| Dec 3, 2014
| 7:05 PM
When Jeff Kriezelman, 67, learned he had an incurable cancer, he had no idea he would one day meet the two Israeli Nobel laureates who he says saved his life.
Now the Winnetka resident has met both of them, including one who, along with Kriezelman, was...
| Dec 6, 2014
| 5:00 AM
I read with a sense of chagrin and exasperation reporter Ian Duncan's article on Maryland resident Alan Gross who is incarcerated in Cuba ("Wife of jailed contractor and White House plea for his release," Dec. 3).
The spokesman for the State...
| Jan 22, 2015
| 5:57 PM
Every year when awards season rolls around, the local media flutter with news of the Chicago connections.
When the Amazon series "Transparent" won best TV comedy at the 2015 Golden Globes, loud note was taken of the fact that its creator, Jill Soloway,...
| Jan 8, 2015
| 5:47 PM
More people will have the opportunity to view rare Ernest Hemingway writings and photographs, thanks to a state grant that will allow the Oak Park Public Library to digitize artifacts related to the Nobel Prize-winning author and onetime village resident....
| Jan 22, 2015
| 2:30 AM
LONDON -- It is an old debating point: Do the times make the man, or does the man make the times? In the case of Winston Churchill, whose death 50 years ago Saturday the British are remembering with more than nostalgia, it is both.
The times in...
| Dec 12, 2014
| 3:27 PM
First lady Michelle Obama pledged on Friday to help in the drive to expand girls' access to education in countries where they struggle with poverty, violence, forced marriage and socioeconomic constraints.
"I'm committed to this issue — I'm in,"...
| Jan 22, 2015
| 8:11 AM
The body of Nobel Prize winner Pablo Neruda will be exhumed, again, to determine if the poet may have been poisoned.
Longstanding suspicions about the author's death led to his exhumation in 2013. No poison was found then, but further tests are now...
| Nov 17, 2014
| 2:14 PM
Holiday hoopla fills December, with something for everyone — shoppers, collectors, crafters, runners, boaters, singers and especially children.
Holiday hoopla fills December, travelers, Copenhagen, New York City, Los Angeles
Holiday hoopla fills...
| Jan 24, 2015
| 10:28 AM
This column was orginially published on July 24, 2005.
Two steps into the swanky Ritz-Carlton hotel in this Pacific Ocean postcard of a town off the western edge of Los Angeles, Ernie Banks asked the hostess he'd just met about her husband. She blushed....
| Jan 25, 2015
| 4:32 AM
With a familiar glint in his eye and trademark grin on his face, Ernie Banks once revealed a recurring dream of him standing on a stage in Stockholm accepting the Nobel Peace Prize.
A friend to presidents who once discussed poverty with Nelson Mandela...
| Jan 23, 2015
| 7:55 PM
Ernie Banks, one of baseball's most ebullient and optimistic ambassadors, died Friday, his wife, Liz, confirmed.
Known worldwide as "Mr. Cub," Banks became the Cubs first African-American player on Sept. 17, 1953, and went on to become an 11-time All-...