| Dec 29, 2011
NEW YORK -- The U.S. population is expected to top out at close to 312.8 million people just around the time crowds gather to watch the ball drop on New Year's Eve, according to new census data released Thursday.
The figure represents a 0.7% increase...
| Jan 14, 2012
| 8:45 PM
The room at Mojoes in Joliet was filled with, at most, a few hundred people. The crowd wasn't loud. Maybe it was bored after having watched eight mixed martial arts fights. Maybe it was tired as the buzz wore off that December night.
Not Jeff Dunbar....
| Jun 1, 2011
| 12:14 PM
Describe the influence your childhood in Connecticut has had on your work.
The public schools in Connecticut were amazing. I took everything in art that was offered. When we moved to North Carolina, I went from a beautiful school in Connecticut to 30...
| Jul 28, 2011
| 4:02 PM
Long before gaudy, gooey cupcakes became America’s default dessert, there was Lutz Olkiewicz. During his 25 years at the Drake Hotel, Chicago's grand master of sugar created delicate pastries, elegant cakes and intricately decorated tortes. ...
| Jan 23, 2012
| 8:52 PM
Several nights ago I dreamed I met heavyweight boxing champ and cultural icon, Muhammad Ali.
He turned 70 last week.
Though I've been a fan for decades, I confess I've never dreamed of him before.
The setting was a surreal, red carpet-like environment,...
| Jan 25, 2012
There is a rich history of political parties trying to influence the opposition’s winnowing process, in order to ensure that the least viable candidate is ultimately presented as the nominee.
No one should be surprised that the Democrats are...
| Feb 1, 2012
If Shakespeare were alive today and banging out plays on his laptop he would probably have had a different view of mankind.
"All the world's a stage," he might have written, "And all the men and women merely leading actors and actresses in a hit new...
| Feb 2, 2012
| 4:31 AM
Celebrated boxing trainer Angelo Dundee, Muhammad Ali's cornerman in his greatest fights, died Wednesday at the age of 90.
"Angelo died surrounded by family and friends," his family said in a statement. "He was very happy that he got to celebrate Ali's...
| Feb 2, 2012
| 6:05 PM
Yes, NBC likes having the Patriots, with arguably the game's most recognizable coach and quarterback on one sideline, and the Giants, representing the country's biggest media market, on the other.
But as Al Michaels said the other day in a media...
| Feb 7, 2012
| 9:02 AM
INDIANAPOLIS -- You'll be happy to know I didn't fall asleep on the couch watching the Super Bowl like I did in Dallas last year. That's because I took a different approach when covering the Super Bowl parties in Indianapolis. I didn't stay until the very...
| Feb 7, 2012
| 11:50 AM
Bruce Lee, the Chinese martial arts megastar who died in 1973, has attained a kind of global cultural-icon status, on par with, say, James Dean, Elvis Presley, Miles Davis, Malcolm X, Bob Dylan, Muhammad Ali, Marilyn Monroe, Bob Marley, Che Guevara and Al...
| Feb 22, 2012
| 5:39 PM
During her IndyCar career, it seemed like the only Sunday that Danica Patrick was relevant was Super Bowl Sunday, when she appeared in the over-hyped godaddy.com commercials.
Now that she has made the switch to NASCAR, Patrick has a chance to be relevant...