| Jun 7, 2015
The last day of Chicago Public Schools classes is June 19. Less than two weeks later, a reckoning begins for CPS. And for its nearly 400,000 students. And their parents. And every Chicagoan who knows that the city can't thrive if its school system gasps....
| Jun 6, 2015
| 8:08 AM
For New Orleans native and actor Wendell Pierce, the approaching 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina's devastation marked an excellent time to show "Brothers from the Bottom," a play about a neighborhood and family dealing with gentrification and...
| Jun 1, 2015
| 7:14 PM
Baltimore just endured what appears to be its highest homicide rate for a single month since it started keeping track of killings. The 43 murders in May were the most of any month since 1972, and on a per capita basis they outstrip that grim record by...
| May 29, 2015
| 4:30 PM
Over the last 61/2 years, nine men, one woman, three corporations and one government have laid claim to the giant emerald that’s been at the center of a protracted ownership dispute in Los Angeles County Superior Court.
On Thursday, Judge Michael...
| May 28, 2015
| 9:38 PM
Hugh Ambrose, a historian who wrote the best-selling World War II history "The Pacific" and served as a consultant when it was turned into an Emmy-award winning HBO miniseries, has died at age 48.
Ambrose died of cancer Saturday in Helena, Mont., his...
| May 29, 2015
| 7:25 AM
Every time the Veldman brothers attempted to grow their franchise, Ron Veldman said, a fight with corporate ensued. The franchiser said "no" to expanding the business into cleaning and repairing homes damaged by fire or flood. It said "no" to packing...
| May 14, 2015
| 8:51 PM
The long and tortuous legal battle over the ownership of an 840-pound gem once valued at $372 million went to trial Thursday as the last group of active claimants to the Bahia Emerald told a Los Angeles judge that they had obtained the stone for the...
| Apr 17, 2015
| 4:30 AM
Construction worker Jimmy Barraza came to New Orleans from Los Angeles after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 to rebuild the city where he eventually married, had two children and made his home.
But earlier that year Barraza, 30, had immigrated from Honduras...
| May 21, 2015
| 8:07 AM
As rightly concerned and upset as we are about Freddie Gray's death in police custody, we ought to be just as concerned about the body count that existed prior to his death and has been on the rise ever since (there have been roughtly three dozen...
| May 21, 2015
| 3:02 AM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel's formula for fixing Chicago Public Schools has always put a priority on building better leaders, so it could have been a setback for the mayor's agenda when a prominent education nonprofit balked at funding a training program for...
| Apr 9, 2015
| 6:48 PM
Since his 1980 sophomore album "Autumn," Grammy-winning neo-classical pianist George Winston has, quite literally, defined his work by season. Among his discs are "Summer," "Winter into Spring" and "December."
Two years ago, Winston found himself in...