| May 14, 2013
| 5:50 PM
Picking a volunteer vacation is a lot like dating: The choices are mind-boggling, but finding the right fit takes work. Treat the search like a job.
Opportunities to travel and immerse yourself in a different culture are everywhere. You can enlist...
| Oct 3, 2012
Baby boomer marriages are having a best of times/worst of times moment.
Despite the overall divorce rate in the U.S. dropping during the past two decades, the rate of couples divorcing after age 50 has doubled. In 1990, fewer than 10 percent of...
| Dec 2, 2012
Six years ago, when University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign officials announced plans to enroll more undergraduates from outside the state, the public outcry was so intense that the plan was scrapped within a week.
But despite the university's...
| Jun 9, 2013
Corrie Wallace has helped immigrant parents — from the Philippines, Mexico, Malawi, Russia, Poland, Pakistan and elsewhere — navigate the sometimes puzzling American public school system, giving them tools, as she says, to "help parents help...
| May 8, 2013
Whitney Gaspar has long known that she didn't have much endurance.
When she was in secondary school, Gaspar said she ran a "slow mile" in gym class of 14 to 15 minutes and "avoided stuff (that required) a lot of endurance."
Then in December 1999,...
| Jan 30, 2013
The recommended schedule of vaccines for children is safe and has done much to dramatically lower the incidence of devastating illnesses, according to a new national scientific study that was partly led by a Northwestern University professor....
| Jun 18, 2013
Owner, Vanille Patisserie
2229 N. Clybourn Ave. and at the French Market, 131 N. Clinton St.
When Sophie Evanoff was a kid, she baked from scratch with her mother and occasionally took a day off school.
"Any time the church would...
| Jul 24, 2013
A recent study of nearly 75,000 patients describes two simple techniques that decreased by more than a third the risk of patients developing a type of bacterial infection resistant to certain antibiotics.
In addition, the number of bloodstream...
| Jun 19, 2013
Abby Fisher arrived in San Francisco a generation after the Gold Rush ready to make her fortune. In a few short years, she won kudos and prizes for her pickles, jellies and preserves, set up her own pickling business and made influential friends who...
| Jan 25, 2013
| 1:29 PM
For six weeks beginning Sunday, Skokie becomes a cradle of civilization as its fourth annual Coming Together in Skokie festival focuses on Greek culture. Local libraries, schools, colleges, museums, churches and other locations will host cultural events...
| Aug 29, 2012
| 5:38 PM
Experts say that a blood test commonly used to screen for prostate cancer can cause more harm than good and leads healthy men to receive useless and sometimes dangerous treatments.
But try telling that to the tens of millions of American men who continue...
| Dec 7, 2012
| 12:10 PM
Is there a sadder story than that of Karen Klein, the 68-year-old bus monitor who was taunted into tears by a handful of middle-schoolers as they videotaped her distress for their apparent later pleasure?
If so, it's Amanda Todd, the Canadian teenager...