| Dec 17, 2013
I was in seventh grade when I began poring over Beatles books. That was shortly after I’d gotten the “Red” and “Blue” double-record compilations and started methodically, obsessively buying album after album, hoping...
| Nov 1, 2013
Q: I live in a well-kept, desirable neighborhood with median prices for houses around $300,000. In December 2011, a neighbor hired a contractor to replace windows and siding and do other work. By January 2012, all of the siding was removed and some...
| Nov 19, 2013
| 4:22 PM
I find it always takes a couple of weeks to get blog readers back after a vacation. They get out of the habit of checking your space every day. So I decided to use today's post to follow up on......
| Dec 6, 2013
| 1:29 PM
Getting kids interested in science and technology is one area the Illinois State Board of Education is hoping to improve upon in the next few years when it unveils what's expected to be rigorous new science standards with a particular focus on its...
| Sep 20, 2013
| 9:55 AM
Welcome to week 4 of the college football season, or as it’s also known, Snoozefest ’13. This week’s schedule is more disappointing than the final season of “Dexter.” The biggest game of the week is Notre Dame vs....
| Oct 21, 2013
| 9:10 AM
Social media have proved to be a powerful recruitment resource for companies. A recent CareerBuilder survey found that the 39 percent of hiring managers research candidates via social media to find out more about them. In a recent article in The Atlantic,...
| Oct 25, 2013
| 10:30 AM
At first glance an interesting idea -- examining the DC Comics universe through the lens of its villains, as opposed to the heroes -- the direct-to-DVD release "Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics" suffers from its blurry focus. Interviewing a...
| Sep 24, 2013
| 12:29 PM
The newest partial owner of the Sacramento Kings, Shaquille O’Neal, met with Gov. Jerry Brown in the state Capitol on Monday, a meeting that ended with the former Lakers star hoisting the governor’s wife above his head.
But more on that...
| Oct 28, 2013
| 11:04 AM
John Fogerty has always been his own man, as you can tell by his songs.
So it follows that for his latest album, the 68-year-old did it his way. He sought the exact people he wanted to work with, and re-created songs he made famous while leading...
| Oct 30, 2013
| 6:16 PM
Rachel Maddow is a "hater" who needs to stop nitpicking -- or so says Sen. Rand Paul.
Maddow, the liberal MSNBC host, this week accused GOP leader Paul of making a speech that "totally plagiarized" the Wikipedia page for the sci-fi film "Gattaca."...
| Sep 10, 2013
| 7:22 PM
Years ago, there was a television commercial about spaghetti sauce. In it, three children answer a question: "Who makes the best spaghetti?"
"My mom," says the first. "Spaghetti with meat sauce!"
"My mom," says the next. "Spaghetti with clam sauce!"...
| Sep 16, 2013
| 8:43 AM
Forbes is out with its annual list of wealthiest Americans, so let's have some fun with numbers ...
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is still at the top of the list with an estimated net worth of $72 billion.
Super investor Warren Buffett comes in...