| Jul 22, 2014
| 9:36 AM
A bite of the apple is said to have gotten Adam and Eve thrown out of the Garden of Eden.
Now the Norton Simon Museum wants another bite at the apple as it tries to have a legal threat to one of its most prized artworks thrown out of court. At stake are...
| Jul 22, 2014
| 12:01 PM
Thomas Berger, the witty and eclectic novelist who reimagined the American West in the historical yarn "Little Big Man" and mastered genres ranging from detective stories to domestic farce, has died. He was 89 and had been in failing health.
| Jul 4, 2014
| 5:00 AM
The Bible tells us that all the world's troubles began with Adam and Eve taking fateful bites of forbidden fruit.
The German Renaissance artist Lucas Cranach the Elder captured the moment in 1530, painting Adam and Eve on paired wooden panels that...
| Jul 8, 2014
| 2:30 PM
Barring the increasingly influential Isolationist/Tea Party wing of the American electorate, opinion is and always has been that the United States is the messenger of democracy to a world that usually hasn't earned it and probably doesn't deserve it.
| Jul 9, 2014
| 3:51 PM
John Kalymon had long insisted that he was not a war criminal. Time has proved to be his most effective defense.
For Nazi hunters and European prosecutors, Kalymon's death outside Detroit last month at the age of 93 represents a lost opportunity to...
| Jul 10, 2014
| 2:30 AM
"Why the Germans? Why the Jews?
Envy, race hatred, and the pre-history of the Holocaust."
So asks and answers the well-known author Gotz Aly in his recent book published by Metropolitan Books, an imprint of Henry Holt and Company, and I suppose all this...
| 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...
| Aug 19, 2014
| 7:29 AM
U.S. Navy divers confirmed Monday that a wrecked vessel in southeast Asia is the World War II heavy cruiser Houston, a ship sunk by the Japanese that serves as the final resting place for about 700 sailors and Marines.
The Houston, nicknamed “...
| Aug 7, 2014
| 2:30 AM
World War I started one century ago. Wait! Don't stop reading.
For most Americans, the war is like algebra or frog anatomy -- something you have to study briefly in school but then never have to think about again. Unlike World War II, with its...
| Aug 4, 2014
| 11:26 AM
"That February, in Sarcelles, flaming objects were thrown into the Tiferet Israel School, destroying the building. In April, at Garges-les-Gonesse, firebombs were hurled at the synagogue. From Nice to Marseille, anti-Semitic mail was delivered. In the...
| Sep 4, 2014
| 4:02 PM
A World War II veteran from Niles who was onboard the USS Missouri when Japan signed the Articles of Surrender helped celebrate the 69th anniversary of that event this week with the help of American Airlines.
On Thursday, Edwin Ogonowski, 89, returned...