| Jan 30, 2011
In 1961, the Berlin Wall went up, the Cold War arms race was on and Dagmar Wilson, a storybook illustrator and mother of three, steamed into the national spotlight.
A self-described "non-joiner," Wilson sparked a movement that on Nov. 1, 1961, drew an...
| May 23, 2011
Creative-writing instructor Dick Wimmer's best lesson for would-be authors may have had more to do with persistence than prose.
His first novel, the well-reviewed "Irish Wine," was published in 1989 after being turned down by publishers and agents 162...
| Apr 14, 2011
Dot Records founder Randy Wood was looking for a song for a young Pat Boone to record in 1955 and found it in the Fats Domino hit "Ain't That a Shame?" Except Boone, then an English major, wanted to sing "Isn't That a Shame?" After a few run-throughs,...
| Jun 3, 2011
Pauline Betz Addie
1940s tennis champion in Hall of Fame
Pauline Betz Addie, 91, a champion tennis player who won Wimbledon in 1946 without dropping a set during the entire tournament, died Tuesday at an assisted-living facility in Potomac, Md., the...
| Jan 11, 2011
Peter Yates, the British director of "Breaking Away," "The Dresser" and "Bullitt," the 1968 Steve McQueen movie whose landmark car chase sequence over the hilly streets of San Francisco was a career-defining moment for both director and star, has died. He...
| May 16, 2011
Jazz trumpeter in 'Tonight Show' band
Snooky Young, 92, a jazz trumpeter whose long career included working with big bands led by Jimmie Lunceford and Count Basie as well as a lengthy stint with NBC's "Tonight Show" band, died Wednesday...
| May 14, 2011
| 2:46 PM
Federal law enforcement agents arrested three South Florida residents early Saturday on charges that they helped funnel money to Taliban terrorists in Pakistan.
The money they collected, prosecutors said, was intended to be used to buy guns, support...
| Sep 9, 2010
| 11:13 AM
President Obama on Thursday joined the growing chorus of top U.S. officials calling on a Florida pastor to abandon his plans to stage a Koran burning on the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
"This is a recruitment bonanza for Al Qaeda," Obama...
| Jan 16, 2011
| 9:00 PM
It was a big visit weekend across the nation and Southern Cal was ready to put on a show as host to numerous top prospects.
USC's weekend was made up to be much bigger, however, than it actually was. It was reported by numerous recruiting outlets all...
| Jan 31, 2011
| 6:49 PM
Junior college receiver Anthony Denham, one of UCF's top remaining targets, has committed to Utah, according to a news release issued by his former high school coach.
Denham (6-6, 215) is a three-star prospect out of East Los Angeles College in...
| Sep 26, 2010
A dozen years ago, my editor at the Los Angeles Times asked if I wanted to interview novelist Mary Gordon, who was in Los Angeles on a book tour. Enormously pregnant, I said yes, partly because I love Mary Gordon and partly because her hotel was two...