| Dec 18, 2012
| 9:57 AM
Here’s a look back at a few of the Chicago area’s most famous prisoner escapes:
Multiple escapes from Camp Douglas during Civil War era
Chicago’s Camp Douglas was built as a training spot for Union soldiers in the Civil War but was...
| Aug 7, 2012
John Keegan, a British military historian whose critically acclaimed books spanned ancient and modern warfare and included the bestselling "The Face of Battle," has died. He was 78.
Keegan died Thursday at his home in Kilmington, England, according to...
| Aug 9, 2012
| 4:31 PM
In "The First American Political Conventions: Transforming Presidential Nominations, 1832-1872," Stan M. Haynes writes that the modern presidential nominating convention evolved during the campaign of 1832.
Between the fall of 1831 and the spring of...
| Sep 6, 2012
| 8:02 AM
For single seniors. Get together with others to attend events, shop, go sightseeing, dine out and more. 301-596-6385.
The Bain Center
5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia. 410-313-7213.
•Acting Up! Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. A theater club....
| Sep 17, 2012
| 3:00 AM
One hundred fifty years ago today, two great armies clashed in a titanic struggle that would decide the fate of a nation. "Around a cornfield and a little white Dunker church, around a stone bridge and in a pasture lane worn by cow paths, surged a human...
| Jun 24, 2012
There's a lot of crossfire about guns these days. The Obama administration is under siege over Fast and Furious, a federal sting operation that allowed firearms to go to Mexican drug traffickers and was linked to the slaying of a Border Patrol agent....
| Mar 13, 2012
| 8:10 AM
In 1855, the Aetna Life Insurance Co. issued a policy covering the life of a slave in Mississippi named Peter, who was listed as a “laborer.” Like most slave insurance policies, he was only identified by his first name.
Hundreds if not...
| Mar 17, 2012
| 7:10 PM
(Reuters) - Saint Patrick's Cathedral, New York City's iconic house of worship on Fifth Avenue, is getting a facelift.
The $175 million restoration will take about five years and will include what church officials described as a thorough scrubbing: its...
| Mar 26, 2012
| 9:17 AM
•••• "Angry Birds Space" did more than 10 million downloads in under three days. In my professional opinion, that’s a lot of flippin’ downloads. [@AngryBirds]
•••• Some simultaneous...
| Mar 11, 2011
Nick Owchar talks to military historian Bevin Alexander about Sun Tzu and the Civil War....
| May 5, 2011
Before I get to my weekly “American Idol” commentary, I have some final thoughts on this year’s balloting for my Hall of Fame of the area’s most colorful characters. As you’ll see here, this year’s choice is developer...