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  • How Jason Narducy got reinspired, with a little help from his A-list friends

    How Jason Narducy got reinspired, with a little help from his A-list friends
    Jason Narducy once played in an Evanston band with a bunch of pre-teen friends that directly inspired a 13-year-old Dave Grohl. Later he cofounded Verbow and made a major-label album with Bob Mould as producer. But a decade ago, he began to explore...
  • Ask Amy: Grad school 'frenemy' needs more class

    Ask Amy: Grad school 'frenemy' needs more class
    Dear Amy: I have a friend who is not really a friend at all. We attend graduate school together. What started out as being in the same study group and saying "hello" in the hallway has turned into a toxic relationship that I can't endure. "Emily" always...
  • Ask Amy: Husband discovers wife's secret chats

     Ask Amy: Husband discovers wife's secret chats
    Dear Amy: I have been married for 11 years. My wife and I have two children. Recently I found out my wife has been chatting with her first cousin (male) on social networking sites almost daily. He lives in a different country. This communication...
  • Westminster Dog Show contestants are the best of the best

    Westminster Dog Show contestants are the best of the best
    Every dog may have its day, but only one can win Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, coming up Monday-Tuesday, Feb.16-17, at New York's Madison Square Garden. All dogs competing in the prestigious show have earned the title of Champion...
  • John Kass: Ernie Banks, the girl and the man in a wheelchair

    Everyone who grew up in Chicago seems to have their own Ernie Banks story, and with memorial services held last week for the Cubs Hall of Fame player, we're in a remembering mood. "How about if the Cubs all wear 14 on Opening Day?" suggested reader...
  • Rachel Marsden: Intelligence agencies must be able to fight terrorism in secret

    PARIS -- Does anyone else miss the days when intelligence agencies were permitted to operate covertly and it was considered totally acceptable that they do so? It seems to be increasingly the case that Western countries are perceived as less than...
  • Ask Amy: Old friends' connection skips a generation

     Ask Amy: Old friends' connection skips a generation
    Dear Amy: My husband and I have been friends with "Alice" and "Jim" for many years. Our daughters are the same age, so we have spent a lot of family time together, sharing celebrations, car trips, barbecues, etc. Our kids were best friends too. Now both...
  • Snowstorms bring out the best in us — snow piles, the worst

    Snowstorms bring out the best in us — snow piles, the worst
    Big snowfalls bring out the best in us. As the flakes fall and the wind whips mounds into drifts, we rally. Those of us who can, shovel off our own sidewalks and maybe go a house or two up and down the street. Snowblower heroes carve pathways down...
  • Ask Amy: Teen already anxious about sleep-away camp

     Ask Amy: Teen already anxious about sleep-away camp
    Dear Amy: I'm almost 15 years old. My parents signed me up for a one-week sleep-away camp this summer. I am looking forward to this, except that I don't like being away from home. Ever since I was a kid, I have had high anxiety in new situations and I...
  • Ask Amy: This dog's bark is worse than the neighbors' bite

    Ask Amy: This dog's bark is worse than the neighbors' bite
    Dear Amy: I live in a condo with six other units. The walls and floors are very well-insulated, but definitely not soundproof. We recently adopted a dog, "Princess," from a family friend. Princess is still young (two years old) and she's a sweet dog who...
  • Control your spending by understanding marketing tactics

    Control your spending by understanding marketing tactics
    Retail therapy might not be the best medicine, but aroma therapy makes scents. These are among the secrets to spending smarter that can be gleaned from academia's study of consumer behavior, which examines not only what we buy but why. Here are some...