| Jan 21, 2012
| 1:45 PM
It was H. L. Mencken's last party, and the invitation had been written more than 25 years earlier.
I was among the invited guests at the Enoch Pratt Free Library on Cathedral Street to witness the opening of Mencken's final papers, which his will...
| May 8, 2012
| 8:22 AM
There's a fallacy that reporters detest being in the spotlight. If that were really true, articles would be published without bylines. But print journalists have found that it's easier and more fun to ask questions than it is to answer them.
| Nov 8, 2011
| 6:50 AM
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" packs up a lot of troubles into its old kit bag of magic spells and evil ambitions — and the result is smiles, smiles, smiles. The supposedly last installment in Warner Bros.' big-screen "Harry Potter"...
| Dec 1, 2013
As it turns out, we do know where the bodies are buried. Or at least where the photographs of the bodies are buried: the fifth sub-basement of Tribune Tower. That's where my colleagues in the photography department unearthed a treasure trove of rare 4-by-...
| Nov 21, 2013
Impartiality can be a virtue or a vice.
To withhold judgment about a person or event until all available evidence is in, and to be as certain as possible regarding the reliability and conflicts of interest which witnesses or participants can bring to...
| Oct 25, 2013
| 2:30 AM
Q: We think the date on our dated paperweight is really great. Can you tell us anything about it?
A: Frankly, from photos sent, we're having trouble making out that date. Photo angles are not conducive to a sharp look. It could be 1852, 1952, or...
| Aug 20, 2013
| 6:30 AM
Richard Dreyfuss has a lot on his mind. And he's more than willing to share.
Among his talking points: the beleaguered state of civics education and filmmaking today — most roles in new films are "stupid," he believes — studying at Oxford,...
| Feb 1, 2013
Jameel Abdur-Rafia came to Harsh Park on Thursday to think about the meaning of it all.
He parked his SUV — a Honda Pilot with an "Eracism" bumper sticker — then walked into the little park and stood alone.
He looked around. The orange...
| Mar 15, 2013
From time to time, we make mistakes.
Yes, that’s perhaps a surprising revelation – not that we make mistakes, but that we readily admit to it. That’s difficult in any line of work, of course, but we’re committed to owning up to...
| Feb 8, 2013
| 8:54 AM
The signs were there: The newspaper Chicago Today ceased publication on Sept. 13, 1974 (my birthday), and the Chicago Daily News published its final edition on March 4, 1978 (Chicago's birthday).
You might think some of us would have taken these as...
| May 9, 2013
Complex. Even messy.
That's the reality of prosecuting terrorism cases, former U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald told his University of Chicago law school students at the outset of a recent class he taught with law firm colleague Michael Scudder.
| Apr 15, 2013
| 2:58 PM
“Is the City of Hagerstown out of its mind? Are they really paying $320,000 for a rundown building with a collapsed roof and numerous code violations? Why wasn’t the owner forced to comply with the code, rather than rewarded with a nice, fat...