| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
Q: Are these paintings by Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675) of any value?
A: I'm going to take a deep breath here and try to be polite.
To be blunt, my first impulse is to ask, "Are you kidding me?" But taking the high road, we will assume that the query...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
Q: We read in your column about a Yuan Dynasty porcelain that sold at auction for $1.3 mill. My relative lives in Taiwan and collects porcelains. He believes he has a Yuan item. How can I authenticate his claim and determine its value?
A: A link sent...
| Aug 2, 2013
| 4:30 AM
I advocate for a boycott of rapper and record producer Jay-Z and his wife, Beyonce, for their irresponsible impact on modern culture.
Jay-Z's music is violent, racist and reinforces an attitude of aggression and victimization to the black community....
| Jul 15, 2013
Cara Lucey, Daena D'Mello and Blaise Berglund didn't want to do "just anything" for their senior project. So when they heard about a nearby fitness and weight-loss competition, they decided to actually improve and transform their lifestyles for the...
| Jul 14, 2013
| 3:05 PM
Lawyers tried to treat it like a routine homicide trial in a small town in Florida, but the George Zimmerman case moved beyond that, becoming part of the national debate on race and violence.
Moments after a six-woman jury returned a verdict of not...
| Jul 13, 2013
| 8:17 AM
Stephen Janis definitely took a path less traveled to the world of TV news.
For one thing, he was already 47 years old when he got his first full-time TV job. And at that age, he had virtually no TV training or experience — had never even written a...
| Aug 16, 2013
| 12:21 PM
Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams have made no secret of the fact that their massive summer hit “Blurred Lines” is influenced by the classic Marvin Gaye song “Got to Give it Up.”
Now they are suing to protect themselves from...
| Sep 12, 2013
| 5:19 PM
OCHO RIOS, Jamaica — An older woman's white plastic patio chair is tightly wedged next to a large table piled high with fruits and vegetables. Straggly black cornrows frame her dark, chubby face; her floppy hat is adorned with yellow flowers printed...
| Sep 11, 2013
| 1:00 PM
Thomas Pynchon has avoided the limelight his entire career -- he sent a stand-in to accept his National Book Award in 1974, and, as far as we know, hasn't been photographed since his stint in the Navy in the 1950s. But tucked within the quiet stacks of...
| Sep 6, 2013
| 1:05 AM
HURON - Recipients of the 2013 'Insuring a Brighter Tomorrow' scholarships from the South Dakota Farmers Union Foundation were honored Saturday as part of Farmers Union Day at the South Dakota State Fair.
A total of 26 students who graduated in 2013...
| Sep 3, 2013
| 1:16 PM
A Bolingbrook teen who drowned last week at an area quarry was praised Tuesday by school officials.
Javier Vera, 17, a senior at Bolingbrook High School, "was a well-liked student, with a good academic record and an excellent attendance record, on track...