| Jun 13, 2014
| 3:10 AM
Decades of careful restoration and study have revealed a lot about the flag that flew over Fort McHenry after its defenders fought off a naval attack during the War of 1812: the swatches taken as mementos of the pivotal battle, the areas worn by time,...
| Apr 25, 2014
"Since I have been at the Foreign Office," Britain's permanent under-secretary for foreign affairs announced in May, 1914, "I have not seen such calm waters." He was wrong, of course. Just three months later, Europe began an orgy of killing. By 1945, more...
| May 19, 2014
| 9:22 PM
I realized we never got an answer to the question I started my most recent Movie Quote Quiz with. Here’s what I wrote: I mentioned in one of my recent Hall of Fame columns that I’d love to see a......
| Mar 24, 2014
Even in the emergency room at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center at 5 a.m., while waiting to be seen after a fall, my 92-year-old dad knew a straight line when he heard one.
"Are you comfortable?" a nurse asked, propping him up with a pillow.
"I make a...
| Apr 14, 2014
| 1:35 PM
Does U.S. history have a more effective or thoughtful champion than Ken Burns?
The "Civil War" filmmaker delivers another sublime achievement in "The Address," which premieres at 9 p.m. Tuesday on PBS.
It's a real change of pace for Burns, a...
| May 27, 2014
| 6:37 PM
Illinois Democrats on Tuesday rolled out a new state spending plan that puts off many tough decisions until after the November election by relying on a series of time-tested budget tricks.
To make ends meet, at least on paper, lawmakers would bump up...
| May 30, 2014
| 12:43 PM
SPRINGFIELD – Lawmakers today have begun to send portions of a new state budget to Gov. Pat Quinn, the one task they must complete ahead of their Saturday adjournment deadline.
The spending plan puts off the tough decision of whether to extend the...
| Apr 30, 2014
| 6:18 PM
SPRINGFIELD — This time there was no doubt that Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan officially won approval on a vote Wednesday for his legislation to put $100 million toward a Barack Obama presidential library.
Two weeks ago, Republicans...
| Mar 24, 2014
| 7:15 PM
Much fuss has been made about the sexually-charged content of Miley Cyrus’ Bangerz Tour, but the pop star is thoughtful enough to include a parental advisory label among the show’s visual diversions.
Of course, that warning came too late for...
| Jun 8, 2014
| 7:59 PM
Monday marks the first day of registration for the city's summer reading program, which made late-night TV last week when Mayor Emanuel bet "The Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon that if Chicago's children read 2.4 million books this summer, Fallon will...
| May 19, 2014
| 9:23 PM
If you see cameras in Easton today, it's because the Easton-based television production company Lou Reda Productions is shooting a mini-pilot to send to networks for a salon-based reality. The company and Joseph Bordonaro, owner of Fresh Salon, have been....