| Dec 6, 2012
| 10:20 AM
I’d wanted to take an actual Mormon to see “The Book of Mormon,” but the closest I could come was the lovely and patient older daughter — so well scrubbed and shimmery that she looked like an Irish coin.
“Come on, Coin,...
| May 28, 2013
"I will not comment on a third-rate burglary attempt. Obviously we don't condone that kind of second-rate burglary."
Ronald Ziegler, President Richard Nixon's press secretary's response to media inquiries about whether the White House had anything to do...
| Apr 9, 2013
In 1975, when asked to explain why Margaret Thatcher was poised to take over the Tory Party, the irascible British satirist Malcolm Muggeridge replied that it was all due to television and the fact that the telegenic Thatcher had a "certain imbecile...
| Sep 6, 2012
| 7:45 AM
When President Barack Obama takes the stage Thursday night in Charlotte, N.C., he will tout his record of the past four years and make his case to the American people on why he should be given four more. If the past is any guide, he also will...
| Apr 26, 2013
| 6:43 PM
If you think everything the astronauts brought back from outer space is locked up tight in a museum somewhere, I've got a moon rock to sell you.
At least, somebody might.
This piece first ran in Printers Row Journal,...
| Dec 25, 2012
The site where Michael Reese Hospital once stood isn't much to look at, just a 37-acre swath of overgrown land in Bronzeville, behind a shoddy chain-link fence.
Developers are itching to build a casino or perhaps a sports entertainment complex on the...
| Oct 2, 2012
| 10:01 PM
When President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney debate one another for the first time Wednesday night, they may feel as though they've already done so.
As with stage lighting and cameras, stand-ins are also commonly used in debate preparations, and the...
| Nov 11, 2012
About 20 years ago, my life was perfect. I lived in Grand Rapids, Mich., a solid Midwestern city saved from permanent dreariness by dynamic spurts of urban development. I had just built and moved into a new house. My son was a high school senior headed to...
| Apr 24, 2013
| 1:42 PM
Universal Studios in Hollywood will raze the 41-year-old Gibson Amphitheatre to make way for its coming Harry Potter attraction, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Like the Wizarding World in Orlando, the Hollywood Harry Potter will be a theme park...
| Jul 10, 2013
| 1:08 PM
AUSTIN, Texas — When it comes to turning Texas red to blue — or, at the least, a less-hostile shade of purple — Democrats face a quandary of the chicken-or-egg variety.
Many are certain the political evolution from its current...
| Aug 15, 2013
| 11:40 AM
There are so many high-profile problems in child welfare offices like the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, it is easy to forget that some of the most exasperating barriers to helping abused and neglected children are laws...