Casino Scene: Are slot bonus rounds really a bonus?

We all know what we're up against when we play the slots:

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Shelf Life: The plot thickens in Anne Perry's Victorian mystery series

Shelf Life: The plot thickens in Anne Perry's Victorian mystery series

While most of us don't see beyond the headlines of today, New York Times bestselling author Anne Perry reads them not with an eye to the futur…

April 14, 2014 3:00 pm

Recreational Gambling Requires Proper Mindset

People have different reasons for making visits to a casino part of their entertainment regimen. The one incentive common among them is the ho…

April 10, 2014 12:00 am

Book review: 'Steel Closets: Voices of Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Steelworkers'

Book review: 'Steel Closets: Voices of Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Steelworkers'

To outsiders, steel mills are mysterious places. Anne Balay’s path-breaking book “Steel Closets: Voices of Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Steel…

April 08, 2014 12:00 am

Kid Picks with Philip Potempa for April 2014

Kid Picks with Philip Potempa for April 2014

Our monthly round-up of new children's media.

April 03, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Life Changing Jackpots Continue at Four Winds

One big advantage that tribal casinos have over state-regulated properties in the Chicago-area market is the presence of wide-area progressive…

April 03, 2014 12:00 am

Local mother of five publishes childrens book about loving and learning

Local mother of five publishes childrens book about loving and learning

Love, time spent together, cuddling, educating and fun are the reasons that Breanne Mitchell liked to play a game with her babies that provide…

March 30, 2014 9:00 am

Majestic Star casinos deal a winning hand

Majestic Star Casinos in Gary have always been very proactive in bringing big money poker tournament action for everyday players to the Chicago area.

March 20, 2014 12:00 am

Shelf Life: Local author brings to life the deep history of Chicago's neigborhoods

Shelf Life: Local author brings to life the deep history of Chicago's neigborhoods

Patrick Butler always knew that at some time in his life he would explore the what he terms "a kind of curio shop of people and places that ti…

March 17, 2014 9:00 am

Progressives: Let the slot player beware

When you walk into a casino, generally one of the first sights that will catch your eye is the brilliantly lighted display of a bank of progre…

March 13, 2014 12:00 am

Shelf Life: Joanne Fluke cooks up another sweet murder mystery in latest series

Shelf Life: Joanne Fluke cooks up another sweet murder mystery in latest series

With a father who was an undertaker and an early hankering to bake, it's no wonder that Joanne Fluke fits in nicely with my latest reading craze.

March 09, 2014 9:00 am Photos

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Perspectives on coping with loss: Local author writes about the caregiver's perspective on cancer

Perspectives on coping with loss: Local author writes about the caregiver's perspective on cancer

In times of turmoil, a man often feels like he is supposed to be strong and know what to do.

March 09, 2014 7:00 am Photos

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Casino Scene: 'Binionaire' slots a red hot tradition

Casino Scene: 'Binionaire' slots a red hot tradition

Some slot machines come and go, others go on and on. So it is with the “Who Wants to Be a Binionaire” progressives at Horseshoe Casino in Hammond.

March 06, 2014 6:36 pm

Shelf Life: Actress Jennie Garth releases memoir about lessons learned and looking ahead

Shelf Life: Actress Jennie Garth releases memoir about lessons learned and looking ahead

“I’m putting it all on the table,” Jenny Garth tells me as she’s heading for the airport about to catch a flight to Chicago.

March 06, 2014 9:00 am

Kid Picks with Philip Potempa for March 6, 2014

Kid Picks with Philip Potempa for March 6, 2014

Our monthly round-up of new children's media.

March 06, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Casino Scene: Food for thought about penny slots

Casino Scene: Food for thought about penny slots

Video poker has been described by some groups that oppose gambling as being addictive. It derives this reputation because it is marketed as a …

February 27, 2014 6:36 pm

Shelf Life: Bosnian author recounts his experience with genocide and his return to Bosnia in new memoir

Shelf Life: Bosnian author recounts his experience with genocide and his return to Bosnia in new memoir

To scenes of speakeasies, girls in cloche hats wearing pearls and bootlegging and the staccato sounds of rat-a-tat-tat.

February 23, 2014 10:00 am Photos

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Book explains why parenting is 'all joy,' 'no fun'

Book explains why parenting is 'all joy,' 'no fun'

Parenting is a life-changing, meaning-infusing, deeply profound experience. It is also, day by day, a huge drag.

