| Jul 2, 2014
| 12:40 PM
You learned in school about what happened in July 1776, and think you have a good handle on events surrounding American independence from Britain. Right?
Well, if you think that was the day that America's independence was declared by the Continental...
| May 20, 2014
| 5:30 AM
After a contentious decision to close, a subsequent public backlash and the departure of its board president and artistic director, San Diego Opera has decided to reverse course and stay in business.
New leaders of the embattled company said Monday that...
| May 24, 2014
WETHERSFIELD — Thousands of people lost their lives during the American Revolution — not all of them on the battlefield.
Silas Deane fell victim to "vicious" character assassination, says Milton C. Van Vlack, author of the 2013 book,...
| Mar 30, 2014
| 9:54 AM
Returning from a religious service (let's omit the denomination), I described it to my college roommate, who asked, "Why do those people bother to be there? What's their purpose?" I answered, "I believe that their purpose is to mean well."
I have the...
| Mar 13, 2014
| 11:00 AM
President Obama's appearance on the Funny or Die sketch series "Between Two Ferns With Zach Galifianakis" on Tuesday has become a viral sensation, with over 14 million views already. But not everyone is laughing, especially Stephen Colbert.
| Mar 28, 2014
| 10:00 AM
RICHMOND, Va. — Seth Numrich can't quite get a straight answer. In character as Ben Tallmadge, the leader of a group of Revolutionary War spies known as the Culper Ring and a central character in the new AMC drama "Turn," he is interrogating a...
| Mar 29, 2014
| 8:09 AM
Despite a federal judge's order that the Carroll County commissioners stop praying to Jesus at their meetings, Commissioner Robin Bartlett Frazier reached into history and summoned George Washington to aid her cause last week.
"I beseech thee, for the...
| Mar 8, 2014
Re "Obama nominee blocked in Senate," March 6
To justify his vote against Debo Adegbile — President Obama's nominee to head the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division — Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said in an interview, "When someone has...
| Apr 4, 2014
| 2:30 AM
President Obama was doing his favorite thing this week: talking to crowds of adoring young people who already agree with him while acting like he persuaded them about something.
They also seemed to give Obama the impression that he's a really funny guy....
| Apr 4, 2014
| 2:30 PM
WASHINGTON -- Like an optimist looking through a pile of manure in hope of finding a pony, if one examines the latest Supreme Court decision on campaign finance law, one positive outcome comes into view: It will give a helping hand to our struggling two-...
| Jan 27, 2014
| 11:54 AM
Documentaries were supposed to be a dying genre -- and living proof that we were becoming dumber as a nation.
Reality TV is cheaper and easier to make. And who has time for lengthy, in-depth explorations of anything any more in the age of Twitter? Docs...