| Feb 19, 2014
| 3:54 PM
How stupid can you be and still be a U.S. ambassador?
I went to Wikipedia to find out. I looked up George Tsunis, President Barack Obama's nominee to be ambassador to Norway, who embarrassed himself at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign...
| Feb 18, 2014
| 4:24 PM
Maya Angelou may have said "there is nothing so pitiful as a young cynic," but in today's world, it is difficult to grow up as anything otherwise.
At school, we learn about ecosystems and the fragile interaction of species; how the greenhouse effect...
| Feb 18, 2014
| 12:25 PM
I knew from the start when I had this idea that I’d use the classic Little Golden Book cover of “The Little Engine That Could.” I went online for reference and was surprised to read about the book's complex history and see how many cover...
| Feb 18, 2014
| 12:30 PM
The industry coalition Creative America, set up by studios and guilds to combat piracy, is renaming itself CreativeFuture following the hire of Ruth Vitale as its executive director.
The org will highlight the value of creative content as well as the...
| Feb 17, 2014
| 10:47 PM
WASHINGTON — The fight began as a lawsuit between two bloggers over a rude hand gesture, but when lawyers representing two of California's signature industries showed up in federal court in Boston, it became part of a growing battle between...
| Feb 4, 2014
| 10:00 PM
** (out of four)
Boy, there's nothing as thrilling as searchers who arrive at their target and say, "Yep, there it is."
That's all the excitement found in the dull "The Monuments Men," which suggests its interesting true story makes better fodder for...
| Feb 8, 2014
| 7:43 PM
Do you remember the feeling of wonder and awe surrounding fairy tales when you were a kid? The mystifying magics, dreadful dungeons, and forbidden forests that characterized your nostalgic fantasies were also what made South Plantation High’s...
| Jan 27, 2014
| 2:30 AM
"There's no one who's more romantic than a cynic," said the late, great, writer-moviemaker Nora Ephron.
When a novel titled "What Nora Knew" uses this quote to open a new so-titled novel, I confess I bridled a little bit.
(I guess I was foolishly...
| Jan 23, 2014
| 6:36 PM
Lawyers for the so-called NATO 3 got their first crack at cross-examining the first of two undercover Chicago police officers Thursday after Cook County prosecutors finished playing more than 50 undercover recordings that form the backbone of their case....
| Jan 29, 2014
| 5:01 PM
Glendale native Paul Ignatius, retired Secretary of the Navy, will be honored at this year’s Glendale Educational Foundation event as a distinguished Hoover High alumnus.
Born in 1920, Ignatius grew up on Columbus Avenue in a Spanish-style house...
| Jan 14, 2014
| 5:05 AM
Jose Cuevas was taking a stroll with his roommate on the Chicago Riverwalk after catching a late-night movie when he heard faint screams.
“Help, help, help!'' Cuevas said he heard a male voice cry out in the darkness. Cuevas asked him where he...
| Dec 12, 2013
| 4:43 PM
Scientists know that the best way to make a vodka martini is to mix the ingredients with a thin wooden spoon -- it combines the ingredients effectively without raising the drink’s temperature the way a metal stirrer would. So why would James Bond,...