| Apr 2, 2011
| 5:50 PM
All in all, not a bad week. If you're in the too-strange-to-be-fiction business, that is, which I am.
There were two stories that moved the needle on the loopy meter way to the right: the ninja warrior at Sears, and the missing cobra at the Bronx Zoo....
| Apr 10, 2011
Revolutions are still televised, but they get Tumblr'd, tweeted and YouTubed ﬁrst. This one started last summer when music micro-bloggers began deifying a pack of nine skateboarding, freewheeling teenaged rap vandals from Los Angeles. Full name:...
| Feb 3, 2011
Bell could have problems paying its bills as early as May and has been unable to make budget cuts to stave off insolvency because City Council members who face criminal charges repeatedly have failed to show up for meetings.
Now, Bell's interim city...
| Feb 16, 2011
Less than a week remains before Chicago elects a new mayor (maybe), which means we'll probably only be treated to the candidates' colorful quips for a handful of days. Sigh.
Today, we look at five of our favorite words or phrases from the mayoral...
| Aug 31, 2010
| 2:05 AM
Many athletes will say they are making their college choice based on the school's academia.
Of course, no one believes most of them, but when J.J. Keels of Melbourne Florida Air Academy says he has switched his No. 1 school from Cincinnati to...
| Sep 1, 2010
The Cinecon Classic Film Festival is not for movie softies. It's for hard-core film buffs and historians who don't want to see the usual vintage fare that pops up on Turner Classic Movies or at revival theaters. So if you're looking to see "Casablanca,"...
| Sep 6, 2010
MONTROSE SHOPPING PARK — More than 40 years after the Vietnam War Memorial here was first dedicated, community members learned that five local servicemen had been left off the plaques.
First dedicated in 1968, the memorial at the corner of Ocean...
| Dec 19, 2010
"Let's have a toast," sang Kanye West in September of this sometimes seemingly endless year, debuting a new song, "Runaway," on the MTV Video Music Awards. Over a glassy keyboard sample and an old-school breakbeat, West intoned a gentle melody. "Runaway,"...
| Jan 16, 2011
January has always been slump month when it comes to new pop music. Musicians tend to turn bearlike around this time, hibernating until conditions seem friendlier. Yet the resourceful pop lover will be anything but bored right now, with so much to reap...
| Feb 3, 2011
| 7:48 PM
Shakespeare still packs 'em in. There wasn't a vacant seat in sight at the opening of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at South Coast Repertory — and after word gets out, there'll likely be few throughout the run.
The Bard's most visually attractive,...
| Feb 7, 2011
| 8:59 AM
Dating someone new is tough enough without having to worry about your personal safety – and a new iPhone app provides piece of mind, alerting friends and family when you get home or when you are missing in action.
The new myDate Tracker Alert app for...