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  • Ray Gibson, 1949-2014

    Ray Gibson, 1949-2014
    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...
  • After a rocky few days, Sochi lurches toward functionality

    After a rocky few days, Sochi lurches toward functionality
    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...
  • In a quest for a new car, indecision takes the wheel

    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...
  • UIC spends $1M on chancellor house that rarely hosts guests

    UIC spends $1M on chancellor house that rarely hosts guests
    When she was hired five years ago at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares received a new perk with the job: an all-expenses-paid house to live in, with the expectation that it would be used for university functions. Yet...
  • Kobe beef explained

    Kobe beef explained
    Q: Could you possibly clear up the notion of Kobe beef? From what I have read it is extremely hard to find the real stuff outside of Japan and that in the U.S. it's all just a big scam. —Patrick W. Marsden, Marina del Rey, Calif. A: Genuine...
  • Quinoa preparation tips

    Quinoa preparation tips
    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...
  • Villa Moderne memories

    Villa Moderne memories
    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...
  • Tropical fruit health claims intrigue reader

    Tropical fruit health claims intrigue reader
    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...
  • Ice wine: how long can it last?

    Ice wine: how long can it last?
    Q: I was wondering how long one can keep ice wine. —Barb Person,Oshawa, Ontario A: The answer depends on whether the bottle of ice wine is open or not and how it has been stored. Yours, I gather from a subsequent email, is unopened and has...
  • Cheesy chowder recipe found

    Cheesy chowder recipe found
    UPDATE: Unable to find the recipe for cheesy chowder served at Marshall Field’s Bowl and Basket restaurant, I invited readers to send one in if they had it. (See original question below) Eden Rosenbush, chef and owner of Chicago’s Big Red...
  • Tips for grinding coffee

    Tips for grinding coffee
    Q: How long should one grind coffee beans? I'm breaking in a new grinder. Years ago I read that Starbucks ground their beans for 23 seconds and I did that. In the new grinder, 23 seconds turns the beans to dust. —Paddy Meehan, Chicago A:...