| Jan 18, 2014
| 8:48 PM
NEW ORLEANS — The Rev. Charles Duplessis navigated the new landscape of the Lower 9th Ward, crossing from newly paved streets to those still muddy and rutted as riverbeds.
He drove past a gleaming duplex designed by Frank Gehry and the skeletons...
| Jan 23, 2014
| 1:19 PM
Joseph W. McLeary, who served with the city Police Department, Maryland State Police and the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency during a more than four-decade career, died Sunday of a massive stroke at Greater...
| Dec 13, 2013
| 7:15 AM
In Oyster Shell Park, where trucks on a recent November morning dropped crates of playground equipment as shovels hit the ground, 6-year-old Lauren Wyatt knelt and pressed her small hands mightily into a wet, gray slab of concrete.
Her handprint and the...
| Dec 27, 2013
| 9:33 AM
Inside a one-story structure in a knot of North Laurel warehouses, the Newseum Support Center does business in low-profile fashion.
Don't, however, dismiss its lack of curb appeal. Within its walls is a rich and vibrant stash of artifacts that...
| Dec 12, 2013
** (out of four)
It’s worth recognizing that “Hours” was scheduled for release Friday well before the shocking death of its star, Paul Walker, on Nov. 30. The film isn’t cashing in on tragedy; it’s merely an example of a...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 6:00 AM
HOUSTON — Forget Monticello or the Chrysler building: There may be no piece of architecture more quintessentially American than the Astrodome.
Widely copied after it opened in 1965, it perfectly embodies postwar U.S. culture in its brash...
| Dec 10, 2013
| 11:30 AM
It seemed like the right place to meet: the Polo Lounge, home of the power lunch for Hollywood's elite. But when Paul Walker and first-time director Eric Heisserer showed up at the Beverly Hills Hotel haunt in 2011, they quickly felt out of place among...
| Nov 6, 2013
| 1:33 PM
HOUSTON -- The Astrodome, once lauded as the "Eighth Wonder of the World," may soon be a landmark of the past.
About 53% of voters Tuesday rejected a ballot measure that would have paid to renovate the country’s first air-conditioned domed...
| Nov 7, 2013
| 7:52 AM
Allen Toussaint's vast impact on music the last 50 years is sometimes underappreciated because much of his best work has come behind the scenes. And that's just fine with the softspoken, 75-year-old New Orleans songwriter and producer, whose greatest...
| Oct 12, 2013
| 5:07 PM
Her name graces no labels, but millions wear Ruth Benerito creations daily.
A government chemist, Benerito led a team that helped create wrinkle-resistant cotton — an innovation that spared homemakers hours of ironing and breathed new life into an...
| Nov 10, 2013
Can Paul Vallas possibly play second banana?
Though I know Vallas well, even I can't answer that one. And I doubt Gov. Pat Quinn knows either. When I interview both men this week, I'll ask them.
Whether Vallas can rein in his personality is a...