| 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.
| Aug 23, 2013
| 8:44 AM
Half a century after the March on Washington in August 1963, the civil rights movement can seem to some like a distant memory. And for generations born well after the movement’s most dramatic chapters in the 1950s and ’60s — the lunch-...
| 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...
| Aug 23, 2013
| 8:44 AM
John Brown's body swung from the gallows in 1859 following his unsuccessful raid on the Harpers Ferry armory, a botched attempt to steal guns, arm America's slaves and spark a revolution.
This piece first ran in Printers Row...
| Oct 18, 2013
There are many things we're not supposed to do while driving: texting, talking on a cellphone and eating top most lists. Headsets and multimedia systems with voice recognition help alleviate the dangers of texting and cellphones, and now fast-food...
| Sep 15, 2013
Like many people in the publishing world, Amy Grace Loyd always wanted to be a writer. But unlike most of her colleagues, Loyd has managed to make her ultimate goal — publishing her own fiction, rather than someone else’s — a reality....
| Sep 26, 2013
| 3:00 PM
The thought of networking parties makes us cringe. Instead of a Friday night on the town, we prefer curling up in a chair and reading a book or watching a film. In work meetings we rarely speak up, but when we do, it’s after we’ve thought...
| Nov 15, 2013
| 10:40 PM
Football Hall of Fame
Mike McCormack, 83, a Hall of Fame offensive lineman with the Cleveland Browns, died of natural causes Friday in Palm Desert, where he had a winter home, the Carolina Panthers said.
| Oct 20, 2013
Of the Scandinavian crime writers who have become international sensations in recent years, Sweden's Stieg Larsson (“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”) is obviously the best known, but Norway's Jo NesbÝ is catching up fast. NesbÝ's dark and...
| Aug 5, 2013
| 6:17 AM
Here's what others are saying about the death of former Baltimore Colts defensive lineman Art Donovan:
* Clark Judge of CBSSports.com talked about Donovan's value to football.
But he was much more than a damned good football player. He was one helluva...
| Aug 27, 2013
| 10:14 PM
USC Coach Lane Kiffin apparently is ahead of schedule.
Kiffin had said he would wait until the Trojans arrived in Hawaii before determining in what order quarterbacks Max Wittek and Cody Kessler might be used in Thursday's opener.
But on Tuesday, with...