| Jul 1, 2014
| 5:39 PM
During the last two years, there have been a couple of outbreaks and sporadic cases of bacterial meningitis that federal health agencies failed to address with sufficient aggressiveness. It could have been much worse, and the experience should serve as...
| Jun 30, 2014
Sociologist Alice Goffman is a 5-foot-2-inch white woman who grew up in privilege in Philadelphia's historic and affluent neighborhood of Center City.
But over the course of six years — during part of her time as an undergraduate at the University...
| Jun 26, 2014
| 4:30 PM
UCLA mathematics professor Terence Tao already has a bevy of prestigious awards for his work in such fields as number theory and harmonic analysis. Now he is adding one more lucrative prize.
Tao, 38, has been named one of five winners of the new...
| Jun 22, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Why do online social networking sites exist? This is not a rhetorical question.
Why were they not just a quickly passing fad? Two decades after the concept came to prominence, why are more than 500 million people still flocking to sites such as...
| Jun 20, 2014
| 1:23 PM
Daniel Keyes, whose fascination with the workings of the mind drove a writing career that produced the classic 1966 novel "Flowers for Algernon," died Sunday at his South Florida home from complications of pneumonia, his family said. He was 86.
| May 14, 2014
Robert D. Stuart Jr. was a grandson of one of the founders of Quaker Oats Co. and third-generation leader of the company, shifting the focus during his long tenure as CEO from cereal-making to brand management and marketing while also overseeing...
| May 4, 2014
| 9:34 PM
Gary Becker, a University of Chicago professor who received the Nobel Prize in economic sciences and is credited with pioneering the approach to economics as a study of human behavior, died Saturday at age 83.
Becker's stepson, Mike Claffey, said Becker...
| Jun 13, 2014
| 8:40 AM
J. Edgar Thomson “JET” Rutter II departed to see the Lord on May 31, 2014, at age 83, after a short bout with cancer (it seemed longer.) J.E.T. Rutter was born in what he liked to call “The People’s Republic of Santa Monica,&...
| May 25, 2014
McDonald's Corp. for years has been in the cross hairs of a national campaign to raise the minimum wage, a movement that intensified last week as demonstrators marched on its Oak Brook headquarters.
The fast-food behemoth has rejected protesters' call...
| May 30, 2014
| 8:03 PM
President Obama sought to stem a growing political furor Friday by accepting the resignation of Eric K. Shinseki, the beleaguered secretary of Veterans Affairs, the second Cabinet-level official to resign under fire this year.
Two hours later, Obama...
| May 16, 2014
In Rivka Galchen's short story collection "American Innovations," life is both simpler and more complicated than it seems.The main characters, most of them young professional women, generally live in a recognizable contemporary world that seems to have...