| May 29, 2014
| 3:16 PM
Greg Cantori has been stopped by police five times in recent months.
The officers have all asked him the same question: What the heck are you riding?
Each morning, Cantori steps into a vehicle resembling a yellow submarine and pedals the 24 miles from...
| May 28, 2014
| 4:05 AM
Colleges rise. Colleges fall. Let's look at France and the U.S. to see how they fare.
In May 1968 student riots broke out in universities across France. What followed was a general strike of 11 million workers. The government of Charles de Gaulle nearly...
| Apr 10, 2014
| 1:52 PM
Sink your teeth into a rich chocolate truffle at a tiny shop in Piccadilly and you begin to understand why the royal coat of arms appears on each box. These chocolates are of such high quality that Queen Elizabeth II herself indulges in them, perhaps...
| Apr 16, 2014
| 4:30 PM
Jeremy Renner is set to narrate History's three-night event series "The World Wars."
The series tells the story of three decades of war from the perspective of men like Franklin Roosevelt, Adolf Hitler, George Patton, Benito Mussolini, Winston Churchill,...
| Dec 5, 2013
| 2:52 AM
The area's most skillfully putrid writers have sunk to the occasion once again.
As I prepare to announce some of the winners and also-rans in my local version of San Jose State's University's Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Writing Contest, I'll begin by...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
These days, most of you overseas travelers take high-tech gadgets: a smartphone as a minimum, and often a tablet or notebook. For reading materials, either a tablet or a Kindle has replaced the traditional stack of paperback "penny dreadfuls." You include...
| Nov 17, 2013
The best way to Phnom Penh, Cambodia
From LAX, connecting service (change of planes) to Phnom Penh is offered on Asiana, Korean, China Eastern, Malaysia, EVA and Thai. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $1,256, including taxes and fees.
| Feb 23, 2014
PARIS — Not long ago, I attended a colloquium of French scientists and philosophers in Corsica, France, called "How to Think About the Future." With few exceptions, the astrophysicists, economists, physicians and social theorists on hand offered...
| Jan 10, 2014
| 5:00 AM
The 2014 winter-spring movie preview is a broad overview of films opening through late April. Release dates and other details, as compiled by Oliver Gettell, are subject to change.
FOR THE RECORD:
Movie previews: A listing in the...
| Jan 15, 2014
| 12:30 PM
The most disappointing thing about the news that French President Francois Hollande allegedly has been rendezvousing with an actress in the privacy of her apartment is that it's a testament to how pathetic and petty some segments of French society are...
| Jan 22, 2014
| 2:30 AM
I was attending a party of some sort. Maybe a diplomatic reception. In a large well-appointed room full of people and din. Everyone was talking. In French. There were tables and chairs but all were standing -- over at the bar or picking and choosing off...