| Oct 27, 2013
Some days, you find you can't get away from the griping and sniping and game playing and overall whining.
We just got past it with the government shutdown, but the garbage keeps coming.
You get buffoonish Florida Congressman Alan Grayson, an Orlando...
| Sep 10, 2013
| 7:22 PM
Years ago, there was a television commercial about spaghetti sauce. In it, three children answer a question: "Who makes the best spaghetti?"
"My mom," says the first. "Spaghetti with meat sauce!"
"My mom," says the next. "Spaghetti with clam sauce!"...
| Oct 15, 2013
| 4:23 PM
My column today is about mental health professionals and others who are offended by the marketing approach -- state hospital escapees torturing people -- of one of the local haunted houses. You can read it here. I ended up taking......
| Oct 13, 2013
You probably had no idea that Al Jolson, the star of the first talkie movie, "The Jazz Singer," enjoyed urinating on people as a joke. Or that once, in the middle of a conversation in the White House, President Warren G. Harding got up from his chair...
| Oct 11, 2013
| 8:25 AM
This article was excerpted and adapted from Chris Jones' new book. "Bigger, Brighter, Louder: 150 Years of Chicago Theater as Seen by Chicago Tribune Critics" (University of Chicago Press, 2013) is a collection of reviews of theater productions from "Rip...
| Oct 3, 2013
| 2:23 PM
No one can say that nothing good came of this week's federal government shutdown.
In an affront to every decent American, the hallowed ground of the Gettysburg National Military Park — a world-renowned symbol of the gallant struggle against a...
| Oct 3, 2013
| 12:36 PM
Back this month in a meticulous digital restoration, on a screen large enough to handle its variously color-tinted insanities, the silent landmark "Intolerance" is everything a movie can be. It's grand, grandiose, ambitious to the point of absurdity,...
| Oct 2, 2013
| 2:18 PM
Federal employees have been furloughed, federal assistance for those needing food has been threatened and tourists everywhere have been shut out of monuments and national parks as a result of the partial shutdown of the U.S. government.
| Sep 29, 2013
What if we had a mass shooting and nobody noticed?
That gloomy thought came to mind as I listened to the unsettling sound of silence that followed the recent Navy Yard attack that left 12 people dead, plus the shooter, in the nation's capital.
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
The dead speak. If you're listening. It happens every day -- every day the paper publishes obituaries. They speak whole lives. Some of them can invoke a whole era, which suddenly becomes more alive, more real, than what passes for reality in the drab...
| Sep 27, 2013
| 12:44 PM
A Maryland-based Ku Klux Klan group plans on holding an event in Gettysburg National Military Park, site of the three-day Civil War battle, park officials said.
The Confederate White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, a white supremacy group, will stage a...
| Sep 20, 2013
| 1:42 PM
The power of still photography...