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Dark Journeys: The Best of Noir Fiction

Dennis Miller | Posted 12.11.2014 | Books
Dennis Miller

Noir fiction is returning. The uniquely American art form reached its paranoid zenith in the 1940s and '50s, taking its bleak existentialist cue from such masters as Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler, among others.

The Trophy Debate: A Dissent

Kenneth Barish, Ph.D. | Posted 11.30.2013 | Parents
Kenneth Barish, Ph.D.

When the trophy becomes more important than the activity itself, when children are uninterested in improving their skills, or when a child believes that just showing up is good enough, these attitudes also have deeper causes.

Sponsor: Progressive Tax Push Coming in Spring

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.13.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

There are a handful of bills in the General Assembly seeking to change the state constitution to allow Illinois to drop its one-rate-for-all income tax system and implement a progressive income tax. But so far there's been no legislative push to get things moving.

Capitol Doors: Boondoggle, Investment or Symptom?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.12.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

It seems like there are only two people who are happy about the shiny new $680,000 doors on the State Capitol: the architect overseeing the project and former Gov. Jim Thompson.

Emanuel on Letterman: Chicago Mayor "Best Job Ever'

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.10.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Hear Emanuel's response and his thoughts on gun control, Syria and running a president's staff -- plus a pretty good impression of his former boss, Bill Clinton -- in the video.

2014: Former Govs. Thompson, Edgar endorse Dillard

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.09.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Republican gubernatorial hopeful Kirk Dillard already had the endorsement of former Gov. Jim Edgar, for whom Dillard was chief of staff before launching his Illinois Senate career in 1993.

Illinois pension crisis built on bad decisions all around

Reboot Illinois | Posted 07.28.2013 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Lawmakers need to learn the lessons of the state's pension history. Don't give us another set of quotes, like those above, to dredge up in another eight years. Don't make another bad decision. Pass Senate Bill 1.

Baseball Goes Post-Modern

Mat Gleason | Posted 07.28.2013 | Arts
Mat Gleason

The National Pastime might seem out of synch with the high-end art world. Clean well-lit indoor galleries that serve free wine to an elite client base seems to be the polar opposite of an outdoor stadium overcharging for watered-down beer sold to the masses. But like many a muse, baseball captures the imaginations of plenty of artists and, as some art galleries in Los Angeles are finding out, wealthy art collectors as well.

How to Avoid the Most Common Parenting Mistake

Kenneth Barish, Ph.D. | Posted 07.24.2013 | Parents
Kenneth Barish, Ph.D.

What can we do? How can we avoid frequent criticism and still provide children with the guidance and instruction they need?

Ex-Governor, Sox Owner Named In Lawsuit

AP | Posted 04.17.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- The former head of the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority filed a lawsuit Monday against White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf and former Illin...

Unsolved (And Disturbing) Missing Persons Cases

TruTV.com | Posted 03.04.2013 | Crime

It's a tragic when a person, adult or child, suddenly disappears. Often, the case gets immediate attention from the public. But as investigations l...

Maverick's Untamed

Cyrus Saatsaz | Posted 09.25.2012 | San Francisco
Cyrus Saatsaz

This is a story about the history of Maverick's, and the surfers who ride the giant waves. Maverick's Untamed focuses on how the wave was discovered, and features contributions from some of the world's greatest surfers.

The American Silk King

AP | By DENIS D. GRAY | Posted 01.19.2012 | Books

BANGKOK -- Forty-five years after vanishing into a jungle without a trace, "Silk King" Jim Thompson remains a daily presence in Thailand: Shoppers cro...

Burge Torture Victims Fight For New Hearings In Court

AP | KAREN HAWKINS | Posted 11.08.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Fifteen incarcerated men who claim they were sent to prison by confessions that were beaten, burned and tortured out of them by convic...

One Night in Bangkok

Melanie Nayer | Posted 06.12.2011 | Travel
Melanie Nayer

I wasn't sure quite what to expect when I landed in Bangkok on a Tuesday afternoon. I had visions of massage parlors, bargirls, open bars, solicitors ...

DVDs: Ellery Queen, Rush, Casey Affleck and More

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

In this roundup of new DVDs and Blu-Rays, we take a look at the darker-than-dark noir film The Killer Inside Me, the "Mexican New Wave" drama I'm Gonna Explode, and a slew of recently released TV shows.

The Killer Inside Me As a Metaphor for America

Vivian Norris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Vivian Norris

We need to take out the killer in us and transform that negative energy bringing down the US into something creative and positive that binds us together and builds us back into a strong healthy country.

Orientalism for the Modern World

Kim Alexandriuk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Kim Alexandriuk

No need to go overseas for a European experience, an evening at the Getty will do. Being elevated above the city immediately puts you in a "dream like" state of mind.

The Killer Inside Me (A Mayor Koch Movie Review)

Ed Koch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Ed Koch

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The Killer Inside Me: Can Battering Women Be Entertainment?

Erica Abeel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Erica Abeel

The violence in Killer is monotonous. I mean, after one left hook to Alba's eyeball, we kinda get the point about Ford, do we need to see more? The complete disassembling of a face from soup to nuts?

HuffPost Review: The Killer Inside Me

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Here's a case where style (and the uber-creepy performance by Casey Affleck) inject the film with an energy and tension that almost compensate for its flaws.

'The Killer Inside Me': Read The Book Before You See The Movie

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jesse Kornbluth

How twisted? This book leaves "Silence of the Lambs" in the dust.

Parking Meter Company Hires Ex-Governor As Controversy Over Deal Heats Up

Chicago Sun-Times | Fran Spielman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Former Illinois Gov. Jim Thompson said today that he and four other lawyers from the law firm of Winston & Strawn were hired this week by Morgan Stanl...

George Ryan's Lawyer To Ask Obama For Commutation

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) - A lawyer for former Illinois Gov. George Ryan says he'll ask President Barack Obama to commute his more than 6-year sentence. Ryan's a...

Denied By Bush, George Ryan To Seek Clemency From Obama

Chicago Public Radio | Sam Hudzik | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Former Illinois Governor George Ryan will ask President Barack Obama to commute his 6-and-a-half-year sentence for political corrupption. That's accor...