| Aug 10, 2014
Monday marks the 30th anniversary of a major presidential gaffe — Ronald Reagan joking during a microphone test: "My fellow Americans, I am pleased to tell you today that I've signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in...
| Aug 9, 2014
| 6:58 PM
Tucked inside the files at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston are State Department notes from the 1960s detailing racial discrimination along U.S. 40 in Maryland — and warning the president of its implications for the Cold War.
| Aug 5, 2014
| 8:59 AM
Israelis and Palestinians are still burying their loved ones as Gaza's third war in six years continues. Since July 8, when this war began, more than 1,600 Palestinian and 65 Israeli lives have been sacrificed. Many in the world are heartbroken in the...
| Aug 5, 2014
| 1:13 PM
The late South African leader Nelson Mandela said in his will that he wanted his home in rural Qunu to be used to forever unite his family. But his kinsmen, who fought bitterly over his burial place and went to court over the bones of his children, aren&...
| Sep 4, 2014
| 6:20 PM
A history of the avant-garde in Orange County, an installation that takes a speech by Martin Luther King Jr. as a point of inspiration, sound as heard by deaf ears and an L.A. freeway in mirrors. The art season is starting to get rolling and it’s...
| Sep 5, 2014
| 2:54 PM
It's not the way French President Francois Hollande would want to be known: cold, calculating and uncaring.
But that is the way he was portrayed by former First Lady Valerie Trierweiler in an intimate and damaging account of their stormy relationship,...
| Aug 29, 2014
| 8:09 AM
For the past decade, Chicago bandleader-composer Ernest Dawkins has been composing vast suites dealing head-on with some of the most turbulent chapters of American history.
Works such as "UnTill Emmett Till" (about the murder of its title character),...
| Sep 12, 2014
| 8:48 PM
In just over a century and a half, the concept of a presidential library has evolved from a small room in a home where first lady Sarah Polk kept her late husband's letters and mementos into multimillion-dollar complexes that house thousands of official...
| Aug 26, 2014
| 8:04 AM
The heroic life of Nelson Mandela has inspired uncounted tributes and probably will do so for years to come.
But one of the most promising will unfold Thursday night, when the 36th annual Chicago Jazz Festival presents the world premiere of "Homage to...
| Sep 11, 2014
| 1:13 PM
You never know where U2 might turn up: It could be in a Super Bowl commercial, at an Apple product launch or even in your iTunes app, patiently awaiting a free download. The Irish arena rockers have proven to be savvy self-marketers and ubiquitous pop-...
| Apr 15, 2014
| 11:08 AM
Tuesday is Jackie Robinson Day across baseball, honoring the 67th anniversary of the day Robinson played his first game for the Brooklyn Dodgers. The most prominent of the events planned to honor Robinson was to take place at Yankee Stadium before New...