| Oct 26, 2013
| 7:02 PM
"Banana" George Blair loved yellow. When he water-skied barefoot, which he did into his 80s in theme park shows, he wore a yellow wetsuit and was towed by a yellow boat.
But it didn't stop there. "Banana" George, who drove a yellow Lincoln and lived...
| Oct 17, 2013
| 9:32 PM
Friday's print column--UPDATE: Jens Ludwig responded to this column and John Maki responded to Ludwig's response, and so on, rendering the bottom portion of this post a Rhubarb Patch feature. See below. The idea has a lot of common-sense appeal:......
| Sep 25, 2013
| 7:37 AM
Adam Dunn apparently wants to talk his way out of town.
I hope Rick Hahn is listening.
The White Sox designated hitter and first baseman who can’t play first base had more thoughts on his future in the final week of this remarkable death spiral....
| Sep 24, 2013
| 6:19 PM
A judge on Tuesday set a Feb. 18 start date for the involuntary manslaughter trial of former Mayor Richard M. Daley's nephew.
That date is nearly 10 years after the death of David Koschman, a 21-year-old Mount Prospect man who died after a drunken...
| Sep 23, 2013
| 11:29 PM
Oscar Espinosa Chepe
Cuban economist fell out with Castro
Oscar Espinosa Chepe, 72, a high-level Cuban economist and diplomat who broke with Fidel Castro's government in the 1990s and was imprisoned for dissident activities, died Monday at a...
| Sep 20, 2013
| 7:43 AM
CHICAGO (AP) — A 3-year-old boy who was among 13 people wounded in a late-night attack on a southwest Chicago park was alert when he arrived at the hospital and was apparently doing well, his family and friends said early Friday.
The attack late...
| Sep 20, 2013
The special prosecutor who brought involuntary manslaughter charges against former Mayor Richard Daley's nephew after a Rush Street confrontation led to the death of David Koschman concluded Thursday that he will not bring charges against the Chicago...
| Sep 19, 2013
| 10:51 PM
At least 10 people and a child were injured in a shooting at an outdoor basketball court on Chicago's South Side late Thursday, according to local fire department and media reports.
The child was seriously wounded, according to the Chicago Fire...
| Sep 15, 2013
In the wake of the great Elmore Leonard’s death, I immediately felt a great sense of loss. Leonard was for decades a constant in my reading life, each book coming at me with fascinating characters and perfect dialogue; each book reminding me how...
| Sep 15, 2013
One unheralded author and a tiny publisher received a Pulitzer surprise in 2010 when Paul Harding's “Tinkers” won the big prize for fiction. The debut novelist and his publisher, Bellevue Literary Press (based at the New York University School...
| Sep 6, 2013
| 8:29 AM
"The Childhood of Jesus" features no character named Jesus.
That surely counts as one of the major provocations in J.M. Coetzee's delightfully vexing new novel.
This piece first ran in Printers Row Journal, delivered to...