| May 17, 2014
| 6:09 PM
The big chunks of broken concrete stood out in the tall prairie grass of Glenn Orr's horse farm.
This was it, Orr said, driving up to the pile of concrete on a golf cart. This was the base that once held a 12,000-gallon water tank.
A year ago, a...
| May 19, 2014
Lois Brach stepped onto the pool deck at the InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile and looked around.
The Spanish Majolica tile wall, the terra-cotta fountain of Neptune, the reflected light from the fish-scale patterned stained glass windows on the...
| May 5, 2014
| 12:22 PM
A reader has suggested that I take time out from exposing the purblind ignorance of that ass Simon Heffer and his ilk to identify some rules and distinctions of usage that are worth observing.
H.W. Fowler had an entry, “sturdy indefensibles,&...
| May 3, 2014
| 7:35 PM
As perhaps the most technologically challenged person you'll ever know, I nonetheless am an enthusiastic follower of the apps and other innovations that make buying, selling and living in our homes a little easier.
A sampling of the new and novel,...
| May 8, 2014
| 7:30 AM
You need not go to China to see the famed terra-cotta warriors. Beginning this week, they’re as close as Indianapolis.
On Saturday, "Terra Cotta Warriors: The Emperor’s Painted Army" opens at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis...
| Jun 6, 2014
| 1:07 PM
Gurnee firefighters were at Six Flags Great America this afternoon after roof shingles caught fire on a structure attached to the park’s new wooden roller coaster, Goliath.
Those shingles, located above the station where passengers eventually will...
| May 15, 2014
| 5:44 PM
West of the Edens Expressway on Touhy Avenue, amid the big-box stores and strip malls of northwest suburban Niles, stands a tower with a familiar slant.
It's called the Leaning Tower of Niles, a half-size replica of the famously skewed belfry in...
| May 8, 2014
| 1:03 PM
The Fairview Park Citizens Advisory Committee's discussions on park additions continued Wednesday, with a majority of the group giving thumbs-up approvals to adding new picnic structures, bike trails with pedestrian paths alongside them, drought-...
| May 10, 2014
| 6:33 PM
Hattie Doto was receiving calls by the dozen, many of them vile.
People were angry because they had received repeated phone calls from her number. Some of those were robocalls making shady sales pitches for a roofing contractor. Others seemed to be...
| Jun 4, 2014
| 4:22 PM
Join area juggler extraordinaire Al Grout for a free magic and juggling show Saturday. Witness Grout's amazing feats of juggling and mind boggling magic tricks from 2 to 3 p.m. June 7 at the community room at the Allentown Public Library, 1210 Hamilton...
| May 4, 2014
| 5:27 PM
It was three days before Christmas when a magnitude 6.5 earthquake rocked the Central Coast in 2003.
Cracking like a bullwhip from the mountains, the shaking felt like an explosion in Paso Robles' historic downtown. Two women working at a clothing store...