| Aug 26, 2011
| 5:15 PM
The pungent, haunting narrative of Laura Lippman's new novel, "The Most Dangerous Thing," kicks in with a group of kids arguing for dibs on a grassy kickball field near a cotton mill on "Wetheredsville Road."
The whole scene sounds like a cozy...
| May 1, 2011
The intersection of DeSoto and State streets here doesn't look like anything special.
On the southeast corner of the roads is H Town Custom Wheels. Across DeSoto to the west is Beer & Bud Mart, which faces a Church's Chicken stand. Immediately to the...
| May 18, 2011
| 7:04 AM
With the final season of "The Closer" approaching TNT announced Wednesday that it will launch a spin-off called "Major Crimes" starring Mary McDonnell as Capt. Raydor, who was often butting heads with Deputy Police Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson (Kyra...
| May 28, 2011
| 6:45 PM
"What happened to the big yellow sign?" people ask when they visit the library in Lions Park. "Does that mean you don't do the passport acceptance service anymore?"
The passport service is still offered at the Costa Mesa Donald Dungan Library, 1855...
| Jun 8, 2011
| 6:42 AM
Whether you are a hockey fan, enjoy mysteries and intrigue, or try never to miss a CSI episode, this story has it all.
With Thursday’s one-year anniversary of the Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup triumph fast approaching, a question has lingered for...
| Aug 17, 2011
| 10:35 AM
In BBC America's absorbing series, "The Hour" (9 p.m. Aug. 17; 3.5 stars), a group of TV journalists in 1956 London launches a new kind of BBC news program (think a live "60 Minutes") that hopes to report honestly about—not to—the British...
| Jun 27, 2011
| 8:17 PM
At the moment in David Henry Hwang's "Chinglish" when Sino-American business relations develop to the point a Chinese buyer and a U.S. seller find themselves in bed together, you get a sudden flashback to "M. Butterfly." That brilliant 23-year-old drama,...
| Dec 3, 2011
When Tasha Alexander strolls the streets of Chicago, she doesn't much see Wrigley Field or the Chicago River or Logan Square. Or Honda Civics.
She sees St. Paul's Cathedral and the River Thames and Belgrave Square and hansom cabs.
| Dec 7, 2011
| 3:18 PM
Cornell Woolrich (1903-1968) knew his way around two things: rock-hard prose and stone-cold corpses.
He was a wizardly writer of mysteries, a man who could ratchet up the menace and dread by steady, excruciating degrees. His sentences were of the...
| Dec 16, 2011
| 7:56 PM
Question: After we die and our spirits go to heaven, do we find out the answers to all of life's great mysteries? For example, will we know who really killed JFK? Which came first, the chicken or the egg? What really happened to the dinosaurs? — B.,...
| Jun 15, 2011
I picked him up at 10:30 Monday morning. He was waiting on the sidewalk outside his apartment with a cello, a violin, a guitar, a trumpet, a walking stick and a backpack full of music.
"Good morning, Mr. Ayers."
"Good morning, Mr. Lopez."