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  • Obama: Wrong on cellphone searches and more

    Obama: Wrong on cellphone searches and more
    The surprising thing about the Supreme Court's decision on police searches of cellphones was its unanimity. Aligned on the same side of a major law enforcement issue were liberal and conservative justices who normally fight like cats and dogs. All agreed that it's intolerable to let cops ransack the voluminous contents of mobile phones.
  • George Lucas eyes Chicago for art, 'Star Wars' museum

    George Lucas eyes Chicago for art, 'Star Wars' museum
    Billionaire "Star Wars" creator George Lucas, who wants to establish a major museum to house his significant art and movie memorabilia collection, is considering Chicago as the location after plans for his $300 million Lucas Cultural Arts Museum stalled...

    Memo to museums: Don't give away those glass cases

    Memo to museums:  Don't give away those glass cases
    Emily Graslie, the first chief curiosity correspondent at the Field Museum, has been furiously filing YouTube videos about precisely what goes on behind those grand doors. As Steve Johnson reported in the Tribune this week, the 24-year-old known for her...

    Art in the heart of family matter at new Epcot exhibit

    Art in the heart of family matter at new Epcot exhibit
    It was a third-grade homework assignment that sparked the creation of a collection of African-American art and artifacts on exhibit at Epcot. The Kinsey Collection, gathered by Bernard and Shirley Kinsey, grew from a desire to help their son, Khalil,...

    Music of Michael Miles, spirit of Pete Seeger

    Music of Michael Miles, spirit of Pete Seeger
    Michael Miles opened a thick envelope filled with sheets of paper and said, "Here, have a look at these." Near the top of the pile was a copy of a typewritten letter that he received in November 1988: "Only today I was able to get to listen to your tape...