| Aug 18, 2014
| 2:22 PM
In war, as a combat aviator during World War II, and in peace, as a businessman, civic leader and powerful player in local politics, James Alter was always fighting the good fight.
Mr. Alter, 92, died of congestive heart failure Thursday, Aug. 14, in...
| Aug 18, 2014
| 5:05 AM
After a recent screening of "The Hundred-Foot Journey," a moviegoer turned to me and asked if I had ever tasted sea urchin.
The prickly purple pincushion plays a pivotal role in this elaborate and engaging food tale. The roe, or the inner belly, is...
| Aug 13, 2014
| 9:20 PM
WASHINGTON — The promise of SoulCycle is that you can do anything.
On a bike at the boutique cycling studio chain, which started in New York, you're told you can climb the steepest hill imaginable. You can power through another 30-second sprint....
| Aug 14, 2014
| 7:07 AM
When Connecticut author Wally Lamb's book, "She's Come Undone," gained national recognition in 1997 – after being featured in Oprah Winfrey's popular book club – there was a lot of talk about making the story into a film.
The movie rights...
| Jul 18, 2014
| 12:25 PM
The future of Oprah's studio. The arrival of Google in the West Loop. And the potential to transform the old Main Post Office, a ruin so monumental it straddles an expressway.
Each turnaround could improve a neighborhood. Combined, they could remake a...
| Aug 7, 2014
| 7:17 PM
Best-selling author Billie Letts, whose 1995 novel "Where the Heart Is" was selected by Oprah Winfrey for her book club and then adapted into a movie, has died in Oklahoma. She was 76.
Letts died Saturday in Tulsa of acute myeloid leukemia. Her...
| Jul 15, 2014
| 11:28 AM
(Museum of New Mexico Press, $39.95)
Santa Fe, N.M., founded in 1610, is unique among cities in the United States. No other city looks like Santa Fe. Here three dominant cultures — Indian, Hispanic and Anglo — have coexisted and...
| Jul 3, 2014
| 8:30 PM
Q. I do an enormous amount of hiring for my organization. After a decade of interviewing, I notice subtle signs right away that tell me how good a potential employee will be. The problem is I feel guilty that I'm not giving people a chance if I jump to...
| Jul 24, 2014
| 6:58 AM
The Rams open training camp Friday and the rules of engagement regarding Michael Sam have been set. Let’s call it them the Dungy Rules.
Rule No. 1 - You must be 100 percent positive in commenting about Sam. If not, you’d better hire a...
| Jun 26, 2014
| 12:03 PM
I was talking with a co-worker yesterday, and she was recalling something her young son said to her that surprised her.
It was a profound statement that, to me, sounded shrouded in irony.
I will let her comment below, if she wants to talk about this...
| Jul 12, 2014
| 12:35 PM
The Downtown Sound music series is now a Monday night fixture during the summer at Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, but it wasn't always so.
The city of Chicago had a hands-off policy toward rock music for generations, a phobia turned into...
| Jul 30, 2014
| 6:01 PM
Jon Bon Jovi.
Does the name mean anything to you?
How about Donald Trump?
OK, how about Terry Pegula?
They head the three groups that reportedly have bid for the Buffalo Bills. You remember the Bills, right?
Probably not, which is why the NFL...