| Mar 15, 2013
| 6:03 PM
Though the next election is three years away, Republicans are gathering this weekend to mull their presidential chances. One poll finds that Chris Christie, governor of New Jersey, would be in the best position to compete against potential Democratic...
| Feb 27, 2013
Here's guessing that when the state's top Democrats gather these days, they're superstitiously avoiding mention of the coup attempt brewing in the Illinois GOP.
Goodness knows they don't want to jinx it.
The Illinois Republican State Central Committee...
| Feb 27, 2013
| 9:21 AM
WASHINGTON -- If second-term presidents feel liberated by re-election to pursue bolder agendas, first ladies often become more comfortable to be their own person.
Witness Laura Bush, who in her husband's second term discovered that she, too, had a voice...
| Mar 5, 2013
| 10:10 AM
Even though "Pride Comedy Night" at Parker Playhouse Friday night is a sort of kick-off to PrideFest 2013 weekend and all things gay-rrific, straights will get the jokes too.
"I talk about all sort of issues," says headliner Jason Stuart. "Like...
| Feb 21, 2013
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A movie makes quite a grand promise by beginning with a voiceover proclaiming, “Why is there evil in the world? Let me start from the beginning.” I mean, sheesh, this could be a long story.
No worries: In the shamelessly...
| Feb 22, 2013
| 8:21 PM
Driving snow and icy weather recently forced American country music artist Aaron Tippin to stay in the county for a few days while his plane was at the Somerset County Airport.
“It’s the Somerset County weather,” airport manager Dave...
| Feb 7, 2013
| 9:54 PM
The first lady, governor and mayor will attend Hadiya Pendleton's funeral Saturday, but the family of the slain teenager is determined to hold a service that looks past politics and celebrates the life of a 15-year-old girl lost to Chicago street...
| Jan 31, 2013
| 9:29 PM
With the inauguration over, the second term for this historic White House figure — viewed by many through the prism of race and seen as a benchmark for the country's prickly race relations — bears watching.
Yes, Michelle Obama's second act as...
| Jan 5, 2013
Reports of a so-called war against Christmas may be wildly exaggerated, but at least one Wisconsin lawmaker really is waging a war against Kwanzaa.
In a war by news release, Wisconsin Republican state Sen. Glenn Grothman of West Bend fired this recent...
| Dec 28, 2011
| 2:59 PM
Visalia resident and U.S. Army 1st Sgt. Norberto “Norbie” Lara, addressed the Kiwanis Club of La Cañada at its Dec. 21 meeting.
Lara was in the service for more than 11 years, retiring after a roadside bomb severed his arm in June 2004. He...
| Jan 12, 2012
— With a new book portraying Michelle Obama as an assertive force within the White House, the first lady has challenged the notion that she's "some kind of angry black woman."
Obama, entering the fourth year of a mostly gaffe-free White House run,...