| Dec 9, 2008
Stand behind the curtain of bamboo just outside the paddock of the last, lone elephant at the Los Angeles Zoo and you'll hear the daylong drumbeat of running feet.
Boys and girls yell "elefante!" and cry out "grandotote," which is Spanish for "huge."...
| Jan 6, 2008
It was any zoo's worst nightmare.
Shortly after 5 p.m. on Christmas Day, San Francisco Zoo Director Manuel Mollinedo received a call at home: Tigers are on the loose and somebody may have been hurt.
"At first I thought it was a practical or sick joke,"...
| Apr 19, 2009
Nature in the Eastern Sierra Nevadas. Art in a deep Polish salt mine. A friendly Wisconsin town. A hike with views of the Tasmanian coast. Readers have spanned the globe and discovered adventure, history and in many places, peace. Here are some of their...
| Feb 14, 2010
In Los Angeles, history often seems to careen on with hardly a backward glance. Last week, as Diane Watson announced that she would retire this year from Congress, history suffused the room and there were backward glances aplenty.
In the conference...
| Oct 7, 2007
The Sept. 29 killing of 10 African Union peacekeepers in south Darfur by a splinter faction of one of the main anti-Sudanese government insurgent groups was shocking -- but especially so to those who have only followed the Darfur tragedy through the...
| Aug 4, 2010
| 5:19 PM
Scribner: 246 pp., $24
Anthony Doerr opens "Memory Wall," his second volume of short stories, with an epigraph from Surrealist director Luis Buñuel. "You have to begin to lose your memory, if only in bits and pieces,"...
| Apr 16, 2009
In 2005, this little French nature documentary came along and changed the box-office rules. March of the Penguins earned $77 million in U.S. theaters. And Disney, which distributed the film in some countries, including France, took notice. The studio that...
| Feb 15, 2009
The South African safari has long been popular with high-end travelers. But recently other southern African countries, including Botswana, Zambia and Namibia, have built ultra-luxe safari camps and lodges that compete with the world's best. I had...
| Oct 5, 2008
| 6:36 PM
Defensive end Alex Brown wanted to clarify for those who figured the Bears didn't miss Tommie Harris on Sunday.
"I wouldn't go that far," Brown said of his suspended teammate. "You don't find a guy with Tommie's ability every day. You can't just walk...
| Nov 2, 2008
| 7:28 PM
Playing alongside Matt Forte in a game situation only verified what Rex Grossman thought about the rookie running back all along.
"Beyond his physical ability, he's extremely smart, one of the smartest guys on the team," Grossman said. "He knows the...