| May 13, 2011
| 8:59 PM
Sometimes I'll tackle a white-hot topic in this space that inspires readers to become writers.
Amid the slings and arrows of rejoinder, some gracious letter-writer might offer an attaboy for my "courage."
And I smile. But not for the reason you...
| Apr 29, 2014
| 10:34 AM
Even with Europe's super-efficient public transportation system, there are times when it makes sense to rent a car. Having your own wheels is ideal for getting to more remote or rural places (that aren't covered as well by public transportation): England'...
| Apr 20, 2014
| 5:55 PM
SACRAMENTO — High-stakes bargaining is about to begin in California's Capitol.
As the weather heats up in Sacramento every year, so does the intensity.
There'll be bartering over wonky programs and policies that for most citizens would be...
| Mar 21, 2014
In 1993, I persuaded the Tribune's then-arts editor to send me to Columbia, Mo., to report on the first show in almost 20 years of a cult band that loomed huge for those of us under its spell. Two University of Missouri undergrads had phoned the ever-...
| Mar 1, 2014
| 2:00 PM
Cathy Youngblood leaves home at 5 a.m., walks a mile in the dark and catches a Blue Line train at the Watts station. She transfers to the Red Line downtown, then boards a bus at Sunset and Vermont and gets to West Hollywood at 6:45, ready for her job as a...
| May 24, 2014
| 12:00 PM
For nearly two decades, Rick Ramage lived in a Redondo Beach bicycle shop owned by his longtime buddy. Both were Vietnam veterans. But Ramage, a Marine with H Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Regiment, didn't like talking about his tour of duty —...
| May 9, 2014
| 9:46 AM
Books become TV series. Amusement park rides become movies. Pop songs become Broadway musicals. But how do you adapt a city into a video game? How do you digitize the essence of a major American metropolis within the framework of a playable experience?...
| Apr 30, 2014
| 10:26 AM
When I first visited Dock & Dine, a notable waterfront restaurant in Old Saybrook, I was struck by its extreme exposure to Long Island Sound, the fury of river flooding, coastal storms and shifting sands. It leans into the nor'easters coming off the Sound...
| Jun 23, 2014
| 6:41 AM
My first conversation with IronPigs manager Dave Brundage this spring centered around Tyson Gillies.
The 25-year-old had just reached base three times, stolen two bases and scored twice in a spring training game in Clearwater against the Blue Jays'...
| Sep 4, 2014
Last week a SunRail car struck and killed a person for the first time.
I'm sorry to say it likely won't be the last.
People — whether curious, daring or drunk — have wandered onto tracks since the earliest trains began running hundreds...
| Aug 29, 2014
| 10:13 PM
It was a near perfect Friday night in the bustling suburb of Flushing.
The temperature was cool, but not chilly. The lights were blazing at Citi Field for a Mets home game and the No. 7 train was delivering hordes of people from Manhattan to the Willets...