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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | August 17, 1997
CHICAGO -- Mrs. O'Leary and her cow have gotten a bum rap. Somebody else might have started the Great Chicago Fire.So, at least, says a title insurance company lawyer who has spent every other Saturday for the past two years burrowing into the underbelly of Chicago's most grievous disaster and most popular legend -- indeed, one of the most notorious yarns of urban American folklore.Richard F. Bales, a 45-year-old employee of Chicago Title Insurance Co., contends that his research throws water on the O'Leary cow-conflagration theory.
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By LOS ANGELES TIMES | July 8, 2004
CHICAGO - In a report released yesterday, the commission investigating October's deadly high-rise blaze criticized the Chicago Fire Department's methods and said sweeping changes were needed to avert similar tragedies. The 94-page report said that among other failings, the department sent frantic employees in the Cook County Administration Building to the wrong location, fought the fire from the wrong stairwell, and failed to use an available public address system to communicate with people in the building.
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By Greg Tasker and Greg Tasker,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | October 10, 2003
PESHTIGO, Wisconsin - Every school boy and girl knows the tale of how Mrs. O'Leary's cow kicked over a lantern in a Chicago barn, igniting one of the most famous fires in American history. But few outside Wisconsin, it seems, are familiar with the story of another, more horrific fire that occurred on the same warm autumn night in October 1871. While Chicago's business district burned, a firestorm raged in the northern Wisconsin woods, killing eight times as many people and destroying 2,400 square miles - about 1.5 million acres of woods, farms and villages, including the booming lumbering town of Peshtigo, just northwest of Green Bay. The area that burned was twice the size of Rhode Island.
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By Greg Tasker and Greg Tasker,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | October 10, 2003
PESHTIGO, Wisconsin - Every school boy and girl knows the tale of how Mrs. O'Leary's cow kicked over a lantern in a Chicago barn, igniting one of the most famous fires in American history. But few outside Wisconsin, it seems, are familiar with the story of another, more horrific fire that occurred on the same warm autumn night in October 1871. While Chicago's business district burned, a firestorm raged in the northern Wisconsin woods, killing eight times as many people and destroying 2,400 square miles - about 1.5 million acres of woods, farms and villages, including the booming lumbering town of Peshtigo, just northwest of Green Bay. The area that burned was twice the size of Rhode Island.
SPORTS
May 19, 2002
Moves Baseball BRAVES: Placed SS Mark DeRosa on the 15-day DL. Called up IF Jesse Garcia from Triple-A Richmond. ORIOLES: Placed 1B David Segui on the 15-day DL. Purchased the contract of 1B Ryan McGuire from Triple-A Rochester. ROYALS: Activated P Darrell May from the 15-day DL. Placed P Chris George on the 15-day DLdldl. TIGERS: Activated P Matt Anderson from the 15-day DL. Optioned P Fernando Rodney to Double-A Erie. Basketball CLEVELAND ROCKERS (WNBA): Waived F Tatum Brown, G Marche Strickland and C Angie Welle.
SPORTS
April 13, 2001
Baseball Braves: Claimed P Jose Cabrera off waivers from Astros. Signed OF Bernard Gilkey to minor-league contract. White Sox: Placed P Cal Eldred on 15-day DL with pain in his right elbow. Recalled P Lorenzo Barcelo from Triple-A Charlotte. Basketball NBA: Hawks' Lorenzen Wright and Cavaliers' Chris Gatling were suspended for one game without pay and fined $7,500 by the NBA for altercation. College Arizona: Announced that sophomore G Gilbert Arenas has declared for NBA Draft. DePaul: Announced that junior F Bobby Simmons has declared for NBA Draft.
NEWS
By LOS ANGELES TIMES | July 8, 2004
CHICAGO - In a report released yesterday, the commission investigating October's deadly high-rise blaze criticized the Chicago Fire Department's methods and said sweeping changes were needed to avert similar tragedies. The 94-page report said that among other failings, the department sent frantic employees in the Cook County Administration Building to the wrong location, fought the fire from the wrong stairwell, and failed to use an available public address system to communicate with people in the building.
SPORTS
February 8, 2001
Baseball Devil Rays: Agreed to one-year contracts with IF Brent Abernathy and IF Jared Sandberg and P Travis Phelps, P Bobby Seay and P Matt White. Agreed to terms with P Albie Lopez on one-year contract. Mets: Signed OF Brian Cole and P Eric Cammack. Basketball Kings: Placed G Jon Barry on injured list. Activated F Jabari Smith from injured list. College Arkansas: Suspended F Shameka Christon and G Kiesha Beard from women's basketball team for violation of team rules. Central Connecticut State: Announced QB Scott Dolch (McDonogh)
BUSINESS
By William Patalon III and William Patalon III,SUN STAFF | January 25, 1998
When Mrs. O'Leary's apocryphal cow set Chicago ablaze, the St. Paul Fire and Marine Insurance Co. found itself in a smoldering quandary.It could pay out, "dollar for dollar," its $140,000 in claims -- though that loss was nearly double what it had secured in premiums that year. Or it could keep its coffers full and settle for pennies on the dollar, as many of its counterparts were doing.Of the 202 insurance companies on the hook for the fire, 80 paid out as little as 4 cents for every dollar of claims.
