| Nov 22, 2014
| 4:00 AM
These days, some parts of Big Hunting Creek do not seem nearly so presidential. Its banks torn apart by years of erosion, the roaring stream has become, for some Thurmont citizens, a noisy, unwanted neighbor.
“It sounds like a freight train,”...
| Nov 21, 2014
| 1:55 PM
From June 4 to 7, 1942, the U.S. Navy ambushed and then devastated a Japanese strike force near Midway Island. Tokyo's plan to occupy the Hawaiian Islands had relied on seizing that tiny atoll halfway between Asia and North America. On June 7, six...
| Nov 10, 2014
| 1:40 PM
Medicare's age of eligibility — 65 years — is outdated. It is not even rooted in the 1960s, when Medicare was created, but in the 1930s, when Social Security was enacted and initially fixed the normal retirement age at 65.
That's why a strong...
| Nov 19, 2014
| 11:03 AM
If all goes as planned Oak Park will become home to its first craft brewery in late 2015.
Village trustees wished Oak Park resident Steve Loranz and his business partner "good luck" Monday night as they unanimously granted the pair a permit to locate...
| Nov 20, 2014
| 7:09 AM
Editor's Note: With Thanksgiving upon us, we look back at a 1950 Tribune story reporting the discovery of a letter from editor and advocate Sarah Hale urging President Abraham Lincoln to declare a national Thanksgiving holiday. Six days after Hale wrote...
| Nov 18, 2014
| 4:54 PM
I'm going out on a limb here, but Bernie Sanders is not going to be our next president. Still, the independent socialist senator from Vermont is sounding more and more like a man who intends to defy the doubters and run. And he could play an important...
| Nov 18, 2014
| 3:11 PM
Seventy-three years ago, the USS Reuben James was sunk by a German submarine. What was unusual about the sinking was that it occurred before Germany declared war on the United States. The circumstances surrounding the loss have modern connections as the...
| Nov 18, 2014
| 9:19 AM
Beverly Gage, a Yale University historian, was researching a biography of J. Edgar Hoover in the National Archives when she came across the infamous letter the FBI had written to Martin Luther King Jr., outlining in the crudest form his extramarital...
| Nov 17, 2014
| 5:21 PM
Valerie Jarrett is the most talked-about White House aide in Washington — and that's not always a good thing.
Jarrett has come under attack after the midterm elections, with critics charging that she wields too much influence over her boss. Part of...
| Oct 6, 2014
| 8:00 AM
The latest disclosures of Secret Service breakdowns in the agency's prime mission, the physical protection of the president, are grim reminders of a most disturbing and particularly American malady — the assassination of the nation's political...
| Sep 30, 2014
| 3:00 AM
One chilly winter evening in 1988, I was the lone journalist among a small clump of voters gathered inside an old meeting hall in Manchester, N.H. I was there, mostly out of curiosity, to witness the spectacle of a man desperately clinging to a...