| Feb 3, 2015
| 7:06 PM
Hard cases, said a long-ago Supreme Court justice, make bad law. The startling outliers shouldn't be the yardstick for crafting routine criminal law. When a tipsy off-duty employee of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency lost control of his friend'...
| Jan 26, 2015
| 1:09 PM
SkyMall wasn't all life-size Yeti statues, John McCain gargoyle sculptures and motorized, voice-controlled Star Wars R2-D2 toys.
My daughter sleeps on a bed my wife picked out of the SkyMall catalog at 30,000 feet. That's also where we found the shelves...
| Jan 26, 2015
| 11:38 AM
The housing world was famously slow to embrace technology when that thing that used to be called the World Wide Web — or worse, the information superhighway — appeared a couple of decades ago, but it finally got the message. It seems to be...
| Dec 19, 2014
| 3:55 PM
The airline industry in 2015 is likely to be healthy again thanks to mergers and falling jet fuel prices, and while consumers might be stuffed into slimmer seats in coach at least they will be able to enjoy new and upgraded planes and more onboard...
| Dec 27, 2014
The National Rifle Association lately has been having its way with the Florida Legislature — think Docs & Glocks, which forbade doctors from asking patients about gun ownership. And despite the furor over Stand Your Ground, no significant rollback...
| Dec 28, 2014
| 3:39 PM
Efforts to restore what's conspicuously absent in the airline industry — consistently reliable service — are getting a boost from the work of University of Michigan researchers who are looking closely at 73 million flights during the past...
| Dec 14, 2014
| 2:26 PM
A $1.1 trillion spending bill that Congress completed action on over the weekend will provide funding to keep Chicago-area mass transit and roadway projects moving forward, as well as expand pedestrian and bicycle safety programs, transportation officials...
| Dec 2, 2014
| 2:34 PM
Q: We have just started selling our house and our real estate agent wants to take aerial pictures using a drone. It sounds interesting but we don't want to get involved in anything that is not legal. Can you give us some guidance?
A: For the time being,...
| Nov 2, 2014
| 1:38 PM
As the number of complaints about jet noise from O'Hare International Airport have set new records nearly every month over the past year, Chicago officials have responded that only a relatively few households are the sources of those gripes.
| Nov 4, 2014
| 7:25 AM
If you're tired of the way airlines keep shrinking passenger space, it's time to speak up about it. You are not powerless.
I've been writing for a couple of years now about the consequences of shrunken airline seating. Not long ago, there was a flurry of...
| Nov 6, 2014
| 7:48 AM
My column Tuesday focused on a proposal by the National Association of Airline Passengers to have the FAA set minimum standards for the width of passengers seats and the amount of legroom, expressed in terms of “seat pitch.”