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Michael Sneed

Columnist

Michael Sneed is a columnist at the Chicago Sun-Times.

There is no doubt political violence is a horrific stain on American democracy and assassination an abomination. But when you’ve covered politics on and off as long as I have, and you think you’ve seen or heard it all … you haven’t.
It had been a long time since Hendrickson laid eyes on “Sue the T-rex,” the famous fossil she discovered in 1990. “I’m glad I wore the mask ... because I actually started to cry when I saw her.”
The Rev. Michael Pfleger, whose peace marches are legendary, shifts to a media campaign to reach parents.
U.S. District Court Judge Harry Leinenweber, who died Tuesday, taught a one-man master class in life. A man of reason, a man in full, a husband, a father, a grandfather, a great-grandfather. A golfer, a raconteur, an intellectual who loved people, a teller of tall — but true — tales.
U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber took senior status in 2002, but he continued to preside over blockbuster trials 20 years later. They included the trial of former R&B star R. Kelly in 2022 and a major corruption trial involving four political insiders tied to ComEd. “He was an honorable judge and an honorable man,” said Kelly attorney Jennifer Bonjean.
This Memorial Day comes amid a difficult time: Americans trying to come to grips with a hot button presidential election, our country’s role in overseas conflict and war being questioned.
My travels to every continent but Australia were not driven totally by my efforts to see the incredible light show. But for years, I had quietly chased the northern lights, It’s at the top of my bucket list — still.
Now that I am 80 years old and climbing an actuarial table, Mom’s memory blossoms in my garden of her favorite pale pink roses, creeping into the quiet of my living room at dusk. I’m flooded with memories of her boundless affection, strict but quiet parenting, and some of the questions I had failed to ask.
On Aug. 20,1972, this reporter was assigned to cover the hordes of hippies, yippies, women’s libbers, Marxists, gay rights advocates, Black Panthers, and anti-Vietnam war vets tenting, talking, and toking it up in Miami’s Flamingo Park before the Republican National Convention kicked off.