Why not truth in labeling?

The City of Urbana was closed for business Friday, not to mention numerous other governmental entities. The stated reason for taking the day off was that the city had declared its spring holiday.

I read the book. The movie's better.

In mid-February, I stumbled across an article about the 75th anniversary of the publication of Dashiell Hammett's book, "The Maltese Falcon." Having seen the movie many times, I announced that I intended to read the book.

Jim's Pseudo-Intellectual Book Club Vo. XVI

Most people have heard the phrase "the horrors of war." But they really have no idea how horrid.

Top cops uninterested in 'person of interest'

Because of inquiries from readers and the response of other news organizations (most notably The Chicago Tribune March 7 front-page followup), I am posting my March 5 column about the Rhoads-Steidl case.

Fear and self-loathing?

Some stories, no matter how shocking, don't come as a big surprise. Did anyone really expect Hunter S. Thompson, the king of gonzo journalism, to die in his sleep? Given his self-destructive lifestyle, he just HAD to come to a bad end. And he did, putting

Sorry sweetheart, you're taking the fall!

I have a problem with books. There are so many good ones, and there is so little time to read them.

Nick Smith - The Fighting Illini's quote machine

He's not a starter, but Fighting Illini center Nick Smith is an All-American when it comes to interesting observations. Frankly, I'm not surprised since he's intelligent enough to appreciate the humor of Homer Simpson. Here's a Sports Illustrated story th

All hail Mayor Laurel!

Some people may be wringing their hands over Laurel Prussing's relatively narrow win in Tuesday's Urbana mayoral election. But I am not among them.