| Feb 26, 2015
| 6:49 AM
Most writers I know will admit that they suffer bouts of writer's block from time to time, ones they might combat by taking their dogs for long walks, disappearing into the soothing dark of a movie matinee, or chasing double-shots of espresso with a...
| Feb 9, 2015
| 4:04 AM
With some family history sleuthing, Aurora resident John Muschler learned that his great-grandfather Johann Friedrick Muschler and his older brother George Andreas immigrated to Aurora in 1852 from Germany when they were in their late teens and early 20s....
| Feb 24, 2015
| 3:09 PM
Putting together an outdoor curling rink in Chicago proved to be an easier task than one might think.
"I got on the Internet, looked around and found a local company who builds these ice rinks and gave them a call," said Chris Latchford, co-owner of...
| Feb 24, 2015
| 5:25 AM
A former Central Florida art-gallery manager was sentenced to two years in prison on Monday for embezzling more than $1 million.
Jeffery Hall, 48, embezzled the funds when he was the manager of Millenia Gallery in Maitland.
The Maitland man pleaded...
| Feb 24, 2015
| 8:30 AM
Despite the dominance of a few giant online hotel booking and search systems, a few niche operators can sometimes steer you to deals you might miss if you rely only on the big guys.
If you've followed the recent developments, you know that Expedia and...
| Feb 23, 2015
| 10:04 AM
Foot traffic was heavy Feb. 21 at the Evanston Township High School for the second Sneaker Exchange presented by the school's Club Exito/Success Club, to buy, trade, sell or check out the many sneakers, many worth hundreds of dollars.
| Feb 20, 2015
| 12:30 PM
Q: When selling antiques or vintage, is it generally best to repair items or sell as is? I have a doll-size cabinet that needs a new latch, chairs that need to be re-caned, and more.
A: Our reader asks a significant question. Hopefully, the answer will...
| Feb 18, 2015
| 6:17 AM
There are many people you are well advised to treat kindly: Your child's teacher. Your spouse and in-laws. Your boss.
These people can make your life — your family's life — more pleasant, or ... infinitely less. No explanation required....
| Dec 4, 2014
| 9:35 AM
Emily Dovi came home from work on the evening Nov. 18 expecting to see a six-foot box containing a partially decorated Christmas tree on her Logan Square doorstep.
But the artificial tree, an online purchase from eBay, and its unmistakably tall...
| Dec 5, 2014
| 2:30 AM
Q: How can I find approximate value for 12 Limoges chargers that I inherited? Should they be on my insurance? I don't want to sell them.
A: Seen in images sent, the reader's plates have Limoges, Hand Painted, 22 Carat Gold, and French Decoration...
| Dec 7, 2014
| 10:11 PM
Boca Raton's oldest cold case started with a Palm Beach society sculptor and his wife lying lifeless in their bedroom. Both had been shot at close range, their corpses on the floor next to their bed.
Who cut short the flamboyant lives of famed...