| Feb 20, 2013
| 1:04 PM
President Barack Hussein Obama came to Chicago last Friday to give a speech at Hyde Park Academy on the South Side, and I went to write about it.
Technically, this was my third time seeing the president speak live after making it to election night...
| Feb 21, 2013
| 12:59 PM
As a mom of three 8 year olds, I must hear about 50-plus tattle-tales a day so I don’t pay much attention to most of them. I usually reply vaguely, “work it out yourself” or a weak “don’t do that again” or “if I...
| Nov 6, 2012
| 11:45 AM
Since March of 2011, a handful of University of Connecticut students have published The UConn Free Press, an "underground" publication full of anti-authority rants and displays of amateur graphic design. The monthly rag is not only unafraid to put an f-...
| Sep 24, 2012
| 4:55 AM
LAS VEGAS (KTLA) -- A day after video surfaced of rocker Billie Joe Amstrong unleashing a verbal tirade at the iHeartRadio festival, Green Day frontman has checked himself into treatment for substance abuse, his rep says.
The band released a statement on...
| Sep 25, 2012
| 11:31 AM
Embarrassing, pathetic, frustrating and ridiculous.
All words fans, players, coaches and the media are using to describe the job the NFL replacement officials are doing while filling in for the "normal" officials.
The latest debacle came in Monday...
| Sep 6, 2011
| 3:07 PM
Olivia Clemens, Mark Twain's wife, once tried to shock her husband out of his habit of profane tirades by repeating one to him verbatim. Bemused, he replied that he hoped he didn't sound like that because, "You got the words right, Livy, but you don't...
| Nov 16, 2011
| 7:30 AM
What do I think of Common’s new in-your-face music video for “Sweet”? I’m being 100 percent honest when I say that, for a second there, I thought it was a Funny or Die video.
That’s not intended to be a knock on the song or...
| Apr 17, 2011
| 5:36 PM
Rod Blagojevich and Rahm Emanuel were once very public allies, pushing prescription drug programs and school reform together as North Side Democrats whose careers were on the rise.
Now the former governor is fighting to stay out of federal prison. And...
| Oct 23, 2011
Warning: This column contains references to flatulence and 14th century poetry. Steel yourself.
On to the questions:
Q: During occasional lunches with my company's president and vice president, both would invariably complain about the poor work...
| Sep 14, 2012
| 1:47 PM
When I first read "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao," my friend Junot Diz's novel about growing up nerdy and haunted by Third World curses and dictatorship, I was giddy, crazy proud of the guy.
And I immediately thought, Pity the poor sucker who...
| Sep 5, 2012
No Easy Day
The Firsthand Account of the Mission that Killed Osama bin Laden
Mark Owen with Kevin Maurer
Dutton: 315 pp., $26.95
Former Navy SEAL Matt Bissonnette did not put the first slug into Osama bin...
| Feb 14, 2011
Pop provocateurs Lady Gaga and Eminem may have brought more compelling career stories to the 53rd annual Grammy Awards, but on a shocking night the big trophies went home Sunday with Southern trio Lady Antebellum and Montreal indie-rock band Arcade Fire....