| Dec 2, 2011
Since September, college students have been posing as taxi riders to catch drivers who refuse to take them to neighborhoods in Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and parts of northern Manhattan -- all places it might be difficult to land a return fare to...
| Apr 13, 2012
Ameet Sachdev's Chicago Law column this morning reports that Cook County Judge Charles Burns has barred reporters from tweeting in court during the trial of William Balfour. Balfour is charged with murdering three family members of singer and actress...
| Jul 4, 2012
The Library of Congress' list of 88 books that shaped America includes poetry, novels, nonfiction, a play, a polemic, books of science and grammar, cookbooks and children's books. What's it missing?...
| Jul 13, 2010
Two years ago, I wrote a health column for the overweight, sedentary, stiff in the joints, anti-exercise, keep-my-hair-dry crowd.
Get yourself into a pool, watch your blood pressure come down, feel your joints relax and enjoy life again.
Two years ago,...
| Sep 9, 2010
| 2:51 PM
The owners and general contractor at the Kleen Energy power plant ignored basic safety precautions before the February blast that killed six workers and injured several dozen more, a group of lawyers said Thursday as they announced nine new lawsuits...
| Oct 10, 2010
Penguin Press: 906 pp., $40
On Dec. 14, 1799, an ominous, fog-like gloom hung over Mount Vernon. Sixty-seven-year-old George Washington was dying. The ex-president, his doctors believed, was suffering from "quinsy" (a...
| Oct 15, 2010
| 8:47 AM
"Revolutionaries: A New History of the Invention of America"
By Jack Rakove
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 496 pp., $30
Reviewed By Kirk Davis Swinehart for the Chicago Tribune
Since the end of the American Revolution, in 1783, historians of varying...
| Jun 29, 2010
The widow hushed the packed chamber and veteran safety officials jolted it as a congressional subcommittee investigating the deadly natural gas explosion at the Kleen Energy power plant Feb. 7 heard testimony Monday at city hall.
"I find it bizarre...
| Apr 30, 2011
| 5:16 PM
After fire hit Joseph Palenza's multifamily building at 479-481 Farmington Ave. last month, city inspectors made a troubling discovery.
So many electrical hazards had accumulated over time — extension cords plugged into light sockets; loose or...
| May 22, 2011
Often, when the Catholic Church's sexual abuse crisis is discussed, some defender of the church will accurately point out that no other institution has done more to study itself and to create safeguards that protect children in the area of sexual abuse....
| May 20, 2011
| 4:50 PM
By and large, priests don’t molest because they are gay, or because the Catholic Church requires priests not to marry. Nor did the problem stem from changes in seminaries after Vatican II.
What, then? Those reasons are more elusive, a fact that...