The calm before the storm: Weather chasers gear up for the next tornado

By Puja Bhattacharjee Sean Waugh is building two mobile mesonets from scratch In the Research Vehicle Equipment Bay of the National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) in Norman, Okla.  These mobile weather stations measure temperature, pressure, humidity  and wind in any  conditions.  But old vehicles with low floors make it difficult to chase tornados and other severe storms across dirt roads […]

Chicago independent booksellers join forces against Amazon

Women & Children First Bookstore has been around since 1979. (Shen Lu/MEDILL REPORTS)

By Shen Lu The arrival of Amazon’s new brick-and-mortar bookstore in Chicago has brought local independent booksellers together. The Chicagoland Independent Bookstore Alliance is promoting a network of 24 bookstores, including feminist bookstore Women & Children First in Andersonville. Initial results of a recent marketing promotion have been positive, according to Lynn Mooney, co-owner. The […]

Victim advocates, survivors stand in silence against sexual assault

By Wenjing Yang A silent protest in downtown Chicago attracted 170 survivors of sexual violence, their supporters and victim advocates. The lunch-hour protest was a visual demonstration of the silencing of survivors of sexual violence, the organizers said. They wore T-shirts bearing the stories of sexual assault survivors in order to raise awareness. “There’s usually […]