| Feb 12, 2015
| 4:43 PM
Allegations that a Rio de Janeiro samba group received funding from one of Africa's most criticized governments have sparked controversy on the eve of Brazil's Carnival celebrations.
Rio's O Globo newspaper, one of Brazil's biggest, reported this week...
| Jan 23, 2015
| 2:50 PM
The Newport Beach area has the highest quality-of-life index in a new study by the nonprofit Social Sciences Research Council that examined racial and geographic disparities in well-being across California.
Researchers combined data on educational...
| Jan 22, 2015
| 5:00 AM
Latinos in Los Angeles County earn half as much as whites, with a median income of $21,314, compared with $44,929. An Asian American baby born in the L.A. area today can expect to live 11.3 years longer than an African American baby. Asian Americans score...
| Jan 5, 2015
| 11:06 AM
Almost five years ago, I woke before dawn in Haiti's capital city of Port-au-Prince to the sound of singing.
Not the shrill yodel of roosters or the snarl of feral dogs that woke me earlier that night, but singing like I've never heard before or since....
| Nov 25, 2014
| 3:45 PM
Looking for ways to reduce your risk of cancer? Try losing weight.
A new study estimates that 3.6% of cancers diagnosed around the world in 2012 could be traced to the excess weight of patients. That works out to 481,000 cases of cancer in adults who...
| Jun 22, 2013
| 11:32 AM
My favorite story in The Baltimore Sun last week was by my colleague Eileen Ambrose, reporting on how Marylanders are a bunch of whiners, at least according to a state-by-state breakdown of the complaints received by the federal Consumer Financial...
| Jun 28, 2013
| 4:43 PM
Too much can be made, granted, of discrete reports of upticks in the economy.
But Connecticut has been buffeted by such bad, worst-in-the-nation news for so long on the economic recovery front that we're tempted to embrace whatever good news we can get....
| Aug 9, 2013
| 3:21 PM
Which state has just about the nation's worst business climate? To judge by a recent Forbes magazine article, we're it.
But Forbes, though accurately reporting some concerns about Connecticut, doesn't take into account recent signs of hope. (The article...