| Nov 17, 2012
| 4:41 PM
Another day at the multiplex, another chance to see some wonderful TV actors showing their versatility. Today's example: “Lincoln.” Of course, it's a grand showcase for Daniel Day-Lewis as Honest Abe. But the intimate Steven Spielberg epic...
| Aug 24, 2013
| 9:00 AM
Playwright Anton Chekhov famously said that a gun should never be displayed onstage without a reason. If it is seen in the first act, he advised, it ought to go off by the third.
In other words, writers should not clutter a narrative with distractions...
| Aug 30, 2013
| 7:24 AM
Rarely has anyone changed the landscape in Hampton Roads as dramatically as Secretary of the Army Elihu Root when he signed a Sept. 1, 1902 order authorizing the razing of the Hygeia Hotel.
The landmark structure stretched for more than 700 yards...
| Jun 25, 2013
| 10:20 AM
As Gen. Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia marched north through the Shenandoah Valley toward Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, news of a different, distant campaign reached the Lehigh Valley in the summer of 1863.
The Allentown Democrat of June 10, 1863...
| Jun 3, 2013
| 1:30 PM
Tom Purdy did not anticipate a long career in education when he agreed to an interview for a Thurston Middle School teaching position while waiting to play volleyball on Main Beach 41 years ago.
Purdy, who was 22 at the time, had just finished college....
| May 31, 2013
| 7:36 AM
What's the fair going rate to pay someone who has been elected to public office?
It's an open question, and one that needs to be asked often and, once settled for one generation, asked anew again for the next generation. These days it's being asked in...
| May 17, 2013
| 11:38 PM
When it comes to American history, the Civil War remains a topic that's charged with emotion.
So it's disappointing that there's not more passion at the heart of "Ses•qui•cen•ten•ni•al – The Civil War Remembered," a one-...
| Apr 14, 2013
No one remembers how high Lt. Amos Thayer had to climb on April 11, 1863, as he scrambled up to a tree-top observation post overlooking the western approaches to Suffolk.
But despite his lofty vantage point — and a panoramic prospect that Union...
| Oct 9, 2012
| 12:21 AM
5:30 - 9 a.m. Jonathon Brandmeier9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Mike McConnell
10:35 a.m. He’s on almost every single ballot…but not allowed to participate in the debates. Mike McConnell talks to the Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson.
12 - 3 p.m. ...
| Mar 11, 2013
| 3:57 PM
I was led quite by accident last week to peruse a pair of highly absorbing memoirs.
That's the nice thing about being retired. You have time to indulge your reading passions, from selections on the latest bestseller lists to enduring works you've long...
| Feb 12, 2013
| 8:43 AM
Singling out a Karen Russell story for being strange is a bit like acknowledging a raindrop for being wet. Beginning with her debut 2006 collection, “St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves,” Russell has presented an expanding...