| Jul 22, 2013
| 5:19 PM
Dennis Farina, a Chicago police officer turned character actor who cemented his second career playing gangsters, cops and other tough guys in film and TV, died Monday. He was 69.
The actor, perhaps best known in recent years for his stint on the TV...
| Jun 20, 2013
| 4:00 AM
James Gandolfini, the Emmy-winning actor who swaggered his way to fame as the murderous, clinically depressed mob boss on HBO's groundbreaking drama "The Sopranos," died Wednesday on vacation in Rome. He was 51.
The cause was a heart attack or stroke,...
| Jul 25, 2013
| 2:16 PM
If there's an iron rule in economics, it is Stein's Law (named after Herb, former chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers): "If something cannot go on forever, it will stop."
Detroit, for example, can no longer go on borrowing, spending, raising...
| Oct 10, 2012
| 2:30 PM
Alex Karras, an All-Pro defensive tackle for the Detroit Lions who later worked as a "Monday Night Football" co-host and parlayed his hulking strength into a Hollywood acting career, died Wednesday. He was 77.
Karras died at his Los Angeles home, his...
| Jul 1, 2013
| 4:34 PM
The Big Show, as some call it, is on in Boston. That is the trial of 83-year-old mobster James "Whitey" Bulger, who is accused of murder, racketeering, extortion and other charges.
Mr. Bulger has tried to portray himself as a good bad guy, loyal to...
| Aug 13, 2013
| 1:16 PM
It must've been confusing for the Connecticut state investigators to
find out that the Boston office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation was
corrupt. At least our guys would've known they weren't nuts when their leads
didn't go anywhere with...
| Feb 4, 2013
| 1:10 PM
Some cartoons are just for laughs. This is one of them. This is a cartoonist's way of saying, "They found King Richard III. I didn't know he was missing!" Cartoonists always end a sentence or a thought with an exclamation point. The vanished union...
| Feb 13, 2013
| 11:37 AM
The break came, at last, on Saturday.
As pressure mounted over nearly two weeks, Chicago police investigating the slaying of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton followed plenty of leads that hadn't panned out.
Then on Saturday, tipped by a Cook County Jail...
| Oct 12, 2012
Harris Savides, who was widely considered one of the most influential contemporary cinematographers, earning acclaim for his canny visual sensibility on such films as "Zodiac" and "Milk," died Wednesday. He was 55.
The Skouras Agency confirmed the New...
| Sep 23, 2013
Ab Taylor, a plain-spoken Texan who became a legend in the arcane art of man-tracking during three decades with the U.S. Border Patrol and later taught children how to survive if they became lost in the wild, has died. He was 88.
Taylor, who had...
| Feb 11, 2013
| 11:44 AM
Charges could come this evening against two people being questioned in the shooting death of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton, Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said today.
"We will bring this all to closure, probably sometime this evening we're...