| Nov 21, 2014
| 6:54 PM
Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation provides the foundational precedent for President Obama's executive order on immigrants in the country illegally.
Before Lincoln issued his pronouncement in September 1862, congressional majorities had...
| Nov 26, 2014
| 10:21 AM
The anniversary of one of the most significant moments in our history slipped by last, week, largely overlooked by those of us preoccupied with a worrisome future.
It was on Nov. 19, 1863, at the dedication of the Gettysburg battlefield cemetery, that...
| Apr 25, 2014
| 5:38 PM
How Lincolnesque is the Party of Lincoln? Depends on who you ask.
According to reader Joan Smith of Northridge, the Republican Party that freed the slaves in the 19th century and stood in opposition to civil rights-averse Southern Democrats in the...
| Jul 11, 2014
Chicago-area authors continue to tell us about their favorite characters from childhood books as a preview to this year's Children's Read & Write Program, which invites children to submit book reviews for possible publication. Here's what they said....
| Aug 7, 2014
| 3:55 PM
Capt. Ronald Ravelo relieved his brother-in-law, Capt. Karl Thomas, as commander of the USS Abraham Lincoln Thursday -- a change of command considered unprecedented for the U.S. Navy.
Ravelo also became the first Filipino-American to take command of a...
| Jun 13, 2014
| 3:00 AM
The actor from Cleveland skimmed San Pedro in a banged-up Kia. He drove down a ragged street past a tattoo parlor and a sign for the Hotel Cabrillo. A few dicey-looking characters walked by with big dogs on chains. Robert McHalffey turned right and,...
| Jun 18, 2014
| 3:01 PM
California wine received a rare honor when the Smithsonian Institution chose the two bottles that won the famous Paris Tasting of 1976 as part of the museum’s online exhibit “101 Objects That Made America.”
The two bottles are, of...
| Aug 4, 2014
| 2:08 PM
College football training camps open this week and, frankly, it’s about time somebody hit something besides the lunch buffet.
No other sport in the world (that I can think of) launches its campaign three weeks before it lifts a finger.
| May 3, 2014
| 9:50 PM
As the Broward Republican Party wrapped up its most recent gathering, Tim Myette of Pompano Beach formed his fingers in the shape of a gun and "shot" it into his foot.
"It accomplished nothing," Myette said of the two hours in a warm hotel ballroom...
| May 16, 2014
| 4:46 AM
He's a West Coast prodigy, but California Chrome's roots reach deep into Maryland. Both the dam and one grand-dam of the Preakness favorite were foaled and raised on a 70-acre farm in Chestertown. The owners, Tom and Chris Bowman, couldn't have imagined...
| Mar 23, 2014
Long before President Barack Obama rebuked Russian President Vladimir Putin for grabbing Crimea, supposedly to protect ethnic Russians, another Illinois politician similarly castigated a potentate for being trigger happy and sticky fingered.