| Aug 7, 2005
WHILE WE WAIT for Congress to figure out what it is going to do with Rafael Palmeiro and Major League Baseball's flawed drug policy, it might be a good time to point out something very important.
Congress isn't entirely blameless in this mess.
| Jan 21, 2010
| 8:12 PM
In today's edition of the Friday files, we're spotlighting lackluster candidates, imprisoned innocents and your letters.
But first, a look at the massive debt this country is racking up.
Many of us have been concerned about this growing mountain of...
| Jan 23, 2010
I once tried to pick up Ed Begley Jr.
Before your mind dives for the gutter, it was 2004, not long after Arnold Schwarzenegger became governor, and I rented a Hummer to write about whether it was all that its most famous fancier believed it to be. I...
| Nov 17, 2011
| 2:35 AM
I watched one of the Republican debates last week. Really I did because I no longer can stay up late enough to watch Saturday Night Live. And why should I stay up that late when the parodies on SNL cannot live up to the real thing. If Daffy Duck were...
| Aug 7, 2012
| 9:25 AM
Their kids up and grown, Kay and Arnold Soames, of Omaha, have been married 31 years. Kay, a retail shop worker played by Meryl Streep, has begun to count the hours within those years. Their rut, not uncomfortable but not letting in much light, grows a...
| Feb 25, 2013
| 11:07 AM
Highlights from backstage at the Oscars:
The “Argo” trio of Ben Affleck, George Clooney and Grant Heslov took the stage, and Affleck was asked when he felt was tipping point for his movie’s victory.
| Feb 23, 2013
Like to laugh, don't care why or where. Don't care the occasion, formal or otherwise, though the formal ones always — to quote Jack Nicholson — "bring out the devil in me."
Like to laugh with people and at people and for people, which is...
| Mar 3, 2013
Jerry Buss may be gone, but Jerry Buss hasn't gone anywhere.
Jerry Buss may have died on Feb. 18 at age 80, but Jerry Buss lives.
When watching the Lakers makes you howl, when watching the NBA makes you smile, when watching anything in professional...
| Mar 1, 2013
| 10:31 AM
Oscar hosts are supposed to be irreverent and edgy, otherwise they are instantly accused of boring us silly. So Seth MacFarlane must have been surprised by the rolling backlash from his performance at last week's Academy Awards.
In a gathering storm...
| Aug 20, 2013
| 11:54 AM
Stars of "Saturday Night Live," even the complicated ones born and raised in a working-class neighborhood of Chicago, don't tend to move back and take up residence in Ukrainian Village. Manhattan usually proves seductive, and then there is the siren...
| Apr 4, 2013
We are nothing without our obsessions, and Rodney Ascher's "This American Life"-ish documentary "Room 237" intertwines the obsessive, often risible theories of five very big fans of Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining."
Take it one of two ways. One: It's a...