| Feb 16, 2014
— The U.S. Senate's top Democrat recently alarmed big business when he announced he would oppose a White House plan to "fast-track" trade deals.
In a wide-ranging interview at the U.S. Capitol, the Senate's No. 2 ranking Democrat, Sen. Dick Durbin...
| Apr 11, 2012
Talk about creating your own public relations mess! What's gone on over the past few months concerning feral cats at the three Loews Hotel properties on the grounds of Universal Studios, Orlando, Fla., remains inexplicable. According to an internal memo,...
| Apr 17, 2012
Q: I read last week's column about the Loews hotels who trapped feral cats on their properties and seemed determined to kill them. What's the latest with that? -- G. A., Bloomfield Hills, MI
Q: Thank you for reporting on what Loews is doing to those cats...
| Feb 11, 2014
| 7:27 AM
Can 15 years have gone by since Chicago blues master Billy Branch released a studio album as bandleader?
Apparently so, but he surely sounds as if he's trying to make up for lost time with "Blues Shock" (Blind Pig Records), a remarkably strong release...
| Feb 7, 2014
| 2:35 PM
In Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady's clear-eyed, 2012 documentary "Detropia," which anticipated many of the things that would happen in (and to) the bankrupt Motor City in the year that followed, a union leader laments the disappearance of good, middle-class...
| Nov 1, 2011
| 1:23 PM
Splendid serendipity. That's the only way I can account for landing at one of the most marvelous hotels I ever have experienced: the St. Pancras Renaissance in London.
It began with an Orbitz search for London hotels at less than 150 British pounds a...
| Dec 14, 2013
| 2:05 PM
Christmas came early for Alburtis residents, at least those hungry for a sit-down restaurant in the borough.
Thanks to a six-month overhaul of the former Iron Horse Inn, which had significantly deteriorated under longtime owner Hermann Sulderits, the...
| Dec 17, 2013
Carol Pratt is stuck with three pre-paid nights at a Starwood Hotel. Even though she wants to move the reservation by a few days, the hotel won't let her without losing all of her money. What's going on?
Q: I made a pre-paid reservation at the W New York...
| Jan 20, 2014
| 7:36 PM
If Hollywood were to cast for the role of a union dissident trying to overthrow an entrenched leader in a national election, the character wouldn't be much like Jay Cronk.
But the unassuming Cronk is doing just that, challenging the head of the...
| Jan 21, 2014
You can expect some new ways to arrange hotel accommodations this year, as well as a few changes in the old ways. And, as usual, along the way you'll have to watch out for gotchas.
The biggest change this year is a new website that allows you to...
| Jan 23, 2014
| 6:22 PM
It's pretty much a done deal that MGM Resorts will win a license to build an $800 million casino with a hotel and conference center in Springfield. So what are we going to get in our backyard?
Top MGM executives delivered their final, formal plea...