| Oct 12, 2012
"Does anybody know that name?"
It was Thursday afternoon, and I was standing in Mathias "Spider" Schergen's classroom at Jenner Academy of the Arts when — only because I'd asked him — he put the question to a group of...
| Sep 12, 2012
I went down to the union rally in the Loop on Monday, the first day of the teachers strike, not knowing what I'd find or even what I wanted to.
It was a startling, thrilling sight.
Thousands of red shirts were swarming south on Clark Street, chants...
| Oct 3, 2012
Fiction or nonfiction?
That is the question.
Is it nobler to fill your mind with so-called informational text or to take arms against the sea of facts and say, "Just tell me a good story, dammit"?
Or — to put it without the Shakespearean...
| Jul 2, 2013
| 3:56 PM
As you enter the campus of DeSales University in Center Valley, the first thing you're likely to notice is Joseph J. Billera Hall, a grand 82,500-square-foot recreational and athletic facility provided by the Billeras, an esteemed Lehigh Valley clothing...
| Aug 31, 2013
| 2:31 PM
Two dozen of the University of Connecticut's top administrators got raises ranging from $10,000 to $22,500 effective Aug. 9 — as life on the big Storrs campus remains insulated from economic conditions that have left the state struggling to...
| Nov 25, 2013
The letter that arrived the other day was a mystery.
There was no name, just a handwritten address in a town in Michigan my husband and I had never heard of, and a yellow sticker reading "Return to Sender."
But the return address – also with...
| Dec 4, 2013
| 8:01 PM
Think quickly about work in Connecticut. What comes to mind?
It's likely jobs and unemployment, the quest to keep the economy humming. That's the biggest issue that all states face, as corporate America presides over a growing surplus of money and a...
| Jun 25, 2013
| 7:10 AM
Ten years ago, Chicago lost one of its most prolific, inventive, genre-defying creative spirits.
In the 1960s alone, William Russo created the Chicago Jazz Ensemble and conducted the London Jazz Orchestra; joined Paul Sills and Rev. James Shiflett in...
| Dec 4, 2013
| 7:28 PM
Some time within the past week, 160,000 new books arrived in The City That Reads, a term I've neither heard nor uttered since the Kurt Schmoke mayoralty and its much-mocked motto ("The City That Bleeds," "The City That Breeds") faded into memory nearly 15...
| Aug 21, 2013
Before Nat "King" Cole conquered the world, he studied music under Capt. Walter Dyett.
So did singer Johnny Hartman, pianists Dorothy Donegan and John Young, tenor saxophone giants Von Freeman, Gene Ammons and Johnny Griffin and other musicians too...
| Nov 15, 2013
| 10:30 AM
Three famous men died on Nov. 22, 1963. The one getting the most attention, understandably, is John F. Kennedy. Less so the other two: Aldous Huxley, author of the futuristic novel "Brave New World," and Clive Staples Lewis.
Of the three, it was Lewis...