| Jan 12, 2013
| 1:14 PM
It's hard to resist Los Angeles-based films noir -- "Chinatown," "Kiss Me Deadly," "The Big Sleep" being only a few of the best -- but "Gangster Squad" is a bit more resistible than most. Director Ruben Fleischer and screenwriter Will Beall have morphed...
| Dec 28, 2012
| 2:17 PM
What's in a name? If you're a Chicagoan and your surname is Capone, everything. There is perhaps no more notorious name associated with the city (except perhaps Gacy, or for a time, Bartman). Growing up, Deirdre Marie Capone lived what she calls a "shame-...
| Dec 18, 2012
| 9:57 AM
Here’s a look back at a few of the Chicago area’s most famous prisoner escapes:
Multiple escapes from Camp Douglas during Civil War era
Chicago’s Camp Douglas was built as a training spot for Union soldiers in the Civil War but was...
| Sep 13, 2012
Graphic artist Jenny Beorkrem sat down behind her iMac this week and with a few clicks located the folder titled "KNOCKOFFS."
It contained 82 images, all copycats of her ubiquitous neighborhood maps. They're the minimalist ones that only show the...
| Sep 16, 2012
The Drew Peterson jury made news recently with its guilty verdict — and with its unusual note to the judge asking for the definition of "unanimous." And jury deliberation is expected later this month in another major case, the Christopher Vaughn...
| Sep 17, 2012
| 9:00 AM
"Every day in every way I am getting better and better." - Nelson Van Alden
What's that, "Boardwalk Empire" without its tragic hero, Jimmy Darmody? What's next, an aviatrix (or "lady flyer" if you prefer) navigating across the continent?
As the third...
| Sep 16, 2012
| 3:00 AM
SOUTH BEND -- They may not be the type of stories told to prospective business owners or visitors to the city.
But the actions of John Dillinger, Al Capone and Mama Chickie certainly have a place in the city’s history books.
Dillinger and his...
| Dec 21, 2012
| 2:43 PM
Last Sunday, our church honored the peace candle of Advent; but the events in Newtown nine days ago make us wonder whether we'll ever experience such peace.
There is little comfort we can offer those families that will replace their sorrow and the...
| Nov 28, 2012
| 11:47 AM
Thank you, Al Capone. Fortunately for me, one of your worst decisions has resulted in one of the best ones I've made in recent months: ordering the Weeping Cherry from -- wait for it, wait for it … -- Bad Decisions in Fells Point.
| Nov 20, 2012
| 10:36 AM
Warren Harding died here" doesn't quite have the tourist draw of "Washington slept here," but for the Palace Hotel in San Francisco, the distinction of being the only hotel where a president of the United States drew his last breath is enough to put it...
| Jul 28, 2012
| 4:53 PM
ST. CLOUD — A neo-Nazi motorcycle gang created by an undercover law-enforcement unit to investigate white supremacists and racist bikers has helped topple two domestic-terrorism groups in Central Florida.
The original investigation began in 2007,...