| Apr 26, 2009
From Lori Sablas' window in the West Maui town of Lahaina, the view has changed almost continuously in the nearly 50 years since Hawaii gained statehood.
In 1959, Sablas was a 16-year-old high school student at Lahainaluna High School. During her youth,...
| Dec 25, 2007
The characters in Marjane Satrapi's "Persepolis" (co-directed with Vincent Paronnaud) are simple, friendly black-and-white line drawings, as uncomplicated as characters in a children's book. Which is precisely what throws you when they get themselves...
| Mar 9, 2008
NEW YORK -- She has been a sitcom character, a sometime talk show host and the centerpiece of her own reality show. Now Kathy Griffin has appeared in an unlikely new role -- minister.
The often provocative comedian -- who raised some Christian groups'...
| Jan 24, 2008
| 12:20 PM
Amy Winehouse, beset by allegations of substance abuse, entered a rehabilitation facility Thursday to battle drug addiction.
The announcement came just days after the 24-year-old singer was pictured in British tabloid The Sun inhaling fumes from a...
| Feb 5, 2008
Heath Ledger's family evaded scores of photographers Tuesday as they returned to Perth following the Oscar-nominated actor's death in a Manhattan apartment last month.
Several security guards and police officers watched as Ledger's father, Kim, and...
| Jan 2, 2009
Focus on Blagojevich
Re “Senators call appointment unwelcome,” Dec. 31
Isn't Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich's appointment of Roland Burris less scandalous than Richard Nixon's appointment of Gerald Ford as vice president?
In the latter...
| Jun 10, 2009
Today's topic: The Times recently reported on charter schools in Oakland that openly mock liberal orthodoxy and practice harsh disciplinary procedures. Are charter schools afforded too much latitude in teaching ideology to their students? How much...
| Jul 31, 2009
| 11:58 AM
Today's topic: What do you think of the theory that religious belief and experience are wired through evolution?
Homo religious Point: Michael Shermer
Did humans evolve to be religious and believe in God? In the most general sense, yes, we did. Here'...
| Jul 22, 2009
| 11:18 AM
Today's topic: Many regard the Apollo program as the high watermark of American space exploration. Are they correct? Was sending a man to the moon mostly about national pride, or were there more practical purposes?
The real 'moon hoax' Point: Michael...
| Mar 11, 2009
A Bay Area officer of the scandal-clouded Service Employees International Union has collected double salaries, one as a city transit worker and the other from a charity that receives much of its funding from the labor organization and corporate interests,...