| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
Americans get the shortest vacations in the industrial world. With so little time, the pressure is on to make all the right choices when planning a trip. But how to select the right destination? It ultimately depends on your interests and your tastes --...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
PARIS -- Politics tends to wring all seriousness out of speech. Sometimes this is a demonstration of unforgivable ignorance. Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan thinks that "Now is the time to lock in the success that is within reach" in...
| Sep 1, 2011
| 6:15 PM
Some of us on the right are blaming Barack Obama for the hurricane that pounded the East Coast in recent days.
As much as I hate to criticize those on my side, which is, except for this one occasion, always on the right side, I must say that is absurd....
| Jun 1, 2012
| 1:47 PM
When Phylicia Rashad was cast as a replacement Violet Weston in Anna D. Shapiro's Broadway production of Tracy Letts' "August: Osage County," the Broadway gossip boards were abuzz with the notion of casting an African-American actress, best known for...
| Jul 6, 2012
| 9:45 PM
The late Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan famously remarked that, "The central conservative truth is that it is culture, not politics, that determines the success of a society. The central liberal truth is that politics can change a culture and save it from...
| Sep 19, 2012
| 3:40 PM
Two Swedish women have received new wombs donated by their mothers in the first mother-to-daughter uterine transplants, officials said.
The first woman had her uterus removed years ago because of surgery for cervical cancer, according to the University...
| Sep 26, 2012
| 6:05 AM
Chris Medina is big in Europe. More specifically, Scandinavia.
The Oak Forest resident had all of the U.S. pulling for him on “American Idol” last year after learning of his loyalty to fiancee Juliana Ramos, who was in a car accident and...
| Jul 17, 2012
| 4:12 PM
According to James Cagney's portrayal of George M. Cohan, the premier entertainer in all of American history, it took only 45 minutes by train to get from New York City's Broadway to New Rochelle, N.Y., in posh Westchester County.
Shortly after the movie...
| Aug 9, 2012
Just when the chef memoir had started tasting a little overly familiar — the long struggles to cook their food their way, the breakthrough review, the stove burns, the final 60 pages where nothing much happens but happiness and prosperity —...
| Aug 14, 2012
| 10:10 PM
It has been fun gathering favorite sayings and quotes from people. Some had them on the tips of their tongues, others had to ponder a bit.
“Freedom is not free,” is the favorite quote of Suzanne, widow of a soldier who died in Vietnam, and...
| Mar 8, 2012
| 6:53 AM
It's time to rate the Cirques, now that I've seen "Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour," which played at the O-rena last week. What? We have to call it by that mundane name? Oh, all right, I'm gritting my teeth … Amway Center.
Of the Cirque du...