| Aug 29, 2014
| 7:00 AM
Unlike Steve Almond and Mark Edmundson, the authors of two terrific new books on football, I did not grow up with a father who loved the sport.
My father thinks football is commercialized barbarism — 22 oversized idiots plowing into one another,...
| Aug 23, 2014
| 12:38 PM
Quick question: What is the most important but ignored animal in Fantasy Football?
Quick answer: Hogs.
No, not Porky or Pumbaa from "The Lion Pig" or even Spider Pig from "The Simpsons Movie." However, if you are thinking about the guys who once...
| Aug 26, 2014
| 7:30 AM
The search is on for a new operator for the Inn on Mt. Ada on Santa Catalina Island.
The iconic bed-and-breakfast inn, onetime home of chewing gum industrialist William Wrigley Jr., is closing Nov. 30. All rooms are booked for the remaining nights,...
| Aug 7, 2014
| 8:15 AM
This Spanish/Mediterranean-style home listed in Los Feliz for $3.2 million dates from 1928. Calvin Coolidge was president, and Los Angeles City Hall opened that year.
More recently, the "Old Hollywood" vibe estate sold for $1.55 million two years...
| Jul 30, 2014
| 9:20 AM
One of my favorite institutions in American life is also the most humble and is a feature of the hot days of my fondest season: the summer lemonade stand.
Staffed by neighborhood kids, the stand usually consists of a small table and a few chairs, one...
| Apr 30, 2014
| 6:00 AM
A rug woven by orphans of the Armenian genocide -- and the subject of modern-day political controversy -- may be put on display after years in White House storage.
Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Burbank) said the White House has committed to exhibit the rug...
| Apr 30, 2014
| 9:07 AM
After a joint letter from more than 30 members of Congress, a letter from local Armenian leaders, years of community pressure and a petition drive on a website, the White House has agreed to exhibit in the near future, likely this fall, a rug made by...
| Jun 21, 2014
| 1:52 PM
I was a little startled by something I saw Monday morning on Interstate 70, about halfway between Hagerstown and Frederick. As I approached the Appalachian Trail footbridge that passes over the highway, I looked up and saw what appeared to be a...
| May 27, 2014
| 4:00 AM
One of the most famous combat veterans from World War I is a stray bull terrier mutt from New Haven whose wartime exploits made him the first military dog to be promoted to sergeant.
When Stubby died in April 1926, the New York Times ran a half-page...
| Jun 1, 2014
Conservatives generally agree on a few propositions. The federal government should avoid spending money unnecessarily. It shouldn't exceed its basic constitutional duties. It should encourage self-reliance rather than dependency. It should accept that...
| May 20, 2014
| 8:55 AM
A year before his famous solo flight across the Atlantic in May 1927, Charles Lindbergh made regular trips to west suburban Maywood Field, including one that almost cost him his life.
Flying a mail plane and running out of fuel, Lindbergh was forced...