| Nov 11, 2013
| 5:30 AM
SACRAMENTO — Jerry Brown may be the state's longest-serving governor, with a political resume that spans six decades, but California voters are ambivalent about the 75-year-old Democrat.
More than half of those surveyed in a new USC Dornsife/Los...
| 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...
| Nov 4, 2013
| 3:30 AM
WASHINGTON — A year after his reelection triumph, President Obama is facing an awkward question from friends and foes alike: Why can't he run the government as well as he ran his campaign?
What with the IRS targeting of tea party groups; the...
| 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...
| 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 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...
| 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...
| Oct 21, 2013
| 8:43 AM
During the holidays back in the late 1980s, Mayor Ed Zabrocki showed up one day at Village Hall dressed in Santa gear.
As Zabrocki spread good cheer and gifts to the village's trustees and departments heads, then police Officer Pat McCain waited to...
| Oct 12, 2013
| 6:39 AM
NEW DELHI -- India was battered by a massive cyclone Saturday as nearly half a million people evacuated to shelters in vulnerable coastal and low-lying areas amid power outages, large storm surges and canceled trains and flights.
| Oct 9, 2013
| 9:27 AM
Hope inspires us to keep on plugging away and is more than just a wish that something will suddenly change.
It is an expectation that things will work out for the best. Hope motivates us to seek active solutions to problems and make positive changes...
| Sep 21, 2013
| 9:57 PM
Officials traced the death of a 4-year-old Mississippi boy in August to a day spent playing on a Slip 'n Slide in a New Orleans suburb.
Cause of death: a rare, brain-eating amoeba. At first, officials thought the amoeba, Naegleria fowleri, had been...