February 23, 2014 9:15 am

EDITOR’S LETTER

EDITOR’S LETTER

I am tempted to be glib and just say I’m sick of food, but of course I’m not. I’m sure you know what I mean. The never-ending rearrangements o…

February 22, 2014 9:00 am Photos

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Casino Scene: Random thoughts about video poker

Casino Scene: Random thoughts about video poker

When you play video poker, the result you obtain after making a bet and initiating a play is a random event that determines whether you have w…

February 20, 2014 6:36 pm

Shelf Life: Chicago author goes into gory detail of the St. Valentine's Day Massacre in historical novel

Shelf Life: Chicago author goes into gory detail of the St. Valentine's Day Massacre in historical novel

To scenes of speakeasies, girls in cloche hats wearing pearls and bootlegging and the staccato sounds of rat-a-tat-tat.

February 16, 2014 10:00 am Photos

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Casino Scene: Video poker site is hands down the best

Casino Scene: Video poker site is hands down the best

Video poker has a legion of enthusiasts simply because there’s an element of strategy to the game. It is as close to playing with a real deck …

February 13, 2014 6:36 pm

'The Fonz' co-authors book series to help children overcome dyslexia

'The Fonz' co-authors book series to help children overcome dyslexia

"Omigoodness," I think, as I click on a link to the U.K.’s Top Ten Literacy Heroes and watch as a photo of Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of …

February 09, 2014 9:00 am Photos

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Casino Scene: 'Have you ever'? situations for gamblers

Casino Scene: 'Have you ever'? situations for gamblers

Have you ever thought of blackjack in terms of football? It can indeed be both an offensive and a defensive game. You’re on offense when you d…

February 06, 2014 6:36 pm Photos

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Kid Picks with Philip Potempa for Feb., 2014

Kid Picks with Philip Potempa for Feb., 2014

Our monthly round-up of new children's media.

February 06, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Shelf Life: Authors seek to inform and protect readers from cyber crime

Shelf Life: Authors seek to inform and protect readers from cyber crime

A decade ago, says Allan Friedman: What Everyone Needs to Know with P.D. Singer, cyberspace was, for most of us, a science fiction like term u…

February 03, 2014 2:00 pm Photos

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Shelf Life: Sibling rivalry between sisters takes form in local author's new book

Shelf Life: Sibling rivalry between sisters takes form in local author's new book

Broke and about to be evicted from a crummy apartment, Jen Lancaster, a former executive in Chicago who thought she'd had it all, took to writing.

February 02, 2014 8:00 am Photos

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Casino Scene: At Blackjack, there's nothing sweet about 16

Casino Scene: At Blackjack, there's nothing sweet about 16

There probably isn’t a blackjack player around who looks forward to being dealt a 16. It’s a hand that is so uneasy to stand and so tempting t…

January 30, 2014 6:36 pm

Murder, mayhem and mystery in Lake County: Kentucky author investigates Indiana crime in new book

Murder, mayhem and mystery in Lake County: Kentucky author investigates Indiana crime in new book

As a history buff raised in Northwest Indiana, I simply couldn't resist the title of Kevin McQueen's latest book "Murder and Mayhem in Indiana."

January 29, 2014 7:30 am Photos

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History of Hobart told through pictures

History of Hobart told through pictures

When Sergio Mendoza became Hobart’s city planner in 2003, he wanted to find out as much about the city as he could.

January 26, 2014 8:00 am Photos

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Shelf Life: Author explores the relationship between two artists as they grew in love

Shelf Life: Author explores the relationship between two artists as they grew in love

Nancy Horan, who wrote "Loving Frank", the New York Times bestselling novel that explored the relationship of Frank Lloyd Wright and his lover…

January 24, 2014 2:30 pm Photos

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Device Devotee: Playstation 4 or Xbox One?

Device Devotee: Playstation 4 or Xbox One?

I am sure you fine folks have heard about the new Xbox One and the PlayStation 4, the most recent gaming systems to hit the market. (According…

January 21, 2014 3:00 am Photos

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Shelf Life: Author uses Chicago as setting for 'pandemic' thriller

Shelf Life: Author uses Chicago as setting for 'pandemic' thriller

A former high school English teacher, Stacey Ballis is now author of a series of popular and humorous "chick lit" books.

