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  • The closing of Abu Ghraib and the U.S. failure in Iraq

     The closing of Abu Ghraib and the U.S. failure in Iraq
    The government of Iraq last week announced that it had padlocked the infamous prison at Abu Ghraib. The gates are closed. The inmates moved. Whether the closure is permanent or temporary -- Iraqi officials suggest the latter -- this ought to qualify as a notable milestone. What does it signify?
  • DVD Review: The feature that helped Siegel break out

    DVD Review: The feature that helped Siegel break out
    After editing montage sequences at Warner Bros. during World War II, Don Siegel made his directing debut with two shorts, both of which won Oscars in the same year. Neat trick. After being promoted to making features, his output was of mixed quality until...

    George Will on Wrigley Field's 100th anniversary

    George Will on Wrigley Field's 100th anniversary
    Call it a character defect, but I don't like baseball. And I especially don't like the Chicago Cubs — losers I never found lovable. I grew up less than a mile west of Wrigley Field, and games there represented summerlong inconveniences such as...

    Where concessions first stood

    Where concessions first stood
    The 11-year-old neighborhood boy who often walked to Wrigley Field knew that a concession stand in the concourse behind third base sold the stadium's freshest Smokie Links. "All the grease. You could smell the Smokie Link smell. It was part of the park,...

    TV picks for the week of April 6-12

    Ladies and lords sharpen your swords! "Game of Thrones" is back. Elsewhere, country artists get back pats and Gordon Ramsay revisits a psycho bakery. Here's what caught my eye on television this week: Sunday: "Academy of Country Music Awards," 7 p.m.,...