| Aug 17, 2014
| 4:00 PM
Some issues in government are genuinely complex or divisive. Many defy solutions — ending violence in Gaza, say, or protecting children in foster care. What I am about to describe is not one of those issues. This one is costing taxpayers and risking...
| Aug 15, 2014
| 4:58 PM
Those who know the game best say that a recipe for disaster is a father training his son. In boxing, fathers seldom know best.
Shawn Porter is the IBF welterweight champion (147 pounds). He will defend that title in the main event against England's Kell...
| Aug 11, 2014
| 5:38 PM
Del Mar's summer of discontent began with a sadly fitting omen.
On opening day, July 17, 11 horses left the starting gate for the one-mile feature, the $100,000 Oceanside Stakes. It was the first day of the 75th season of thoroughbred racing at the...
| Aug 13, 2014
| 3:13 PM
If our buildings reflect us as truly as a mirror, as the architect Louis Sullivan once said, the image emanating from Chicago's run-down James R. Thompson Center speaks with painful honesty about the sad state of the state of Illinois.
| Aug 11, 2014
| 7:33 AM
"Tron: End of Line" is a glorious train wreck, a five-car collision at the corner of pop culture and technology. It takes off from the "Tron" empire, inspired by the ur-video game "Pong" and first realized in Steven Lisberger's 1982 sci-fi flick "Tron":...
| Aug 9, 2014
| 8:17 AM
Late Thursday afternoon, Kenneth Reed was in his backyard when he heard something strange up on the railroad tracks.
"A sound I never heard in all the 45 years I been on this block," he said Friday, standing next to the train embankment on South Homan...
| Aug 2, 2014
| 5:00 AM
The emergency immigration bill House Speaker John A. Boehner initially proposed last week was never going to become law — and he knew it. President Obama had already promised a veto, so the bill was mostly a political message, designed to show...
| Aug 2, 2014
| 6:43 PM
Heaven has no gates, only a small wooden sign draped by a cluster of corn on the side of a narrow and winding farm road.
Heaven is easily attained, just make a left turn at the sign and rumble over a stretch of gravel to a simple clearing below a...
| Mar 21, 2014
In 1993, I persuaded the Tribune's then-arts editor to send me to Columbia, Mo., to report on the first show in almost 20 years of a cult band that loomed huge for those of us under its spell. Two University of Missouri undergrads had phoned the ever-...
| Apr 3, 2014
| 7:10 PM
Q: I've read that road widening and other traffic improvements related to the proposed FedEx Ground project in Allen Township will cost an estimated $40 million. This makes me wonder if anyone has considered, or cares about, dedicating a piece of land for...
| Feb 6, 2014
| 6:26 PM
Q: I've seen publicity about a device used by the Coca-Cola bottling plant in Bethlehem to remove snow and ice from the roofs of the company's tractor-trailers to comply with state law, and more importantly, to help protect all motorists. I've suggested...