| Aug 8, 2014
| 11:42 AM
A few years ago, just a splash from the Chicago River would have triggered calls to Poison Control. Now, the river is slowly putting its toxic past behind it and welcoming fish and humans—even the young and permeable of pore—to ply its waters....
| Aug 28, 2014
| 8:35 AM
This week, 40 years ago, "The Longest Yard" was the No. 1 film at the box office, famed aviator Charles Lindbergh died and the following songs were the most popular in the United States, according to Billboard's Hot 100 chart archive.
10. "Keep On...
| Sep 9, 2014
| 11:02 AM
Bill Dunlap has already begun checking items off his bucket list: He climbed Mount Whitney. He went to the Super Bowl. He visited Chartwell, Winston Churchill's home in England.
Sitting at the Coastline Car Classic on Sunday in Corona del Mar, the 65-...
| Sep 15, 2014
| 6:00 AM
After barely escaping a mob hit in Cuba, bootlegger Enoch “Nucky” Thompson (Steve Buscemi) figures out who ordered the attack — and retaliates — on “The Good Listener,” Episode 50 of HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire....
| Sep 15, 2014
| 8:30 AM
Variety had a guest shot in Sunday's episode of HBO's "Boardwalk Empire" in a storyline involving our famous 1931 interview with Al Capone.
The June 30, 1931, edition of Variety featured the banner story "Capone Kids Gang Films," written by staff...
| Sep 17, 2014
| 5:21 PM
As a feared Outfit enforcer three decades ago, Mario Rainone was skilled in the art of extorting mob victims.
He was convicted of collecting juice loans from deadbeat borrowers with brutal force, threatening to kill restaurant owners who refused to...
| Sep 11, 2014
| 5:29 AM
If there’s one thing Americans are good at, it’s speaking definitively about things we don’t understand.
From the salesman who feigns the knowledge he lacks to the television talking head who blathers “facts” based on...
| Sep 6, 2014
| 3:53 PM
The Corona del Mar High School and Middle School PTA groups held a joint meeting last week and discussed changes on campus, the group's home tour fundraiser and more.
Principal Kathy Scott welcomed the parents to the first PTA meeting of the year....
| Aug 29, 2013
Bathed in an eerie blue glow, a narrow wall of tightly packed skulls looms over the staircase descending into Three Dots and a Dash, Chicago's newest tiki lounge and most recent Lettuce Entertain You venture. Evocative of the shrunken heads of campy tales...
| Jan 26, 2014
| 7:41 AM
Not long ago, Torsten Gessner, a top executive at a German manufacturing giant, had to decide where to locate the company's new North American headquarters. Consultants offered up a short list with some obvious candidates: San Francisco and Boston because...
| Oct 31, 2013
| 5:56 PM
DUBUQUE, Iowa — Mark Twain knew what he was talking about in a Tribune interview 127 years ago, discussing the virtues of the upper Mississippi River. The big river around Hannibal, Mo., where he grew up, is less interesting, less scenic, he said,...