| Nov 7, 2013
| 5:29 PM
More than seven years after state and federal officials discovered a lead-contaminated lot near an elementary school in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood, the tainted soil has been dug up, trucked to a landfill and replaced with bright green grass.
| Dec 16, 2013
| 1:39 PM
Gannett Co.'s $2.2-billion acquisition of Belo TV stations can move forward -- but the Department of Justice is demanding the sale of KMOV-TV Channel 4 in St. Louis as a condition for the agency's approval of the deal.
The proposed deal would give the...
| Oct 27, 2013
Novelist Donna Tartt doesn't publish very often — her engrossing new book, “The Goldfinch,” is her first since 2002's “The Little Friend,” which itself trailed her wildly popular fictional debut, “The Secret History,&...
| Sep 10, 2013
When I first moved to Washington, I drove a beat-up Honda. But, because those were the waning days of the crack era, it was common to have any car broken into, particularly where I lived. This helped me rationalize my habit of keeping my car filthy. I...
| Oct 22, 2013
Conservatives with long memories had to laugh at the recent New York Times front-page headline: "Fiscal Crisis Sounds the Charge in GOP's 'Civil War.'"
That diagnosis largely hangs on the judgment of 1970s New Right direct-mail impresario Richard...
| Dec 25, 2013
Don't think that Gina Marie Lindsey is up in an ivory control tower. This week, the executive director of Los Angeles World Airports will be joining an estimated 2.6 million passengers in the Christmas/New Year's scrum at LAX, on her own holiday travels....
| Sep 29, 2013
In his first novel, the surprise best-seller “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” (2009), Jamie Ford told the story of a Chinese-American boy and his romance with a Japanese-American girl while her people were interned during World War...
| Sep 8, 2013
| 7:40 PM
Credited with reenergizing and modernizing the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization, NAACP president Benjamin Jealous announced Sunday he will step down from his position at the end of the year.
In a statement, Jealous said he wanted to...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
I have recently been made aware of how loud certain sounds can be, right down to the exact decibel.
For example, I now know that normal speaking volume is between 60 and 70 decibels while whispers hover between 20 and 30 decibels. I know this because a...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
I recently purchased an iPad and, like most users, now spend every waking moment perusing the online App Store, randomly purchasing applications that I will use religiously for about 30 minutes, roughly the shelf life of an app before an upgrade becomes...
| Feb 20, 2014
| 4:48 AM
USA Today is reporting: The regional manager of six West Virgina-area Pizza Hut restaurants has been fired after a surveillance camera caught him urinating the sink of restaurant in Kermit, W.Va. The company said it was "embarassed" by the after-hours...