| Jan 9, 2011
| 7:50 PM
Money matters in politics, but in the race for Chicago mayor, another valued commodity is the ability to claim a connection to working-class neighborhoods of bungalows and grit -- true or otherwise.
And so Miguel del Valle, the current Chicago city...
| Jan 10, 2011
| 12:10 PM
REDLANDS ( KTLA) -- Police are stepping up security around Redlands schools as students return Monday from a tumultuous winter break that saw two of their fellow classmates killed.
Schools that will see increased police presence are Redlands, Citrus...
| Jan 25, 2011
| 1:30 AM
The recent shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., spawned a national conversation about political rhetoric. But much of that discussion seems off the mark.
Some on the left quickly tried to tie the shooting to conservative political rhetoric....
| Feb 6, 2011
The Improbable Story of America's Greatest Word
Oxford University Press: 211 pp., $18.95
Is there another word as supple as "OK"?
Those two letters, side by side, separated (or not) by periods — they answer so many...
| Feb 4, 2011
| 7:30 AM
It was back to class for Chicago public school students today -- but that often meant late to work for their parents.
While classes resumed after two days, there was no bus service for 24,000 of the system's 409,000 students. At least half those students...
| Sep 29, 2010
| 1:20 PM
In an intersectional matchup with Venice High that was predicted to be a shootout, the most potent weapon in the St. Francis football team's arsenal turned out to be a fire extinguisher.
Setting a tone of defensive dominance from the first quarter,...
| Oct 14, 2010
| 9:34 AM
By Jane Smiley
Random House, 336 pages, $26.95
Married life is generally a disappointment. If 'Madame Bovary' isn’t a cautionary enough testament to that rude fact of life, then there are the tut-tuts of the women in the knitting...
| Jul 4, 2011
| 8:18 PM
HAMPTON — Long before his audacious victories during the Civil War Robert E. Lee was sent to Fort Wool, a manmade island in the middle of Hampton Roads, to battle against the elements.
He wasn't entirely successful back in the 1830s according to...
| Jul 10, 2011
Paul Revere was captured on April 18, 1775, before he could warn the residents of Concord, Mass., that the British were coming. (He did make it to Lexington, Mass.)
No Revolutionary War battle was ever fought at Valley Forge, Pa., even though Gen. George...
| Nov 4, 2011
| 1:05 AM
Q During football season, fans shop for T-shirts, banners, nodding heads, glasses and other souvenirs of the game. Through the years, many football toys also have been made.
A 1930s iron mechanical place-kicker toy actually could kick a tiny football....
| Sep 2, 2011
Under its new artistic director Michael Weber, Porchlight Music Theatre is going to concentrate on this pithy and concise mission: "American Musicals. Chicago Style."
So what, exactly, does that mean?
"Well," Weber said in an interview earlier this...
| Sep 28, 2011
| 7:57 AM
From the Kansas Historical Society:
African American photographer, author. Born November 30, 1912, Fort Scott, Kansas. Died: March 7, 2006, New York City, New York.
Gordon Roger Alexander Buchanan Parks was born November 30, 1912, in Fort Scott, Kansas,...