| Feb 23, 2014
One day in May 1942, a group of young Chicagoans — black and white — opened a key chapter in civil rights history by refusing to take no for an answer when told that Jack Spratt Coffee House on East 47th Street didn't serve African-Americans....
| Apr 1, 2014
| 4:50 PM
Frankie Knuckles, a record producer and disc jockey who helped develop the sound and culture of house music — a style of Chicago dance music that revolutionized club culture in the 1970s and '80s and resonates today — died Monday at his home...
| Mar 31, 2014
| 7:00 AM
Six months after sign-ups began in a historic overhaul, Monday marks the end of open enrollment for Obamacare coverage this year.
Californians trying to sign up at the last minute are likely to encounter numerous delays applying on a state website or...
| Jan 31, 2014
| 7:48 PM
The survey of Civil Rights Era photography called “The Movement” at the NSU Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale is filled with scenes of courage in the face of horrible violence. But one of the most remarkable pictures in the exhibit is about...
| Mar 24, 2014
| 1:04 PM
Dorothy Height is celebrated with a Google doodle today on what would have been her 102nd birthday.
If you said "Dorothy who?" this is for you.
Height stood on the same stage as Martin Luther King Jr. as he told of his dream, was often the lone woman...
| Mar 13, 2014
| 6:13 PM
Q: Heads-up to a problem that has great potential for a nasty accident. My 4-year-old granddaughter is a member of Parkettes and attends on Saturday mornings. Clearly people need to heed the crosswalk and the extremely battered and worn sign to stop for...
| Apr 20, 2014
The government of Iraq last week announced that it had padlocked the infamous prison at Abu Ghraib. The gates are closed. The inmates moved. Whether the closure is permanent or temporary -- Iraqi officials suggest the latter -- this ought to qualify as...
| Apr 28, 2014
"The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice," the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. assured his followers. But was he right?
The arc of American history, at least, has a different shape. During the 19th century, a high point for...
| Feb 11, 2014
Black History Month reminds me of a really great golden oldies station, always blaring the same handful of terrific tunes. Every February, it plays Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks and Harriet Tubman soul — with a chorus or two of the George...
| Apr 22, 2014
| 3:18 PM
There was a startling news item this week from Fairview Township, northern York County, where a gallant "neighborhood watch" has come to the rescue of the residents of Ridge Road.
I was startled because I once lived near Ridge Road in that township. I...
| Feb 3, 2014
| 11:58 AM
Harold D. Petty Sr., a retired Maryland state trooper whose career spanned 25 years, died Friday of cancer at his farm in Darlington, Harford County. He was 76.
The son of farmers, Harold Dean Petty Sr. was born in Galax, Va., and moved with his family...