| 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,...
| 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...
| Nov 27, 2012
| 9:19 AM
Christopher Vaughn was sentenced to four life terms this morning for fatally shooting his wife and three children after pulling off an expressway in 2007.
Vaughn looked over his shoulder at his family as he was led away after being sentenced by Judge...
| Sep 16, 2012
The Drew Peterson jury made news recently with its guilty verdict — and with its unusual note to the judge asking for the definition of "unanimous." And jury deliberation is expected later this month in another major case, the Christopher Vaughn...
| 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...
| 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...
| Oct 30, 2012
| 8:25 AM
“Clarence Darrow Tonight!,” the award-winning one-man show created and performed by Laurence Luckinbill, will receive a special benefit performance on Friday, Nov. 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the café space at Unity of Greater Hartford, 919 Ellington...
| Sep 5, 2012
If warblers had Outlook calendars, the month of September would be marked, "Fly south."
And some would have an extra note: "Stop at Wooded Island."
They do, in profusion. For anyone curious to see the colorful birds that pass through Chicago on their...
| Jun 19, 2012
| 1:50 PM
Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee's oft-produced 1955 courtroom drama, based on the famous Scopes "monkey trial" of 1925, was intended — like Arthur Miller's "The Crucible" — to use earlier events in American history as a frame for examining...
| Jan 30, 2012
As a top television comedy director who won an Emmy directing "The Dick Van Dyke Show"in the early 1960s, John Rich was faced with a tough choice in 1970.
On the same day he received a phone call from Mary Tyler Moore wanting to set up a meeting to...
| Mar 25, 2011
Leonard Weinglass, a crusading lawyer who championed radical and liberal causes and clients in some of the most controversial trials of the 1960s and '70s, including the Chicago 7 and Pentagon Papers cases, died Wednesday in New York City. He was 77.
| Nov 29, 2010
Leslie Nielsen, a serious actor who became a comic star with his career-changing roles in "Airplane!" and the "Naked Gun" comedies, died Sunday in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He was 84.
Nielson died of complications from pneumonia at a hospital near his home,...