| Sep 10, 2013
| 6:54 PM
WASHINGTON — The National Security Agency admitted in documents released Tuesday that it had wrongly put 16,000 phone numbers on an "alert list" so their incoming calls could be monitored, a mistake that a judge on the secret surveillance court...
| Sep 11, 2013
| 4:31 PM
As many as 70 nonunion CTA employees could lose their jobs in two months under a reorganization prompted largely by the new Ventra fare system, officials said Wednesday.
The cutbacks were announced as the CTA wrestles with ways to close a $10.1...
| Sep 4, 2013
Across the nation, cities are taking advantage of deals for cheaper electricity made possible by low-cost natural gas. But not in five Chicago suburbs and more than 200 other Midwestern towns that made a big bet on coal.
Almost every month, Batavia,...
| Sep 13, 2013
| 4:22 PM
At 4 a.m. on Jan. 1, 1959, an hour when there never were commercial flights from Havana, David Atlee Phillips was lounging in a lawn chair there, sipping champagne after a New Year's Eve party, when a commercial aircraft flew low over his house. He...
| Dec 4, 2013
| 1:40 PM
The first 911 call to Newtown police came in at 9:35 a.m.:
“I think there's somebody shooting in here in Sandy Hook School,” a woman said, her voice shaking with fear.
“Why do you think that?” the dispatcher asks.
| Dec 9, 2013
| 2:41 PM
Watergate. Benghazi. The Kennedy assassination. The need for government transparency has been evident through the decades, as has the need for a tool to obtain documents and information to hold the government accountable.
The federal Freedom of...
| Nov 19, 2013
| 5:37 PM
WASHINGTON— The National Security Agency acknowledged that it repeatedly violated its own privacy guidelines in a now-defunct program to collect "to and from" data in American email, according to newly released documents that paint a picture of...
| Nov 8, 2013
| 4:08 PM
The Malloy administration has created a far-flung network of private email accounts to conduct the public's business.
Instead of using the state's "ct.gov" email address that is assigned to each member of the administration, officials have used Gmail,...
| Oct 24, 2013
| 1:20 PM
As a teenager in the 1970s, I learned about the paranoid style of American politics from the Kennedy assassination. Between seventh grade, when I discovered the Warren Commission report, and my junior year in high school, when I wrote a term paper...
| Jul 13, 2013
| 10:28 AM
When Metra CEO Alex Clifford asked about his chances for keeping his job, he received a bruising reply from the rail agency's board chairman, according to a memo that offers a snapshot of political clout as allegedly practiced in Illinois.
| Nov 12, 2013
| 11:08 AM
PEN American Center’s report “Chilling Effects,” officially released Tuesday morning, offers some disturbing data about the effect of government surveillance on free expression and self-censorship in the literary world. Of more than...
| Nov 17, 2013
| 9:32 PM
A weekly listing of intriguing, wacky, useful, provocative and otherwise interesting links that readers and I have come across and think you might want to see. 10 things traditional Christians got terribly wrong by Amanda Marcotte, Alternet. Quiz: How...