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OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: 'Native Son' at Court Theatre a compelling stage story

OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: 'Native Son' at Court Theatre a compelling stage story

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

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OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Latest 'CATS' includes dog salute musical number

OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Latest 'CATS' includes dog salute musical number

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

September 29, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Crown Point Tri Kappa 2014 Kitchen Tour fit for a King

OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Crown Point Tri Kappa 2014 Kitchen Tour fit for a King

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

September 28, 2014 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: United We Read engages children, volunteers, parents

GUEST COMMENTARY: United We Read engages children, volunteers, parents

Imagine for a moment that you lacked the ability to read. How would you find employment that provided a living wage for you and your family if you could not complete a simple job application? How would you be able to drive a car if you could not read directional or street signs? How would yo…

September 28, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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AUSTIN BAY: Obama needs Clausewitz, not Alinsky, to defeat Islamic State

AUSTIN BAY: Obama needs Clausewitz, not Alinsky, to defeat Islamic State

In a recent column assessing President Barack Obama's judgment after six years in office, the Wall Street Journal's Bret Stephens asked, "What does Obama know?" Stephens brutally concluded that among U.S. presidents, Barack Obama "stands apart is in his combination of ideological rigidity an…

September 28, 2014 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: It’s time to redefine full-time in college as 15 credits

GUEST COMMENTARY: It’s time to redefine full-time in college as 15 credits

As the current and former commissioners for Indiana’s higher education system, we agree that on-time college graduation must become the standard rather than the exception it is today. Less than one in 10 full-time community college students complete an associate degree within two years and j…

September 28, 2014 12:00 am
MICHAEL NEAL: Three-town E-911 is right for taxpayers

MICHAEL NEAL: Three-town E-911 is right for taxpayers

When it comes down to facts, Schererville, St. John and Cedar Lake are doing what is right for their citizens when it comes to E-911 Consolidation.

September 28, 2014 12:00 am
WALTER WILLIAMS: Do statistical disparities mean injustice?

WALTER WILLIAMS: Do statistical disparities mean injustice?

How many times have we heard laments such as "women are 50 percent of the population but only 5 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs," and, as the U.S. Justice Department recently found, "blacks are 54 percent of the population in Newark, New Jersey, but 85 percent of pedestrian stops and 79 percent …

September 28, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Big names headline Munster Friends of Theatre luncheon

OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Big names headline Munster Friends of Theatre luncheon

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

September 27, 2014 12:00 am
GUEST EDITORIAL: Illinois taxpayers shouldn't pick up tab for dual residences of statewide officials

GUEST EDITORIAL: Illinois taxpayers shouldn't pick up tab for dual residences of statewide officials

Chicago has a lot over Springfield — more people, more shopping, the new David Bowie art display and better pizza.

September 26, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: 'Evil Dead' musical spoof cursed by sound demons

OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: 'Evil Dead' musical spoof cursed by sound demons

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

September 26, 2014 12:00 am

GUEST EDITORIAL: Victims of domestic violence need help, not new barriers

In a strange, somewhat sick way, the huge scandal that's engulfed the National Football League with release of a graphic video of one of the league's stars knocking out his girlfriend (now wife) in an elevator may be saving others from similar abuse.

September 25, 2014 12:00 am
It is not new money

It is not new money

I would like to clarify some facts in response to the article written in this newspaper regarding the contract of Dr. Sharon Johnson-Shirley of the Lake Ridge School Corporation. It is not new money.

September 25, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: 'The Arsonists' smolders on stage at Strawdog

OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: 'The Arsonists' smolders on stage at Strawdog

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

September 25, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: 'Women on the Verge' a funny first for audiences

OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: 'Women on the Verge' a funny first for audiences

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

September 24, 2014 12:00 am

GUEST EDITORIAL: Negative gubernatorial campaign nixes honest discussion of important issues

The two major Illinois gubernatorial candidates don't have much nice to say about each other.

September 24, 2014 12:00 am
ANDREA NEAL: French missionary realizes golden dream in South Bend

ANDREA NEAL: French missionary realizes golden dream in South Bend

If he could see it now, Father Edward Sorin would surely marvel at what has become of Notre Dame du Lac, Our Lady of the Lake, the Catholic university he founded in 1842.

September 23, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Actress shines in world premiere Bette Davis play

OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Actress shines in world premiere Bette Davis play

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

September 23, 2014 12:00 am

GUEST EDITORIAL: State should rethink private, home schools

State Superintendent Glenda Ritz offered lawmakers two budget proposals for the next biennium: increase overall school funding and offer free textbooks for all Indiana students.

September 23, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Enduring actress Polly Bergen dead at age 84

OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Enduring actress Polly Bergen dead at age 84

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

September 22, 2014 12:00 am
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