| Apr 9, 2011
Wisconsin's top elections agency said Friday it would review a county clerk's discovery of 14,000 votes in the state's photo-finish Supreme Court election, a total that appeared to both decisively tip the race to the conservative incumbent but also...
| Jul 24, 2011
Retired Army Gen. John M. Shalikashvili, who became the first foreign-born chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and guided military and humanitarian efforts in the post-Cold War era of the 1990s, has died. He was 75.
Shalikashvili died Saturday...
| Jun 18, 2011
| 6:34 AM
Federal authorities are asking for the public's help in locating Gautam Gupta, a physician now wanted on fraud charges whose ads promising weight loss are well-known in the Chicago area.
An FBI complaint alleges that Gupta received almost $25 million...
| Jun 4, 2011
| 10:19 AM
Rod Blagojevich fancies himself a student of history, one reason he argued at his corruption retrial last week that efforts to leverage a U.S. Senate vacancy into a Cabinet post or other influential job for him were part of a grand tradition in American...
| Nov 5, 2010
Dinaw Mengestu's "How to Read the Air" opens audaciously — the unnamed narrator writes of his parents with impossible intimacy. He knows what his mother thinks as she stands before a mirror a year before he is born, what she hears in the middle of...
| Sep 5, 2010
Snakewoman of Little Egypt
Bloomsbury USA: 342 pp., $25
Blend one anthropologist (Jackson), one young woman fresh out of prison for shooting and injuring her husband (Sunny), and that husband, a Pentecostal pastor from a...
| Aug 8, 2010
When Darnell Hunt and Ana-Christina Ramón tell people that Los Angeles has the second largest black population of any U.S. county, the usual response is raised eyebrows and blank stares.
"They're shocked," says Hunt, a sociology professor and director of...
| Sep 19, 2010
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration
Random House: 622 pp, $30
It was an all-too-familiar dispatch from a particular time and place.
The Clarks, a young black family of four, were trying to improve...
| Sep 9, 2010
| 7:15 PM
Three years ago, West Chicago lost all 35 of its matches.
That's a distant memory for the Wildcats.
"We've had some rough years here," West Chicago junior outside hitter Julia Conard said. "There wasn't much winning before some of us got here."
| May 29, 2011
Scholastic: 396 pp., $18.99, ages 13 and up
Few events are more intrinsically ridiculous than the sequined spectacle of surgically enhanced females fake-baked to perfection and trotted on stage to one-up one another...
| Sep 4, 2011
Any skyscraper is a contradiction.
The tall tower is architecture's most famous building type and also the one most clearly at odds with the profession's roots. Fundamentally, architecture is shelter, a concession that we're afraid to face the elements...
| Aug 21, 2010
| 3:13 PM
Brequan Tucker stopped playing football in eighth grade, a decision his brother Breion had long since come to terms with.
When the other Tucker triplet, Breshion, announced that he was going to make basketball his sole focus in the summer of 2009, his...