| Aug 4, 2012
| 3:09 PM
Long before the best-selling book about Henrietta Lacks and her immortal cells was written, Turners Station neighbors gathered to honor her legacy, a tradition that continued Saturday.
Lacks' great-granddaughters, born about half a century after her...
| Aug 16, 2012
| 4:15 AM
Back to school can also mean back to germs, breaks, sprains and concussions.
While most of us know kids need a good night's sleep and a good breakfast, just what exactly do experts define as "good"? And what other basics should parents put on their...
| Aug 18, 2012
| 5:46 PM
When Cardinal Francis George offered his mandatory resignation letter in January, he gave every indication he intended to continue to lead the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago and its more than two 2 million faithful for years to come.
| Oct 5, 2012
| 3:12 PM
August A. Giraldi, a longtime resident of La Canada-Flintridge, passed away peacefully at the age of 101. He led a wonderful life of accomplishment and generosity. He was known and loved for his positive attitude and his willingness to pass on his...
| Oct 17, 2012
In northwest Indiana, where I have raised vegetables for 20-odd years, mosquitoes flourish when rain fills the swamp pools in the backwaters of the Kankakee River.
In August 2004, those pools spawned a particularly righteous throng. One afternoon, they...
| Oct 24, 2012
When “The Sessions” co-star William H. Macy came to Chicago in the early 1970s, he briefly worked as a waiter at former Lincoln Park bar Le Pub. He made more money, he says, as a carpenter.
“[I would] build shelves and things like...
| Oct 25, 2012
**1/2 (out of four)
For better and for worse, “The Sessions” has “crowd-pleaser” written all over it.
The dramedy, which won the audience award and a special jury prize for ensemble acting at Sundance this year, engineers a small...
| Oct 25, 2012
In 1990 the writer Mark O'Brien contributed an article for the literary magazine The Sun called "On Seeing a Sex Surrogate." A survivor of childhood polio, the substantially disabled O'Brien spent much of his sleeping and waking hours confined to an...
| Oct 26, 2012
| 4:07 AM
There are plenty of actors in Hollywood who are notoriously difficult to work with on set, but William H. Macy has never appeared to be one of them — or so it seemed. The “Fargo” and “Seabiscuit” actor, nicknamed “Howdy...
| Oct 31, 2012
| 1:01 PM
Dr. H. Berton McCauley, former chief of the dental division of the Baltimore Health Department, who led the controversial battle that resulted in the city's water supply being fluoridated nearly 60 years ago, died Oct. 23 of prostate cancer at his...
| Oct 31, 2012
| 4:33 PM
"Cloud Atlas" is a magnificent patchwork quilt of a movie. It crosses several film genres sprawling across many centuries of time and space. It boggles your mind with dazzling visuals. It features heart-pounding action with sometimes graphic violence....