| May 23, 2014
| 4:48 PM
All modern presidents of both parties have been too much with us. Talking incessantly, they have put politics unhealthily at the center of America's consciousness. Promising promiscuously, they have exaggerated government's proper scope and actual...
| Jun 9, 2014
| 5:05 AM
In the spring of 1920, it seemed to dawn on President Woodrow Wilson that his debilitating stroke months earlier had not only hurt him politically. It had also harmed the country.
He confided in his close friend, the White House physician, Cary T....
| Jun 12, 2014
| 2:59 PM
If we were living in the model train set of some giant kid, the Norwalk River railroad bridge would be one of his favorite pieces. It's 562 feet long, and 202 feet of that can "swing" or pivot on an axis to let boats come through.
Of course, it's a two-...
| Jan 8, 2013
| 3:10 PM
When it comes to sex scandals, South Florida author Robert Watson said Tuesday, Bill Clinton wasn't the first or the worst among presidents who've had dalliances before and during their time in the White House.
"There's a long history of these...
| Mar 13, 2012
| 4:23 PM
NEW YORK — It's easy to imagine many a sea captain sprawled out on the charred oaken floors of the Breslin, knocked cold after a brawl. The smell of smoking pig's feet wafts across black, wood tables. A bowl of onion soup floats past, oily with bone...
| Jul 14, 2011
| 12:03 PM
H. Emslie "Lee" Parks, former Baltimore County attorney and school board president who was also a highly regarded litigator, died Monday of cancer at Rutledge on Wye, his Queenstown home.
The longtime Granite resident was 81.
The son of a lawyer and a...
| Jul 27, 2011
| 6:44 PM
A recent poll by the Public Religion Research Institute has revealed that religious Americans think a financial scandal is worse than a sexual one.
The poll was conducted in the wake of several high-profile cases of politicians making headlines for their...
| Sep 4, 2011
If it's a holiday, it must mean there's a parade.
Chicago celebrated its first official Labor Day on Sept. 3, 1894, with a massive parade of more than 20,000 marchers representing more than 60 unions. The endless line of "wage-earners" trudged more...
| Sep 4, 2011
On America's mental calendar, Labor Day marks summer's end with a reminder to close up beach cottages and get the kids to school. But the circumstances of its birth were bloodier. Legislation declaring the first Monday in September a national holiday...
| Apr 16, 2012
| 4:33 PM
After two years, the federal program providing billions of dollars to help states and districts close or remake some of their worst-performing schools remains an ambitious work in progress, with roughly 1,200 turnaround efforts under way but still no...
| Jan 29, 2012
Every winter, widespread chemical dumping leaves Chicago streets covered in sodium chloride. Here are 10 facts you don't have to take with a grain of salt:
1. Salt has seasoned English in many ways. Because Romans put salt or brine on their vegetables,...