| Nov 24, 2013
As U.S. ambassador to NATO, Ivo Daalder helped Chicago show its often-overlooked face to the world during the defense organization's summit here in May 2012. In his latest role, as president of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, the Dutch-born...
| Nov 21, 2013
| 4:46 PM
In March 1995, 17-year-old Jeffrey Howorth loaded his father's rifle and patiently waited for his parents to return to their Lower Macungie Township home. His father, George, arrived first and was shot five times. He died instantly. His mother, Susan, was...
| Oct 31, 2013
| 5:56 PM
DUBUQUE, Iowa — Mark Twain knew what he was talking about in a Tribune interview 127 years ago, discussing the virtues of the upper Mississippi River. The big river around Hannibal, Mo., where he grew up, is less interesting, less scenic, he said,...
| Nov 11, 2013
| 6:00 AM
The lure of big money from heroin pits Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi) against an odd mix of gangsters on “White Horse Pike,” Episode 46 of HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire.”
“Something’s wrong,” warns speakeasy...
| Nov 4, 2013
| 6:00 AM
Knowing that a married woman is more likely than a bachelorette to win a child custody case, Julia Sagorsky (Wrenn Schmidt) proposes to Richard Harrow (Jack Huston) in “Marriage and Hunting,” Episode 45 of HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire.&...
| Nov 14, 2013
| 8:30 PM
Al Ruscio, a film, television and stage actor who was also a noted acting teacher and served on the board of directors of the Screen Actors Guild, died in his home on Nov. 12. He was 89.
Ruscio was already an accomplished actor by the time he arrived...
| Nov 8, 2013
When it comes to the antics of mayors, why does Toronto have all the fun and Chicago is left in the dust?
Not only is Toronto Mayor Rob Ford a confessed crack smoker, he's now on a newly released video saying he wants to tear out a man's throat and...
| Sep 19, 2013
| 6:25 PM
An Upland-based law firm being sued by two Costa Mesa City Council members is closing, according to a letter obtained Thursday by the Daily Pilot.
Lackie, Dammeier, McGill & Ethir "will be winding down and eventually close," according to the letter sent...
| Sep 20, 2013
| 1:05 AM
Since last summer alcohol has ruled my life.
Every day it's been alcohol, alcohol, alcohol.
Booze, White Mule, John Barleycorn, whatever.
Today's no different.
As I write this, I have three bottles whose contents are mostly alcohol...
| Sep 16, 2013
| 6:00 AM
Before gangster Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi) explores a money-making opportunity in Florida, he takes care of business on his Atlantic City turf in Episode 38 (“Resignation”) of HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire.”
| Oct 21, 2013
| 6:00 AM
“William Wilson,” episode 43 of HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire,” refers to an Edgar Allan Poe short story about a college student who in effect commits suicide by murdering his doppelganger.
Analyzing the cautionary tale proves...
| Oct 20, 2013
The title character and narrator of Renee Rosen's new novel, "Dollface," is eager for action.
"My mother … was used to me stirring up trouble," says Vera Abramowitz. "By the time I turned fifteen I was sick of being too afraid to live. That's...