| Sep 28, 2014
| 4:25 PM
The jokes are coming to an end at Riley's Trick Shop in Palos Hills, which will likely sell its last gags, pranks and Halloween costumes this fall.
After 77 years employing five generations of Rileys, the shop — one of the area's few remaining...
| Jun 23, 2014
| 1:50 PM
Downers Grove Police will increase patrols for the July 4 holiday weekend in an attempt to nab drivers who are drunk or impaired as well as motorists who are not using seat belts.
Lt. Mike Willison said officers will be working "saturation patrols" in...
| Sep 11, 2014
| 4:53 AM
When Bridie McKenna's, an Irish pub and restaurant, closed at the end of August, Highwood lost a destination mainstay of seven years.
Jim Kane, one of the original owners, declined to say why exactly the restaurant had to close, saying only it was for...
| Sep 29, 2014
| 2:55 PM
The murder of a rabbi and vandalism at South Florida synagogues this year underscore the need for religious communities to work closely with law enforcement, the Anti-Defamation League said.
"We want people to be proactive about security, and to try and...
| Sep 22, 2014
| 12:21 PM
Dark beer lovers take note. Starbucks Corp is testing a "dark barrel latte" in a handful of its cafes in Ohio and Florida.
The non-alcoholic drink includes a chocolaty stout flavored sauce, whipped cream and dark caramel drizzle, a spokeswoman said on...
| Aug 23, 2014
| 2:38 PM
UCF's football season-opener may be 4,000 miles away in Ireland, but it's still a home game when your last name is O'Leary.
When UCF coach George O'Leary marches his team onto the field of Croke Park Stadium on Saturday, he'll be within three hours of...
| Apr 5, 2014
| 8:48 AM
I had one of those "think it and it happens" moments this winter. On a walk to the post office, I passed the Roland Park Shopping Center. I remembered the old Roland Park Bakery & Deli and the fabulous banana cream pie its owner, Anita Ward, once made...
| Apr 7, 2014
| 3:40 PM
Can we agree that Don Draper sunk to a new low of lousy parenting last season on "Mad Men" when he barely took pains to hide his infidelity with the neighbor lady? That recklessness pretty much ensured that someone would walk in on one of his...
| Apr 13, 2014
| 5:57 PM
HARTFORD — The city celebrated the UConn men's and women's basketball teams' national championships Sunday with a victory parade through downtown, and it was one of the biggest parties Hartford has ever seen.
An estimated 200,000 people lined...
| May 10, 2014
| 4:30 PM
Dale Austin, a retired Baltimore Sun reporter whose coverage of Maryland horse racing spanned a half-century and took him on assignments as far away as England, died in his sleep Friday at his Bayside Beach home. He was 81.
His wife of 38 years, the...
| Apr 29, 2014
| 2:14 PM
Blind architect Chris Downey says that city planners and property owners should view future construction projects through a different set of eyes.
Downey's observations came during a daylong conference on water conservation and energy-efficient building...