| 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....
| Dec 12, 2013
| 8:08 PM
Q: I know the mess at the intersection of Route 22 and MacArthur Road is only temporary because of the construction, but I see a lot of intersections being blocked there and elsewhere (including in New York City). Recently I was in Ireland, where two...
| 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,...
| 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...
| Jan 15, 2014
| 6:00 AM
It’s a sad day in France when the unmarried president spends the night with a woman who is not his girlfriend and sparks a national furor.
Last week — as you have undoubtedly heard — a salacious news story broke in the French press:...
| Jan 13, 2014
| 12:30 PM
Kiefer Sutherland wasn't afraid to admit he's "terrified" to begin production on Fox's "24" event series, "24: Live Another Day."
The actor told journos at the Fox TCA session for the program, "I'm very nervous. Without patting ourselves on the back so...
| Dec 16, 2013
I bet you didn't expect to hear from me.
Or, really, to still exist.
But there you are at the back of my desk, plugged into your cradle, fully charged and ready to spring into service in case it's ever 2006 again.
I forgot to...
| Jan 6, 2014
| 9:39 PM
PHILADELPHIA — The woman who dubbed herself "Jihad Jane" was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison Monday for a range of terrorism offenses, including conspiring to kill a Swedish cartoonist who had depicted the prophet Muhammad as a dog....
| 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 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...
| Jan 2, 2014
| 8:30 PM
Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street" is all about excess. From orgies on a plane to cocaine and cash (or "fun coupons" as Leonardo DiCaprio's character calls them), the financial drama thrives in taking it up a notch.
So it should be no surprise...
| 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......