| Sep 10, 2013
If you watched television in Southern California in the 1970s and beyond, it was impossible to miss Cal Worthington, the lanky pitchman in the cowboy hat touting deals on a sprawling car lot with his "dog Spot."
"Spot," however, was anything but a dog...
| Nov 3, 2013
When Kayla Heath walks into the Year Up Chicago offices, she glances in the full-length mirror to make sure her tailored suit covers her tattoos, her powder pink blouse doesn't hang too low and her matching pink heels aren't too high.
It's a self-...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
DEAR JOYCE: I have accepted a job offer from a company that expects me to show up in two weeks. I handed in two weeks' notice to my current employer yesterday, but my manager refused to accept it, insisting that I give a month's notice so that she will...
| Oct 2, 2013
| 10:30 AM
DEAR JOYCE: You've mentioned the fast-growing rainbow of online college courses and degrees, but do any recent studies show how receptive employers are to hiring online graduates? -- A.J.
For job seekers, the latest digital education news is anything but...
| Sep 16, 2013
| 11:42 AM
Seasoned real estate investor Kurt De Meire led an eager group of students on a field trip to a recent foreclosure auction. He wanted to show them how to flip homes — find bargains and resell them quickly at a profit.
At one point, he...
| Jan 20, 2014
| 9:51 PM
An off-and-on customer of OfficeMax, Mike Seay has gotten the office supply company's junk mail for years. But the mail that the grieving Lindenhurst, Ill., father said he got from OfficeMax last week was different.
The envelope appeared to be a typical...
| Sep 27, 2013
| 12:30 PM
So here we are in 2012, a new year full of hope and promise. My heart sings with possibilities.
But somewhere, someone is already predicting the end of the world. Bummer.
If this prediction sounds vaguely familiar, you're right. We've heard it before,...
| Sep 4, 2013
Most days, they are easy to spot. Wearing brightly colored vests, the canvassers stand on Chicago sidewalks, quick to pose a question to passers-by:
Do you have a minute for children in the developing world?
What might not be as easy to see is that...
| Sep 13, 2013
| 1:08 PM
Cedar Cafe in Towson has been open for a year, but the Middle Easern cafe is having its official grand opening on Saturday.
Owner Buthaina Mansour said she took over the Burke Avenue space about a year ago but did no marketing or advertising. Instead,...
| Sep 26, 2013
| 4:10 PM
With the hot start and the offense progressing, do you see the Bears initiating contract extension talks with Jay Cutler before the end of season? -- @Benyaminr from Twitter
I got exactly a one-week reprieve from a mailbag packed with questions about...
| Oct 30, 2013
| 6:49 AM
WASHINGTON -- Business hiring slowed this month with the private sector adding just 130,000 net new jobs as the partial government shutdown hit an already weakening labor market, payroll processor ADP said Wednesday.
The figure was below the 150,000...