| Feb 11, 2015
| 12:30 PM
Americans care too little about education and too much about diplomas.
Here in Springfield, we extol the virtues of Abraham Lincoln, our state's native son, who despite having little formal schooling was able to teach himself. This nation has never...
| Mar 1, 2015
| 1:16 PM
Dan Alon remembers the 1972 Munich Olympics like it was yesterday.
In a recent phone call from his home in Israel, Alon said: "I can't forget what happened in Munich. It greatly affected the rest of my life."
In mid-March, Alon will be paying his...
| Feb 10, 2015
| 3:42 PM
As the 150th anniversary of the Civil War winds down toward its conclusion this spring, it's difficult not to look back on the four years of this sesquicentennial and wonder why it all seemed so lackluster. Unlike the centennial in 1961-65, Congress...
| Feb 25, 2015
| 11:55 AM
Troubled veteran Eddie Ray Routh was convicted of capital murder late Tuesday in the slaying of two men, including Chris Kyle, the Navy SEAL whose life inspired the blockbuster "American Sniper."
Routh, 27, was sentenced to life without possibility of...
| Feb 18, 2015
| 2:28 PM
Dee Wallace, the actress best known for playing the mother in “E.T.: The Extraterrestrial,” describes her new film as “a real statement on human nature — that we all have this life going on and this opportunity to live a full life,...
| Feb 19, 2015
| 5:56 AM
Dee Wallace, the actress best known for playing the mother in "E.T.: The Extraterrestrial," describes her new film as "a real statement on human nature — that we all have this life going on and this opportunity to live a full life, and instead...
| Feb 8, 2015
| 4:33 AM
The long takes of Alejandro Inarritu's "Birdman" won out over the long production of Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" at the Directors Guild Awards Saturday.
Both formally ambitious in very different ways, "Boyhood" and "Birdman" have been neck-in-neck...
| Feb 8, 2015
| 10:30 AM
Rihanna is facing her childhood fear of sharks.
The pop star dove into a tank with three 8-foot-long tiger sharks at The Florida Aquarium during a photo shoot for March's cover of Harper's Bazaar magazine.
Aquarium spokeswoman Katherine Claytor said...
| Nov 9, 2014
| 5:28 AM
The week's highlights include the "Castle" wedding (finally), the last "Blacklist" on Monday, a "Voice" expansion (it's the November sweeps!) and a "Shark Tank" celebration.
The Top 20 perform on "The Voice," which offers viewers five...
| Dec 24, 2014
| 12:46 PM
Merry Christmas! One of TV's best presents arrives Tuesday night, again courtesy of CBS.
The 37th annual Kennedy Center Honors telecast, starting at 9 p.m., is another classy, thrilling jamboree of entertainment.
The recipients are singer Al Green,...
| Nov 8, 2014
| 1:01 PM
Veterans Day this year will be marked with a concert on HBO and a newsmaking interview on "60 Minutes."
On Tuesday, HBO offers "The Concert for Valor."
The channel has said the event is "to honor the courage and sacrifice of America's veterans and...