| 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 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...
| Apr 8, 2014
"How safe is air travel?" The relentless media obsession with the mystery of Malaysia Airlines flight 370 again focuses attention on the broad question of airline safety. And despite the apparent tragic fate of the flight 370 passengers, last week's...
| Apr 8, 2014
| 8:01 PM
Koyie Hill's head stopped spinning long ago. At age 35, the catcher is old enough to understand any comparison of his career to that of the infamous Crash Davis, even if it's a stretch.
Maikel Franco's head, by comparison, was recently placed on a...
| Apr 3, 2014
| 7:10 PM
Q: I've read that road widening and other traffic improvements related to the proposed FedEx Ground project in Allen Township will cost an estimated $40 million. This makes me wonder if anyone has considered, or cares about, dedicating a piece of land for...
| 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 30, 2014
| 12:58 PM
"Enlisted" (Fox, Sundays). Kevin Biegel's sweet, old-school stateside service comedy, though already canceled, is not quite dead quite yet. Like a spirit suspended between two worlds, it returns to the air this week to conclude its unfinished business:...
| 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'...
| 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 —...
| 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...