| Jan 22, 2015
| 12:15 AM
Rachel Marie LaPorte is performing in what she calls “a perfect piece of musical theatre.”
And she’s doing so in a place she wants to be.
For the next several weeks, the Oak Forest native is set to play the role of Consuela in...
| Jan 25, 2015
| 9:09 PM
When Stan Irwin was a struggling young comedian in New York, someone told him he should try out his act in Las Vegas.
"Where's that?" Irwin replied.
No matter: He signed on for an 11-day gig at a place called Club Bingo and stayed in town for...
| Jan 17, 2015
| 10:00 AM
Film critic Roger Ebert once described Sidney Lumet as "one of the finest craftsmen and warmest humanitarians among all film directors." He was an actor's director, known for eliciting nuanced, moving and daring performances and imbuing his films with a...
| Jan 12, 2015
| 2:57 PM
In 1971, two years after leaving the White House, Lyndon Johnson dedicated his sleek, windowless eight-story presidential library at the University of Texas. But in the pages of The Washington Post, editorial cartoonist Herblock depicted Johnson as an...
| Jan 10, 2015
| 6:42 PM
National Book Award-winning Robert Stone died Saturday at age 77 at his home in Key West, Fla. His agent told the Associated Press the cause was chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Stone was best known for his novel "Dog Soldiers," which was...
| Jan 7, 2015
| 9:00 PM
James Michel, chairman of the board of Jumoke Academy charter school, had a lame and obvious response to a devastating state report detailing financial and management misdeeds that could sink the institution.
"The board should have been more engaged,...
| Dec 9, 2014
| 4:30 PM
I ran into an old acquaintance recently outside a coffee shop with his two adorable young children. Both he and his wife work part-time, freelance schedules, leaving the whole family of four free to wander downtown Manhattan on a beautiful Friday. Their...
| Jan 5, 2015
| 4:46 PM
Dr. Henry Betts, an outspoken advocate for people with disabilities and a pioneer in the field of rehabilitation medicine, led efforts to transform the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago into the leading facility of its kind.
Dr. Betts, 86, died in his...
| Jan 2, 2015
| 9:00 AM
The decision to remove wisdom teeth often seems like a routine part of young adulthood. But more people are starting to ask whether it's always necessary.
Those who oppose automatically taking out those four teeth say "watchful waiting" is a better path...
| Jan 2, 2015
| 4:59 PM
HARTFORD — The Jumoke Academy charter school operation was saddled with "rampant nepotism," imposed little or no oversight on former CEO Michael Sharpe and made repeated financial missteps that could sink the organization within three years,...
| Dec 27, 2014
| 6:00 AM
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