| Jun 29, 2012
| 8:12 AM
Veterans took a punch when VFW Post No. 2801 in Villa Park was shuttered by fire recently, but they weren’t knocked out by it.
Now Chicago-area fighters are raising money to help the post rebuild.
Various organizations have banded together to...
| Jun 30, 2012
| 2:56 PM
A Finnish mathematician has created what he says is the world's hardest sudoku puzzle.
Arto Inkala created the game. He's says the game makes you think 10 moves ahead. You can learn more about his puzzle by clicking here.
| Jul 3, 2012
| 12:28 PM
You've probably scaled back your children's screen time this summer, and we applaud your efforts to encourage kids to put down their tablets in favor of outdoor play. Still, when youngsters are allowed online, there is no reason their Internet...
| Oct 13, 2012
| 7:00 AM
After his first three moves on Monday, Max Totten, Palm Crest Elementary School’s top chess player, was sure he had vanquished his opponent.
“I thought I was winning,” the fifth-grader said. “Then she came up with a checkmate.&...
| Oct 16, 2012
Your elementary-age kids get a lot of "games" for homework — word searches, jumbles, crossword puzzles, etc. Is this teaching them anything?
(from our panel of staff contributors)
I don't remember most homework being word searches...
| Oct 18, 2012
As one who worries about the plight of victims of human rights abuses, the announcement that Cuba will no longer require an exit permit to leave the island is good news. One hopes award-winning blogger Yoani Sánchez will be allowed to travel to receive...
| May 7, 2012
| 1:33 PM
What causes you anxiety in the middle of the night? For some people age 50-plus the fear of losing one's mind, literally toAlzheimer'sor dementia, can cause tossing and turning.
While there is no magic bullet to prevent dementia, including Alzheimer's,...
| Jul 15, 2012
| 6:43 PM
A Pine Crest School graduate from Weston is in the hunt for the final table at the World Series of Poker -- and he has a lot of friends rooting for him.
Jonathan Schoder, 22, is still alive with only 97 players remaining at the Rio All-Suites Hotel in...
| Oct 31, 2012
| 10:54 AM
WASHINGTON -- Mitt Romney spoke to supporters in the Ohio town of Defiance last week, but his words came from the twin cities of Duplicity and Deception.
"I saw a story today that one of the great manufacturers in this state, Jeep, now owned by the...
| Nov 1, 2012
| 4:51 PM
The challenges of bow hunting don't just begin when you climb a tree during archery season. In reality, archery hunting can be considered a larger-than-life version of the game of chess.
To be consistently successful, archers have to be constantly trying...
| Aug 19, 2012
Elie Wiesel, translated from the French by Catherine Temerson
Alfred A. Knopf: 214 pp., $25.95
It's hard to read Elie Wiesel's new novel, "Hostage," without thinking about his classic...
| Nov 1, 2012
| 1:59 PM
After years of planning and months of campaigning, the most expensive presidential race in history comes down to a final five-day whirlwind of speeches and television ads in the eight states still up for grabs.
President Barack Obama and Republican...