| Oct 5, 2014
| 6:36 PM
One thumb up for Gov. Jerry Brown. And the other thumb down.
The governor signed a bill inserting a smidgen of sense in California's oft-abused ballot initiative system. Excellent.
But he vetoed legislation imposing sensible ethics rules on Capitol...
| Oct 4, 2014
| 7:29 PM
The passenger who became ill on an international flight that landed in New Jersey on Saturday is not suffering from the deadly Ebola virus, ending an hours-long scare that saw quarantine officers descend on a major airport while health officials in Dallas...
| Oct 2, 2014
| 9:11 PM
A Liberian man who was turned away from a Dallas hospital last week only to return days later and test positive for Ebola told a nurse he had recently been in Africa, but that information did not appear in the electronic medical record provided to the...
| Oct 2, 2014
| 4:42 PM
Two Yale doctoral students returning from research in Liberia on Saturday have agreed to sequester themselves for three weeks, even though they are not exhibiting symptoms of the Ebola virus that they traveled to West Africa to study.
In a letter...
| Oct 1, 2014
| 10:59 AM
The beheadings of American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff were as tragic as they were revolting, but they existed in something of a logical context. Both men were covering a war zone that few journalists (including me) have the guts to cover....
| Sep 30, 2014
| 1:28 PM
An image of island hopping and booze-fueled partying with jet-setters might be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of cruising around Greece, but think again. You can cruise the birthplace of Western civilization in a bit more thoughtful...
| Sep 28, 2014
| 8:00 AM
Among the State Department's recent warnings and alerts:
Lesotho: It has advised U.S. citizens to defer all travel to Lesotho because of the "security situation." Last month, an attempted coup in Lesotho, which is enveloped by South Africa and...
| Sep 23, 2014
| 8:15 AM
If you have an iPhone and have been debating whether or not to upgrade your software to iOS 8 now or later after reading early reviews focused on frustrating download times and memory demands, I can assure you that there are some travel-related perks to...
| Apr 30, 2014
| 3:21 PM
Of all the weighty issues about self-rule and democracy confronting China and Hong Kong, the former British colony that reverted to mainland control in 1997, who could have imagined it would come to this?
A 2-year-old boy defecating on a Hong Kong...
| May 5, 2014
| 7:30 AM
The U.S. State Department has issued several travel warnings in the last month, some a surprise, some less so. It also issued a Worldwide Caution on April 10, telling Americans to stay constantly alert because of terrorist threats. To read the full text,...
| May 27, 2014
| 8:00 AM
Suddenly Mexico has returned as a hot cruise destination. Disney Cruise Line comes back to the West Coast for Baja cruises from San Diego in fall 2015. Also, Carnival Cruise Lines resumes its seven-day itineraries to Mazatlan starting in October.