| Jun 24, 2013
On Demand DVD New Releases June 24-30 Heading into the holiday weekend, there's a range of titles to consider, including what sadly may be James Gandolfini's last movie role, in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. With Gandolfini's untimely death on June 19,...
| Jul 3, 2011
To End All Wars
A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: 450 pp., $28
We think of Europe in 1914 as a continent all too eager for war — volunteers jamming recruiting offices, festooned soldiers...
| Mar 19, 2012
| 7:41 AM
SHILOH NATIONAL MILITARY PARK, Tenn. — "The battle of Shiloh, or Pittsburg Landing, fought on Sunday and Monday, the 6th and 7th of April, 1862," wrote Union Major Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, "has been perhaps less understood, or, to state the case...
| Aug 22, 2011
| 4:02 AM
Back in 1963, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his now famous "I Have a Dream" speech during the March on Washington, the National Mall overflowed with people who'd traveled from near and far seeking equality for all Americans.
Almost a half-...
| Jun 25, 2012
| 6:08 AM
RICHMOND, Va. - Strolling above Beaver Dam Creek, you hardly take note of the languid tributary water that drifts peacefully from the nearby Chickahominy River.
Red cutgrass, trumpet weeds and a host of other herbaceous species grow freely on bordering...
| Jun 27, 2011
When it comes to cruise destinations, Bermuda is definitely in the "pink." Best known for its picture-postcard-perfect beaches with fine, pink sands; for its Bermuda shorts; and for its infamous legendary "Triangle," Bermuda began to be developed in the...
| May 13, 2011
| 8:40 PM
Harrison Woodford was one of seven members of the Woodford family of Avon to fight in the American Civil War, from 1862 through December 1864.
At his grave in West Avon Cemetery, Woodford's great-grandson, Gordon Woodford of Granby, joined a memorial...
| May 15, 2011
| 9:00 PM
The shell from the Confederate mortar, its red fuse glowing “like the wings of a firefly,’’ according to one observer, hung briefly before beginning its descent and exploding directly over Fort Sumter in Charleston harbor.
| Dec 16, 2011
| 2:58 PM
As 2011 comes to a close, we take a minute to reflect on the year's best in the world of publishing. Here is the list of our favorites, all published this year:
"The Paris Wife" by Paula McLain
This gorgeous novel portrays the whirlwind...
| Dec 16, 2011
| 4:45 PM
At the end of this year, we stop to recognize the wonderful work put out by authors living in or originally from Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. Here is the list of our favorite titles from 2011:
"The Year We Left Home" by Jean Thompson
| Jun 26, 2011
| 8:45 AM
Professor Richard Vatz may be correct in his assumption that there is a bias against conservatives on college campuses, but I believe that it is for good reason ("The diversity hoax: On campus conservatives need not apply" June 23) .
He quotes studies...