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  • From the Editor's Desk: Reporter's life worth more than an Oscar

    In the mid-2000s, my late father, a retired teacher, took a job teaching inmates at the Cook County Jail boot camp, which still sounds nothing like re ...
    Feb. 27, 2017 - 12:41 am
  • Miller: Bad counsel to a future President over smokes

    On a fairly regular basis back in the day, state Sen. Barack Obama would walk up to the Senate press box and bum cigarettes off me. That was when peop ...
    Feb. 26, 2017 - 12:34 pm
  • Peterson: Isn't memory a big thing for computers?

    I expect people not to have the greatest recall. It kind of fades with age.And I’m a good example of ...
    Feb. 26, 2017 - 12:07 am
  • Penkava: Monopoly thimble never to pass GO again

    There are just some things you don’t mess with. 1970s folk-rock songwriter Jim Croce listed a few of them in his song, “You Don’t Mess Around With Jim ...
    Feb. 25, 2017 - 12:27 am
  • Styf: Bruce Miles aboard for Chicago Cubs coverage

    You might have noticed something new in the Cubs coverage in our sports pages since pitchers and catchers reported for spring training.
    Feb. 24, 2017 - 12:54 am
  • Oliver: Library technology helps get pages turning again

    Somewhere along the line, reading for pleasure fell by the wayside. When one reads for a living, perhaps it’s just a job hazard.
    Feb. 22, 2017 - 12:25 am
  • Begalka: Algonquin's circus history

    The circus circuit had connections to Algonquin. They were called “freaks” or “geeks.” But one thing is undeniable: They were remarkable.
    Feb. 20, 2017 - 12:44 am
  • Peterson: Shout if you need a whistle

    I know how to whistle, and I like to think I learned that skill 50 years ago from my Grandpa Jahner.
    Feb. 19, 2017 - 12:12 am
  • Penkava: Alternative facts are just the new lies

    I really don’t care where the recent concept of “alternative facts” came from, but it has opened up a Pandora’s Box of countless forked tongue possibi ...
    Feb. 18, 2017 - 12:14 am
  • Oliver: Girl power needs to extend to career aspirations

    When I was 5 or 6, I wanted to be a nurse or a teacher. Maybe that had something to do with the toys I played with or that I really thought my teacher ...
    Feb. 14, 2017 - 11:37 pm
  • Ponnuru: Democrats are trapped on filibuster of Gorsuch

    What Republicans did when President Barack Obama nominated Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court has added to the resolve of many Democrats to fi ...
    Feb. 12, 2017 - 5:30 am
  • Peterson: Getting older through the eyes of the beholder

    My vision is failing me, and I blame it on advancing years. The aging process, in other words.I can’ ...
    Feb. 11, 2017 - 11:57 pm
  • Bump: Donald Trump's wall would cost more than one year of space program

    One of this week’s 286,000 leaks from the executive branch of the government was a document from the Department of Homeland Security putting a price t ...
    Feb. 11, 2017 - 5:30 am
  • Dan McCaleb: No goodbyes, even in a 'goodbye' column

    I’m not an overly sentimental or emotional person. My wife would begrudgingly vouch for that.So I wa ...
    Feb. 10, 2017 - 11:45 pm
  • Penkava: Living together outside the box

    When I was little, I thought that the lines and borders of maps were real … that when you drove from Illinois to Wisconsin, there was a red line that ...
    Feb. 10, 2017 - 11:26 pm
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