Most of Chicago lives in apartments, bungalows, condos, and houses on the North Side or the South Side, but this is where they all come together: to work amid the skyscrapers of the Loop, to relax in the parks and beaches along the lake, and to blow their hard earned cash in the department stores on the Magnificent Mile. If it's a warm day in the spring, summer, or early fall, bring a small towel for splashing in the fountains at Millennium Park. This route starts in the Near North, proceeds to the Loop, veers off to the Near West Side, and returns to the Near North. Although the route is very straightforward and easy to follow, you may wish to print out the articles for those districts, if only for a few alternate recommendations and further illustration of what you'll see along the way.If you skip the shopping and stick with your feet, the day won't cost very much. Only dinner, the Art Institute, and the Hancock/Sears Tower will put any kind of crimp in your wallet. To cut out the taxi fares, get the exact addresses from the Near North, Loop, and Near West Side guides, and plot public transit routes using the CTA Trip Planner .Start early! On your way out of the hotel, ask the concierge whether the water is flowing at Buckingham Fountain yet; this will be important later. Grab a quick pastry and cup of coffee or juice to tide you over for the next couple of hours.If you're starting on the CTA, take the Red Line subway to the Chicago stop, and walk three blocks east, toward the lake. Skip a couple paragraphs ahead and begin there, as you'll be walking right by the Water Tower.Otherwise, take a taxi from your hotel to the Hancock Center. This is only the third tallest building in Chicago (fifth tallest in the United States), but it's better liked and better looking than the other two, and it definitely has the best view. Take an elevator up to the Observatory on the 94th floor. Admission is $15 adult, $10 child. Survey the city and the lake, and be sure to look south, for there lies the day's conquest. There's a bar with expensive drinks one floor up. Don't booze it up now, but you might come back for drinks later on.One block south, at Michigan and Chicago, have a look at the old Water Tower. This is a Chicago icon, and the most famous survivor of the 1871 Chicago Fire, along with the less celebrated Pumping Station on the other side of Michigan Avenue. Street performers may be in the small square behind the Water Tower. (Don't bother tours of the interior, though it's been scrubbed of any historical traces, and is occasionally used as a gallery space now.) Behind the pumping station on http://www.redskinsofficialauthentic.com/Morgan_Moses_Jersey_Redskins Chicago Ave is a turn of the century firehouse; not quite as old as the other two, but it's still in use, and you'll see members of the Chicago Fire Department (human and canine) relaxing out front if they're not away on a call.Now, you have two options. If you're in the mood for sand, head east down Chicago Avenue. You might check to see if the Museum of Contemporary Art has any interesting public art outside its building at Mies van der Rohe Way. When you've reach the end of Chicago Avenue, turn left and walk a few blocks north. Use the pedestrian tunnel to cross under Lake Shore Drive. You are at Oak Street Beach. You should have a nice view of Lincoln Park and the North Side. When you're done, walk back the way you came, or take a taxi directly to the Tribune Tower back tracking will make it kind of a long walk.Alternatively, skip the beach and stroll down Michigan Avenue. This is the heart of the Magnificent Mile, with block after block of fashionable department stores. Pop into as many as you like, but this is expensive territory and remember, you'll be carrying whatever you buy for the rest of the day. (That said, if cost is not a concern, stores will be more than happy to have packages wrapped and sent to your hotel while you carry on.) You'll want to backtrack to 900 N Michigan and Water Tower Place, and then keep heading south on Michigan.When you've almost reached the river, stop. On your left is the Tribune Tower. Walk along its north and south walls; embedded in them are stones from famous sites across the country and across the world. Bore your family with your knowledge of history.Now, cross over to the west side of the street and look for a curious opening in the sidewalk. There might even be a placard advertising a restaurant down there. Descend to lower Michigan Ave. At this point, your heart will be racing and you will fear for family's safety. Perhaps a scene from Adventures in Babysitting will play in your mind. Fight these feelings; there is nothing to fear.Walk to the corner, towards the river, and you will see the Billy Goat Tavern. This legendary haunt for Chicago newspapermen was made famous by John Belushi's "cheeseburger cheeseburger not Coke Pepsi" sketch on Saturday Night Live. Go in and have a