| Jan 9, 2015
| 10:34 AM
Jozef Oleksy, a communist-era party leader who in democratic Poland served as a left-wing prime minister until he was forced to resign over unproven accusations of spying for Russia, died Friday. He was 68.
An official with Oleksy's Democratic Left...
| Dec 24, 2014
| 8:16 AM
Who I am
Clark Hulse, Chicago Humanities Festival board chair, from downtown Chicago.
One unique thing about me
I laughed all the way through "Moby-Dick." It's hilarious.
I've been reading novels by great novelists from places I knew...
| Dec 26, 2014
| 2:43 AM
Last August, our Nobel Peace Prize laureate, President Barack Obama, admitted that "we tortured some folks," but then added, this is "not who we are." At best, his statement was a half-truth.
First, it's not "some" folks but massive numbers over a...
| Dec 26, 2014
| 4:46 PM
Identity theft protection, TV antennas, light bulbs and home heating myths are just a few of the Spending Smart topics we explored this year, along with how to speed through airport security, get free books and college courses, and avoid wasting money...
| Dec 27, 2014
| 3:35 AM
Soon first daughter Malia Obama will be the decider, choosing which colleges to apply to and which one to attend beginning in the fall of 2016, as her father's presidency winds down.
She wants to be a filmmaker, the president has said. Last summer...
| Dec 28, 2014
| 5:05 AM
The software and Internet explosion in Silicon Valley was still years away when Sukhminder Grewal worked there as a nuclear engineer for General Electric in the '80s.
But when Yale School of Medicine recruited Grewal's wife, a post-doctoral immunologist...
| Dec 19, 2014
| 6:00 AM
Lists are, by their nature, impressionistic: How could they be otherwise? Here then, alphabetically by title, are the most stirring of the books I wrote about this year, my 10 favorites of 2014.
"Can't and Won't: Stories" by Lydia Davis (Farrar,...
| Dec 30, 2014
| 3:00 AM
Before heading off to Hawaii for a brief Christmas vacation, President Obama held a press conference in which he used a football analogy to characterize his upcoming final two years in office. "My presidency is entering its fourth quarter," he said....
| Dec 31, 2014
| 8:00 AM
All told, the writers who left us in 2014 penned hundreds of children's books, poetry collections, novels and true stories.
We lost a National Book Award winner, a revealing Hollywood memoirist, two Nobel Prize winners, beloved children's book authors,...
| Dec 31, 2014
| 5:27 AM
In American pop culture, the year 2015 is kind of a big deal. It's the one Marty McFly visits in "Back to the Future II," replete with flying cars, hoverboards, rehydrated pizza and the Cubs winning the World Series — all cinematic prophesies we...
| Jan 5, 2015
| 5:20 AM
In the emotionally potent historical drama "Selma," the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. leads a dangerous crusade to secure equal voting rights for black Americans. Oscar watchers expect the film to have as much impact as last year's best picture winner,...