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The Swampby Mark Silva, updated with RNC Chairman Michael Steele's statement, and with President Obama's statement at 6:45 pm EDT. In the quiet knolls of the upper Hudson River Valley where a nationally contested election played out, the contest for the......
The Swampby Mark Silva Sure it's Spring at the White House when the best picture around is that of the nesting Robins outside the West Wing. Ron Edmonds, the veteran AP photographer, caught these nesting birds just outside the White House......
Tags: Politics, Ronald Reagan, White House
The Swampby Mark Silva Out on the grass mall where protesters have camped, marched and clashed, thousands of poetry- prose- and history-lovers huddled under tents shielding them from a steady, cold drizzle, reminded by a best-selling Iranian writer and freshly...
The Swampby Mark Silva Mornings after the award of the Nobel Prize for Peace to President Barack Obama, the man who challenged him for the White House is serving as the most outspoken representative of the Republican Party with praise for......
The Swampby Mark Silva Elian Gonzalez, the young Cuban who cost Al Gore the White House -- him, and Gore's defeat in his home state of Tennessee in the presidential election of 2000, and also Ralph Nader's candidacy in Florida and......
The Swampby Mark Silva If the world is flat, President Barack Obama's chances as a world leader would have been even flatter had his healthcare legislation failed. Yet in the shifting stage known as the global economy, a successful American leader......
I'd met the man, but stories about the late Sheriff Willis McCall were just that: stories. His personal appearance, when he came into the Sentinel office in the 1980s, only fed the fiction of the quintessential Southern sheriff determined to keep both...
Camerata Chicago is the best local chamber orchestra you've probably never heard of. But pay heed: The group is celebrating its 10th anniversary this season, is about to release a new recording and is preparing for its first European tour next month....
See if this makes sense to you: For years, I've argued with certain African-American people about their insistence upon using the so-called N-word which, to my ears, is, inalterably, a statement of self-loathing. They say I don't understand. They say the...
Sometime in the next few weeks, if you're walking down Fullerton Avenue around DePaul University and have 15 minutes to spare, duck into the tidy brick building alongside the CTA station. Here you will find the DePaul Art Museum, an institution so...
There cannot be anything less dignified than a bunch of lawyers fighting over the corpse of a hero who deserves to be honored and to rest in peace. Today, the battle is over Jim Thorpe. Tomorrow, maybe it will be over Ira Hayes. Thorpe won 1912...
Tags: Whitehall, Pittsburgh, Modern Pentathlon, Judges, Heroism
NEW YORK — As Tennessee Williams understood better than almost any other scribe who ever stared down a typewriter, anger and need are not the same thing. In a lousy marriage — such as the one between Margaret and Brick in Williams' "Cat on a...
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