| Jul 1, 2013
| 4:34 PM
The Big Show, as some call it, is on in Boston. That is the trial of 83-year-old mobster James "Whitey" Bulger, who is accused of murder, racketeering, extortion and other charges.
Mr. Bulger has tried to portray himself as a good bad guy, loyal to...
| Mar 12, 2013
| 1:22 PM
Obviously Hamid Karzai's been smoking the sap from some of those poppies that grow so freely in Afghanistan. This guy is incredible. To accuse the United States of colluding with the Taliban just to prolong the war is beyond understanding. He's as crazy...
| Aug 11, 2013
For 22 years she rarely spoke of the chilling attack, even as it changed so much about her life.
The multisport athlete was 14 and on her way home from basketball practice on a fall evening when she was grabbed from behind, dragged from the road and...
| Apr 26, 2013
| 2:46 PM
As Maya Vidal writhes on a filthy mattress, hog-tied with an electrical cord, she wonders how much worse this confinement by killers is going to get once the pangs of her drug addictions kick in.
Readers of Isabel Allende's new novel, “Maya's...
| Dec 21, 2012
| 3:46 PM
It is no coincidence that the lead character—the insecure, ambitious, lonely, befuddled, athletic, smart and searching John Lincoln—of Richard Babcock’s fine new novel “Are You Happy Now?” is an editor with a small Chicago...
| Aug 21, 2013
The United States' take-no-prisoners (or, perhaps more aptly, take-too-many-prisoners) approach to drug control has few fans in Latin America, long the most violent battleground in the U.S. war on drugs. Uruguay, the smallest country in the region, has...
| Jul 18, 2013
| 12:17 PM
A harsh critic of James "Whitey" Bulger, who had once been expected to testify against the gangster at his trial, was found dead in his home Wednesday, with no obvious signs of trauma on his body. There will be an autopsy on to determine the cause of...
| Jan 22, 2013
| 12:26 PM
Woe to Edgar Allan Poe. In life, the writer was ill-served by fortune: orphaned as a toddler, an indebted college dropout, Poe moved often, usually to dodge creditors. His beloved wife (and, um, first cousin) died in the Bronx at age 24; two years later...
| Nov 1, 2012
Proposition 35, the human trafficking measure on the Nov. 6 ballot, is a near-perfect example of how far the initiative process has strayed from its original role as the people's essential check on the Legislature and how it is now helping to run the...
| Aug 6, 2013
| 6:47 PM
PHOENIX — Young immigrants known as the “Dream 9” will get the chance to argue their case for asylum before an immigration judge, potentially setting a precedent that would inspire other Mexican nationals to make similar claims for...
| Jul 16, 2013
| 12:30 PM
MEXICO CITY -- The capture of the top leader of Mexico’s savage Zetas cartel will likely have surprisingly little effect on the trafficking of cocaine and other illicit substances to the United States, or on the violence that has claimed tens of...