| 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 24, 2012
| 9:23 PM
SAN DIEGO -- When it comes to treating respiratory diseases, new technology is allowing patients to live better and longer, experts said.
“We’ve come a long way,” said Suzan Herzig, a respiratory therapist at UCSD Medical Center in...
| 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 30, 2012
| 3:21 PM
In response to her mother's letter dated Oct. 27. I am truly sorry to learn of Sara Sotomayor's adverse reaction to the vaccine proven to prevent many forms of cervical cancer. As with many decisions we make for our children we must weigh the risk...
| May 5, 2012
| 1:29 PM
For eight years, Renee Gordon's son, Alex, has been attending Camp Greentop, a summer getaway in Maryland's Catoctin Mountains for people with disabilities.
Now Gordon is now spearheading a campaign with Michael Hettleman to raise $1 million for the...
| May 10, 2012
| 1:55 PM
It's very easy to be critical of government, to break out the cliches like "doing badly that which need not be done at all," and "I'm from the government; I'm here to help," but there are a number of necessary things that government does, does well and...
| May 14, 2012
| 6:31 PM
Hundreds of pounds of firefighting equipment from Somerset County and Richland Township has been unpacked and assigned to improve the effectiveness and safety of firemen in Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic.
The gear, with a replacement value...