| Sep 11, 2009
| 12:26 PM
To many visitors, South Bass Island is about two things: golf carts and partying. The golf carts are everywhere. They swarm the downtown like flies. People rent them to traverse the island's 4-mile length and mile-and-a-quarter width. Cops have golf carts...
| Oct 12, 2007
| 2:43 PM
May 21, 2009
I LOVE ...
... the colorful spring flowers planted at City Hall and the Daley Center. It gives me a "lift."
-- Barbara Rieffel, Chicago
. . . Phil, the Navy Pier trolley driver, who befriends every passenger and is such a wonderful...
| Oct 26, 2009
The direct impact of Neil Young's annual Bridge School Benefit Concerts is as plain as the joyful faces of the special-needs school's students, many of whom watch each year from an onstage riser placed right behind the performers.
Those faces were...
| Nov 24, 2008
Anthony Tarracino, known to one and all as Capt. Tony, spent two years as mayor of Key West, Fla., and 60 years as one of the most colorful characters in an island city full of them. During his 92 years, he was a bootlegger, gambler, gunrunner,...
| May 11, 2009
Stephen Bruton, a Texas musician long admired and much in demand as much for his astute guitar work as for his insights as a songwriter, died Saturday in Los Angeles of complications of cancer. He was 60.
Bruton, who had played with Kris Kristofferson...
| Jun 20, 2009
John Houghtaling, inventor of the vibrating Magic Fingers bed that once was pervasive in motel rooms and became a cultural touchstone for a generation of American travelers, has died. He was 92.
Houghtaling died Wednesday at his Fort Pierce, Fla., home...
| Mar 9, 2009
Colonoscopy: The very word sends shudders down the spine of anyone who has drunk "the drink" -- the concoction that cleanses the colon so the doctor can later examine it. I've enjoyed three different procedures with three different preps, and I've made it...
| Feb 9, 2008
| 8:13 PM
The old salts of the shrimp fleet have been undercut by Asian shellfish farmers. Flower children who hitchhiked here in the '70s have taken their beads and tambourines and boogied back north. But the Conch Republic is losing more than just its slackers,...
| Apr 25, 2008
When hundreds of yachts set sail for Baja California today in the lively Newport to Ensenada race, the water will be churning with sleek, multimillion-dollar vessels outfitted with great gizmos and built for speed.
And then there's John Haupt's boat.
| May 29, 2008
| 6:44 PM
|| Fiction || weeks on list ||
|| 1. || Bright Shiny Morning by James Frey (Harper: $26.95) Lives intertwine across Los Angeles. || 1 ||
|| 2. || Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri (Knopf: $25) U.S.-born children cope with their...
| Apr 17, 2009
| 2:50 PM
Gov. Charlie Crist was center court at the Miami Heat game for the retirement of Alonzo Mourning's jersey one Monday evening in late March.
It hadn't been a difficult day for Crist. Earlier, he'd visited the Miami set of a TV series, Burn Notice, and...