| Mar 21, 2013
If there's one surefire way for a lowly Chicago alderman to surpass the worldwide fame of Michael Jordan and Al Capone, it's this:
All the alderman has to do is help drive the Chicago Cubs out of town into the waiting, trembling arms of suburban...
| Jun 17, 2013
| 4:06 PM
The gruff, old man's voice on the other end of the line fit perfectly with the pictures I had seen. "Sure, come on over," he said.
When is the best time to … "Right now! Come on over!"
Howard Ellsworth Wood was the owner of that voice, and a...
| Jun 18, 2013
| 5:44 PM
Some 15 years ago, Andrew Carroll heard the story: During the Civil War, Edwin Booth, brother of Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth, saved the life of Lincoln's son Robert at a New Jersey train station.
Intrigued, Carroll started digging. He not only...
| Jun 13, 2013
| 12:23 PM
EDITOR'S NOTE: In the spirit of sports brotherhood—and trash talk—RedEye and the New England Sports Network have set up a columnist showdown. Chicago vs. Boston. Blackhawks vs. Bruins. Bag Boy vs. NESN hockey writer Mike Cole. Have at it,...
| Jun 14, 2013
| 8:10 AM
It was May 10 and it was cold outside and I was inside, at a downtown bar/restaurant awaiting the arrival of the distinguished Latin American writer Eduardo Galeano, which latest book is titled "Children of the Days: A Calendar of Human History."
| Mar 16, 2013
| 2:09 PM
There were eight teams of fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders, each armed with a large pad of paper, a marker and everything they could remember about 20 books they had read.
Finalists who had been reading and practicing since November faced one another in...
| Jun 4, 2013
| 12:20 PM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — As readers of F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby" and fans of Baz Luhrmann's popular film adaptation know, the wedding of Daisy Fay, a Louisville socialite, and Tom Buchanan, a Chicago millionaire, took place in a hotel...
| Jun 5, 2013
| 5:18 PM
Lance Armstrong lied. Pete Rose lied. Marion Jones lied. Mark McGwire, who alternately saved baseball and trashed baseball, lied.
The authors of the greatest achievements in the history of sports ultimately have looked the camera in the eye and said,...
| Jun 9, 2013
| 7:00 AM
Actor Michael Shannon's recent high-profile run of villains turns to Superman's nemesis, General Zod, in Warner Bros.' "Man of Steel," opening June 14. Shannon, 38, lives in Brooklyn with actress Kate Arrington and their daughter, Sylvia.
| May 28, 2013
| 8:51 PM
NEW YORK — In what was described as the biggest-ever international money-laundering scheme, a federal grand jury has indicted a company on criminal charges that it used "virtual" currency to launder more than $6 billion in ill-gotten gains....
| May 29, 2013
| 2:18 PM
What do you think of when you think of Chicago?
What's the worst question you've ever been asked in an interview?
Jon Stewart asked me if Al Capone really had a scar. I think he was joking, though.
What's your guilty...
| Aug 1, 2013
Who is an author you'd like to meet, dead or alive?
Dead: Raymond Chandler. Alive: Elmore Leonard. In the grand tradition of hardboiled American literature, they link generations.
What's the worst question you've ever been asked in an interview?...