| Jan 22, 2014
| 1:56 PM
Animation director Michael Sporn, best known for his adaptations of children's stories that were shown on HBO, PBS and other networks, had a childhood that was interrupted. When he was a toddler his father abandoned the family, and although his mother...
| Feb 20, 2014
| 8:23 AM
Chicago Tribune business columnist Gail MarksJarvis dispenses advice for 30-somethings trying to save money ahead of time for retirement.
| Oct 14, 2013
| 7:50 AM
Oscar Hijuelos, a son of Cuban immigrants to the U.S. whose 1989 novel "The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love" made him the first Latino to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, has died. He was 62.
His death was confirmed by a spokesman for Gotham Books,...
| Sep 27, 2013
| 12:30 PM
One of my accomplishments this past year was perfecting my ability to do more than one thing at a time -- a skill honed in those harried decades of child rearing when getting chores done involved all my fingers and toes and then some. Now I've managed yet...
| Jan 24, 2014
There is always something going on in this vibrant, vital city, and though every calendar day marks events worth remembering, only a few hundred have found their way into John Schmidt's delightful and engaging new book, "On This Day in Chicago History."...
| Jan 28, 2014
| 12:45 PM
For the first time, college athletes have officially asked to be represented by a labor union.
A new group called the College Athletes Players Assn. has petitioned the National Labor Relations Board, saying the athletes deserve a say in the rules that...
| Feb 4, 2014
| 7:26 PM
As far back as 1968, rising star Christopher Jones — who seemed to have everything at 26, including sensitive good looks, adoring fans and a steady stream of film offers — said he wasn't much devoted to acting.
"I think of acting as only a...
| Oct 18, 2013
| 9:40 AM
Another photo with CarnEvil. Haunted maze characters Julia Niziolek and Bill Shanahan, both of Schaumburg, wait in the makeup tent prior to the opening at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates. (Carnevil photos by Darrell Goemaat for the Chicago Tribune)
| Jan 23, 2014
| 9:54 AM
The documentary "Life Itself," directed by Steve James of "Hoop Dreams" and "The Interrupters" and based on the late Roger Ebert's 2011 memoir, could have settled for well-meaning hagiography or a feature-length pitch for sainthood. Many of Ebert's far-...
| Feb 12, 2014
| 5:49 PM
SOCHI, Russia — After taking a few practice runs down the halfpipe at the Sochi Olympics earlier this week, Hannah Teter had some concerns. To say the least.
"I couldn't do any of my tricks," the American snowboarder said. "It was just the worst...
| Feb 8, 2014
| 5:38 PM
SOCHI, Russia — It was 2:30 a.m. and the stranger on the other side of the door wanted into my hotel room.
"How many cards do you have?" he kept asking in broken English.
The lock rattled and eventfully broke. Still hazy from sleep, I did all...