| Mar 6, 2013
| 11:34 AM
I liked the planets.
It was hard not to like a lot of things during the Laguna Beach Patriots Day Parade. On a winter day as warm as the Fourth of July, the town was in full bloom Saturday.
Funny how parades do that.
It's as if we have the license...
| Feb 24, 2013
Pink and the Hives front this week's live-music lineup, performing Monday at the BB&T Center. Although the unfortunate combination of these acts conjures thoughts of shingles and other skin ailments, the Hives' noisy rock is a fitting opener for the...
| Feb 7, 2013
| 1:58 PM
There are a few ramshackle stretches of Coast Highway in Laguna Beach cluttered with tired buildings and bad imagination.
You become immune, driving by in a daze because there's nothing much to look at.
But then you notice the curve. It's an organic,...
| Apr 8, 2012
Wallace Stegner wrote books about the American and Canadian West, so it's understandable that people consider the longtime California resident a Western author.
Stegner, a prolific novelist, essayist, conservation advocate and professor at Stanford...
| Jul 18, 2011
| 7:31 AM
A few hours before I interviewed Tom Hanks last month, I joked to my friends that I was going to perform like Michael Jordan in the 1997 NBA Finals when he scored 38 points while battling the flu.
I had been battling a massive headache for three or...
| Aug 25, 2011
| 8:08 AM
CHICAGO (Reuters) - After a close review of more than 1,000 research studies, a federal panel of experts has concluded that vaccines cause very few side effects, and found no evidence that vaccines cause autism or type 1 diabetes.
The report, issued on...
| Sep 17, 2012
| 1:20 PM
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People who come down with shingles seem to have no higher-than-normal risk of developing cancer later on, a study published Monday confirms.
Researchers found that for nearly 36,000 Taiwanese adults with shingles, the...
| Jul 3, 2012
| 6:29 PM
Heavy branches from a neighbor's silver maple snapped off during Friday's violent storm and plunged onto power lines connected to Tom MacDougall's house in Northeast Baltimore.
The wires ripped from the dwelling, damaging its vinyl siding. The branches...
| Jun 13, 2012
| 4:47 PM
It wasn't just any raking job; it was dethatching to get all the old, dead grass out. That's hard work. You have to dig in and put some real muscle into it.
The pain in my rib cage started the day after the dead grass was bagged and bound for the...
| Jan 17, 2012
On a typical day, Mindy Mora arrives at her law office about 8 a.m. and leaves 12 hours later. She will drive home, eat dinner and put in a few more hours of work, even taking client calls late at night. "Being a partner at a law firm is not a 9 to 5 job,...
| Aug 26, 2012
Firsts come up a lot in conversations about Ann E. Smith.
She was the first African-American woman to win a statewide election in Illinois, for a spot on the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. Years before, she was the first African-American to be...