| Nov 10, 2014
| 8:16 PM
Abner Mikva, a five-term congressman for Illinois who also served in all three branches of the federal government, was one of 19 Americans awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor.
"I'm just overwhelmed by the...
| Nov 11, 2014
| 5:35 PM
Remember when pundits were worried that Americans had turned isolationist? As recently as August, polls showed big majorities opposed to military intervention in Iraq, Syria or anywhere else.
But it only took a couple of beheadings by Islamic State to...
| Nov 12, 2014
| 12:46 PM
An event Saturday aims to provide resources to at-risk or homeless veterans while also raising awareness about homelessness in the community.
A homeless "stand down" will be held Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Y. H. Thomas Community Center in...
| Dec 10, 2014
| 9:03 PM
Maybe it's because he is a contrarian. But Gov. Jerry Brown doesn't go for conventional celebrating.
Also, he now believes, why give two speeches when one will do just fine?
Brown announced Monday that he'll combine his fourth-term inaugural address...
| Nov 12, 2014
| 9:00 PM
Like the Great Pumpkin in the classic "Peanuts" cartoon, again this autumn, the Great Peak Oil failed to appear. Instead, we have an oil glut and prices have fallen to below $80 per barrel.
Good news to many, but it's also making a lot of people...
| Nov 14, 2014
| 2:30 AM
WASHINGTON -- For all the millions spent on advertising in both parties for the midterm elections, voter turnout was the lowest since World War II, according to the U.S. Elections Project at the University of Florida.
The deplorable news only...
| Dec 1, 2014
| 5:43 PM
Four times, Alan Gross traveled to Cuba, lugging with him Internet equipment to connect the island's small Jewish community to the outside world. And four times, he completed his trips to the Caribbean island nation without a problem.
With each trip...
| Nov 19, 2014
| 6:00 AM
Iowa can have a magical effect on visiting politicians.
Peripheral concerns become major issues. Long-standing policy positions melt like spring runoff in the Des Moines River.
It’s not the enchanting allure of Ottumwa, or the rhapsody of gazing...
| Nov 22, 2014
| 4:00 AM
These days, some parts of Big Hunting Creek do not seem nearly so presidential. Its banks torn apart by years of erosion, the roaring stream has become, for some Thurmont citizens, a noisy, unwanted neighbor.
“It sounds like a freight train,”...
| Nov 25, 2014
| 8:55 AM
A free celebration at the Hartford Public Library will launch "Hartford Through Time" ($22.95), a book published by the library's Hartford History Center. The launch party will be held Wednesday, Dec. 3 at 5:30 p.m. at the Center, 500 Main St., Hartford....
| Nov 25, 2014
| 4:27 PM
Nancy Teeters, who in 1978 became the first woman on the Federal Reserve board of governors, then continued to stand out by opposing Fed Chairman Paul Volcker's anti-inflation campaign, has died. She was 84.
Teeters died Nov. 17 at an assisted living...