| Jul 20, 2011
A recent report by the Chicago Bar Foundation found more than a million low income people in Cook County need legal services, and there are only 300 legal aid attorneys to help them. The Legal Aid Society was started in the late 1800's by famous...
| Jun 26, 2012
| 10:34 PM
Recently Steve and Johnnie welcomed back in studio Chicago's Ghost Hunter Richard Crowe for his annual Halloween visit. During the course of the evening, they discussed various ghouls and goblins including everyone's favorite: Resurrection Mary. Below are...
| Mar 21, 2012
| 5:04 PM
Does the term "literary rock 'n' roll" sound like an oxymoron? When you hear the word "reading," do you think of a self-important blowhard droning on while you snooze?
Each year since 1996, the Fiction Writing Department of Columbia College Chicago...
| May 8, 2012
| 8:22 AM
There's a fallacy that reporters detest being in the spotlight. If that were really true, articles would be published without bylines. But print journalists have found that it's easier and more fun to ask questions than it is to answer them.
| Nov 23, 2011
| 8:57 AM
Tony award-nominated actor Laurence Luckinbill will play the Jewish patriarch Abraham in a new one-man play, "Abraham," by the actor on Sunday, Nov. 27 at 6 p.m. at the Unity of Greater Hartford, the spiritual center at 919 Ellington Road (Route 30) in...
| Jan 21, 2012
| 1:45 PM
It was H. L. Mencken's last party, and the invitation had been written more than 25 years earlier.
I was among the invited guests at the Enoch Pratt Free Library on Cathedral Street to witness the opening of Mencken's final papers, which his will...
| Mar 24, 2009
Leslie Nielsen's got game. That is, he's game for just about any character who's absurdly serious or seriously absurd. A bumbling exorcist. A batty vampire. A lovably disastrous detective who, dressed as an umpire, mugs Queen Elizabeth II to save her from...
| Aug 9, 2008
Leopold and Loeb. Indelibly linked, the names are an alliterative invocation of a brutal crime at once random and calculated: on May 21, 1924, Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb, two University of Chicago graduate students and scions of wealthy, prominent...
| Dec 19, 2007
| 8:03 AM
Bobby Franks, 14, was heading home for supper in the South Side neighborhood of Kenwood. But only a block and a half away from his dinner table, little Bobby simply disappeared.
The boy had vanished into a car rented under a phony name by two...
| Jun 15, 2008
Eugene V. Debs, the Great War, and the Right to Dissent
Harvard University Press: 380 pp., $29.95
It all sounds so familiar: a foreign war, an unpopular president, high-minded vows to spread democracy abroad and...
| Oct 1, 2008
On the morning of Oct. 1, 1910, shortly after 1 a.m., a series of explosions rocked the Los Angeles Times building. An entire six-floor wing of the stone structure was thrown free of its foundation. Then all at once the building's south wall, the Broadway...