Fighting Illini hoopsters are looking good

I know it's not my beat, so I'll leave the super analysis of The Fighting Illini basketball team to News-Gazette beat writer Brett Dawson.

The movie "Capote" actually was pretty good

I'm not much for movies anymore. I rarely go, and when I do I rarely enjoy what I see. I thought March of the Penguins, a documentary, was good and got a kick out of Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit. (I've never seen such a smart dog).

Jim's Pseudo-Intellectual Book Club: Vol. XX.

Come with me now deep into the heart of darkness [] October 1967 [] when American soldiers were fighting and dieing in Vietnam, college campuses were starting to churn with protest and a president was caught in a vise from which he would not escape.

Birkett may be out of politics for now, but he's still interested

Joe Birkett, the DuPage County state's attorney who ran unsuccessfully for Illinois attorney general in 2002, has been in the news a lot lately, most recently getting front-page coverage in The Chicago Tribune when he announced an indictment in a notoriou

State now after crooked judge's lawyer -- col. 11/26/05

For nearly three years now, a crooked former judge in Cumberland County has been a lonely figure of controversy, drawing all the heat from investigators while his associates escaped attention.

More weird developments in Rhoads' case 11/19/05 column

The twists and turns leading from the scene of a double-murder 20 years ago in Edgar County through the state and federal courts keep getting stranger and stranger.

Novelist John Updike has some thoughts about Flashman, too

FLASHY TO THE RESCUE -- from The New Yorker

The Flashman series -- a wonderful story on a set of great books

November 11, 2005 - New York Times

No room in 'Laramie' legend for ambiguity 11/12/05 column

A month ago, students at Champaign Central High School performed in The Laramie Project, a play based on the 1998 murder of a young gay man, Matthew Shepard, a student at the University of Wyoming in Laramie.