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The Hartford CourantIt's random present-giving season or, as Chaucer put it, "'Tis spring, when small birds make melodies and invitations to sendeth gifties doth impregnate already swollen mailboxes." With all kinds of impending baby and bridal showers — often in...
Tags: Family, Organized Crime, Father's Day, Weddings, eBay Inc.
Chicago Outfit enforcer Mario Rainone, a loyal reader of this column, once called me to insist that "I'm no beefer!" — mob slang for talking to the feds. But now he's facing 15 years to life behind bars after his conviction last week on a...
If you're lonely this Valentine's Day, remember the sorry tale of Notre Dame football stud Manti Te'o and proceed cautiously with your relationships. Te'o was fortunate to have only his heart broken. Other dating scammers break the bank of their victims....
"The Dinner" by Herman Koch, Hogarth, 304 pages, $24. Two couples meet for dinner at an Amsterdam restaurant. Paul Lohman, the narrator, and his wife, Claire, and his older brother, Serge, and his wife, Babette. Serge is a likely candidate for prime...
Those who criticize the John Leopold case — that it was "too much squeeze for too little juice," a waste of taxpayer money — should read the 40-page memorandum by Dennis M. Sweeney, the judge who presided over the Anne Arundel County...
With a straight face, the Maryland governor says the sex-and-drugs scandal at the Baltimore City Detention Center, including the alleged corruption of 13 corrections officers, is a "positive achievement." He claims his corrections secretary, Gary Maynard,...
Tags: Government, FBI, Drug Trafficking, Executive Branch, Punishment
50 years ago Editorial: Safe snow shoveling There are three safe ways for a man past 40 to get the snow shoveled off his driveway or sidewalk, according to Dr. Geoffrey Martin, state health officer in Topeka, Kan. 1. Hire the boy next door. 2. Get a...
Tags: Entertainment, Radio, Radio Industry, Punishment, Justice System
Just for clarification, this is not about Borders Bookstores. This little article is about the borders in our lives. The theme is not original, but it is, in fact, potentially consequential to us all. Borders are either what we embrace or consciously...
Manti Te’o will tell the truth about his lies to Katie Couric. No, wait, Te’o will lie some more about the truth in his fake dead girlfriend story. It’s so hard to keep track because Te’o has lied and he’s skilled at it....
Valentine's Day is a time to celebrate romance and new relationships, whether they exist in person, via love letters or entirely online. Unfortunately, it's also become a time to guard against fraudsters preying on the lonely and elderly. Romance scams...
Three hundred FBI SWAT team members from across the United States converged on Indiana before dawn Wednesday to conduct a series of raids aimed at breaking up a wide-ranging meth ring. Documents obtained by Fox59 show that 40 people were indicted on...
Q: My brother rents a basement unit in a house, but the unit is illegal. The owner is threatening to evict him for maintaining a nuisance (the owner claims my brother is hoarding). My brother says he's going to threaten to call the building inspectors,...
Tags: Rentals, Justice System, Judges, Lawyers, Crime, Law and Justice
May 17, 2013 |Column| Hartford Courant
Mar 3, 2013 |Column| Chicago Tribune
Feb 13, 2013 |Column| Allentown Morning Call
Feb 12, 2013 |Column| Daily American
Jan 30, 2013 |Column| Baltimore Sun
May 1, 2013 |Column| Baltimore Sun
Jan 30, 2013 |Column| Petoskey News
Jan 3, 2013 |Column| Daily American
Jan 21, 2013 |Column| Chicago Tribune
Feb 12, 2012 |Column| South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Aug 22, 2012 |Column| WXIN-LTV
Jan 11, 2013 |Column| Chicago Tribune
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