| Feb 9, 2015
| 2:37 PM
The most unexpectedly competitive race in the west suburbs might be for the Northlake Library board.
Nine people originally registered to run for the six open seats on the board: three incumbents and six newcomers.
That's highly unusual for a board...
| Feb 7, 2015
| 7:33 PM
A space weather satellite is poised to blast off Sunday for a destination 1 million miles away, but it's the rocket's ocean landing that is stealing the spotlight.
The SpaceX company will take a second stab at landing a booster on a platform floating...
| Dec 3, 2014
| 6:10 PM
What I don’t understand is that the law for “hands free” has been in effect for almost one year and, yet, people still drive talking and texting on their phones. I like the people who hold phones in their hands with the speaker on. You&...
| Dec 15, 2014
| 9:00 PM
Former Gov. Jeb Bush has been telegraphing his interest in running for president in many ways in recent weeks. The biggest signal, until Tuesday, was his putting out the information that he's lost 15 pounds in recent weeks.
There's no surer sign that...
| Dec 21, 2014
Fourteen years ago, when the nation was riveted by the spectacle of poll workers parsing the differences between dimpled and dangling chads after the presidential contest between Al Gore and George W. Bush, Marylanders could rest fairly easy. A few...
| Dec 19, 2014
| 12:47 PM
Every year, fellow Tribune columnist Mary Schmich and I conduct a reader contest related to our "Songs of Good Cheer" Christmas-themed singalong programs at the Old Town School of Folk Music — stories, parodies, trivia, something related to the...
| Dec 19, 2014
| 2:38 PM
For a long time, the U.S. ostracism of Cuba has been like the vintage American cars on the streets of Havana: obsolete but imperishable. It didn't topple the Castro government, didn't force human rights progress and didn't unite the world behind us. Yet...
| Jan 5, 2015
| 8:30 AM
The National Rifle Assn.'s political clout is so sweeping -- and numerically disproportionate -- that it's unusual to realize its power is largely taken for granted, as if it were always thus. Frontline addresses that history, as well as the group's...
| Dec 17, 2014
| 6:19 PM
For decades, the U.S. embargo on Cuba has been as much about domestic as foreign policy. In the end, a generational shift in the politics of one key state opened the way for the Obama administration to change half a century of efforts to isolate the...
| Jan 8, 2015
| 4:08 PM
The road to hell is paved with good intentions, and in Connecticut, the road to hell is also very congested. And not all that well paved. Really, when it comes to getting to hell and back on a regular basis, you might want to ask Satan if you can...
| Dec 10, 2014
| 10:21 AM
While Larry Hogan triumphed in the Maryland governor's race, his fellow Republicans won legislative and the county council seats in Dundalk for the first time in decades, completing a dramatic partisan shift in one of the state's once reliably...