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2021 Lexus RX 350 AWD F Sport

DETROIT – When you make one of the most popular luxury sport utilities on the planet, why change it before it is time? Thus, the product planers at Lexus did not do that much to alter the 2021 Lexus RX ...

Healthy gardens start with sensible soil testing

URBANA, Ill. – As the growing season wraps up and gardeners put vegetable beds to rest and clean and store tools for the winter, there is one task they may be forgetting. Testing the soil’s nutrients can provide a better ...

"Three Girls from Bronzeville: A Uniquely American Memoir of Race, Fate, and Sisterhood" by Dawn Turner

Go left or go right? It seems that at every point in life, you need a decision: take a familiar street, or a route you rarely travel? A restaurant you frequent, or something new for dinner? Sometimes, the choices won't ...

2022 Toyota GR 86

Toyota has retrofitted its GR 86. For the uninitiated, this is a world class 2+2 sports car. That may sound strange in a utility vehicle world, but the automaker is looking for incremental sales; perhaps as many as 13,000 annually. ...

Forest Preserve programs feature lots of free activities

Help clean a preserve, take a hike or learn about the underappreciated animals you can see out your window during September Forest Preserve District of Will County programs. Registration is available on the Event Calendar at ReconnectWithNature.org. (Face masks are ...

2022 Mitsubishi Cross & Outlander

living@thetimesweekly.com ANN ARBOR, MI – Mitsubishi is back. Or a more conservative view is that it is progressing nicely. We came to this college town just west of Detroit to get a look at the Outlander and the Eclipse Cross. ...

Bumper2BumperTV

PROVO, UT, At a time when others in the midsize truck segment seem intent on enlarging their holdings and footprint, Nissan is trying very hard to stay true to a manageable sized vehicle. The 2022 model of its Frontier pickup ...

Nature foundation 'Oaktober! Native Tree & Shrub Sale'

Will County Forest Preserve The Nature Foundation of Will County's "Oaktober! Native Tree & Shrub Sale" will begin online at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 4, and run through 11:59 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2. But don't wait too long to peruse ...

"How the Word is Passed" by Clint Smith

History, they say, repeats itself. Look back a few hundred years, and you can see corresponding events, world-wide and through time. Parallels are interesting to spot; some people might even take them as a warning, so that atrocities, inhumanities, and ...

2021 Hyundai Venue

Small use to be a synonym for cheap but not anymore. We test drove the 2021 Hyundai Venue and were impressed. It was a subcompact crossover, it seems the category has grown, because of its performance and size. It was ...

2021 Mazda MX-5

The 2021 Mazda MX-5 is an enthusiast’s throwback. It is a two-seat sports car in a real sense of the words. We had the MX-5 RF; the RF stood for retractable fastback. In other words, the roof retracted into the ...

"The Reckoning: Our Nation's Trauma and Finding a Way to Heal" by Mary L. Trump, Ph.D.

You can barely stand to look. You open your eyes quick, though, and scan because you need to be informed but the news is sometimes hard to take lately. Consuming in small bites may be best, or devour it if ...

Volkswagen ID.4

We have driven more all electric vehicles in the last three months than we have in a lifetime. What seemed like the distant future is now upon us. The latest wattage on four wheels we’ve evaluated was Volkswagen’s ID.4. We ...

"Breathing Fire: Female Inmate Firefighters on the Front Lines of California's Wildfires" by Jaime Lowe

Your oversized plastic tote is all packed. You don't want to think about it, but if you have to bug out, you can. A backup laptop, extra dog bowls, every irreplaceable document, it's all there, ready to slide into the ...

2021 Genesis GV80

Detroit – Genesis did it backwards. The luxury car-maker introduced first rate luxury sedans when it entered the U.S. market in 2015. The problem was the market was speedily shifting to crossovers. Although they never said it, but Genesis’ launch ...

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