quick, cheap lunch.When you are finished eating, head back upstairs and cross the river. If you are lucky, the bridge will be temporarily raised for some water traffic. Regardless, take in the views both east to the lake and west inland.Millennium Park begins at Michigan and Randolph, although most of the action is a little further south, closer to Madison. If it's warm, this place will be hopping. Don't miss The Bean (you'll know it when you see it) or the giant projection fountains. Get your feet wet you've done plenty of walking already, and there's plenty more ahead of you. (If you were hoping to have your kids burn off any excess energy, let them go buckwild in the fountain.)Then continue down Michigan to Adams, where two lions guard the entrance of the world renowned Art Institute of Chicago. (Admission is $18 for adults, $12 for children, students, and seniors.) Choose a couple areas of interest and check those out; perusing the whole collection would take you the better part of the day. There are some iconic American paintings (Wood's "American Gothic" and Hopper's "Nighthawks") and a number of seminal European paintings (most notably Seurat's "A Sunday Afternoon at La Grande Jatte").Once you're finished browsing, continue south on Michigan to Congress Parkway. At the corner are the colossal stone walls of The Auditorium Theatre, designed by the great Louis Sullivan (with Frank Lloyd Wright toiling as his apprentice), once the tallest building in Chicago. A tour or a show here is well worth the cost, if you can arrange it. Have a look inside the grand lobby and the staircase if it's open, and leave before someone kicks you out.Turn around and head back north for two blocks to Jackson, and then turn left. In the sky are the looming black metal blocks of the Sears Tower. Until recently the tallest building in the world, it now carries that title only for North America. If you didn't go to the Hancock Observatory earlier, you can have a look from the SkyDeck at the Sears (Willis) Tower instead ($17.00 adult, $11.00 child). It's probably late in the afternoon by now, and most Chicagoans are beginning their commute home. The streets of the Loop will be full of the rumble of elevated trains and the air of people who are tired from a full day's work.If you're a train geek and you have some time left before dinner, it might be worth your while to continue west on Jackson, cross the river, and then turn left on Canal St. to check out Union Station. Once, all the railroads in America ran through Chicago, and you can still catch traces of that in this monumental neoclassical building. It will also be full of people on their way home from work, catching Metra trains for the suburbs. Join the march between the giant marble columns and down the grand steps, and where the falling baby carriage climax of The Untouchables was filmed. (Please remove actual babies from carriages before attempting to re enact the scene, though). Check out the enormous atrium and its long, stately wooden benches. Hang out for a few minutes if you're not in a hurry this is a great spot for people watching or head back out to the street.Time to decide: what do you want for dinner? Armed with your guide for the Near West Side, catch a cab and tell the driver to take you to Little Italy or Greektown, just west of the Loop. (If the weather's favorable, you can walk to Greektown in a few minutes). Have a nice, long, leisurely dinner at a family run restaurant. You'll be spoiled for choice. If you'd prefer to stay closer to the Loop, try Bella Bacino's for the best stuffed pizza in Chicago and, by definition, anywhere.If the concierge told you that Buckingham Fountain is on, and if it's near 8PM, catch a cab to Grant Park, and head to the fountain. When night falls, the water dances and soars and is illuminated by lights. Celebrate a successful day in Chicago with an ice cream cone from the Bobtail stand near the fountain.Otherwise, have the cabbie take you to Michigan and Randolph, and walk north on Michigan, back towards the river. On the bridge, have another look east and west. Cross the river; the building on your left is the Wrigley Building. (It will be impossible to miss.) Look down Michigan at the lights and the people for a memorable view. If you're a fan of coming full circle, you might take a taxi back to the Hancock Center for drinks on the 95th floor, and see how the night view compares to the one you saw at the start of the day. Stay safeOnce again, Chicago's climate is not to be underestimated. Bundle up in winter and keep Morgan Moses Redskins Jersey hydrated in the height of the summer. You're unlikely to encounter any safety concerns during the day, save for the remote possibility of pick pockets in crowded areas. After dark, don't stray more than a couple of blocks from Union Station and Little Italy/Greektown. Both are safe for tourists, but there are some rough areas within walking distance.
