| Feb 14, 2015
| 6:00 AM
On Saturday, NBC will rebroadcast in full the first episode of "Saturday Night Live" as part of a weekend-long celebration of the show's 40th anniversary that culminates with a 3½-hour show Sunday night.
When the show premiered in October 1975, it...
| Dec 29, 2013
| 6:48 PM
SACRAMENTO — From my skimpy research on New Year's resolutions, I've learned that 40% of us make them, and about 90% end in failure.
A dismal record of weak will.
Yet, New Year's resolutions should be encouraged because they're vital to self-...
| Aug 9, 2013
| 2:00 PM
Early in Jeff Guinn's "Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson," the first full biography of the infamous mass killer, there's a moment of unexpected and discomforting empathy. It's 1939, and Manson — 5 years old, living with relatives in...
| Aug 26, 2013
| 4:55 PM
A federal judge Monday approved the release of videotaped testimony by President Ford, later used in the trial of Lynette Alice "Squeaky" Fromme, who tried to assassinate him in Sacramento 37 years ago.
Portions of the 20 minutes of testimony taken in...
| Aug 27, 2013
| 8:52 AM
A videotape in which President Gerald Ford discussed a 1975 assassination attempt by a follower of Charles Manson was made public this week.
"It fills in the last gap of the case and explains from the president's perspective what it was like to have...
| Jul 1, 2013
| 4:49 PM
When you've been reviewing theatrical productions for a few years (and in my case, quite a few), you develop a certain fondness for particular shows that only turn up once in a blue moon on a local stage.
Two of my personal favorites in that category are...
| Feb 11, 2014
| 8:32 AM
En route to becoming America's preeminent Broadway composer-lyricist, Stephen Sondheim took a few darkly hued detours into the lives of murderously deranged historical characters, probably his best known being "Sweeney Todd."
An even more arresting,...
| Jul 16, 2011
'Remanded" -- taken into custody. In his career as a New York prosecutor and a federal prosecutor in California, Donald Heller has asked the court to remand guilty defendants countless times. He helped put away Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, who tried to...
| Dec 27, 2011
Shelve this one under a category that should be named ''bouquet memoirs.''
Books like Amy Ephron's "Loose Diamonds … and Other Things I've Lost (and Found) Along the Way" are a nosegay of life essays whose pronouns are mostly "I" and "we," but are...
| Jan 10, 2011
Gabrielle Giffords, a Democratic representative, is among the wounded in the Tucson shootings....