| Apr 2, 2014
| 3:29 PM
An officer was charged this morning in the police killing of 95-year-old John Wrana, the World War II veteran who was fatally shot with beanbag rounds in his apartment at a south suburban senior facility last year.
Cook County State’s Attorney...
| Apr 3, 2014
| 12:35 PM
The gradual narrative unspooling of "Who Took Johnny," the true-crime documentary about a 12-year-old Iowa boy who has been missing since 1982, is extremely canny. The film doesn't deviate from the standard format — a collage of archival footage and...
| Apr 12, 2014
| 4:41 PM
In a previous encounter with police, the first thing Tinoris Williams told a responding Palm Beach Sheriff's deputy was that he was "a Martian of the United States," acting on full authority of the constitution. He had just thrown three bricks through the...
| Apr 19, 2014
| 8:28 PM
They want to take charge of the state government and its $22 billion annual budget, but they haven't been able to pay some of their own personal bills — including state or federal taxes.
That's true of two of the seven candidates for governor in...
| Apr 24, 2014
John Wrana was already bleeding to death, but he didn't know it. He would die several hours later.
The other day, I saw police photographs of his last hours, the old man's bloody hands handcuffed behind him in a hard chair in his apartment at his...
| Apr 16, 2014
| 11:41 AM
A headline in Monday's paper: "32 hurt, 4 killed in 36 hours."
There is great, untold sorrow behind those numbers, 32-4-36, but we have become almost desensitized to much of the gun violence we read about in newspapers and see on television. We see...
| Nov 28, 2013
| 2:30 AM
What goes around comes around . . . and around, and around.
Last month, the day after I left Santa Rosa, Calif., a 13-year-old boy carrying a toy replica of an AK-47 was shot and killed on the outskirts of that town by a Sonoma County deputy sheriff with...
| Nov 30, 2013
| 12:42 PM
Many people in the East were in a tizzy several years ago because of a spate of roadway shootings in California. Road hogs who got in the way of other motorists had their vehicles shot full of holes.
While I do not advocate gunplay to settle such...
| Dec 23, 2013
| 6:40 PM
It's a tragedy that has drained the joy from a family's holiday and mocks peace-on-Earth pretensions:
James Marcus Howe was shot to death on his front porch in a tussle with thugs trying to force their way into his home the day before Thanksgiving....
| Dec 20, 2012
The time is now.
Those words have been reverberating in the wake of Friday's shootings in Newtown, Conn. There's at last a sense that the moment has come for some serious action on gun control.
Even some of the most reliable 2nd Amendment hawks are...
| Apr 5, 2012
In the wake of the media blackout imposed last week by Angela Corey, the newly appointed special prosecutor investigating February's fatal shooting of black Florida teen Trayvon Martin, the media has had no choice but to cover the story surrounding the...