| May 12, 2011
| 3:59 PM
Following bans on salvia and synthetic marijuana, Illinois lawmakers are now trying to curb the latest store-bought choice of people looking to get high: bath salts.
These are not the Epsom salts that Aunt Ethel used to sprinkle in a warm tub, nor are...
| Oct 26, 2010
This summer, new health insurance programs aimed at people with preexisting medical conditions began accepting applications around the country. The plans target one of the key promises of the health-care overhaul: Everyone, even people with checkered...
| Sep 22, 2010
| 9:43 AM
Nearly a year after federal health experts issued controversial new breast cancer screening guidelines, mammogram providers are trying to woo women back to the imaging room.
At the Wichita Clinic in Kansas, mammogram parties come complete with...
| Aug 9, 2011
Q: I love making fruit pies, especially this time of year when berries are so abundant at our farmers market. The issue I have is determining the amount of thickener to use when assembling the berries in the shell. I have been using tapioca (2-3...
| Sep 3, 2011
Q: I am searching to replace my dropped/broken point-and-shoot film camera (was a Nikon but have had other brands). I have not ventured into digital because I always wear polarized prescription bifocal dark glasses outdoors, which requires my switching to...
| Sep 17, 2010
| 4:05 AM
Lax pension rules are costing suburban taxpayers millions of dollars by allowing job perks and hefty pay hikes to inflate retirement checks for local leaders, the Tribune has found.
In Glencoe, a free Jeep, bonuses and other perks to an outgoing parks...
| 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...
| Sep 3, 2010
| 12:11 PM
Just back from an Italian vacation, a chastened but still intrepid V.I.Warshawki soon finds herself embroiled in a new investigation—one that threatens her sense of self, not to mention her life.
In "Hardball", her thirteenth outing, the iconic...
| Mar 25, 2011
"Potiche" is a glossy throwback made with a modern eye, an old-fashioned romantic fantasy starring Catherine Deneuve and Gerard Depardieu that's been knowingly updated with tart, contemporary touches.
The updater is François Ozon, who's been down this...
| Jul 12, 2011
| 2:24 PM
"The Wiz," let us stipulate, was always a weird show. With the passage of 36 years, it only has become stranger.
Although a big hit in 1975 — it ran on Broadway for some 1,600 performances — "The Wiz" generally has defeated most attempts to...
| Nov 12, 2010
| 12:06 PM
The Great War, as it was called for a time, broke out in 1914, but the United States didn't declare war until April 6, 1917. With 4,734,991 fresh Americans in the fight, the end came quickly, but at a cost of 116,516 American lives. Just one year, seven...