| Feb 6, 2014
| 9:39 AM
In my last missive, I said I would talk more about the four core missions that Howard Besser mentioned in his "The Shape of the 21st Century Library." One of the things he mentioned was "continuous educational development."
If we are talking about...
| Feb 10, 2014
Last October, in between arguments over the debt ceiling, the federal government somehow found time to send me an email. My student loan payment was 70 days past due, the message read, so the government had negatively reported me to each major credit...
| Feb 9, 2014
| 5:00 AM
When Liz Davidson told friends 15 years ago that she was quitting her job running a hedge fund, they thought she was misguided.
Then Davidson revealed her new career plan, and they thought she was really nuts.
She launched a company that gives...
| Jul 13, 2013
| 9:00 PM
The first signs of Sharon Scully's disease showed up when, as an assistant attorney general, she was working on a grueling case against a Milford gas station accused of leaking pollutants into Long Island Sound. She had episodes of forgetfulness, like...
| Feb 12, 2014
| 1:55 PM
A record number of American women are “marrying down,” tying the knot with a husband who is less educated than they are, according to a new study.
Nearly 21% of married women in 2012 were better educated than their spouses, a threefold...
| Jan 24, 2014
| 10:00 PM
He was a late bloomer, confessed Chicagoan Rob Shindler, who lived with his parents until he was 30 and earned "an undergraduate degree in tequila."
After meeting the right girl, though, he made up for lost time.
A friend of Rob's tried to match him...
| Dec 23, 2013
| 8:08 PM
Ray Irani, once the highest paid executive in the oil industry, is getting a $14-million lump sum as part of a $26-million settlement after being ousted as chairman of Occidental Petroleum Corp.
Irani, who joined the Los Angeles oil company in 1983...
| Jan 15, 2014
| 5:15 AM
The problem with giving poor people the choice to "cash out" of the welfare system is the number of opportunities it affords for even more abuses ("Escaping the rat maze of the welfare state," Jan. 13).
If recipients choose to take the cash, then lose...
| Nov 11, 2013
Jayson Jones, a German-born veteran of the 2000 and 2008 Olympic Games, is training for his third try at a world medal in track and field — for Belize, his parents' home country. But while getting ready for the 2016 Summer Games, the South Florida...
| Nov 12, 2013
In the securities trading business, the "eat what you kill" mentality rules, with a few star performers becoming millionaires while many others fail.
But Loop-based proprietary trading firm Spot Trading LLC is built to share risk and reward more...
| Nov 12, 2013
| 7:31 PM
Chicago-based TV pitchman Kevin Trudeau has made a fortune marketing himself as a truth teller who reveals secrets that the rich and powerful want to keep from the public.
Hawking everything from financial advice to weight-loss solutions, the smooth-...