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  • Colorado replaces marker 420 with 419.99 to foil 'weed enthusiasts'

    Colorado replaces marker 420 with 419.99 to foil 'weed enthusiasts'
    This week, Colorado replaced mile marker 420 after it was repeatedly stolen following the state’s legalization of marijuana. Why? Could be because 420 is pop-culture code for cannabis. The Colorado Department of Transportation assumed it was being...
  • Doris Kearns Goodwin on 'The Bully Pulpit'

    Doris Kearns Goodwin on 'The Bully Pulpit'
    With the possible exception of Robert Caro, who has spent the bulk of his long career documenting the career of a single president (Lyndon Johnson), the historian Doris Kearns Goodwin is perhaps America's best-known chronicler of our most interesting...
  • Edwidge Danticat on 'Claire of the Sea Light'

    Edwidge Danticat on 'Claire of the Sea Light'
    Writers have their special places, and places have their special writers. In this sense, Edwidge Danticat and Haiti belong to each other. In book after book — from the novel “Breath, Eyes, Memory” (1994) and the short-story collection...
  • Q&A: Elizabeth Gilbert on 'The Signature of All Things'

    Q&A: Elizabeth Gilbert on 'The Signature of All Things'
    Elizabeth Gilbert is of course best known for “Eat, Pray, Love” (2006), the megaselling memoir that was made into a popular 2010 film with Julia Roberts and Javier Bardem. But Gilbert's first love was fiction, to which she makes a triumphant...
  • Lead-contaminated soil finally removed from lot near school in Pilsen

     Lead-contaminated soil finally removed from lot near school in Pilsen
    More than seven years after state and federal officials discovered a lead-contaminated lot near an elementary school in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood, the tainted soil has been dug up, trucked to a landfill and replaced with bright green grass. Gina...
  • DOJ clears Gannett-Belo deal but demands sale of St. Louis TV station

    Gannett Co.'s $2.2-billion acquisition of Belo TV stations can move forward -- but the Department of Justice is demanding the sale of KMOV-TV Channel 4 in St. Louis as a condition for the agency's approval of the deal. The proposed deal would give the...
  • Q&A: Donna Tartt on 'The Goldfinch'

    Q&A: Donna Tartt on 'The Goldfinch'
    Novelist Donna Tartt doesn't publish very often — her engrossing new book, “The Goldfinch,” is her first since 2002's “The Little Friend,” which itself trailed her wildly popular fictional debut, “The Secret History,&...
  • How not to deal with Syria

    When I first moved to Washington, I drove a beat-up Honda. But, because those were the waning days of the crack era, it was common to have any car broken into, particularly where I lived. This helped me rationalize my habit of keeping my car filthy. I...
  • GOP: Grand old potshots

    Conservatives with long memories had to laugh at the recent New York Times front-page headline: "Fiscal Crisis Sounds the Charge in GOP's 'Civil War.'" That diagnosis largely hangs on the judgment of 1970s New Right direct-mail impresario Richard...
  • Gina Marie Lindsey: She's piloting LAX into the 21st century

     Gina Marie Lindsey: She's piloting LAX into the 21st century
    Don't think that Gina Marie Lindsey is up in an ivory control tower. This week, the executive director of Los Angeles World Airports will be joining an estimated 2.6 million passengers in the Christmas/New Year's scrum at LAX, on her own holiday travels....
  • Q&A: Jamie Ford on 'Songs of Willow Frost'

    Q&A: Jamie Ford on 'Songs of Willow Frost'
    In his first novel, the surprise best-seller “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” (2009), Jamie Ford told the story of a Chinese-American boy and his romance with a Japanese-American girl while her people were interned during World War...