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  • The GOP as the party of reform Jul 31, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: The Democratic cast of mind — in the midst of multiple failures — manages to be complacent, culturally polarizing and bereft of policy innovation. For all its disadvantages, the GOP is suddenly the party of reform — and our politics are richer for it.

  • Darth and taxes: Assumptions can be misleading Jul 31, 2014 9:25 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: Sometimes, assumptions are so embedded in our consciousness that not only do we take for granted their universal acceptance but we forget there could even be an alternative view.

  • Work needs to be positive part of who we are Jul 31, 2014 11:05 AM
    Our Ken Potts says finding balance in life is a key to happiness. And having a job that we enjoy is a key part of finding that balance.

  • Industrious anglers will find fly rod rewards Jul 31, 2014 12:26 PM
    Using a fly rod to pursue bluegills in retention ponds can be a delightful angle on suburban fishing, as Mike Jackson explains in his weekly outdoors column.

  • Moxie Jean leaves incubator, continues to grow by selling used kids clothes Jul 31, 2014 2:39 PM
    Arlington Heights-based Moxie Jean, an online resale shop, helps busy parents but or sell used children's clothing. Business has been so brisk that the company plans to double its staff by the end of the year.

  • Reel life: Did ‘Hercules’ surpass studio’s expectations? Jul 31, 2014 6:00 AM
    Did the studio screw up by burying the "Hercules" screenings until it was too late for positive reviews? Dann offers up his assessment. He also reveals the five hackneyed lines of dialogue he would like to never hear for the next five years.

  • Me Inc. would bring plenty of dividends Jul 30, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Cathering Rampell: If companies are claiming the rights and privileges of people, maybe people should start claiming the rights and privileges of corporations. Rights harmonization, in other words, should flow in both directions, since we’re now all indistinguishable, equally protected “persons” — in the court’s eyes, anyway.

  • Comic-book movies aren’t all capes and aliens Jul 30, 2014 5:45 AM
    The Marvel Studios juggernaut is taking a bit of a risk with Friday’s release of "Guardians of the Galaxy,” an astronomically budgeted adaptation of a comic book most of us had never heard of. Not all offbeat, lesser-known comics and graphic novels make for great or successful movies. Most of us would like to forget duds like “Cowboys & Aliens,” “Jonah Hex” or “Barb Wire.” But sometimes risks pay off.

  • Soupalooza: Zucchini soup so good you'll look forward to more zucchini Jul 30, 2014 5:32 PM
    Just when you think you can't handle any more zucchini comes a recipe that will have you roaming the neighborhood looking for squash ready for harvest. M. Eileen Brown's chowdery Mexican Zucchini Soup is that recipe.

  • Mayfly madness on the upper Mississippi Jul 31, 2014 12:26 PM
    Midsummer mayfly emergences caused their usual mayhem along many areas in the upper and lower Midwest, and particularly along the upper Mississippi River drainage recently. Mike Jackson has more in this week's outdoors notes, which includes a local fishing update.

  • Good wine: Dry Rosť, sweet whites friends with flame-cooked summer fare Jul 30, 2014 9:07 AM
    Summer is time for finger-lickin’ good grilling and barbecues with wines that require minimum effort to enjoy. In general, avoid cellar-worthy reds with firm tannin that tastes hard and bitter against the smoke, sugar and spice flavors of summer. Turn instead to fruit-forward reds, including domestic Zinfandel and Petite Sirah grapes, and regions including southern France, southern Italy and the Iberian Peninsula.

  • Sky’s Delle Donne could be back Thursday night Jul 30, 2014 10:09 PM
    Sky star forward Elena Delle Donne could make a return to the WNBA on Thursday in a home game against the New York Liberty. Delle Donne, who has missed 17 of 26 games while battling a flare-up of her Lyme disease, has been practicing for the last week and will be a game-time decision.

  • The Hall of Fame hit a home run this year Jul 29, 2014 5:30 AM
    Mike North knows the 2014 Cooperstown inductees wouldn’t be left off too many baseball rosters.

  • Skip the comparisons with Mexico Jul 29, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Ruben Navarrette: Almost any discussion of how the United States treats uninvited visitors — whether they be child refugees looking for shelter or adult immigrants looking for jobs — will eventually get to the point where someone asks: “What about Mexico?”

  • Why incumbents keep getting re-elected Jul 29, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Lee Hamilton: Nearly three-quarters of Americans want to throw out most members of Congress, including their own representative, yet the vast majority of incumbents will be returning to Capitol Hill in January. In other words, Americans scorn Congress but keep re-electing its members. How could this be?

  • Yogurtland coming to Randall Road in Algonquin Jul 29, 2014 8:20 AM
    Yogurtland is expected to begin serving its frozen yogurt later this year on Randall Road in Algonquin.

  • Exonerating the criminals Jul 29, 2014 9:40 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s anti-Semitism is getting the better of him. Once again, the Turkish prime minister has trotted out the Hitler analogy in relation to Israel and what it has done in Gaza. “They curse Hitler morning and night,” he said of the Israelis. “However, now their barbarism has surpassed even Hitler’s.” Erdogan’s Hitler fetish is both revolting and inaccurate.

  • Name change because of speech impediment causes friction Jul 29, 2014 12:35 PM
    Due to a speech impediment, she could not say her first name without embarrassment. So in college she decided to use her middle name instead, which has caused friction with her parents.

  • Scott’s Walk raises awareness of testicular cancer Jul 29, 2014 3:10 PM
    A walk at Whalon Lake in south Naperville helps celebrate the life of Scott Zager and raise awareness of tewsticular cancer.

  • Western Amateur one tough test Jul 29, 2014 10:22 PM
    No tournament in golf, amateur or professional, requires as much to win as the Western Amateur. The Western Golf Association is conducting its annual golf marathon for the 112th time this week at Chicago’s Beverly Country Club, and Wednesday is an especially big day because it includes the largest cut of the event — from the starting field of 156 to the low 44 and ties.

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