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How Heinrich Rudolf Hertz revealed the invisible world
Like many of Google's best doodles, this wave logo holds a double meaning. Sure, it winks at Hertz's history in electromagnetism (we'll explain all of that in a moment). But the undulating curves also hide a message, one you may never notice unless you take the time to look.
The waves form a repeating pattern: There's a large blue curve, followed by a shallow red, shallow yellow, deep blue, skinny green, and one final red curve. Those lines match the general shape of Google's traditional logo: Uppercase blue G, small Os, a lowercase g, a skinny green L, and a red E. It's not the most difficult code to decipher, but Google's doodle serves as a lovely metaphor for Hertz's work.
Our story starts in 1873, when a Scottish physicist named James Maxwell tried to convince people that light, electricity, and magnetism were all versions of the same phenomenon. It was a weird idea at the time. How could the invisible power of magnets go hand in hand with the Women's DaQuan Jones Jersey radiant glow of candlelight? They're obviously different to the human eye, but actually quite similar in hidden ways.
Maxwell was the first to figure out that light moves like a wave, just as magnetism and electricity move through the "electromagnetic field." This was a huge breakthrough it made sense of the invisible world Zach Mettenberger Authentic Jersey in the same way that Isaac Newton and his falling apple unified the visible world. Maxwell's math checked out, yet he couldn't prove that his ideas were true. He challenged other scientists to come up with experiments that could demonstrate this invisible science to the naked eye.
A decade later, Hertz found a way.
In his lab, the German scientist rigged up two tiny brass spheres, placed very close to one another. When he electrified them, sparks leaped from one ball to the other. If Maxwell was correct, these sparks should send invisible waves radiating through the air. To test the theory, he needed to build a receiver. This second instrument consisted of a curved wire that almost made a full circle, except for a tiny gap at the top. He placed the transmitter and the receiver several yards apart and made sure that nothing connected the two. Sure enough, when sparks shot through the transmitter, invisible waves traveled through the air, lighting up new sparks on the receiver.
Hertz went on to prove that these waves move at the speed of light, that they can be reflected by some materials, and could pass through others.
While this research eventually led to radio, radar, and broadcast TV, Hertz did not initially understand the magnitude of his discovery.
"It's of no use whatsoever," he once told a student. "This is just an experiment that proves Maestro Maxwell was right, we just have these mysterious electromagnetic waves that we cannot see with the naked eye. But they are there."
By allowing the world to finally see these invisible forces, Hertz became famous. The International Electrotechnical Commission decided in 1930 that his name would become a unit of frequency. The hertz (or Hz) measures "cycles per second." For example, a 60 Hz TV runs at up to 60 frames per second.
Despite this global fame, the Nazis tried to expunge Hertz's name from history. While Hertz identified as a Lutheran, his father grew up as a Jew.
"Hertz's reputation was actively denigrated by the Nazis, who forced his wife and daughters to flee Germany because, despite strong Lutheran roots, they were considered Jews," writes the Institute of Electrical and DaQuan Jones Authentic Jersey Electronics Engineers in its profile of Hertz. "One Nazi functionary attempted to overturn the use of the term 'Hertz,'. He suggested to the Physical Society of Berlin that instead they use the term 'Helmholtz,' [after Hertz's teacher Hermann von Helmholtz] which would cleverly maintain the abbreviation 'Hz' for the benefit of foreign colleagues. Despite the climate of anti Semitism, German scientists refused to go along with this plan. 'Hertz' remained and remains in use both in Germany and around the world."
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[Editor's note: The original version of this post mistakenly said that the final curve in Wednesday's Google doodle was yellow. Both it and the corresponding E in Google's name are red.]
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Abandoned West Virginia amusement park has a bloody history
Lawrence Pierce/AP Gaylord White strolls past a swing ride at the old Lake Shawnee Amusement Park. Once a popular summertime retreat for thousands of coalfield families, the Lake Shawnee Amusement Park is now better known as a purported gathering place for the spirits of the many long dead souls who once spent their earthly time on this patch of bottomland along the Bluestone River.
It has been decades since the Lake Shawnee Amusement Park buzzed with the laughter of children.
The southern West Virginia park was abandoned in 1966, after the accidental deaths of two of its young patrons. But it seems Lake Shawnee's haunted history reaches much farther back.
