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AQUARIUS: Feb.19-25 Tuesday, February 18
There are 15,074 lakes in Wisconsin, but more than 9,000 of them have never been officially named. That’s strange. In my view, everything is worthy of the love bestowed by giving it a name. I’ve …
Sentimental Journey Wednesday, March 26
Kevin Walters, 21, staged an emotional, yet unsuccessful, one-man, chained-to-the-door protest in March to prevent the closing of a commercial rest stop along the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway near Des Plaines, Ill. Ultimately, the Des Plaines Oasis, …
Thug Is as Thug Does Tuesday, January 21
The mother and other relatives of William Medina, 24, said they felt hurt by the public's comments suggesting Medina and his partner in the November Reading, Pa., armed robbery were "thugs." William was a "family man" — "no big hard criminal," his …
Cultural Diversity Wednesday, March 26
In tribe-controlled areas of India, children who disrespect their families by marrying outside their castes are still, occasionally, put to death despite strong national laws. However, enlightenment is advancing, and Mr. Sidhnath Sharma recently …
FAREWELL, OLD FRIEND Tuesday, April 15
On Avondale Artworks, which is closing
Too Much Information Tuesday, January 21
Arvind Kejriwal, fresh from his electoral victory as chief minister of the state of New Delhi, India, was to report to work on Monday, Dec. 30, to begin fulfilling his anti-corruption administration — one that promised unprecedented "transparency" …
This Hero Needs Frontiers Tuesday, February 18
Brad Lauretti wants to change the way the world sees Jacksonville, one song at a time.
Those Lazy Swiss Flyers Wednesday, March 26
Fighter jets from France were forced in February to accompany the hijacked Ethiopian Airlines plane commandeered by the co-pilot, who'd diverted the plane to Geneva to apply for asylum. The Swiss air force would usually have taken over the mission …
Celebrity Ironies Tuesday, January 21
In December, a California appeals court endorsed actor Tippi Hedren's victory suing the lawyer who earlier failed to win compensation for her from a 2006 studio accident. In Hedren's most famous movie role, she was attacked by birds in Alfred …
Oh, To Be Swedish! Wednesday, March 26
Sweden's foul-smelling canned herring (surstromming) inexplicably raises passions among some traditionalists — which is why it was big news in February when a man found a bulging tin whose contents had been fermenting for about 25 years and …
 
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