| Sep 24, 2010
| 8:37 AM
If you adjust for inflation and income, Americans have never spent less on food than they have in recent years. And yet many feel we've also never paid such a high price.
U.S. Department of Agriculture figures show the average American spent just 9.5...
| Aug 10, 2011
| 7:48 AM
More than 60 million Americans volunteered 8.1 billion hours of their services in 2010 in work valued at nearly $173 million, according to a new report.
Whether it is tutoring and mentoring students, fundraising, job training or assisting during...
| May 9, 2011
| 8:00 AM
The farmers market season has begun and fans of the region’s asparagus (now), strawberries (soon) and tomatoes and peaches (later this season) will be lining up at their favorite purveyors for the locally grown fruits and vegetables (no, you won&...
| Jun 30, 2011
| 3:22 PM
Retail warehouse chain Costco released a statement this afternoon saying it will no longer carry pork products from Iowa Select Farms, whose alleged gruesome practices were captured on an undercover video released Wednesday by animal rights group Mercy...
| Jul 30, 2011
| 4:24 PM
Despite a recent souring of U.S.-Pakistan relations, a new trade development promises to sweeten things up.
It’s the debut of Pakistani mangoes, the first shipment of which touched down at O’Hare on Thursday night. After a quick trip to...
| Feb 28, 2011
You use seat belts, right?
Most people do. The undeniable safety advantages, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's ubiquitous "Click It or Ticket" campaign, the fear of seeing those flashing lights in your rearview mirror all help...
| Mar 2, 2011
Wine dinner: Winemaker Sean Minor pairs his wines, including the popular Four Bears Cabernet, with a six-course menu. $100; 6:30 p.m. Thursday; Lemon Tree Grocer, 5101 Michel Drive, Downers Grove; tickets, 630-969-9869
Pairing tips: Jessica Bell of the...
| Feb 27, 2011
Because Iowa is the nation's top corn-producing state it should, in turn, produce bourbon, thought Jeff Quint, founder of Cedar Ridge Distillery, when he first began distilling vodka in 2004. That's because bourbon, by definition, is a whiskey made of a...
| Sep 30, 2010
| 11:50 AM
By Douglas Coupland Scribner, $24
Early in Douglas Coupland's new novel "Generation A," a young Frenchman named Julien rants that he is "angry at the fabric of time, at whatever it is that makes time seem to drag on forever, that makes...
| Aug 27, 2011
| 12:48 PM
You have to give Marco Andretti credit.
He's an Indy Car driver, which would be something for any 24-year-old to be proud of. But for Andretti, having the guts to choose that profession is something many twenty-somethings wouldn't want to take on.
| Feb 27, 2011
States and many U.S. territories have tourism offices to help visitors. When requesting travel literature, be as specific as possible.
Alabama: Alabama Tourism Department, 401 Adams Ave., Suite 126, P.O. Box 4927, Montgomery, AL 36103; (800) 252-2262...