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  • Jason Akst: No shortage of things to think about

    Visualize the cover photo of a college catalog. Four people are running a race on a track. They’re in lanes 3, 4, 5 and 6.
    April 2, 2015 - 10:40 pm
  • Ponnuru: Apple's Cook gets religious-freedom laws all wrong

    Tim Cook, the chief executive officer of Apple, is spreading misinformation about a new religious-freedom law in Indiana.
    April 1, 2015 - 9:56 pm
  • Guest view: Many participate in protecting local children

    The month of April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, in recognition that all children deserve to grow up in a nurturing environment free from abuse, ne ...
    April 1, 2015 - 9:55 pm
  • Pitts: Before conversation, we need education on race

    Am I the only person in America not making fun of Howard Schultz?The Starbucks CEO bought himself a ...
    March 31, 2015 - 10:05 pm
  • Barry Schrader: History Fair a learning experience

    One of the highlights of my year is visiting the Regional History Fair at Northern Illinois University because I am certain to come away with some new ...
    March 31, 2015 - 12:38 am
  • Barone: Where the red line came from – before it was crossed

    There are still nearly two years left in Barack Obama’s presidency, but historians looking back on his record in foreign policy will surely identify o ...
    March 30, 2015 - 11:22 pm
  • Harrop: Obamacare should be less complex

    Let’s start on an upbeat. Next to what we had before, Obamacare has been a spectacular success. The Affordable Care Act has brought medical security t ...
    March 29, 2015 - 11:11 pm
  • Reader Poll

    Crime levels dropped in DeKalb in 2014, statistics show. Have you noticed?
    Yes, I feel safer
    No, I don't feel safer
    No, but never felt unsafe