| Oct 18, 2010
Illinois has been cutting the number of points required to pass annual achievement exams, allowing children to flub more questions but still be deemed "proficient."
Back in 2006, it took 36 of 56 points — about 64 percent — to pass the fifth-...
| Oct 19, 2010
| 2:57 PM
Six Flags Magic Mountain will reclaim the Roller Coaster Capital of the World title with the addition of two coasters in spring 2011, including a first-of-its-kind ride in the U.S., amusement park officials said.
The Green Lantern will bring Magic...
| Jan 5, 2011
We have a soft spot for idiom blends.
It might date back to the time a friend warned us not to put the barn door before the horse, which, if memory serves, was her way of saying to take things one step a time. Sure, "Don't put the cart before the horse"...
| Nov 5, 2010
Is there any reliable do-it-yourself equipment to convert 8mm film? I have thousands of feet, both mine and stuff my father-in-law took as far back as the mid-1940s.
A lot is junk, but I don't know how I could edit it before it's copied given the age...
| Jul 19, 2011
Q: What wines can you drink with asparagus?
—Jennifer M. Roberts-Rindskopf, Westerville, Ohio
A: Asparagus and wine, oy! Asparagus can make an ill-chosen wine taste too sweet or metallic. I remember once conducting a wine pairing with asparagus...
| Apr 25, 2011
| 8:00 AM
So apparently, there’s some big wedding happening later this week.
Which has us Stew folks thinking: What’s the most memorable food or drink experience you've ever had at a wedding?
No doubt we’ve all had our share of lukewarm, buffet-...
| Jul 12, 2011
| 8:40 AM
State fairs have been a celebration of a state’s agricultural bounty and a competition for bragging rights among America’s pie bakers and quilt makers for more than 150 years. Fairs have evolved quite a bit, but food still plays a prominent...
| Jul 13, 2011
| 11:19 AM
“I want to have the best restaurant in the country. I want to obtain that third Michelin star.”
If it isn’t clear chef Curtis Duffy wants to be uttered in the same breath as Thomas Keller, Daniel Boulud, and his former boss Grant...
| Mar 22, 2011
| 1:15 PM
Mindy Segal and Bruce Sherman are hoping five’s a charm.
Rich Melman is hoping it’s seven.
All three have been nominated — again — for James Beard Foundation Awards, which annually recognize the best chefs, restaurants and...
| Apr 1, 2011
Housing trends come and go, but one 1980s trend stuck like a teen to a cellphone: the open floor plan. Out were the post-World War II floor plans, with their labyrinth of rooms and narrow hallways. In were wall-less living areas that allowed Mom to keep...
| May 13, 2011
Becoming a teacher takes more than a desire for summer vacation. Ask any veteran teacher, and they'll tell you that teaching is not merely a job, it's a lifestyle choice.
Just consider the daunting responsibility: You are partly accountable for the...