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Stage Door: Superior Donuts, The Understudy, Vamps

Fern Siegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Fern Siegel

When August: Osage County drama burst on Broadway, it trumpeted the arrival of Tracy Letts, who won the Pulitzer. By contrast, his follow-up effort, Superior Donuts, is a quiet meditation.

Star Of Wonder: Adler Planetarium Show To Be Retired | By MARY HOULIHAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Since the mid-1930s, "Star of Wonder" has been a holiday staple at the Adler Planetarium. The museum's longest-running sky show, it examines theories ...

Mayor Daley and Gov. Quinn Address Convention 'Crisis' | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Mayor Daley and Governor Quinn announced new legislation today aimed at reviving Chicago's flagging convention business. The proposal calls for giving...

Hiroshima 2020?: City Reportedly Considering Bid For Summer Olympics

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The Japanese city of Hiroshima is considering a bid for the 2020 Summer Olympic games, according to Kyodo News and Japan Today. Up to 140,000 people ...

More Hungry, Homeless Families In U.S. Cities

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Hunger is spreading while the number of homeless families is increasing as a result of the recession and other factors, according ...

Andre Crawford Gets Life In Prison: Serial Killer Spared Of Death Penalty

Chicago Breaking News | December 18, 2009 4:12 PM | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Serial killer Andre Crawford was spared the death penalty today for the murders and rapes of 11 women on Chicago's South Side. ...

Blago Apology: Blagojevich Sorry For 'Blacker Than Obama' Remarks

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Rod Blagojevich apologized Monday morning for his "stupid, stupid, stupid" comments, reported in Esquire magazine, that he's "blacker than Barack Obam...

Actor Jeffrey Wright on Chicago's Loss of the Olympic Bid And Health Care

Liz Glover | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Liz Glover


Carp Crisis

Henry Henderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

Could the re-opening of a nearly century-old case sitting before the U.S. Supreme Court regarding the Chicago Diversion force immediate action on the Asian carp invasion?

Rahm Emanuel Chicago Mayor? WaPo's Sally Quinn Floats Idea | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Rahm Emanuel, the irrepressible White House chief of staff and former congressman from Chicago responsible for that "thumpin''' that Republicans took ...

How Green is Chicago? Eight Arrested at Deadly Fisk Coal-Fired Plant

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Jeff Biggers

The Chicago activists called attention to the deadly life cycle of coal mining and coal burning -- including the burning of coal strip-mined from mountaintop removal operations in Appalachia.

Homeland Security's Improper Spying On Nation Of Islam

AP | DEVLIN BARRETT | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

WASHINGTON — Homeland security officials improperly gathered intelligence on the Nation of Islam, a black Muslim group, but government rules wer...

"Black Royalty"?

Michael Henry Adams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Michael Henry Adams

The demise in succession of three African American figures of colossal stature on the eve of the new decade caused me to wonder anew about this designation, "black royalty."

Republicans: The Party of Whiners

Gail Vida Hamburg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gail Vida Hamburg

Republicans have perfected their shrill and tuneless whining into an art form. In place of Newt Gingrich's "Contract with America," we now have the GOP's "Book of Lamentations."

Possibility Of Giant Carp Invading Great Lakes Causes Fear

AP | CARYN ROUSSEAU and JOHN FLESHER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Fears that giant, voracious species of carp will get into the Great Lakes and wipe out other fish have led to rising demands that the ...

Chicago Bears Apologize For Lost Season Through Newspaper Ads | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The 2009 Chicago Bears stunk. They know it. Why else would they take out a full page ad in two of Chicago’s newspapers apologizing to fans....

Dine and Donate: Chicago Restaurants Give Proceeds To Haiti | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Haiti's in ruins, but you can help this weekend -- just by eating out....

Opening Night in Chicago: Senator Durbin Denounces Unfairness; Calls for Reform

Rob Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Rob Johnson

The question most asked here is "how long can this go on? Bailouts for the ones who created the mess, bankers acting like they earned it, and Congress pretending to reform the system.

Unemployed? Happy Holidays: Now You're On Your Own

Nancy Duff Campbell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nancy Duff Campbell

One million workers will become ineligible for unemployment benefits in January unless Congress reauthorizes the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act insurance and health insurance programs by the end of this month.

Weed School: Marijuana Grown Above Chicago Preschool

Posted 09.01.2011 | Chicago

James Pastman was arrested this morning in Chicago's Far North Side after police found that he had been growing marijuana in his home. The legal troub...

Postcard Perfect Holidays In A Prairie State

Karen Dalton-Beninato | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Karen Dalton-Beninato

To help jump start the holiday spirit, these are my favorite 10 images four years after evacuating back to the heartland south of Chicago, east of Lincoln's home and north of a cornfield.

Navy Pier Fireworks: WATCH New Year's Eve Display (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

UPDATE: Video of New Year's Eve fireworks last night at Navy Pier can be found below. New Year's Eve 2009 was celebrated with Navy Pier fireworks twi...

Mayor Daley, Harrison Ford Exchange Shots | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Mayor Daley says Harrison Ford should keep his trap shut about the 7-years-old shuttering of lakefront airport Meigs Field....

CTA Financial Woes Hinder Construction Projects | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The Chicago Transit Authority's pitch for its newest big project sounds like a slam dunk. The proposal is still taking shape, but its goal is to recon...

Trucker Kills Four Developmentally Disabled Adults In Accident

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Icy roadway conditions led to a brutal head-on collision outside of Springfield, Ohio on Friday morning, as a tractor-trailer slammed into a van, kill...