| May 24, 2012
A Twitter feud between Gov. Jerry Brown’s press secretary and writers from the Sacramento and Fresno Bee has found its way into the newspaper’s pages. Thursday’s paper included an item on the tweeting exploits of Brown press secretary...
| Jun 9, 2012
Just after 3 p.m. Saturday, the battleship Iowa got underway on its final, 3.4 nautical mile journey through Los Angeles Harbor on its way to becoming a floating museum....
| Jun 9, 2012
Hundreds of invited guests -– including Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa -- are set to board the USS Iowa to witness the battleship’s arrival this afternoon at its permanent home in Berth 87 on the San Pedro waterfront. The ship has been...
| Oct 9, 2009
Even before its incorporation 53 years ago, Lighthouse Point has attracted good folks and Good Fellas. Cap's Place epitomizes that legacy, from its speakeasy and casino beginnings during Prohibition to what it is today, 81-years later -- a romantic and...
| Apr 13, 2011
"I do not accept the claim of saintliness," said Mohandas Gandhi in 1920, when he had not yet been given the spiritual title of "mahatma." "I am prone to as many weaknesses as you are."
These words are quoted at the very outset of "Great Soul," and...
| Feb 23, 2011
Contemporary history is seldom as relevant and engaging as Douglas Waller's new biography, "Wild Bill Donovan: The Spymaster Who Created the OSS and Modern American Espionage," which is — by turns — fascinatingly instructive and thoroughly...
| Dec 19, 2010
A Rope and a Prayer
A Kidnapping From Two Sides
David Rohde and Kristen Mulvihill
Viking: 362 pp., $26.95
"A Rope and a Prayer" is not the book David Rohde set out to write when he traveled to Afghanistan in 2008 on leave from his reporter's job at...
| Dec 15, 2010
In their time, the daughters of the second Baron Redesdale, better known as the Mitford sisters, were an industry. Their trade, for the most part, was their mere existence — swanning about British society, leaving scandal and newsprint in their...
| Mar 25, 2008
This could make for one odd family reunion: Barack Obama is a distant cousin of actor Brad Pitt, and Hillary Rodham Clinton is related to Pitt's girlfriend, Angelina Jolie.
Researchers at the New England Historic Genealogical Society found some...
| Oct 1, 2009
The statues depict two old men relaxing in easy chairs. As others mill about the drawing room, the men engage in conversation, one gesturing at the other to underscore a point. For nearly 20 years the likenesses of China's communist leaders Mao Tse-tung...
| Dec 22, 2009
I am not usually fond of routine or habit, preferring the unexpected. However, it's 5:30 p.m. and I am waiting for my butler, Sasha, as I do about this time every day.
Sure enough, he raps lightly on my stateroom door, pokes his head in, and with a...