January 20, 2014 2:30 pm Photos

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Staying in: The GO! Staff shares suggestions on how to enjoy cabin fever

Staying in: The GO! Staff shares suggestions on how to enjoy cabin fever

Binge-watching TV via live stream

January 16, 2014 7:00 am Photos

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Shelf Life: Former English teachers writes about self-confidence and a 'big' love affair

Shelf Life: Former English teachers writes about self-confidence and a 'big' love affair

A former high school English teacher, Stacey Ballis is now author of a series of popular and humorous "chick lit" books that in her words, "do…

January 12, 2014 9:00 am Photos

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A Hockey Life: 'Third Best Hull' gets last laugh

A Hockey Life: 'Third Best Hull' gets last laugh

According to Chicago hockey great Dennis Hull, brother of fellow former Blackhawk Bobby Hull, humor is the best sports medicine.

January 12, 2014 8:00 am Photos

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BLIZZARD BUSTING: Get outside and live wintertime!

BLIZZARD BUSTING: Get outside and live wintertime!

Snow crunches underfoot and every breath is a bite from the cold, crisp apple of air.

January 09, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Shelf Life: Detective D.D. Warren 'fears nothing' in new Lisa Gardner crime novel

Shelf Life: Detective D.D. Warren 'fears nothing' in new Lisa Gardner crime novel

In Fear Nothing, Lisa Gardner, New York Times bestselling author, brings back Boston Detective D.D. Warren.

January 08, 2014 3:30 pm Photos

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Shelf Life: Cameron Diaz promotes healthy lifestyle and healthy body image

Shelf Life: Cameron Diaz promotes healthy lifestyle and healthy body image

For good reasons, a book by actress Cameron Diaz showing her long blonde hair pouring down her tawny long limbed and athletically thin body on…

January 06, 2014 12:00 pm Photos

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Kid Picks with Philip Potempa for Jan. 2, 2014

Kid Picks with Philip Potempa for Jan. 2, 2014

Here's our monthly showcase of the latest and greatest new selections in media for youth.

January 02, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Shelf Life: 'Dreams of Duneland' takes a look back in time and a look at the lakeshore's beauty

Shelf Life: 'Dreams of Duneland' takes a look back in time and a look at the lakeshore's beauty

Luscious photos show us maple sugaring at Chillberg Farm, the Swedish settlement n the National Dunes Lakeshore and now a historic site.

December 29, 2013 12:00 pm

Harry, Lo and Jo: A love story

Harry, Lo and Jo: A love story

I was so excited. Finally, I would be face to face with the only man I’ll ever love.

December 29, 2013 10:00 am Photos

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Shelf Life: New Civil War book shows the impact Lincoln had on international relations

Shelf Life: New Civil War book shows the impact Lincoln had on international relations

The Civil War was a more than a conflict between North and South and President Abraham Lincoln recognized this larger dimension in the battle …

December 08, 2013 12:45 pm

Casino Scene: Winning at slots (or not)

Casino Scene: Winning at slots (or not)

There’s much more to slot machines than meets the eye. Even referring to the sophisticated electronic gaming devices that have evolved over th…

December 05, 2013 6:10 pm Photos

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Kid Picks with Philip Potempa for Dec. 5, 2013

Kid Picks with Philip Potempa for Dec. 5, 2013

Here's our monthly showcase of the latest and greatest new selections in media for youth.

December 05, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Casino Scene: The poker beat goes on at Majestic Star

Casino Scene: The poker beat goes on at Majestic Star

When the poker craze was in full swing a decade ago, the game was an unlikely component of mainstream entertainment world wide. Its popularity…

November 28, 2013 6:10 pm

Shelf Life: A page-turning account of JFK's assasnation stands out against others

Shelf Life: A page-turning account of JFK's assasnation stands out against others

Shrill pundits and politicians shout that our schools are failing, blaming teachers, unions and public schools in general.

November 24, 2013 9:00 am Photos

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Casino Scene: The psychological warfare of poker

Casino Scene: The psychological warfare of poker

One definition of sport as a noun is “an athletic activity requiring skill or physical prowess and often of a competitive nature, as racing, b…

November 21, 2013 6:10 pm

Games to Go: Top ten board games

1. Backgammon,strategy; 2. Chess, strategy; 3. Checkers, strategy; 4. Clue, mystery; 5. Go, strategy; 6. Monopoly, real estate; 7. Risk, war; …

November 21, 2013 9:48 am

Anniversary Excitement: Franciscan Omni Health & Fitness celebrating 40 years of fit fun

Anniversary Excitement: Franciscan Omni Health & Fitness celebrating 40 years of fit fun

Betty Durochik, Franciscan Omni Health & Fitness programming coordinator for the Region's familiar destination for exercise with locations…

November 21, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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