| Jul 1, 2014
| 2:35 PM
More than 800 people are scheduled to participate in this year's edition of the Downers Grove July 4 parade.
About 80 organizations, businesses, churches and political figures are on tap to march down the village's center Friday afternoon, officials...
| Jun 30, 2014
| 9:14 AM
Recently we honored our 70th Anniversary of D-Day. This week we will be celebrating July 4th, Independence Day. How many of our younger generation have any idea what these two days stand for; their significance? I asked a few of my young neighbors; "no...
| Jun 30, 2014
| 2:22 AM
It was only a football game, and as college games go it was hardly worth remembering. But to one proud spectator, it was a whole lot more than that.
"The biggest kick of all was the lesson in democracy that was being enacted out there," read a letter,...
| Jun 24, 2014
| 5:55 PM
A chauffeur's happenstance wrong turn down a back street in Sarajevo 100 years ago this week ended in the assassination of the heir to the throne of the Habsburg empire. Archduke Franz Ferdinand's murder was the catalyst for the Great War that haunts...
| Jun 21, 2014
| 7:03 PM
Don Miyada remembers the classes he took, the carefree days with his high school classmates and the building excitement as graduation day approached.
But that moment never arrived.
A month before he was to put on his cap and gown and march with the...
| Jun 25, 2014
| 3:21 PM
What Boca Raton auto dealers consider a war trophy symbolic of America's finest triumph is proving too hot to handle.
The online auction site, eBay, has declined to post for auction a 1941 Mercedes Benz 540K Cabriolet that was special-ordered by...
| Jun 25, 2014
| 9:20 AM
"Above the East China Sea" by Sarah Bird; Knopf (336 pages, $25.95)
I've thoroughly enjoyed watching Sarah Bird's career flourish during the past few years. Her books, sometimes serious in tone, sometimes lightly comedic, have a loyal Texas following....
| Jun 5, 2014
| 2:30 AM
Given the numerous studies revealing how American education lags behind instruction in other countries in disciplines once thought to be essential, it should come as no surprise that on the 70th anniversary of D-Day, a lot of people are clueless about...
| Jun 18, 2014
| 1:16 PM
As the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, Cantor Andrea Rae Markowicz had a personal stake in spending a recent Monday evening glimpsing ominous diary passages penned by a close confidant of Adolf Hitler.
"This is part of my family's narrative, and a...
| Jun 17, 2014
| 9:53 AM
The U.S. Navy, which earlier began allowing "humanist" as a designated religious preference despite the fact that many humanists are atheists, recently rejected its first application from a humanist chaplain.
Days later, the U.S. Senate approved a...
| Jun 6, 2014
| 4:32 PM
Kate Middleton reportedly rewarded a World War II veteran with a kiss on Friday as she and her husband, Prince William, commemorated the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy, France.
The innocuous smooch was given to 88-year-old Arthur...