| Dec 6, 2007
Do you have your Christmas tree yet?
Trees have been a part of American holiday celebrations since the 1850s. President Franklin Pierce was the first to place a tree in the White House, but it was President Calvin Coolidge who began the tree-lighting...
| Jan 10, 2010
Rope? Check. Carabiners? Check. Sherpa? Check.
OK, so Granby's Western Barndoor Hill is not the 29,028-foot-high Mount Everest. And it's not even the 20,320-foot-high Mount McKinley — the highest mountain in North America. Connecticut? That honor...
| Aug 21, 2010
You can thank the late Fred Heutte for many of the flowering trees and shrubs that embellish so many city streets, private yards and public gardens in Hampton Roads
Beauties like camellias that flower fall, winter and spring, azaleas that bloom with...
| Sep 6, 2010
| 9:11 PM
My father was not a wealthy man. Not even close. But he now has something in common with Donald Bren, the billionaire chairman of the Irvine Co.
A few days before my father passed away 10 years ago, he told me he wished he'd spent more time with his four...
| Nov 23, 2010
Bob Parkinson began teaching Sunday school when he was still a teenager. Back then, Calvin Coolidge was president and Parkinson lived on a South Dakota cattle ranch, a long way from Glendale First United Methodist Church, where he has since become a...
| Feb 7, 2010
Have you ever used anabolic steroids? Been arrested for domestic battery? Had a live-in girlfriend who was a prostitute? Been accused of falling $54,000 behind on child support? If so, you might be lieutenant governor material. Scott Lee Cohen's victory...
| Aug 7, 2010
The northern suburbs have a reputation as a refuge from crime, and that's often true. But in 1934, the body of famed outlaw "Baby Face" Nelson was found in what is now Skokie. Here are some other facts that may be surprising about our northern neighbors:...
| Mar 24, 2011
The word had already baffled one contestant when Frank Neuhauser confidently spelled it right — "G-L-A-D-I-O-L-U-S" — to win the first national spelling bee in 1925.
Luck was his ally. Although he had studied for months with his mill-worker...
| May 22, 2011
Janice Likens' letter (" Rep. Harris want to privatize Medicare," May 16) reports that Congressman Andy Harris " explained that the new and improved Medicare would function like the Part D Prescription Drug program." This surely raises questions about his...
| Jun 19, 2011
Illinois voters have a weak track record. Or maybe we pick honest people who quickly get corrupted once in power. Or maybe we're just unlucky. The facts are these: Since 1900, we have elected 20 men as the state's chief executive. Six of them —...
| Jan 14, 2011
| 4:28 PM
Recent changes to state law will result in many theft-related crimes formerly charged as felonies to be handled as misdemeanors.
Locally, this means many thieves who commit property crimes in La Caņada Flintridge and surrounding areas will be spending...