| Apr 8, 2014
"How safe is air travel?" The relentless media obsession with the mystery of Malaysia Airlines flight 370 again focuses attention on the broad question of airline safety. And despite the apparent tragic fate of the flight 370 passengers, last week's...
| Apr 8, 2014
| 8:01 PM
Koyie Hill's head stopped spinning long ago. At age 35, the catcher is old enough to understand any comparison of his career to that of the infamous Crash Davis, even if it's a stretch.
Maikel Franco's head, by comparison, was recently placed on a...
| Apr 20, 2014
| 5:55 PM
SACRAMENTO — High-stakes bargaining is about to begin in California's Capitol.
As the weather heats up in Sacramento every year, so does the intensity.
There'll be bartering over wonky programs and policies that for most citizens would be...
| Jul 6, 2014
| 8:27 PM
North Lake Shore Drive is a mess for many of the quarter-million drivers, bus passengers, pedestrians and bicyclists who use it each day, according to new research from city and state transportation officials who are planning an overhaul of the aging...
| May 9, 2014
| 9:46 AM
Books become TV series. Amusement park rides become movies. Pop songs become Broadway musicals. But how do you adapt a city into a video game? How do you digitize the essence of a major American metropolis within the framework of a playable experience?...
| 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 29, 2014
| 10:34 AM
Even with Europe's super-efficient public transportation system, there are times when it makes sense to rent a car. Having your own wheels is ideal for getting to more remote or rural places (that aren't covered as well by public transportation): England'...
| Apr 30, 2014
| 10:26 AM
When I first visited Dock & Dine, a notable waterfront restaurant in Old Saybrook, I was struck by its extreme exposure to Long Island Sound, the fury of river flooding, coastal storms and shifting sands. It leans into the nor'easters coming off the Sound...
| May 22, 2014
| 9:09 PM
This is a good deal for Kevin Ollie. This is a good deal for UConn.
Beyond that, this is a wise deal struck by Warde Manuel. I would argue that the UConn athletic director might be the biggest winner of all in this.
If we are to fixate on a number, 16...
| May 24, 2014
| 12:00 PM
For nearly two decades, Rick Ramage lived in a Redondo Beach bicycle shop owned by his longtime buddy. Both were Vietnam veterans. But Ramage, a Marine with H Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Regiment, didn't like talking about his tour of duty —...
| May 25, 2014
For years, these were the faces of biking in Chicago: messengers weaving frantically through downtown traffic, spandex-clad guys racing 21-speeds down the lakefront trail, tattooed 20-somethings zipping coolly along Milwaukee Avenue.
It was a small,...