SPORTS
By Lowell E. Sunderland and Lowell E. Sunderland,SUN STAFF | October 25, 1998
Major League Soccer's third annual championship game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., this afternoon has a strong Middle Atlantic flavor.The game itself pits two-time defending champion D.C. United trying for its third straight MLS Cup against the Chicago Fire, a tough, defensive expansion team that won 24 of 36 games.Plus, two starters in the internationally televised match, being played for the first time on the West Coast, call greater Baltimore home.One will be an official, Monkton's Paul Tamberino.
SPORTS
May 19, 2002
Moves Baseball BRAVES: Placed SS Mark DeRosa on the 15-day DL. Called up IF Jesse Garcia from Triple-A Richmond. ORIOLES: Placed 1B David Segui on the 15-day DL. Purchased the contract of 1B Ryan McGuire from Triple-A Rochester. ROYALS: Activated P Darrell May from the 15-day DL. Placed P Chris George on the 15-day DLdldl. TIGERS: Activated P Matt Anderson from the 15-day DL. Optioned P Fernando Rodney to Double-A Erie. Basketball CLEVELAND ROCKERS (WNBA): Waived F Tatum Brown, G Marche Strickland and C Angie Welle.
SPORTS
April 13, 2001
Baseball Braves: Claimed P Jose Cabrera off waivers from Astros. Signed OF Bernard Gilkey to minor-league contract. White Sox: Placed P Cal Eldred on 15-day DL with pain in his right elbow. Recalled P Lorenzo Barcelo from Triple-A Charlotte. Basketball NBA: Hawks' Lorenzen Wright and Cavaliers' Chris Gatling were suspended for one game without pay and fined $7,500 by the NBA for altercation. College Arizona: Announced that sophomore G Gilbert Arenas has declared for NBA Draft. DePaul: Announced that junior F Bobby Simmons has declared for NBA Draft.
SPORTS
February 8, 2001
Baseball Devil Rays: Agreed to one-year contracts with IF Brent Abernathy and IF Jared Sandberg and P Travis Phelps, P Bobby Seay and P Matt White. Agreed to terms with P Albie Lopez on one-year contract. Mets: Signed OF Brian Cole and P Eric Cammack. Basketball Kings: Placed G Jon Barry on injured list. Activated F Jabari Smith from injured list. College Arkansas: Suspended F Shameka Christon and G Kiesha Beard from women's basketball team for violation of team rules. Central Connecticut State: Announced QB Scott Dolch (McDonogh)
SPORTS
By Lowell E. Sunderland and Lowell E. Sunderland,SUN STAFF | October 25, 1998
Major League Soccer's third annual championship game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., this afternoon has a strong Middle Atlantic flavor.The game itself pits two-time defending champion D.C. United trying for its third straight MLS Cup against the Chicago Fire, a tough, defensive expansion team that won 24 of 36 games.Plus, two starters in the internationally televised match, being played for the first time on the West Coast, call greater Baltimore home.One will be an official, Monkton's Paul Tamberino.
BUSINESS
By William Patalon III and William Patalon III,SUN STAFF | January 25, 1998
When Mrs. O'Leary's apocryphal cow set Chicago ablaze, the St. Paul Fire and Marine Insurance Co. found itself in a smoldering quandary.It could pay out, "dollar for dollar," its $140,000 in claims -- though that loss was nearly double what it had secured in premiums that year. Or it could keep its coffers full and settle for pennies on the dollar, as many of its counterparts were doing.Of the 202 insurance companies on the hook for the fire, 80 paid out as little as 4 cents for every dollar of claims.
NEWS
By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | August 17, 1997
CHICAGO -- Mrs. O'Leary and her cow have gotten a bum rap. Somebody else might have started the Great Chicago Fire.So, at least, says a title insurance company lawyer who has spent every other Saturday for the past two years burrowing into the underbelly of Chicago's most grievous disaster and most popular legend -- indeed, one of the most notorious yarns of urban American folklore.Richard F. Bales, a 45-year-old employee of Chicago Title Insurance Co., contends that his research throws water on the O'Leary cow-conflagration theory.
FEATURES
October 8, 2007
Oct. 8 1871 The Great Chicago Fire erupted; fires also broke out in Peshtigo, Wis., and in the Michigan communities of Holland, Manistee and Port Huron.
NEWS
By Knight-Ridder Newspapers | July 21, 1994
EAST CHICAGO, Ind. -- Fire officials hope to make substantial progress today on a stubborn tire blaze that has burned for six days by tearing down part of the building that is shielding the burning rubber.
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