11/11/2013 7:07amMaybe 10 times a week, someone calls Steve Lazicki looking to get rid of a parrot. They're too loud, too demanding and sometimes just too long-lived.
11/11/2013 7:47amOutside my window is a large, rounded shrub with leafless branches suffused in a golden haze. That haze is actually hundreds if not thousands of golden berries clustered tightly along the thin stems.
11/11/2013 8:20amAngela Lansbury says "it's a mistake" for NBC to call a new series "Murder, She Wrote."
11/11/2013 8:39amHalloween may be done, but pumpkin season rolls on! And it's a welcome fact of life for a pumpkin lover like me.
11/11/2013 8:54amAre we naturally good or naturally evil? Cognitive scientist Paul Bloom argues in a new book that we're both.
11/11/2013 9:03amJohn Lennon apparently wasn't an advocate of peace and love in high school.
11/11/2013 9:08amCleveland's casino will mark the 30th anniversary of the movie "A Christmas Story," parts of which were filmed in the department store that now houses the casino.
11/11/2013 10:00amAn unauthorized and never-published biography of J.D. Salinger is expected to bring up to $6,000 at auction.
11/11/2013 10:07amJustin Bieber is blaming food poisoning for forcing him to quit the stage for the second time during his South America tour. This time he drew boos from a huge crowd in Buenos Aires' River Plate stadium who paid up to $320 to see their idol perform up close.
11/11/2013 10:51amThere is a place where Snoopy frolics carefree with the scandalous Yellow Kid, where Pogo the possum philosophizes alongside Calvin and Hobbes. It's a place where Beetle Bailey loafs with Garfield the cat, while Krazy Kat takes another brick to the noggin, and brooding heroes battle dark forces on the pages of fat graphic novels.
11/11/2013 10:57amKellie Pickler, "The Woman I Am" (Black River Entertainment)
11/11/2013 11:39amLady Gaga, "ArtPop" (Interscope)
11/11/2013 11:44amYou've probably seen that YouTube video about what the fox says. Soon you'll get to read about it.
11/11/2013 12:06pmMaybe ten times a week, someone calls Steve Lazicki looking to get rid of a parrot.
11/11/2013 12:12pm"White Fire" (Grand Central Publishing), by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
11/11/2013 12:16pmIt's not completely inconceivable _ "The Princess Bride" is coming to the stage.
11/11/2013 12:38pm"End of Days: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy" (William Morrow), by James Swanson
11/11/2013 2:29pmAcclaimed chef Charlie Trotter was remembered Monday for turning Chicago into an international culinary destination, mentoring countless aspiring chefs and even inviting the homeless into his restaurant's kitchen to sit and eat at one of the most famous tables in the world.
11/11/2013 2:39pmSome cooks like to change up the Thanksgiving meal _ a sous vide turkey here, a sweet potato souffle there. But on a holiday dedicated to tradition, innovation can spark revolt.
11/11/2013 2:58pmSerial killer Joseph Paul Franklin is getting support from an unlikely source: Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt, who was paralyzed 35 years ago by a bullet apparently fired by Franklin.
11/11/2013 2:58pmViewers of the National Geographic Channel are slightly more interested in the Kennedy assassination than the killing of Abraham Lincoln _ enough to set a viewing record for the 12-year-old network.
11/11/2013 5:44pmSinger Patti LaBelle's bodyguard has been acquitted misdemeanor assault in a confrontation with a drunken West Point cadet at a Houston airport terminal.
11/11/2013 6:18pmGun violence in PG-13 rated movies has increased considerably in recent decades, to the point that it sometimes exceeds gun violence in even R-rated films, according to a study released Monday.
11/11/2013 6:47pmA team of wounded U.S. service members is in London this week for a publicity tour before starting a fundraising race to the South Pole with Britain's Prince Harry.
11/11/2013 10:03pmEarly this year as Jessica Chastain was in the midst of an Oscar blitz for "Zero Dark Thirty," media outlets picked up a story that her biological father, a musician named Michael Monasterio, had died. Chastain did not attend the funeral and she did not comment publicly on his death.