| May 24, 2013
| 8:04 PM
Let's take a break from the raging discord that has dominated Washington lately by remembering federal employees who died abroad in service to their country. With so much attention focused on what the government has done wrong, we'll end the week with...
| Apr 27, 2013
| 3:02 PM
Friends and former classmates gathered Saturday at Johns Hopkins University to remember Anne Smedinghoff, a Foreign Service officer who was killed in a bombing in Afghanistan earlier this month, sharing stories of a too-short life marked by adventure....
| May 3, 2013
| 11:15 AM
I was very moved by the tribute to Anne Smedinghoff, the Foreign Service officer killed in Afghanistan that recently appeared in The Sun especially the quote at the end from the poem, "Success," by Ralph Waldo Emerson ("Friends celebrate slain diplomat'...
| May 2, 2013
| 7:37 AM
The Books For Kids Day event has a touching twist this year: It's being dedicated to Anne Smedinghoff, the 25-year-old Johns Hopkins University alum who was killed in a bombing while delivering textbooks to school children in Afghanistan.
| Aug 23, 2014
| 10:00 AM
Have you seen the movie “Boyhood”? Filmed over 12 years using the same actor -- a boy who grows into a man -- it’s both epic and intimate.
One of this week’s Great Reads is like a Central American immigrant’s version of...
| Apr 23, 2014
| 7:02 PM
A U.S. mission to deliver books to a school in Afghanistan that ended in the death of a young foreign service officer from River Forest was plagued by poor planning that “failed at all levels,” according to a scathing Army report obtained by...
| Apr 7, 2014
| 9:13 AM
KABUL, Afghanistan — One year after a 25-year-old diplomat from the Chicago area was killed in a car bombing in southern Afghanistan, the U.S. Embassy in Kabul remembered Anne Smedinghoff on Monday by reading poetry and releasing balloons in a...
| Jan 19, 2014
| 4:44 AM
She knew the risks, but Lexie Kamerman’s family and friends said the Chicago native would not be deterred from her goal: Helping young women in Afghanistan improve their lives through education.
"That's the wonderful thing about her. She had a...
| Jul 28, 2013
Delfin Santos Jr. was in Army basic training when his father died.
His father was himself an Army veteran, a prisoner of war during World War II who died in his 90s. Santos listened — really listened — to his father's stories as a child...
| Apr 9, 2013
| 10:25 AM
A former teacher of Anne Smedinghoff broke down in tears today as she described the Fenwick High School graduate returning to her classroom for a visit last year wearing high heels and a perfectly tailored U.S. diplomat’s uniform.
"That young woman...