| Mar 12, 2015
| 4:49 PM
With inevitability staring Illinois in the face Thursday at the United Center, Michigan led by 19 early in the second half when something happened that encapsulated the plight of the Illini.
Coach John Groce implored his team to apply a full-court press,...
| Mar 10, 2015
| 10:56 PM
The two helicopters had just taken off and were flying in tandem over some of Argentina's most rugged terrain, carrying well-known French athletes and others who were participating in the popular TV reality show "Dropped."
Then one of the aircraft...
| Mar 8, 2015
| 9:14 PM
I dislike the Boston Red Sox.
Unless they're beating the pine tar out of the despised New York Yankees.
As happened a decade ago during the American League Championship Series. In the thick of a historic comeback from a 0-3 hole, Red Sox pitcher...
| Mar 6, 2015
| 8:50 AM
When my son, Casey, was diagnosed with autism at age 4, I thought our world had ended. I thought our family was doomed to defeat and misery and decades of frustrated, circular searches for meaning: "Why us? Why him? Why anyone?" I have never been so wrong...
| Feb 18, 2015
| 6:16 AM
To the flummoxed people of Oregon:
On Wednesday you lose a governor to scandal. The departing John Kitzhaber leaves in his wake the tatters of a storied career, a gang of curious federal prosecutors, and a state attorney general demanding justice....
| Feb 13, 2015
| 9:29 AM
The first time I visited Chicago, about 25 years ago, I asked the clerk at the front desk of my hotel if he would point me in the direction of the John Belushi statue, the John Belushi memorial, the John Belushi honorary whatever. Because I had always...
| Feb 13, 2015
Jared Bush and Sam Levine, the creators of Disney XD's “Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero,” drew inspiration from childhood memories to craft […]...
| Feb 24, 2015
| 12:30 PM
"I'VE switched over to watching 'My 600-lb Life!'"
That's an e-mail I received at the almost half-way point of Sunday night's (as usual) interminable Oscar telecast.
WHAT IS there to legitimately critique every year, when a whole lot of privileged...
| Feb 22, 2015
| 3:23 PM
DAYTONA BEACH — Vince Vaughn probably signed enough caps Sunday to outfit the entire population of Armington, Ill.
"We only have about 400 people," Kay Stroud said.
It was more like 398 over the weekend because Stroud and her husband were at the...
| Feb 17, 2015
| 3:00 AM
He's getting sappy on college campuses, wringing his hands about his tuition savings plan and waxing nostalgic about his own years as an undergraduate.
President Obama is hurtling toward a deadline that looms over him much like the end of his time in...
| Feb 1, 2015
Welcome to the Get Serious! Special Super Bowl Sunday Edition! Guaranteed, as always, to be inflated to the proper pressure of ten pounds of hot air per column inch!
Yes, sports fans, we are looking forward to tonight's telecast, which is certain to once...