| Sep 6, 2012
| 5:10 AM
Chicago’s hip-hop community is in a war of words that has escalated into violence, with the shooting death of a teenage rapper.
Tuesday was another night, another homicide in a year in which hundreds of Chicagoans have been gunned down; the...
| Mar 14, 2012
| 4:41 PM
If George Zimmerman didn't break every rule in the book when it comes to Neighborhood Watch programs, he came close.
Zimmerman called Sanford police on Feb. 26, a rainy Sunday evening, to report a suspicious person inside his neighborhood near Seminole...
| Mar 19, 2012
| 4:49 PM
You can't say we weren't warned.
Back in 2005, opponents of Florida's first-of-its-kind "stand your ground" law said it wouldn't be long before we'd see shootouts in the streets — all in the name of self-defense.
Arguments over something as...
| 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....
| Nov 7, 2013
| 7:00 PM
Airlines and hotels don't have the best track record for showing compassion to travelers who face emergency situations. Refunds and fee waivers can be hard to come by.
But Manhattan Beach resident Laura Mandracchia experienced a very different level...
| Oct 1, 2013
The state's investigation into the police killing of 95-year-old John Wrana can now officially proceed, with the release of the long-awaited Cook County medical examiner's postmortem report.
Illinois State Police investigators have been waiting for...
| Jul 24, 2013
A dozen years after he left the Los Angeles City Council, Mike Feuer is back in L.A.'s civic life, this time in City Hall East, as the newly elected city attorney. His several careers are all of a piece: running the low-income legal service group Bet...
| Jul 19, 2014
| 11:22 AM
An Allentown man sent an email saying an acquaintance planned to write a letter "concerning an important matter" and wanted to know if it should be sent to The Morning Call or to a home address.
In the past, I have agreed to be careful when dealing with...
| Jul 3, 2014
A trial date has finally been set in the police killing of John Wrana, the frail, 95-year-old World War II veteran I've been telling you about for some time now.
The trial is scheduled to begin Sept. 15, in a tiny courtroom in Markham, a bench trial...
| Jul 10, 2014
| 2:30 AM
Frank Sinatra's song about Chicago, "My Kind of Town," "a the town that won't let you down," seems dated in light of last weekend's shooting spree that left 16 dead and dozens wounded in 53 separate incidents. According to the Chicago Tribune, "The...
| Jul 30, 2014
| 5:40 PM
Google "Alex Kozinski firing squad" and nearly 20,000 mentions turn up. But those are just a few words plucked from a detailed dissent by the chief judge of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, arguing, in essence, that Americans are hypocrites about...