| Sep 19, 2013
Dictators have an unfair advantage over democratic governments; they can overturn their previous decisions without needing to explain themselves to anyone. In their territory they are king. The people are there to praise and obey.
Such is the case of...
| Sep 18, 2013
A new U.S. Senate bill to protect journalists has stirred up a hornet's nest of criticism over an old nagging question: Who in the age of WikiLeaks is a "journalist"?
A bill called the Free Flow of Information Act of 2013 was sent by the Senate...
| Dec 13, 2013
| 6:13 PM
Question: Who would get the fourth berth in the playoff?
That's the question I'd love to see you tackle.
Answer: I tackled this question so hard in Monday's column I almost got called for "targeting."
And that ejection would have...
| Mar 18, 2013
The Chicago Transit Authority soon will launch a new fare-payment system that affects almost every CTA and Pace rider, although transit officials have yet to fully explain how it will work.
Poor communications with customers is something the CTA has...
| Jan 30, 2013
| 3:10 PM
It probably still happens the old-fashioned way: a beautiful face spotted sipping a milkshake at Schwab's, a screen test and stardom.
But you get the feeling that Beck Bennett's Hollywood story is more typical in the new millennium — you know, 30...
| Sep 13, 2013
| 4:37 PM
There's nothing like a loooong traffic light to take a commuter from annoyance to fury.
Drivers have to wait so long at some intersections that there's plenty of time to log their aggravation on the popular smartphone app Foursquare.
| Sep 12, 2013
| 5:05 AM
Last week, I read a blog post in which a mother of three boys addressed teenage girls everywhere, basically telling them to stop being skanks. She didn't actually come right out and say that, but it's more or less what she meant.
Her rant went viral as...
| Sep 4, 2013
| 7:31 AM
Online reader traffic can be a picky creature, much like the average news reader.
Poor wording in headline? People will not click. First couple of graphs don't get to the point? There's a yawn and click on the web browser's back arrow. Bad picture...
| Sep 5, 2013
| 2:00 AM
Baltimore's Ravens, reigning champions of professional football, kick off their new season Thursday night on national television while its Orioles once again have reached September with a shot at the playoffs. What's not to like?
Plenty, say some...
| Aug 21, 2013
| 2:43 PM
"It doesn't look like it would do very well in the water," Emily Graslie is saying, dryly.
The Field Museum's first ever Chief Curiosity Correspondent is standing in front of a skeleton of an extinct giant lemur, mounted in a glass case in a back...
| Sep 1, 2013
It's not that I'm against progress.
In fact, I'm a hip, cutting edge kind of guy. I even have a smart phone, althought I'm not quite smart enough to use all of it.
But even an obvious trend-setter like myself has a little problem with some of the...