| Jan 17, 2009
Valata Jenkins-Monroe contributed to Barack Obama's campaign and made a few phone calls on his behalf, but she doesn't consider herself a fanatic, not even with Obama posters, T-shirts, buttons, mugs, coasters and vases in her home -- along with a photo...
| Oct 27, 2008
"The Lady With All the Answers" -- the solo show about advice columnist Ann Landers, which opened Friday at Pasadena Playhouse -- tries to make a virtue out of innocuousness.
A breezy encounter with the Midwestern bouffant of syndicated fame, the piece...
| Nov 1, 2008
William Wharton, an Expressionist painter who launched a new career as a novelist in his 50s and won an American Book Award for his first novel, "Birdy," has died. He was 82.
Wharton, who had been in failing health for some time, died Wednesday at...
| Apr 27, 2008
After an unsuccessful campaign for Congress in 2000, Illinois state Sen. Barack Obama faced serious financial pressure: numerous debts, limited cash and a law practice he had neglected for a year. Help arrived in early 2001 from a significant new legal...
| Feb 19, 2007
The drama began with a tiny ad in a local newspaper -- a notice that asbestos was about to be removed from the management office at Altgeld Gardens, the all-black public housing complex where young Barack Obama worked as a community organizer.
| May 20, 2008
| 10:27 AM
A prosecutor in the child pornography trial of R. Kelly warned jurors Tuesday they would have to watch a videotape depicting an "underage child performing sex acts that you have never seen before."
"A child doesn't choose to be violated and placed on a...
| May 21, 2008
The paparazzi and TV news crews have spent weeks scouting the Cook County Criminal Court for the perfect spot to shoot arrivals, departures and stand-ups. The judge presiding over the case sought advice from a fellow jurist in Santa Barbara County on...
| May 21, 2008
| 12:38 PM
The former best friend of the alleged victim in the R. Kelly child pornography case testified Wednesday that she recognized the singer and the girl on the sex tape shown in court and that she spent time with them at various locations, including his home....
| May 30, 2008
Harvey Korman, an Emmy-winning comedic actor best known for playing the self-described "luminous second banana" for a decade on television's "The Carol Burnett Show" and for starring in such Mel Brooks films as "Blazing Saddles," has died. He was 81....
| Jun 3, 2008
| 1:35 PM
There will be no jail time for Jim DeRogatis, but the R. Kelly trial judge ordered the Sun-Times music critic to come to court Wednesday.
A subpoena had been issued compelling him to appear Tuesday, but DeRogatis never showed.
The newspaper argued the...
| Jul 23, 2008
"At the Movies," the syndicated series that introduced the TV-watching masses to passionate on-air debates about film, is about to get a major face-lift.
Disney Domestic Television announced Tuesday that critic Roger Ebert -- who's been off the show...