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Lake Shawnee Amusement Park in West Virginia, which was shut down in 1966 and belived to be cursed, will open for one week only from October 25th through October 31st.
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Mercer County was home to a Native American tribe until 1783, when a European family's attempt to settle the land sparked a violent turf war. The patriarch of the family was a farmer named Mitchell Clay, according to the Wyoming County Report. While he was out hunting, a band of Native Americans reportedly killed his youngest son, Bartley Clay. A daughter, Tabitha, was knifed to death in the struggle. Eldest son Ezekial was kidnapped and burned at the stake. Mitchell Clay enlisted the help of other white settlers to seek vengeance for his family. After burying his children, he murdered several of the Native Americans.
Centuries later, in the 1920s, a businessman named Conley T. Snidow purchased the site of the Clay farm and developed it into an amusement park. He built a swing set, a ferris wheel, and opened up the pond for swimming.
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A little girl was reportedly killed Bishop Sankey Jersey while riding this circling swing set.
But death still hung over that cursed parcel of land.
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A little girl in a pink ruffled dress met her end after climbing into the circling swing set. She was killed after a truck backed into the path of the swing. Another little one, this time Women's Taylor Lewan Jersey a boy, drowned in the amusement park's swimming pond.
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The Lake Shawnee Amusement Park was abandoned in 1966. But it may still have visitors just not the kind that you can see.
According to Visit West Virginia, the park's rides were responsible for a total of six deaths. Authentic Taylor Lewan Jersey
The park eventually shut down, but its structures were left to rot and rust.
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The park was purchased by Gaylord White in 1985.
The park's new owner, Gaylord White, says he can hear the wooden swings creak, though it may not be the wind that pushes them.
"Sometimes the seat will start to move underneath your hand until you feel cold air blowing through the seat," Gaylord White II told the Travel Channel. "And when you get to the middle you feel something warm. And we believe that's her spirit."
The younger White said he's even seen the little girl, with her dress covered in blood.
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The park's rides haven't been used for decades.
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"She looked at me and as long as she looked at me, I couldn't move," he said.
Paranormal investigators now frequent the site. It has also been featured on the Discovery Channel's "GhostLab" and the Travel Channel's "The Most Terrifying Places in America."
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NFL suspends Seahawks cornerback Walter Thurmond for violating subatance abuse policy
Getting ready to take the best record in the NFL into Monday night showdown against the Saints, Pete Carroll and the Seattle Seahawks spent Tuesday dealing with the kinds of distractions they believed were over.
Instead, the Seahawks are adding to the list of player suspensions they faced since Carroll took over in 2010.
still trying to work through it. I say it again, I always found myself looking for guys that maybe other people don see something special in and we take a chance on a guy here or there that needs some extra consideration and care, Carroll said. sometimes guys they have issues and things pop Chiefs Phillip Gaines Jersey up but I always been kind of hopeful and make guys find the best in them and bring it out. Sometimes it works out and sometimes it doesn We certainly hang with our guys and take care of them. cornerback Walter Thurmond was officially suspended Tuesday by the NFL for the team next four games for violating the league substance abuse policy, leaving the Seahawks shorthanded going into Monday matchup against New Orleans.
Thurmond will be eligible to return to the active roster on Monday, Dec. 23, before the final game of the regular season, but his absence leaves a hole in a secondary that was previously missing starting cornerback Brandon Browner because of a groin injury. Thurmond took to Twitter and apologized on Sunday, writing, I made a mistake and I have to live with the consequences. I disappointed in myself for letting my teammates and family down. is the sixth Seattle player officially suspended for substance abuse Phillip Gaines Jersey or performance enhancing drugs violations by the league since 2011. That doesn include Richard Sherman, whose suspension was overturned on appeal late last season.
don know that we can expect to be perfect. We would like to be, but that isn the case, Carroll said. a big challenge for these guys to do right and we want them to do it and carry through and be there when we need them and count on them. It doesn always work that way. has started three games this season for Seattle, including the team last game against Minnesota when he had his first interception of the season and returned it 29 yards for a touchdown. Even when he wasn starting, Thurmond was a critical member of one of the NFL best secondary units as the fifth defensive back in passing situations.
