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  • John Kass: Cardinal Francis George, the intellectual rock of American Catholicism

    Cardinal Francis George of Chicago -- the intellectual rock of the Roman Catholic Church in America -- died in his bed the other day. "I expect to die in my bed," George said years ago. These are the first few words of a controversial quote that set out...
  • Doug Buffone's passion, sense of humor will be missed

    Doug Buffone's passion, sense of humor will be missed
    One day when the Bears played at Wrigley Field, linebacker Dick Butkus kept yelling at teammate Doug Buffone that his shoes stunk. The louder Butkus yelled, the more Buffone insisted they didn't. Butkus rode his buddy so hard about the smell that...
  • Ask Amy: Girlfriend tells 'little' lies -- a lot

     Ask Amy: Girlfriend tells 'little' lies -- a lot
    Dear Amy: I have been dating my girlfriend for nine years. When we met she was going through a divorce and had kids to raise, so there was no rush to take our relationship beyond dating. Now with the kids gone we have been talking about getting married....
  • Distract finger-biting cat with other amusements

    Distract finger-biting cat with other amusements
    These reader questions were answered at the 2015 International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants Feline Behavior Conference here, April 11-12. Speakers included veterinary behaviorists and certified cat behavior consultants on issues ranging from...
  • Ask Amy: Take road trip to reconnect with son

     Ask Amy: Take road trip to reconnect with son
    Dear Amy: My 19-year-old son has grown very distant. I got divorced when he was 14. Afterward our relationship was the best I could manage, considering a parenting schedule of every other Sunday. Prior to the divorce we were very close and spent a lot...
  • Can androids pray for digital salvation?

    Can robots make good Christians? As computer science races ahead, at least one forward-looking Florida pastor sees a future for the faith in whatever passes for a soul in robots, androids, cyborgs and other forms of artificial intelligence. No, I'm not...
  • Ask Amy: Are quips a good 'comeback' to bullies?

     Ask Amy: Are quips a good 'comeback' to bullies?
    Dear Readers: Please enjoy this "Best Of" column while I'm away. I return next week. Dear Amy: My 12-year-old son started at a new school, where he has become a target for verbal bullying by a few older guys. The school is doing its best to control...
  • 'Engagement' is a buzzword worth making noise about

     'Engagement' is a buzzword worth making noise about
    I'm no fan of buzzwords. I dislike them so much I created my own buzzword to describe the fight against overused workplace gibberish: dynamic jargon disruption. It's a phrase I'm hoping will catch on, but even a nationally renowned dynamic jargon...
  • Alabama Shakes shake up their sound

    Alabama Shakes shake up their sound
    In 2012, when Alabama Shakes released its debut album, "Boys & Girls," the studio was not the band's friend. Songs that popped in concert sounded relatively constrained on record. The melodies were strong but fell into a retro pocket, evoking soul and...
  • Ask Amy: Aunt worries about hosting drug addict

     Ask Amy: Aunt worries about hosting drug addict
    Dear Readers: I've stepped away from my column for a few days. Please enjoy this "Best Of" column in my absence. I return next week. Dear Amy: I come from a big family, and we all come together on Christmas Eve every year. I plan to host the event at my...
  • Rhiannon Giddens stepping out from the Chocolate Drops

    Rhiannon Giddens stepping out from the Chocolate Drops
    The year leading up to Rhiannon Giddens' first solo album, "Tomorrow is my Turn" (Nonesuch), was full of zigs and zags, a whirlwind of shows and recording sessions that had her performing in a variety of contexts, some a good musical distance from her...