| May 18, 2014
| 6:26 AM
Deep in the Everglades is Lost City, a place where mobster Al Capone reportedly produced moonshine to keep a nearby saloon jumping in the 1930s.
Before that, during the Civil War, about 30 to 40 Confederate soldiers hid out there until they were...
| Sep 3, 2013
| 3:36 PM
Al Capone, arguably the most famous gangster ever, has grown into a mythic figure, a sort of cigar-chomping, fedora-wearing, machine gun-wielding, vicious, ruthless monster.
To Deirdre Marie Capone, he was simply Uncle Al.
Technically, her granduncle,...
| Sep 6, 2013
| 8:31 AM
"What are we going to do?" Sloane asks in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," after climbing into his "borrowed" Ferrari convertible.
"The question isn't 'what are we going to do,'" Ferris replies. "The question is 'what aren't we going to do?'"
| Sep 13, 2013
| 7:15 AM
The Fall Season is here, people. And though premieres will happen up and down what is still anachronistically called a dial, the season remains mainly the domain of the broadcast networks — which seem bent for the moment not on aping cable TV, as...
| Sep 12, 2013
| 5:14 PM
Leaves already are changing color north of Chicago, so it's time to plan your fall leaf-hunting getaway. We've come up with some of the most scenic autumn areas within roughly 180 miles of Chicago, so it can be a day trip, or you can make a weekend of it....
| Sep 13, 2013
| 6:15 PM
At a news conference convened on a bluff overlooking the photogenic Inner Harbor, two top-ranking Baltimore police commanders stood before a bank of television cameras and revealed the identity of a shooting suspect they were seeking.
They called him...
| Sep 16, 2013
| 6:00 AM
Before gangster Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi) explores a money-making opportunity in Florida, he takes care of business on his Atlantic City turf in Episode 38 (“Resignation”) of HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire.”
| Sep 19, 2013
| 6:25 PM
An Upland-based law firm being sued by two Costa Mesa City Council members is closing, according to a letter obtained Thursday by the Daily Pilot.
Lackie, Dammeier, McGill & Ethir "will be winding down and eventually close," according to the letter sent...
| Oct 2, 2013
| 2:28 PM
A few weeks ago my wife and I were in Boston for a Saturday wedding. We went for a walk on Sunday morning down to the Common — wherein we found the Boston Freedom Rally, billed as the largest hempfest on the East Coast.
Whoa, '60s flashback,...
| Oct 20, 2013
The title character and narrator of Renee Rosen's new novel, "Dollface," is eager for action.
"My mother … was used to me stirring up trouble," says Vera Abramowitz. "By the time I turned fifteen I was sick of being too afraid to live. That's...
| Oct 21, 2013
| 6:00 AM
“William Wilson,” episode 43 of HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire,” refers to an Edgar Allan Poe short story about a college student who in effect commits suicide by murdering his doppelganger.
Analyzing the cautionary tale proves...