| Apr 30, 2009
Gunmen ambush a military patrol pursuing drug traffickers. The soldiers retaliate, rounding up dozens of townspeople. Four girls held for 20 hours later tell prosecutors that soldiers repeatedly raped and abused them.
The case, from exactly two years ago...
| Jan 31, 2010
When Grace McCann Morley became director of the San Francisco Museum of Art in 1935, she knew what she wanted to focus on: the art of her time. "If art of today is today overlooked or misunderstood, the loss is serious," she once wrote. "Art fails then to...
| Nov 16, 2008
It's understandable why Americans these days are thinking twice about venturing south of the border. A wave of gruesome violence, much of it related to drug trafficking, has swept Mexico in the last two years, leaving thousands dead.
| Mar 8, 2009
Stocks have crashed, industry is shuddering and banks are failing. The restless unemployed will soon fill the streets. Yet in San Francisco, some crazed optimist in the Pacific Stock Exchange Tower has hired Diego Rivera to decorate a private club for...
| Mar 15, 2009
José Clemente Orozco was one of 20th century Mexico's great socially minded muralists. A stark 1929 easel painting made at the dawn of the Great Depression helps to show how. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art bought the modestly sized tempera and oil...
| Sep 8, 2010
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By Barbara KingsolverHarper Perennia, 544 pages, $16.99
In Barbara Kingsolver’s rich new novel "The Lacuna," the artist Frida Kahlo remarks that she would like to think she is being “pulled through history by something more...
| Jul 20, 2008
Actors Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt welcomed twins into the world last weekend in France. And Twinsburg, Ohio, is preparing to host twins and their families by the thousands at for the annual Twins Days festival Aug. 1-3. Here are more facts to make you...
| May 14, 2010
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For more than 50 years, Hampton painter Jean Craig and her late husband, Allan Jones, ranked among the Peninsula's best-known art couples.
Their popular classes at Hampton Roads Academy, Robert Sugden Elementary School and in their own colorful Claremont...
| Nov 2, 2009
Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Lev Trotsky. The Mexican painter whose flamboyant art and mangled body continue to nourish a multimedia industry. The adored husband 21 years her elder, myth-making muralist and Mexican national hero. And the man on the lam whom...
| Dec 7, 2010
| 3:04 PM
A flying leap from the tallest building in Soweto. A volcano sunrise. Rootbeer at the Mark Twain Dinette. And a $50 parking space. If you spend 47 days on the road chasing travel stories, you run into this sort of thing. Here's my 2010 list of 31 travel...
| Jan 6, 2011
Because I left Mexico when I was 6, my recollections of our holiday traditions are often dreamlike and vague.
But my memory of Three Kings Day, or el Día de los Reyes Magos, remains vivid because it came right after Christmas, in the first week of...