| Jul 3, 2014
| 1:12 PM
Each year on July 4, Americans celebrate the nation's founding with picnics, fireworks, music and speechifying. Noah Remnick compiled these excerpts from notable Fourth of July speeches:
Frederick Douglass, Rochester, N.Y., 1852
What, to the...
| Jul 6, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Since the financial crash of 2008, one of the biggest guessing games in the U.S. economy and markets has centered on interest rates — and when they would finally rise from the historic lows that followed the Great Recession.
But year after year,...
| Jul 10, 2014
| 2:37 PM
Nineteen years ago this month, Chicago experienced one of the worst heat waves in its history. Nearly 500 people, mostly poor and elderly residents of the city’s dense urban core, perished in sweltering temperatures and oppressive humidity.
| Jul 17, 2014
| 5:41 PM
At the risk of inspiring offensive commentary from misogynists and fat haters, I bring you this intriguing finding about obese women from researchers at Yale University: Compared to their normal-weight peers, obese women -- but not men -- appear to have a...
| Jul 15, 2014
| 3:22 PM
Glen Ellyn trustees on Monday night voted unanimously to hire former Village President and Village Trustee Greg Mathews as Glen Ellyn's in-house attorney.
The move represents a departure for Glen Ellyn, which historically has used an outside law firm,...
| Jul 20, 2014
Living in a city that had 82 shootings over the Fourth of July weekend, Chicagoans could be forgiven for envying the residents of Indianapolis.
Imagine living in a place where homicides have been reduced by more than half in the past two decades, where...
| Jul 21, 2014
| 1:03 PM
It's been weeks since the Supreme Court handed down its decision in the contraception-mandate case, Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, but the pace of urgent fundraising appeals has barely slackened. Several times a day, another pops up in my email inbox. Some are...
| Jul 14, 2014
| 12:04 PM
The truism that friends are the family you choose may be more accurate than you might suppose.
A study published on Monday found that people are apt to pick friends who are genetically similar to themselves - so much so that friends tend to be as alike...
| Jul 27, 2014
As a social epidemiologist, Steven Whitman documented differences in medical care based on race and income and used his findings to push for changes in public policy.
"He had a passion for social justice and fairness, and that drove him in his life...
| Mar 28, 2014
| 4:11 PM
A 6-year-old was confined in seclusion in his elementary school, a high school student was held face down in a parking lot by a number of adults and another child, placed in seclusion, was told to use a bed pan to urinate.
Over the last three months,...
| Mar 26, 2014
| 6:00 AM
When one of us takes in another's face, it's like a party in the brain. Signals dart from region to region as we piece together the eyes, the mouth, the emotional expression, the degree of attraction or fear we may feel, the memory of a familiar feature...