| Aug 8, 2014
If you visit the Louvre Museum in Paris, you'll likely see a mob of tourists congregating around a single enigmatic portrait by Leonardo da Vinci while ignoring all the masterpieces nearby. With eyes that seem to follow you around the gallery, and lips...
| Mar 6, 2011
| 1:38 PM
Rome wasn't built in a day, so Washington has given Italy five months. La Dolce D.C. is a celebration of all things Italian with arts, architecture, culture and food, running March through July. Honoring the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy,...
| Mar 13, 2011
*If you want to fly on a big new Airbus A380, check out Air France, which operates the aircraft on most transatlantic flights and has just launched Premium Voyageur class with roomy seats and prices between business and economy.
*Airports in Munich,...
| Mar 24, 2011
| 7:40 PM
NEWPORT BEACH — Rows of third-grade students dressed in costumes stood statue-like, holding out their clenched right fists.
As parents walked up and down the rows and pressed a red "button" on the students' fists, 8-year-old versions of Leonardo...
| Apr 8, 2012
Thomas Kinkade, the self-styled "Painter of Light" who died Friday at 54, once said he worked to "create images that project a serene simplicity." But despite his astonishing commercial success with luminous seascapes and paintings of cottages and...
| Dec 4, 2011
Awkward Family Pet Photos
Mike Bender and Doug Chernack
Three Rivers Press, $15, paper
The guys who brought us "Awkward Family Photos" are back with an edition devoted to cruel and unusual punishment to animals. Sort of. It's not that we don't love our...
| Dec 9, 2011
| 10:08 AM
When architect and design firm owner Steve Kadlec was asked recently whether bookshelves were becoming obsolete in the iPad age, he wisecracked: "Who reads books? We buy them for pretty!"
He was only half-joking. With digital competition, hardcover books...
| Jan 29, 2012
Every winter, widespread chemical dumping leaves Chicago streets covered in sodium chloride. Here are 10 facts you don't have to take with a grain of salt:
1. Salt has seasoned English in many ways. Because Romans put salt or brine on their vegetables,...
| Feb 18, 2012
| 6:14 PM
Having fought to free ourselves from the tyranny of King George, we Americans find ourselves with the boot of yet another monarch planted firmly on our throat.
Mark Steyn compared President Obama to Henry VIII, the absolutist monarch who fought the...
| Mar 4, 2012
"The past is never dead," Faulkner famously wrote in "Requiem for a Nun." "It's not even past" — and nothing demonstrates that maxim better than the discovery of a "new" painting by a revered, long-dead artist.
Suddenly, it is as if that person...
| Jun 24, 2011
This week's Friday Forecaster is Jose Rojas, who is an active member of the Weather Club at I.S 61.
Jose and his seven classmates from Leonardo da Vinci Intermediate School 61 in Corona, Queens raised $1,200 for Rebound Hounds RESQ, an animal rescue...