| Nov 6, 2011
Unemployment is mired at 9%, and President Obama's poll ratings are mired too. Democrats are dispirited. Republicans are fired up and ready to go. Activists on both the right and the left are demanding change.
So is there any way Obama can win reelection...
| Jul 29, 2013
For the last couple of weeks, Chicago artist Garland Martin Taylor has been at Yale University making presentations to curators whose museums have artifacts predating the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation.
His lectures have been on ways to...
| Feb 2, 2009
Some couples take dance lessons to prepare for their wedding day. Others get premarital counseling. But core-strengthening classes gave one couple more than just good wedding photos.
For Julio and Julie Hernandez, fitness is how they keep themselves, and...
| Jan 30, 2013
The magic is gone … the infatuation over.
Wealthy investors who thought a few years ago that brainy hedge fund managers would show them the money have shed their rose-colored glasses.
Individuals are no longer enamored with the funds, and for...
| Jan 23, 2012
During a six-decade career, Joe Paterno transformed sleepy Penn State University into a national football power, creating a legacy that no one thought could be beaten — or tarnished.
But the Ivy League-educated coach who demanded that his players...
| Nov 3, 2010
| 9:18 AM
It was like I was a child again and Christmas, Easter and the morning after losing a tooth had all been rolled into one.
What event could possibly bring me back to those glorious days of anticipation and excitement? A trip across the old Air Line...
| Apr 2, 2011
A plaque at the entrance to the former Civilian Conservation Corps Camp Hadley sums up the efforts of the 200 men who once called this slice of the Cockaponset State Forest home during the 1930s.
"Renewing the country's natural resources and...
| Sep 21, 2011
If intellect, energy and force of will in the 1990s could have turned Lake County from its race toward the out-of-control growth of the next decade, then Rolon Reed would have been legendary.
Heaven knows he tried.
The retired judge from New York with a...
| Sep 21, 2011
| 10:00 PM
Director Bennett Miller’s “Moneyball” is the perfect sports movie for these cash-strapped times of efficiency maximization. It's also the best sports movie in a long time, period, as well as honestly inspirational — even though...
| Nov 4, 2011
| 3:22 PM
When LSU and Alabama go at it Saturday night in Tuscaloosa, there is no doubt in anyone's mind that these two are college football's premier programs. It's #1 vs #2. We all know that to be true.
So when it comes to athletics - especially football...
| Nov 18, 2011
| 8:26 AM
A tweak. A twinge. A minor ache in the knee. A mild stitch in the side.
For most of us, the process of aging arrives in what the showbiz folks call a soft open: You don't feel it in a grand thunderclap, but in a gradual series of small incidents. When...
| Dec 28, 2011
Usually, the year leading up to an election year is all prelude -- pregame festivities that are quickly forgotten once the real game begins. But looking back at 2011, it's clear that the game - one that feels vital and filled with potential - began this...