| Apr 4, 2014
| 5:20 PM
As Judy Greiner strolled through San Francisco's Chinatown in the mid-20th century, she couldn't help noticing that the bespectacled Jewish bubbes and tattooed Asian gamblers were eyeing one another with wary respect.
You wouldn't want to meet a...
| Feb 11, 2014
Black History Month reminds me of a really great golden oldies station, always blaring the same handful of terrific tunes. Every February, it plays Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks and Harriet Tubman soul — with a chorus or two of the George...
| Aug 13, 2013
| 2:07 PM
Randell Makinson, a forceful advocate for preservation of the rambling Greene & Greene bungalows that came to be seen as graceful emblems of early 20th century California, has died. He was 81.
His death at his Pasadena home on Tuesday was caused by...
| Jul 28, 2013
My kids, ages 7 and 9, like the stickers they get after their doctor appointments, but they aren't clamoring to visit the pediatrician just to get them.
It's not that different from their attitude toward fast-food restaurants. They like the toys that...
| Sep 22, 2013
"The Wig in the Window" by Kristen Kittscher
"Wig in the Window" (sic) by Kristen Kittscher is a suspenseful mystery about two sixth-grade girls who like to spy on people. One of the girls has a teacher named Dr. Agford who they believe is posing as...
| Jul 8, 2012
| 2:42 PM
MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. — To the uninitiated, driving along 11th Street through the downtown of this northern Indiana community can be an unnerving experience.
While most motorists are accustomed to sharing the road with bicycles, few have ever had the...
| Feb 26, 2013
| 11:17 AM
Pabst Blue Ribbon is most associated with its birthplace in Milwaukee, but it’s the city of Chicago where the beer made its name—literally.
Not to be confused with the television channel that airs "Sesame Street," PBR was originally known as...
| Feb 13, 2013
| 9:13 AM
Several Ripley Entertainment attractions, including the Odditorium on Orlando's International Drive, will mark World Sword Swallowers Day with activities on Feb. 23.
More than 20 sword swallowers will put on free shows. In Orlando, Chris Steele will be...
| Jul 2, 2010
| 11:25 PM
Austeene George Cooper Watkins, niece of Mary Louise Brand, grew up at El Miradero, the estate built by L.C. Brand, but little is known of her childhood years here in Glendale.
L.C. Brand was a powerful force in Glendale in the early 1900s. He brought...
| Apr 10, 2011
The Last Greatest Magician in the World
Howard Thurston Versus Houdini & the Battles of the American Wizards
Tarcher/Penguin: 377 pp., $26.95
It takes some courage to write the biography of a man the reading public has mostly forgotten....
| Feb 25, 2011
Shaped like a string of boxcars that tumbled off the CSX rail line, Chicago Ridge is a working-class southwestern suburb known for the regional mall that attracts shoppers like a magnet.
Thanks to its abundance of modest multifamily housing, Chicago...