Jim's Pseudo-Intellectual Book Club: Volume XXV.

These days big-time athletes see the world as their oyster. Multi-million-dollar contracts, endorsements, public adulation are routine.

Is George Ryan on his way to the joint? Absolutely!

Former Illinois Gov. George Ryan comes face to face with reality Wednesday, when he's scheduled to be sentenced at the U.S. Courthouse in Chicago.

Stories that I found interesting.

When you embarrass yourself on national television, why not try for an encore? At least that's the attitude of Kyra Phillips, the babolicious CNN anchorvixen. She gets a gold star for having a sense of humor.

More random news

Being a Philistine myself, I'm not much for art, although I do like that picture of the dogs playing poker. But it's always good to see paintins' go back where they belong.

Random news of the day

Will voters really buy the Democrats' anti-Wal-Mart rhetoric? Maybe? Should they? No. Curious? Read Robert Samuelson's Washington Post column.

Jim's Pseudo-Intellectual Book Club: Volume XXIV - Five Families

OK, it's time for a sitdown, and the good news is that we don't have to worry about the feds listening in. Indeed, they're welcome because it's time for another recommenation from Jim's Pseudo-Intellectual Book Club.

Forgive the length. This is important.

Former Champaign Mayor Dan McCollum has a new mission in life.

About that smoking ban ...

Last week, the Champaign City Council approved a public smoking ban, and the city council in Urbana is expected to do the same soon.

"Marley and Me" and You

I have a suggestion that applies to dog lovers as well as parents who enjoy reading to their children.