| Dec 16, 2012
Designing costumes so ingrained in popular culture that they still inspire Halloween disguises 30 years after they were created — Michael Jackson's "Thriller" jacket, Indiana Jones' signature outback slouch look and the unforgettable "College"...
| Dec 17, 2012
| 7:28 PM
An update on a story we reported back in May. A group of college engineering students altering the life of a doctor unable to perform surgery because he couldn't stand. Then, on the spot, he stood.
This was the scene more than seven months ago. Five...
| Feb 11, 2013
The rules for 7-year-old Riley Krieger's Valentine's Day party recently arrived from school: Bring one valentine addressed to each child on the list attached. Make a heart-covered shoe box on your own time or just bring a bag. Any treats for the class...
| Feb 15, 2013
| 12:00 PM
Years after she first saw "The Passion of the Christ," Lori Pearson still feels queasy when she recalls the brutally graphic movie about the final hours of Jesus' life.
"After I left the theater I remember feeling physically uncomfortable," said...
| Mar 3, 2013
Kay Alden Nelson's big break into daytime television sounds like a plot out of one of her soap opera scripts.
"I was doing a dissertation for my Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin at Madison on how daytime television serials can be used as mediators...
| Mar 7, 2013
Finally! Scientific research backs up my perennial gripe about the soul-killing, society-destroying effects of online comments. A study published last month on the website of the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication (which does not allow comments)...
| Mar 15, 2013
| 12:15 PM
Eighty years ago Friday, young Eudora Welty sent a letter to the New Yorker seeking employment. This was four decades before she would win the Pulitzer Prize for her novel "The Optimist's Daughter" and five decades before "The Collected Works of Eudora...
| Mar 28, 2013
| 2:43 PM
Is Los Angeles’ Museum of Contemporary Art all-in when it comes to its own independence?
The question arises from a recent comment by museum director Jeffrey Deitch in the New York Post.
MOCA this week announced the launch of "MOCA Independence,...
| Mar 29, 2013
| 7:18 AM
Joy Ladin has carved out a unique niche for herself. "I specialize in being an anomaly," Ladin said. "I'm the Wandering Trans-Jew."
Ladin once was Jay Ladin, a husband and father who was miserable in his own skin. Ladin has since left that life behind...
| Apr 1, 2013
In 1972, Jim Reynolds was less than two months shy of graduating from Chicago Vocational High School, with plans of becoming a television repairman.
Raised in Englewood on the city's South Side, he had been studying the trade for two years when his...
| Nov 30, 2012
| 4:18 PM
In 2007, Keith John Sampson, a middle-age student working his way through Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis as a janitor, was declared guilty of racial harassment. Without granting Sampson a hearing, the university administration —...