| Jul 7, 2014
An occasional listing of intriguing, wacky, useful, provocative and otherwise interesting links that readers and I have come across and think you might want to see. Author William Love wrote to me recently asking if "Love Letters," our lengthy...
| Jun 25, 2014
| 4:35 AM
“Star Wars” creator George Lucas has selected Chicago over Los Angeles and San Francisco as the future home of his collection of art and movie memorabilia, according to a spokeswoman for the museum.
The museum's board Wednesday is expected...
| Jun 6, 2014
| 10:34 PM
Much of what Los Angeles City Atty. Mike Feuer alleges in his lawsuits against four big banks for their mortgage and foreclosure practices isn't debatable.
In his latest lawsuit filed May 30 against JP Morgan Chase, Feuer alleges that mortgage lenders...
| Jun 26, 2014
Will Neal sat hunched in a circular tub of frigid water, blowing air in and out, just trying to breathe. Behind him, Miguel Blancarte Jr. and Corey Parker reclined side by side, each wearing inflated black boots that rose to their hips, making them look...
| Jul 9, 2014
| 10:43 AM
Neuroscience researcher John Maunsell, Ph.D., has been appointed inaugural director of the Grossman Institute for Neuroscience, Quantitative Biology and Human Behavior at the University of Chicago. Maunsell will lead the Institute as it fosters cross-...
| Jun 14, 2014
| 6:41 AM
Nerves were a little shakier than usual when the 2013-14 school year started in Chicago, as parents and city officials anxiously watched thousands of children heading off to classrooms in unfamiliar neighborhoods because of the district's move to close...
| Jul 1, 2014
As honorary consul of the Kingdom of Belgium in Chicago, Paul Van Halteren gets invited to plenty of places around town.
Usually, Van Halteren loves representing his native country with pride and without feeling uncomfortable or inhibited —...
| Jun 30, 2014
| 10:48 AM
In its decision Monday in the Hobby Lobby case, the conservative Supreme Court majority that upheld corporations' religious objections to birth control spends an inordinate amount of time defending itself from the reasoning and wrath of Justice Ruth Bader...
| Jul 1, 2014
| 2:12 PM
Here's an easy way to cut through the arguments and counterarguments surrounding Monday's Hobby Lobby ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court: Think back to 2012.
Does the court's ruling in which a majority held that Hobby Lobby Stores and other private...
| Jul 1, 2014
As the owner of the nation's largest video rental store chain, Keith Hoogland said his biggest challenge is the industry's image problem.
"I'm trying to hire 2,000 people this year, and do people want to work at Family Video (when) they think the...
| Jul 2, 2014
Gerald Ratner practiced law in Chicago for more than 75 years and for many decades represented the billionaire Crown family in business and real estate deals that included the sale of the Empire State Building.
A baseball player at the University of...
| Jul 5, 2014
| 6:07 AM
A man died after he jumped into the water to swim toward a dock near the 59th Street Harbor, according to police.
At least three people saw the 27-year-old man jump in and start swimming toward the dock about 10:40 p.m. Friday, police said.