| Apr 11, 2014
| 9:44 AM
Our adventure began at 7:37 a.m. on a Saturday.
"Good morning, everyone!" said Capt. Alex, a fit, blue-eyed father of four who has made his career on the river.
"Good morning!" came the surprisingly chipper early morning reply from my fellow...
| Apr 24, 2014
| 2:30 AM
BIRTHDAY GAL: Actor Derek Luke was born in Jersey City, N.J., on this day in 1974. This birthday guy is known for his roles in such films as "Baggage Claim," "Captain America: The First Avenger" and "Miracle at St. Anna." He starred in the short-lived...
| Apr 9, 2014
| 1:03 PM
Letters to the editor from Glenview, Des Plaines and Skokie.
It's enraging that the federal government is still allowing majestic and intelligent wolves to be hunted and massacred. Hundreds of these wrongfully demonized creatures have...
| May 15, 2014
| 8:39 AM
Events featuring authors and poets are scheduled this spring and summer. Here are some highlights:
International best-selling British author of fantasy, whose work includes the comic book series "The Sandman" and novels "Stardust,"...
| May 19, 2014
| 10:47 AM
A Nevada state board pulled plans to name a Lake Tahoe cove after Mark Twain amid opposition from a tribe saying he held racist views on Native Americans.
The Nevada State Board on Geographic Names voted this week to indefinitely postpone a move to name...
| May 16, 2014
| 3:47 PM
'The house was quiet and the world was calm …"
Or so said Wallace Stevens.
Clearly the world is anything but calm. And yet the house, it's true, is quiet: Stevens' home at 118 Westerly Terrace in the Hartford's West End will soon go on the...
| May 20, 2014
| 6:00 AM
The author Mark Twain was a lot of things to a lot of people: cigar-chomping social critic, curmudgeon, knee-slapping loose cannon who would have frowned at -- and mocked -- the phrase "politically correct."
A decision by a Nevada state panel sheds...
| May 22, 2014
| 6:00 AM
In the twilight years of snail mail, fledgling British copywriter Shaun Usher launched Letters of Note, a blog dedicated to paper correspondence. Despite the obvious irony, the site quickly built a following. Readers connected with the personal written...
| Mar 21, 2014
In 1864, a young American journalist named Mark Twain told a lie. It wasn't his first, and it certainly wouldn't be his last, but the fib initiated a chain of events that helped him become the most celebrated author of his time.
Writing for a paper in...
| Mar 21, 2014
| 2:03 PM
Q: I grew up with five siblings, but after Dad died, our weak relationships went from bad to worse. To this day, two of my siblings and I get along fine. We've admitted to the pain we caused each other and asked for forgiveness. My relationships with...
| Mar 27, 2014
| 4:30 PM
The most popular guest at the Paramount Pictures premiere of "Noah" on Wednesday night in New York was decked out in a bright pink ensemble with matching boots.
Vera Fried, who admitted that her wardrobe came from a Suits for Less discount store, isn't a...