| Nov 20, 2014
| 2:30 AM
As the grand jury's decision on whether or not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson loomed, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon told a TV reporter "he's preparing for peace and war."
What the governor did, in the tense uncertainty preceding the decision,...
| Nov 18, 2014
| 12:37 PM
"Beverly Hills: The First 100 Years"
It seems only right that a book celebrating Beverly Hills' centennial anniversary costs $100. The price matches the heft and ambition of Robert S. Anderson's massive and heavily illustrated tome. In...
| Nov 22, 2014
Though a farming community from its earliest days, the town of Avon has covered much of its rural feel with a generous relatively new layer of well-to-do suburbia.
U.S. Route 44, once the main wagon road between Hartford and Albany, N.Y., passes through...
| Nov 13, 2014
| 1:51 PM
This past weekend, American Studies Assn. members held our annual conference in Los Angeles, with the theme "The Fun and the Fury." Those familiar with the ASA mainly because of news about our year-old academic boycott of Israel might be surprised by...
| Nov 10, 2014
| 5:20 AM
You could always count on Long Beach, on the Washington coast, for being an old-school beach town. And it's all still there: the go-cart track. The kitschy Marsh's Free Museum, home to plaster-cast Jake the Alligator Man. Saltwater taffy in 50 flavors....
| Oct 29, 2014
| 7:54 AM
NEW HAVEN — Every day, more than 2 million pounds of organic material is put into Connecticut's waste system.
The mass of banana peels, onion skins, and egg shells travels from trash cans to hauler trucks and finally to incineration plants that...
| Oct 13, 2014
| 3:15 PM
Happy Columbus Day – or Happy Indigenous Peoples Day if you live in one of the growing number of localities that have renamed the holiday to honor the people who lived in America before Columbus showed up, and their descendants.
Berkeley, it won&...
| Oct 9, 2014
| 2:35 PM
The former front-runner in Brazil's presidential campaign shook up the race again Thursday when she unexpectedly withheld an endorsement for center-right candidate Aecio Neves, who is challenging incumbent Dilma Rousseff.
Marina Silva had turned the...
| Oct 3, 2014
| 7:02 PM
The ink was barely dry on my driver's license in the early '70s when I set off on my first road trip from home in North Vancouver, Canada. Back then Highway 99 — or the Squamish Highway — was a dangerous, zigzagging, two-lane route chopped...
| Sep 25, 2014
All filmgoers have their blind spots, their sore spots and their limits. You may, for example, read about the new film "Tracks," based on the 1980 travel memoir by Robyn Davidson. If Davidson's story is foreign to you, and you know only that the film's...
| Oct 1, 2014
| 2:02 PM
This is a tale of two countries.
The first country was built on a radical new promise of human equality and a guarantee of the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That country made it possible for even those born in the humblest and...