| Dec 6, 2011
| 10:23 AM
The U.S. Attorney's Office approves reduced sentences for criminals who deserve them, but with the caveat that some crack cocaine dealers seeking early release from federal prison are violent. The Sun obscures the issue by claiming that federal crack...
| Sep 11, 2014
| 3:22 PM
When my big scandal hits — it involves Victorian steampunk goggles, steroids and payments laundered through the Cape Verde National Brass Choir — I may hire Reid Weingarten as my defense counsel.
Weingarten is this good: He made me feel a...
| Jul 9, 2014
| 10:00 PM
In 1929, when rivals killed seven members of Bugs Moran's gang, the world was shocked. Chicago's image as a corrupt, violent city was emblazoned in memory around the world.
More than eight decades later, if you stroll around Europe and tell people you...
| Jul 21, 2014
| 2:42 PM
South Florida is littered with Al Capone history – the Miami mansion where he took his last breath, his reputed riverside hideout in Fort Lauderdale, his casino dreams in Deerfield Beach – and every restaurant and watering hole as old...
| Apr 28, 2014
| 11:56 AM
There are few things in the life of a school child as exciting as a field trip. They hold the promise of an exciting break from the daily grind, from the drudgery of times tables and spelling tests, but they’re also fraught with potential danger. ...
| Apr 21, 2014
| 1:19 PM
“Mad Men” is almost always more successful when it approaches Important Social Issues obliquely rather than head-on. Last year’s “The Flood” was widely panned for its awkward and heavy-handed depiction of Martin Luther’...
| Feb 14, 2014
| 2:30 AM
BIRTHDAY GAL: Actress Erica Leerhsen was born in New York City today in 1976. This birthday gal has appeared in such films as "Phobia," "Mozart and the Whale" and "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre." On the small screen, she's appeared on episodes of "Person of...
| Feb 14, 2014
| 12:54 PM
On this frigid morning, in an unheated brick garage at 2122 N. Clark St., seven men were lined up against a whitewashed wall and pumped with 90 bullets from submachine guns, shotguns and a revolver. It was the most infamous of all gangland slayings in...
| Jan 18, 2014
E-books have taken off in a huge way among the iPad- and Kindle-obsessed, but one electronic tome that's topping the charts — both free and paid-for — is Adolf Hitler's "Mein Kampf," the book of political writings by the Nazi leader...
| Oct 20, 2013
The title character and narrator of Renee Rosen's new novel, "Dollface," is eager for action.
"My mother … was used to me stirring up trouble," says Vera Abramowitz. "By the time I turned fifteen I was sick of being too afraid to live. That's...
| Aug 13, 2013
| 1:16 PM
It must've been confusing for the Connecticut state investigators to
find out that the Boston office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation was
corrupt. At least our guys would've known they weren't nuts when their leads
didn't go anywhere with...
| Aug 26, 2013
| 2:16 PM
This will be the last of the pet peeve collections I've been sharing all summer, and it will include a provocative question I'll put to you about etiquette regarding hats.
But I want to begin with a twist that I hope will result in something good.