| Jun 2, 2011
John Oliver's career as lead correspondent on "The Daily Show," active standup performer and occasional actor in TV and movie comedies is quite different from the goals he had at prestigious University of Cambridge.
"I studied English in college, which...
| Jun 6, 2011
| 10:31 AM
Despite his efforts to stave off his long-overdue date with justice, indicted war criminal Ratko Mladic appeared before a panel of judges at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague on Friday. Soon he will stand trial for...
| Aug 5, 2011
| 5:02 PM
A federal judge rejected Friday a last-ditch effort by prosecutors to keep Barry H. Landau behind bars while the New York collector awaits trial on charges he pulled off one of the country's biggest theft of national memorabilia over a span of years.
| Sep 5, 2011
Politics is making Americans dumb and mean. It's turning a generous, forward-thinking people into glib, defensive, narrow-minded bores.
Pundits tell us that the answer to all this nastiness — from the disgusting comments on message boards to the...
| Apr 15, 2012
Simon Goldhill, the author of the new book "Sophocles and the Language of Tragedy," is both a professor of Greek literature and classics at the University of Cambridge and a popular speaker on tragedy in today's world, known for his lectures for young...
| Jan 17, 2012
Pregnant women who eat poorly risk leaving their children less able to properly store fats in later life, leading to a higher risk of diabetes, according to research that sheds new light on how nutrition in the womb can permanently influence adult health....
| Jan 18, 2012
As gender-specific monikers go, "mademoiselle" never struck us as particularly offensive. French and a little twee, sure. But innocent enough.
The female portion of Cesson-Sevigne disagrees. The French town of 16,000 just banned the term from official...
| Feb 29, 2012
| 4:56 PM
On the 94-acre campus of Broadmead, a retirement community, there is an immediate sense that this isomething very different from preconceived notions about senior life residences.
Instead of multistory buildings tucked into the hills of Hunt Valley,...
| Mar 7, 2012
We're going to go out on a limb here and guess that Rush Limbaugh hasn't spent a lot of time studying the history of women during the Victorian period, specifically 1820-1890.
But his choice of the word "slut" to describe Georgetown Law student Sandra...
| Sep 23, 2011
| 7:53 AM
"The Lost Memory of Skin" (Ecco) by Russell Banks. Coming Tuesday. Banks, one of our finest and most adventurous novelists, is not afraid to tackle big, tough topics that persistently bedevil the human species, and with his 17th book, he has...
| Sep 28, 2011
Fall TV: Where the men are men and the women are girls.
Three new comedies, "2 Broke Girls" on CBS, "New Girl" on Fox and HBO's "Girls," revolve around female twentysomethings living in New York City. They join, of course, "Bad Girls Club" the Oxygen...