| Sep 21, 2012
| 4:32 PM
As political campaigns gear up for the final push to November, we are about to be subjected to a propaganda onslaught of epic proportions. Making an intelligent choice among candidates will take discipline.
Some campaigns will actually impart the...
| Sep 26, 2012
| 11:10 AM
Margaret Cho and Rich Little are two comedians who've been at it for a long time. Well, one much longer than the other: Cho burst onto the scene 20 years ago with her biting critiques of social and political problems, focusing on close-to-home issues...
| Sep 27, 2012
| 8:27 PM
Numerous novels and nonfiction books depict aspects of deception, trickery and illusion. Here are a few samples of books that debunk the idea that "what you see is what you get."
"Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil" by Tom...
| Jul 28, 2012
| 1:53 PM
BETTIE HAINES MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT
Results from the Peninsula Tennis Patrons Association outdoor hard-court tournament at Briarfield Park in Hampton. Rated divisions are based on National Tennis Rating Program's 7-point scale:
Men's 4.5 singles...
| Jul 30, 2012
| 12:01 PM
Mark Hildenbrand beat Chris Cruz 6-3, 6-1 in a matchup of left-handers to win the men's 4.5-rated singles championship Sunday in the Bettie Haines Memorial Tournament at Briarfield Park in Hampton.
Tsuneo Kageya (men's 4.0), Dillan Dodson (men's 3.5) and...
| Aug 15, 2012
| 5:47 PM
Sometime between last week's musings about bears freely roaming our neighborhoods and Sunday's closing ceremony of the London Summer Olympics, I came across a nearly 30-year-old account of a visit to La Caņada by a member of the British royal family who...
| Feb 21, 2013
| 2:03 PM
Gene Allen's home on the Balboa Peninsula offers so much to delight the eye that it's easy to hide a small object inside it.
Even an Academy Award.
The longtime Newport Beach resident, who lives in a condo overlooking the Rhine Channel, doesn't make...
| Feb 23, 2013
| 3:12 PM
Hollywood makes movies, of course, but just as important — or maybe more so — it makes stars. But as Boston Globe film critic Ty Burr argues in “Gods Like Us: On Movie Stardom and Modern Fame,” the manufacture and maintenance of...
| Jan 24, 2013
| 1:17 PM
The best chance to get the U.S. Senate to do its job is not to withhold pay (although withholding campaign contributions might have done the trick) but to reform the Senate rules so that filibusters aren't used so routinely to gum up the works. Majority...
| Dec 19, 2012
| 1:21 PM
Though we’re only 33 percent of the way through, there’s already a new face atop the Peninsula District girls’ standings. Though some of us (as in, yours truly) actually picked Kecoughtan in the preseason.
Either way, one thing seems...
| Dec 11, 2012
| 11:18 AM
The announcement last week that South Carolina's Jim DeMint is leaving his Senate seat to run the Heritage Foundation caused some in Washington to wishfully think that perhaps the move might usher in a more congenial, if not cooperative, outlook in the U....