| Nov 4, 2010
| 2:10 PM
Wilson Middle School students on Thursday paid tribute to the men and women of the armed forces by giving a raucous welcome to several 20th Century war heroes, including a World War II veteran who met Adolf Hitler as an athlete at the 1936 Olympics in...
| Nov 17, 2010
| 2:37 PM
"That's the most beautiful thing — that flag," Helen Harris whispered to me in her thick, Greek accent, as the Boy Scouts hoisted Old Glory last week, on a warm, blustery Veterans Day.
During World War II, Harris had been the official translator...
| Dec 26, 2010
2010 is shaping up as The Year of the Tall. The world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, which was designed and built by Chicago firms, opened in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The world's tallest Jesus statue was erected in western Poland. Tennis...
| Dec 15, 2010
In their time, the daughters of the second Baron Redesdale, better known as the Mitford sisters, were an industry. Their trade, for the most part, was their mere existence — swanning about British society, leaving scandal and newsprint in their...
| Jul 15, 2011
| 3:39 PM
Robert Frost once declared "poetry is a way of taking life by the throat."
With apologies to Mr. Frost, Bryan Baquirian was determined to seize by the neck the 25 or so people gathered Friday at the CityArts Factory in downtown Orlando and shake them...
| Mar 15, 2011
| 10:49 PM
Mike Mohill addressed the City Council Tuesday to reveal he is gay, one week after Councilman John Drayman announced his opponent’s decades-old misdemeanor lewd conduct convictions.
Mohill and Drayman are vying with four other candidates for two...
| Aug 9, 2010
| 11:17 AM
RIALTO, Calif. -- A self-proclaimed white supremacist is running for a seat on a Southern California school board.
Dan Schruender, who is currently a representative for the California chapter of Aryan Nations and formerly president of the organization,...
| Aug 7, 2010
| 8:05 PM
During the summer of 1965, between my junior and senior years at UCLA, I traveled to Western Europe with a friend and, among other things, visited the former concentration camp at Dachau, in the German state of Bavaria not far from Munich. This event...
| Apr 20, 2011
A candlelight vigil commemorating the 96th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide was held on the steps of Burbank City Hall on Tuesday night, two days before an L.A. visit by President Obama, who has not kept a campaign promise to formally recognize the...
| Apr 22, 2011
| 1:25 PM
At a time when much of the English-speaking world is fixated on the royal wedding, it's worth pointing out that if it weren't for the original Baltimore bad girl, Wallis Warfield Simpson, Friday's nuptials might not be taking place.
Without her, there...
| May 10, 2011
| 10:19 AM
Osama Bin Laden's death reminds me of a middle school essay competition I participated in last fall. It was titled: If you could choose to go back in time and witness any historic event, which event would it be and why?
Thinking of the agony of Sept....