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Packers offensive lineman Josh Sitton didn mince words when he was asked about the Lions, Green Bay Thanksgiving Day opponent, during a radio interview in Milwaukee.
It started when Sitton was asked if he thought the Detroit defense would try and take out quarterback Aaron Rodgers if Rodgers were to suit up and play on Thursday. Rodgers isn expected to play.
They go after quarterbacks, their entire defense takes cheap shots all the time. That what they do, that who they are, Sitton said. a bunch of dirtbags or scumbags. That just how they play. That how they coached. also had some choice words for coach Jim Schwartz, defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham, and defensive line coach Kris Kocurek.
starts with their frickin coach. That starts with their head coach, Schwartz. I wouldn want to play for him. It starts with him and their D coordinator and their D line coach.
The constant questions about Colin Kaepernick and San Francisco sub par passing game are gone for now after his stellar performance in Monday night 27 6 victory at Washington a must Dee Ford Authentic Jersey win in the mind of the 49ers.
Kaepernick threw for 235 yards and three touchdowns without an interception to finish with a career best passer rating of 134.5 against the Redskins, while the 49ers moved to 11 0 with Kaepernick as the starter in games he posts a passer rating of 90.0 or better.
A passing game that has struggled at last seems in sync and there reason for further optimism for the receiving corps this week: Michael Crabtree was activated Tuesday from the physically unable to perform list with anticipation of him playing Sunday against St. Louis.
In Washington, embattled coach Mike Shanahan dismissed the idea of giving backup Kirk Cousins a start during the final weeks of the season, saying that Robert Griffin III needs as much game experience as possible. Griffin threw for only 127 yards and was sacked four times in Monday loss.
On Tuesday, 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks said Griffin shouldn be playing because his knee injury is limiting his mobility. don think he should be playing, Brooks said. can see it. Everybody can see it, everybody can see it. Redskins also said defensive end Stephen Bowen will miss the the season with a right knee injury. Bowen will have surgery next week for cartilage damage and a possible microfracture. If a microfracture is found, Bowen will need six months of recovery.
Eagles quarterback Nick Foles has been named Philadelphia starter for the rest of the season. Coach Chip Kelly made the announcement Tuesday as the team returned from its bye week and began preparations for the Cardinals on Sunday. will be our starter, Kelly said. hopefully we get Mike [Vick] back through a full week of practice and he be able to be the No. 2 guy. Foles, in his second season, replaced Vick, who re injured his hamstring in a loss to the Giants on Oct. 27. In five starts, Foles is 4 1, and overall he has thrown for 1,554 yards with 16 touchdowns and no interceptions. Last week during the team bye, Vick said in a radio interview that as well as Foles was playing, he couldn be taken out of the lineup . . . With starting quarterback Jason Campbell out with a concussion, the Browns signed Alex Tanney to back up Brandon Weeden, who is expected to start on Sunday against Jacksonville. Tanney, who had spent this season on Dallas practice squad, became a YouTube sensation with a video in which he throws a football over scoreboards, into a moving pickup truck, from 40 yards on his knees to hit a goal post crossbar, and into basketball hoops from long range.
The NFL upheld the one game suspension of Titans safety Michael Griffin as a repeat offender of the league rules prohibiting hits to the head and neck area of defenseless players. Griffin was flagged for unnecessary roughness for a hit on Oakland tight end Mychal Rivera . . . Mark Sanchez plans on staying put. As unlikely as it may seem because of his hefty contract, the injured quarterback wants to return to the Jets. And, Sanchez joked, he could be back with a super powered arm. way things are coming along, it sounds like I be bionic, Sanchez said. Sanchez tore the labrum in his right shoulder in the preseason and had surgery early last month . . . Giants starting center Jim Cordle season is done after the team placed him on injured reserve with a patella tendon injury sustained in Sunday loss to the Dallas . . . Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco hates his team use of the wildcat formation, and he let everyone know just how much. Asked about coach John Harbaugh decision to employ backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor in the wildcat Sunday in an effort to enhance the team running attack against the Jets, he said, don like that stuff. I think it makes you look like a high school offense. That just my opinion. Taylor took five snaps running four times and throwing an incomplete pass in addition to lining up as a receiver on seven other plays.
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