| Mar 14, 2011
-- A smashed white pickup wedged beneath another vehicle was marked "Day 13, 3:15 p.m." in Japanese characters.
The numbers indicated the day of the month and time two bodies had been found inside the truck. A team of eight soldiers struggled to remove...
| Sep 11, 2010
"Nashville Chrome" is Rick Bass' 25th book — at this stage in the game, there's no such thing as a fresh start …and thank goodness. Pieces of the writer's previous work — landscapes, "pewter skies," endangered species (human and animal),...
| Nov 30, 2010
Early this fall, before any kind of promotional push for Kanye West's new album, "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy," had begun in earnest, the Grammy-winning rapper-producer took to his widely read Twitter account to vent. Even for a creative firebrand...
| Dec 3, 2010
Jay-Z is a great American artist — and he'd be the first to tell you so. "Decoded" is an elegantly designed, incisively written bid for cultural legitimacy by a man whose XXL ego is underscored by an equally outsized inferiority complex (as big egos...
| Mar 17, 2011
| 6:29 PM
In Japan they call them the "Faceless 50." They are the workers at the ravaged Fukushima nuclear plant who stayed to fight the fires and keep the reactors from melting down.
Watching news reports of the 50 risking everything for the common good, the...
| May 29, 2011
| 5:00 AM
For the first time in more than four decades, a new Shamu show premiered Saturday at SeaWorld San Diego without animal trainers performing stunts in the water with the marine park's iconic killer whales.
Photos: "One Ocean" killer whale show at Sea World...
| Dec 9, 2010
| 11:48 AM
SeaWorld marine parks will launch a new killer-whale show in spring 2011 as it attempts to move beyond the death of an animal trainer that forced a complete reworking of the current Shamu show.
The as-yet-unnamed Shamu show, according to the Orlando...
| Nov 16, 2010
| 3:23 PM
The Los Angeles Times Funland blog covers news, trends, issues and changes at major amusement and theme parks as well as the latest information on new rides, attractions, shows, parades and Halloween events.
Funland categories: Theme Parks |...
| Nov 19, 2010
| 4:57 PM
As the calendar closes in on Thanksgiving, California theme parks are already setting the table for the Christmas season.
Holiday fun in the form of Halloween, Christmas and New Year's helps fill the parks during the off-season once the spring break...
| Apr 22, 2011
| 5:31 AM
There's a lot more than pixie dust swirling through the air at the Disneyland resort as construction crews, excavators and towering cranes work on several new theme-park rides set to debut this summer and beyond.
The tandem Anaheim theme parks haven't...
| Sep 3, 2011
Imagine it is Labor Day 1924. You've just finished dinner on the porch, the kids are playing next door and the radio just tuned in: "Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. Today's story is about bestselling author Gene Stratton-Porter. At this very moment...