| Oct 10, 2011
Who the heck would want to be like Betty or her ad man ex, Don?
That's what I asked myself recently when I passed a Banana Republic window display featuring the retailer's new "Mad Men"-inspired clothing collection.
"Are you a Betty?" read a poster with...
| Oct 12, 2011
Sarkis Soghanalian, an international weapons broker who was nicknamed "The Merchant of Death" for selling arms to dictators on behalf of the United States, died Oct. 5 at a hospital in Hialeah, Fla. He was 82.
The cause was heart failure, said his son,...
| Oct 12, 2011
I pitched a tent Monday night in a neighborhood of the angry, the disaffected and the disillusioned.
"Are you aware that the sprinklers come on at night?" a fellow camper asked as I drove my tent stakes into the ground.
I wasn't, but hey, a little...
| Oct 11, 2011
| 11:39 AM
After a year of calamitous turns in the relationship between Washington and Islamabad, many Americans are wondering how this troubled alliance can possibly be repaired. Even more may be wondering whether we can simply extricate ourselves from it,...
| Oct 13, 2011
| 11:38 AM
A pastor supporting Rick Perry calls Mormonism a "cult." Is that untrue?
Well, what's the difference between a "cult" and a "religion"? Not easy to say. Many people think they know the difference when they see it. Scientology and the Rev. Sun Myung Moon'...
| Oct 16, 2011
| 3:00 AM
It was said of Al Smith, a Roman Catholic, that if he won the 1928 presidential election he would take orders from the Vatican and not uphold the Constitution.
John F. Kennedy famously confronted that anti-Catholic prejudice in a 1960 speech to the...
| Oct 17, 2011
| 2:23 PM
The Rev. John Anson "Jack" Mote, retired pastor of the old Wilson Memorial United Methodist Church, died of pancreatic cancer Oct. 4 at his home on Camano Island, Wash. The former North Baltimore resident was 91.
Born in Piqua, Ohio, he was a graduate of...
| Oct 20, 2011
| 2:17 PM
ALISO VIEJO — The artist calls the piece "Metronome."
It is one of two dozen art pieces that trick the eye as part of a 42-piece exhibition at Soka University of works by Arie A. Galles, a professor of painting and drawing at the Aliso Viejo...
| Oct 25, 2011
And so it ends. The United States is leaving Iraq.
I'm solidly in the camp that sees this as a strategic blunder. Iraqi democracy is fragile and Iran's desire to undermine it is strong. Also, announcing our withdrawal is a weird way to respond to a...
| Oct 27, 2011
| 9:56 PM
Two films dealing with war and politics in the tinderbox of the Middle East are coming to Newport-Mesa for one-night special screenings.
The city of Costa Mesa on Friday night will host a screening of "Patrol Base Jaker" at the Triangle Square Cinemas....
| Nov 1, 2011
| 4:30 PM
For the American sailors off Tripoli — five of them from Maryland — it was a suicide mission: Sail the small ship heavy with explosives in among the enemy fleet, set the blast to go off in 15 minutes, jump into lifeboats and get as far away as...