| Aug 19, 2011
| 9:38 AM
The former Navy hospital ship USS Sanctuary, which served in the aftermath of World War II and in Vietnam, has been sold and is now under tow from Baltimore to Brownsville, Texas, for recycling.
The move marks the end of a 22-year residence in...
| Aug 21, 2011
Dozens of companies doing business in the Chicago area are routing their sales through small outlying municipalities with low sales tax rates, siphoning tens of millions of dollars from city and suburban taxing districts.
These companies, ranging from...
| Sep 12, 2011
| 6:20 PM
Spray-paint artist Mark Chase typically spends his summers in Ocean City along the boardwalk where he creates sci-fi landscapes in a matter of minutes, spraying and smudging to pulsating music as crowds gather.
He earns his living as a showman, taking...
| Aug 24, 2011
| 7:00 AM
China bought $91.9-billion worth of U.S. goods last year, including boatloads of medical devices, precious metals and electrical equipment. But when it comes to America's most celebrated cultural export — Hollywood movies — crossing China's...
| Aug 27, 2011
| 8:40 AM
Some news in the last few weeks has demonstrated the fragile nature of our freedoms. As riots in Great Britain spread, on Aug. 11 the British prime minister’s reaction was to begin an assault on freedom of speech and assembly by attempting to ban...
| Sep 21, 2011
| 11:27 AM
During his first few months in office, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's tech team has put a lot of city data online.
They’ve made it easier to get at, but not necessarily easier to interpret. The data sets can be downloaded and sorted, but they lack context....
| Sep 23, 2011
Kenneth Reiner made a fortune in Los Angeles in the 1940s and '50s designing and manufacturing two ingenious products: self-locking aircraft nuts and spring-loaded ladies' hair clips.
He brought the same inventiveness to a personal project he launched in...
| Sep 26, 2011
| 11:54 AM
The editorial cartoon of Sept. 15 depicted Board of Education Chairwoman Janet Siddiqui banging the gavel at fellow school board member Allen Dyer. However, the article about the Sept. 8 board meeting also revealed that Siddiqui was attempting to...
| Dec 17, 2012
| 1:40 PM
Salman Rushdie thinks Mo Yan is a patsy of China’s Communist government. I respect Rushdie's work, and his own courage as a defender of artistic freedom. But I'm not sure he's right about Mo Yan.
Mo accepted the Nobel Prize for Literature this...
| Sep 22, 2012
| 8:00 AM
BEIJING — Every movie project involves a certain amount of negotiation, but finding middle ground proved no easy matter when writer-director Daniel Hsia tried to film "Shanghai Calling" in China.
To secure permission to make his story about a...
| Jun 2, 2012
When a book flies off the shelves by the millions within a month of publication and zooms to the top of the New York Times best-seller list, it's safe to assume that whatever its literary merit (or lack thereof), it probably is not a good candidate for...