| Jan 12, 2015
| 9:49 AM
Brian died peacefully in his home in Newport Beach.
He was born in Detroit, Michigan to Margaret and Leonard Loftus. He was an only child whose father died shortly after his 15th birthday. Brian took it upon himself to help his mother through this...
| Dec 31, 2014
| 5:29 AM
Define "suburb." More specifically, define "Chicago suburb." The task is harder than it at first seems. Affluent residential communities from which the elite commute to the Loop? Sure, but what about Cicero or Blue Island?
OK: Smaller towns outside...
| Dec 30, 2014
| 2:17 PM
Way back when English was Old English, between AD 600 and 1100, you were either "drunken" or "fordrunken" (very drunk) after a night of carousing. Even today, "drunken" will do for describing how you may be spending New Year's Eve. But you might also be...
| Dec 12, 2014
| 10:44 AM
This is the end, indeed: Emma Watson and boyfriend Matthew Janney are no more.
The "Harry Potter" alum has split with the Oxford University rugby player, her rep confirmed to the Los Angeles Times.
The two called it quits about a month ago but remain...
| Dec 23, 2014
| 4:30 PM
A new study finds that most Americans know precious little about the financial aspects of retirement.
The American College of Financial Services randomly surveyed people aged 60 to 75 with assets exceeding $100,000 (excluding their home) regarding...
| Nov 13, 2014
| 3:28 PM
Three separate clinical trials for Ebola virus treatments are set to begin in West Africa as early as December, Doctors Without Borders announced Thursday.
The international medical aid group, also known by its French initials MSF, will host the...
| Dec 12, 2014
At a recent dinner party I brought up the subject of dictionaries, drawing a sharp and immediate response: "Dictionary?" said a friend, "Who needs a dictionary? If I need a word I just look it up on my phone." What he meant was "who needs a printed...
| Dec 12, 2014
All good translators are alike, each meticulous translator is meticulous in her own way. In her new translation of "Anna Karenina," Rosamund Bartlett — a scholar of Russian literature and music history, translator of 19th century Russian texts,...
| Dec 15, 2014
| 11:35 AM
A 22-year-old South African woman, Rolene Strauss, won the Miss World 2014 beauty pageant in London on Sunday, the organizers said in a statement.
Hungary's Edina Kulcsalr came second and Elizabeth Safrit, representing the United States, came third....
| Dec 16, 2014
| 6:30 PM
Many of today's workers will have a hard time retiring at the traditional age while maintaining their standard of living.
A new book on the subject, "Falling Short: The Coming Retirement Crisis" (Oxford University Press), offers useful insight into the...
| Dec 17, 2014
| 1:04 PM
The biggest museum story in Chicago in 2014 was, of course, the one that's on the horizon. During the year, billionaire filmmaker George Lucas chose Chicago for his Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, was offered a prime lakefront site in a current Soldier...