension.
The new runway includes lighting and navigational technology that will allow more planes to land and take off in poor weather and with reduced visibility. During good weather, up to 150 planes an hour will be able to take off from the runway, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.
Chronic flight delays at O'Hare, where around half of travelers are just transiting, sent paralyzing shockwaves around the nation's air system in the late 1990s. It was a sign that you were an experienced traveler if you said you were trying to avoid O'Hare, Schwieterman said.
"You could hardly mention O'Hare without somebody pulling out a horror story," he said. "And that was well deserved. Everybody had seen trips go up in smoke due to intolerable delays."
Recent data indicates the airport still has some catching up to do.
Of the nation's 29 busiest airports, O'Hare ranked dead last in on-time departures throughout the first seven months of this year, with only about 67 percent of flights taking off on schedule, according to data from the U.S. Department of Transportation.
That represents a slip of three places in the rankings over the same period a year earlier, when O'Hare's on-time rate was 77 percent.
City aviation officials had to overcome numerous challenges to get to this midway point in the project. They fought a five-year legal battle with a church over a plot of land that included a cemetery started by German pioneers in the mid-1800s. The city needed the area for the expansion and relocated about 1,500 graves, agreeing last year to pay the church $1.3 million in a settlement.
American and United, which are helping bankroll the expansion project, sued Chicago in 2011 to stop it from issuing bonds to finance the project, arguing that the city was violating a lease the gives them authority to review and approve expenditures for capital projects. Then-U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood had to intervene to break that dispute.
- Created on 16 October 2013
Police have arrested a suspect in a series of rapes on Chicago's South Side.
A 26-year-old man suspected in a string of sexual assaults on Chicago's South Side last week is in police custody in Indiana Tuesday.
The Tribune reports deputy U.S. marshals in Lafayette, Ind. took the man into custody and are holding him in the Tippecanoe County Jail until he's extradited to Chicago. According to the Sun-Times, the man has not yet been charged.
The suspect was not being named since he hasn't been charged as of Tuesday afternoon. According to CBS Chicago, police say the man previously lived near where last week's rapes took place and has an arrest record in Cook County that spans the past decade.
The devastating attacks happened last week in the city's South Shore neighborhood when the serial rapist attacked four women in a three-hour span of a single night.
Police say the man broke into a home Oct. 9 and sexually assaulted a 43-year-old woman and her 22-year-old daughter. Recalling the attack to reporters, the daughter said it was "the worst day of my life," according to DNAinfo Chicago.
The man was chased away from a nearby home shortly after as he tried to attack a teen girl. He then assaulted a 14-year-old girl on her way to school.
The Chicago Guardian Angels spread the word last week with flyers of the police sketch of the suspect.
"It's not like the guy's going to all of a sudden find Jesus, and heal himself," said Guardian Angel Miguel Fuentes. "This guy's going to attack again, so we need to stop him before he does."
Police had described the suspect as a black, 6-foot-1 tall man between the ages of 16 and 22 years old and weighing between 150 and 170 pounds. He had medium-length black dreadlocks and he was last seen wearing a black T-shirt, baggy blue jeans, a light-colored belt and white gym shoes.