| Feb 1, 2014
| 9:12 PM
Ray Gibson, an award-winning Chicago Tribune reporter who exposed city contractors with Outfit ties, federal jurors with criminal backgrounds in the George Ryan trial, and politicians who enriched themselves at taxpayers' expense, died Friday, Jan. 31, at...
| Feb 23, 2014
One day in May 1942, a group of young Chicagoans — black and white — opened a key chapter in civil rights history by refusing to take no for an answer when told that Jack Spratt Coffee House on East 47th Street didn't serve African-Americans....
| Oct 8, 2013
| 12:30 PM
It began, as so many problems do, as something that sounded like fun:
Maybe I would buy a new car!
My 10-year-old Honda Civic hybrid was about to cost $2,100 to repair, the latest of several pricey fixes to a vehicle I'd once called trustworthy, and...
| Dec 10, 2013
Q: My packet of red quinoa says to wash the quinoa multiple times then rinse before cooking. What's the difference?
--Anthony Pioppi, Middletown, Conn.
A: It's always good to hear from a former newspaper colleague from Connecticut, especially one...
| Jan 28, 2014
Q: Can you tell me anything about the Villa Moderne Nite Club from back in the 1940s and 1950s? We are trying to remember where it was located in the Chicagoland area and some of its history.
--Doris Ruchalski, Chicago
A: I was able to find some...
| 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)
| Oct 18, 2013
| 9:52 AM
Another photo with Screams in the Park in the basement level of MB Financial Park in Rosemont. (Screams in the Park photos by John Konstantaras for the Chicago Tribune.)
| Jan 21, 2014
Q: I have a question about a fruit from St. Lucia. It is supposed to have cancer fighting properties and is delicious, according to my best friend. Her boyfriend is from St. Lucia and she has had the fruit there and wonders about what a good source...
| 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...
| Feb 25, 2014
Q: I enjoyed a delicious tomato soup recipe from the Tribune food pages 10 or 11 years ago. It was an easy recipe and so good. It used canned tomatoes and included acini di pepe pasta. I've misplaced my copy and would love to get the recipe again....