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Jails struggle to deal with flood of mentally ill

Jails struggle to deal with flood of mentally ill

CHICAGO | Peering through the chain link of a holding pen at the Cook County Jail, a man wrapped in a navy varsity jacket leans toward clinical social worker Elli Petacque Montgomery, his bulging eyes a clue that something's not right.

July 27, 2014 12:00 am Photos


Five days of fear: What happened in Boston

BOSTON | In the tight rows of chairs stretched across the Commonwealth Ballroom, the nervousness — already dialed high by two bombs, three deaths and more than 72 hours without answers — ratcheted even higher.

April 21, 2013 12:15 pm

A walkout ends, and strikers find a changed world

ELKHART | By 10:30 a.m. the lot fronting Disabled American Veterans Post 19 is nearly full and a table spread with potato salad and Port-a-Pit chicken beckons.

October 18, 2009 12:00 am

A year after meltdown: Tough questions, choices

NEW YORK | Where do we go from here?

September 06, 2009 12:00 am

Ordinary investors wrestle with faith in markets

An Oregon couple, their retirement spent traveling, is trimming future vacation plans because their investments are decimated.

October 19, 2008 12:00 am

Is the era of easy credit over for the long haul?

An inflatable gorilla beckoned from the roof of Don Brown Chevrolet in St. Louis, servers doled out free bowls of pasta and a salesman urged potential customers to "come on up under the canopy and put your hands on" a new set of wheels.

October 19, 2008 12:00 am

Depression offers lessons for financial crisis

They are the stories we heard from our grandparents, the pictures we studied in history books -- bread lines stretching around street corners, shantytowns sheltering the unemployed, small-town banks with darkened windows.

October 05, 2008 12:00 am

Tough times mean spending cutbacks. But booze?

NEW YORK | By 6:30 p.m. every stool at the bar is taken. It's a Thursday night at the White Horse Tavern, a well-worn watering hole in the shadows of lower Manhattan's financial district, and the regulars have found a refuge.

September 02, 2008 12:00 am

As economic tide recedes, an undertow of long-simmering insecurities grows

Even when experts were declaring the economy healthy, many Americans voiced a vague, but persistent dissatisfaction.

February 19, 2008 12:00 am

Real estate bust and foreclosure boom comes home

Out on Phoenix's suburban fringes, where cement mixers are fast colonizing hay and cotton fields, the day is winding to a close. The home hour has arrived.

October 07, 2007 12:00 am

Yesterday's rocker takes a new stage and finds the kids are all right

Up above the delirium, the rocker -- battered Silvertone strapped across his chest -- leans out over the stage and grins.

August 03, 2007 12:00 am

George McGovern, aging warrior against war, takes on a new one

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) -- Back in the stacks -- bracketed by shelves filled with copies of "Where The Wild Things Are" and "My Friend Rabbit" and beneath an oversized cutout of Babar, the elephant king -- the elder statesman has again found an audience.

October 29, 2006 12:00 am

Annual gathering like a portal to automotive Brigadoon

As they have for one afternoon each of the past 21 summers now, the old autoworkers flock to Moose Lodge 288 on the fringes of this car capital, collecting name tags at the door. For a few treasured hours, this is an unlikely portal back to a sort of industrial Brigadoon.

October 01, 2006 12:00 am

Flag shows power to divide as well as unite

Not long after Richard Evey began flying an American flag upside down outside his home, one infuriated neighbor called police. Another began making obscene gestures each time he drove past. Then, one night as Evey slept, someone stole up to his front doorstep and snatched the Stars and Strip…

June 11, 2006 12:00 am
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