| Dec 15, 2013
| 6:48 PM
Tom Laughlin, a filmmaker who drew a huge following for his movies about the ill-tempered, karate-chopping pacifist Billy Jack, died Thursday at a Thousand Oaks hospital. He was 82.
He had been in failing health for several years, his daughter Teresa...
| Jan 1, 2014
| 7:00 AM
When Nelson Lopéz was preparing the first bilingual translation of "Tales of Clay," a landmark short-story collection by the legendary Salvadoran writer known as Salarrué, he turned for inspiration to some unlikely sources: Mark Twain and the Coen...
| Dec 12, 2013
| 11:28 AM
The South Coast Water District has a new general manager, the agency announced in a news release.
Andrew Brunhart started Dec. 2 and replaces Betty Burnett, the district's legal counsel who had been general manager for eight months.
The district board...
| Jan 10, 2014
| 8:32 AM
I wasn't the only "Community" obsessive to breathe a sigh of relief when the NBC comedy returned for its fifth season last week, with creator Dan Harmon reinstalled at the helm after being discharged from his duties last year. The show suffered for it,...
| Jan 22, 2014
| 1:44 PM
The family of Andrew Boldt, a student and teaching assistant who was shot to death in an electrical engineering building at Purdue University, asked for prayers for him as police on Wednesday investigated the killing, allegedly by a fellow teaching...
| Sep 29, 2013
| 2:34 PM
Mary Riedel is President and CEO of Women in Distress of Broward County, serving the families and children who are victims of domestic violence from its expanded Jim and Jan Moran Family Center Campus in Deerfield Beach.
With the agency's expansion...
| Nov 30, 2012
— Take a walk around Lathrop Hall at the University of Missouri, and it won't take long before you meet someone from the Chicago area.
There are the roommates from Barrington and Cary, and, two doors down, freshmen from Lemont and Mount Prospect....
| Oct 26, 2012
| 10:36 AM
Chicago-area students headed to Wisconsin Friday, to learn firsthand about politics.
Sixty young people from 20 schools are taking part in Mikva Challenge’s "Elections in Action" program.
They were selected by their teachers to spend two days in...
| Mar 19, 2013
| 12:47 PM
In the late 1970s and '80s, Melissa Francis was all over TV. She appeared in almost 100 commercials and spent two years in the cast of "Little House on the Prairie."
But Francis, now an anchor on the Fox Business Network, didn't reach those heights by...
| Sep 13, 2010
The old folk concept that our personal health behaviors rub off on those around us has received a staggering amount of scientific support of late. Over the last few years, study after study has shown that weight gain, drug and alcohol use, even loneliness...
| Feb 19, 2012
"I'm not sick; I'm only dying," a friend told Dr. William Lamers Jr. The man had inoperable cancer and wanted to go home to die, but his doctor wouldn't let him out of the hospital.
It was the early 1970s, when most people with incurable illnesses died...