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The building inspectors came to the home of R.J. and Josephine Harris on Friday morning. One of them jumped up and down on the new kitchen floor. His verdict: It's better. The Harrises felt a rush of hope. Maybe, just maybe, they wouldn't have to...
Barack Obama turns 50 on Thursday, a fact he'd probably be thinking about even if he weren't marking it with a birthday fundraiser in Chicago on Wednesday. The president has taken to commenting publicly on his graying hair and the bags under his eyes,...
Tags: Politics, Barack Obama, Diane Keaton, Elections
Meet the cast of characters of the Sweet Miss Givings Bakery. *Stan Sloan, 45, idea mastermind, a tanned Episcopal priest who wears a black leather jacket and grooves on Madonna.*Stephen Smith, 28, chief operating officer, Harvard grad who just moved...
Inside every adult lurks a graduation speaker dying to get out, some world-weary pundit eager to pontificate on life to young people who'd rather be Rollerblading. Most of us, alas, will never be invited to sow our words of wisdom among an audience of...
Tags: Science and Technology
The postcards started arriving last week, and every day Kate Braser tapes a few more on the windows of her office in the Campus Life building at Northern Illinois University. "I filled up my sister's car with gas.""My roommate was feeling down so I...
When I headed off Thursday to talk about column-writing to high school journalists, I felt a little like a seafarer commissioned to give a workshop on how to fly the space shuttle. I could offer some general tips on the nature of exploration and...
Illinois has lived lately in a state of ethical emergency and Cindi Canary has been on call. You must have seen or heard her. When a government ethics committee needs a member, when the national or local media need a nonpartisan comment, Canary's there,...
Change of SubjectThose of you who are online-only readers may have missed this recent development, reported on this morning by TOC's Robert Feder: Of all the perks of winning the Pulitzer Prize last spring, the most visible for Mary Schmich may be......
Change of SubjectNow available here as an e-book: The Best of Mary Schmich is a collection of the most popular and beloved columns from the 2012 winner of the Pulitzer Prize for commentary. Mary Schmich, who has been writing for the Chicago......
Change of SubjectPhoto by Ken Carl We sold out our four "Songs of Good Cheer" programs over last weekend at the Old Town School of Folk Music (in mid November, actualy). As always after these shows we get requests for links to......
Change of SubjectRobert Feder puts it well: Chicago Tribune columnists Mary Schmich and Eric Zorn will lead the singing at the second Scribe Aid event Friday at the Heartland Cafe, 7000 North Glenwood Avenue. Hosted by our friends from the Chicago Headline......
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