| Jul 17, 2014
| 4:20 PM
Someone tell Levick that Nigeria is, you might say, complicated. Nigeria’s Twittersphere erupted Thursday under the hashtag #SomeoneTellLevick over a government contract signed with U.S. public relations firm Levick last month — reportedly for...
| Jul 16, 2014
| 3:37 PM
By the standards of late-night television, the performance is pretty odd.
Sia, the pop singer with one of the summer's biggest hits in "Chandelier," delivers her song lying face-down on a bunk bed while "Girls" star Lena Dunham, wearing a platinum-blond...
| Jul 21, 2014
| 3:23 PM
We’ve all heard the stories about Soviet-era officials who fell out of favor with the ruling elite and not only disappeared from the streets of Moscow but also from history.
Take Leon Trotsky, who was exiled, then assassinated in Mexico, and whose...
| Jul 7, 2014
| 8:18 PM
With the U.S. out of the World Cup, you may be wondering "what's in it for us?" in this week's semifinals. There's plenty, I can assure you.
A new patriotism
If you knew the U.S. had a shot to win gold in curling in the next Winter Olympics, you'd...
| Jul 4, 2014
"What is the opposite of memory?" asks a character near the end of Rebecca Makkai's second novel, "The Hundred-Year House." "What is the inverse of an echo?" Fate, of course, is the answer; history spelled backward, with the causality swapped to make past...
| Jul 8, 2014
| 1:10 PM
A college dropout accused of gunning down his parents in February as they slept in their San Juan Capistrano mansion became a suspect in the double homicide only after authorities unearthed clues on his cellphone, according to a just-released grand jury...
| Aug 17, 2014
| 6:30 AM
Cedar Breaks? Get the color right
Though the focus of "A Stage for All" by Sherry Stern [Aug. 10] was on the summer theater in Cedar City, Utah, thank you for also mentioning nearby Cedar Breaks National Monument, where my parents and I camped and...
| Jul 8, 2014
| 10:46 PM
Running on at least four sleepless nights and with his heart racing, Ashton Sachs allegedly scaled the wall that ringed his parents' mansion and — clutching a rifle — let himself in the front door.
At the top of the staircase, authorities...
| Jul 30, 2014
| 1:29 PM
Currently on view at the Elmhurst Art Museum is an exhibition of artists who obsessively register the stuff of daily life, from the colors of parking lots to a person's location on the planet, all the items packed for a trip, the points of numbness on a...
| Jul 31, 2014
| 11:35 AM
Forty years after the Watergate scandal forced President Richard Nixon to resign or face certain impeachment and conviction, Washington's increasing partisanship too often leads to politicians threatening to go there.
The consensus in 1974 was that the...
| Aug 11, 2014
| 2:16 PM
"Make no little plans" long has been the mantra of this city, a common justification for our hubristic plans for the skyline or lakefront, often trumping fiscal prudence. But between 11 o'clock in the morning and 11 at night on Sunday, a stretch of...