| Sep 7, 2014
| 9:00 PM
Alligators versus pit bulls
Two days of news and photos of big alligators and cute pit-bull puppies left me stunned.
We need to thank the alligator that killed the pit bull — not hunt and kill it. Save me the tired propaganda about how cute...
| Sep 9, 2014
| 9:00 PM
Lake Howell's weeds
Ralph Hudson of Winter Park, in the Aug. 13 letters to the editor, argued against the proposed development of property owned by the Catholic Diocese of Orlando.
But why would anyone want to live on Lake Howell with its current...
| Sep 4, 2014
| 12:40 PM
In "Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits" and "Secret Son," Laila Lalami probed individual lives to illuminate the contemporary social complexities of her native Morocco. She pulls back for an even broader perspective in this rich novel based on an actual,...
| Sep 6, 2014
Vodka and gin are kindred spirits. Vodka, however, is considered neutral. Gin, on the other hand, contains botanicals, plant-based flavors that give each brand its trademark taste.
"Are there any botanicals that gin absolutely must contain?" I asked...
| Aug 20, 2014
| 2:04 PM
Something about the summer in Armenia this year is different. Even the locals feel it. Something feels a little strange, a little odd and quite different. It's hot. Not just "normal" hot, but unbearably dry, you-can't-even-move hot.
The sun has...
| Aug 9, 2014
| 5:00 AM
To the editor: To understand why Central American countries are in their current state, we would have to go back centuries and study the colonial subjugation of indigenous peoples there. ("A U.S. immigration solution: Fix Central America," Op-Ed, Aug. 5)...
| Sep 5, 2014
| 6:53 PM
Anyone who goes looking into California mission stories that were written decades ago is likely to come upon some language that's jarring, if not downright offensive, words such as "savage," referring to Native Americans.
The more you read, the more you...
| Sep 1, 2014
| 12:46 PM
Music enthusiasts and fans of "big canvas" performances should expect nothing less from the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra's opening night performance this September.
Audience members will hear four arrangements from LACO as it ushers in the start of a...
| Aug 28, 2014
| 5:43 PM
Architect Kurt Meyer not only designed numerous commercial buildings in Los Angeles noted for their Mid-Century style, he was also a champion of saving the city's architectural treasures. But at first, the Swiss-born Meyer wanted nothing to do with L.A....
| Aug 29, 2014
| 9:44 AM
The U.N. racism watchdog urged the United States on Friday to halt the excessive use of force by police after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white policeman touched off riots in Ferguson, Missouri.
| Aug 24, 2014
| 12:56 AM
A fish doesn't jump in Tlingit, the native language of indigenous people of Southeast Alaska.
It performs a feat no word in English can adequately express. The verb in Tlingit captures the instant when a fish breaks the surface, the sequence of sounds...