| May 27, 2014
| 7:11 AM
The General Assembly will be back in session today on one of the last days of the spring session, with lawmakers still trying to agree on a state budget.
The Senate is set to reconvene at 10 a.m. and the House at 11:30 a.m.
House Speaker Michael...
| May 27, 2014
| 7:00 AM
Bob Newhart had modest expectations in 1960 when Warner Bros. Records released his first comedy album, "The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart."
The recording, which included such seminal Newhart routines as Abraham Lincoln getting notes from his press...
| May 9, 2014
In his massive and utterly definitive biography, "Michael Jordan: The Life," Roland Lazenby wastes no time establishing his subject's significance. "The convergence of culture and technology," he writes in the prologue, "had thrust him into this...
| Apr 10, 2014
| 4:52 PM
Last week, the Senate Intelligence Committee, led by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), voted to declassify parts of its report on the CIA's rendition, detention and interrogation program. The White House, the CIA and the Senate still have to negotiate...
| Apr 14, 2014
| 1:35 PM
Does U.S. history have a more effective or thoughtful champion than Ken Burns?
The "Civil War" filmmaker delivers another sublime achievement in "The Address," which premieres at 9 p.m. Tuesday on PBS.
It's a real change of pace for Burns, a...
| Mar 5, 2014
Thanks to a recent ruling from the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, high school students in the Morgan Hill Unified School District south of San Jose won't be allowed to wear American flag T-shirts on Cinco de Mayo. That's too bad. The flags of both the...
| Mar 24, 2014
Even in the emergency room at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center at 5 a.m., while waiting to be seen after a fall, my 92-year-old dad knew a straight line when he heard one.
"Are you comfortable?" a nurse asked, propping him up with a pillow.
"I make a...
| Apr 4, 2014
| 3:42 PM
Suppose nobody votes this year. On Nov. 4 the doors to the polling places are thrown open, and there isn't anyone in line. No absentee ballots are filed. No one litigates, charging either fraud or discrimination, because there weren't any voters.
| Apr 6, 2014
| 1:11 PM
For more than 30 years, Ken Burns has created documentaries about United States history.
Baseball is part of that history, and Burns' Emmy Award-winning series on the sport 20 years ago examined the national pastime through the years.
Burns will be at...
| Apr 9, 2014
| 7:31 PM
AUSTIN, Texas — President Obama has tried to model Abraham Lincoln's team of rivals and Teddy Roosevelt's power of the bully pulpit. He's lauded Ronald Reagan's communication skills and linked himself to the Kennedy clan. He's praised his onetime...
| Mar 21, 2014
| 1:00 PM
By 1991, Mike Kelley had emerged as a crucial artist in Los Angeles, at the head of a pack that had pushed into prominence in the previous decade.
His riveting sculptures reassembled from ratty stuffed animals, crocheted dolls and other tattered...