| Sep 20, 2009
Donald J. Hogan always wanted to be a soldier. As a kid, every year on his birthday, he would ask for a toy gun. Once, his parents remember, he asked for an Apache helicopter. A real one.
On Halloween, he often dressed up as a soldier. And once, when...
| Oct 27, 2009
Ernest D. Sillers
Founder of Episcopal schools
The Rev. Canon Ernest D. Sillers, 99, who founded several Episcopal schools and St. Margaret's Episcopal Church in San Juan Capistrano, died of natural causes Oct. 15 at Saddleback Memorial Hospital in...
| Oct 21, 2009
Charles Bookhammer, a former Hawthorne councilman and longtime aide to retired Los Angeles County Supervisor Yvonne B. Burke, died Thursday at UC Irvine Medical Center. He was 61.
His daughter, Brandi, said he died of complications from surgery for an...
| Jan 15, 2010
Punk rocker in Memphis
Jay Reatard, 29, a punk rocker known for performing shows and releasing singles at a breakneck pace, was found dead in his bed early Wednesday in Memphis, Tenn.
Memphis police are investigating his death.
| Feb 18, 2010
Taste Fausto Maculan's beautifully crafted blend of 55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Sauvignon and you'll be forgiven for guessing it's a $50 wine. Not. Astonishingly, this suave Bordeaux-style blend is less than $20. This 2007 from the Veneto is intense and...
| Dec 19, 2007
Loire Valley producer Philippe Delesvaux is known for his Chenin Blancs, but this Cabernet Sauvignon is one gorgeous wine. You'd expect Cabernet Franc for a rouge from this region. Instead his "La Montée de l'Epine" is pure Cabernet Sauvignon, supple...
| Dec 23, 2009
For years, Champagne houses have done a brilliant job convincing us that Champagne is synonymous with celebration. Either I'm entirely brainwashed or it's really true: Bubbles are festive. The sound of that cork popping or, if the bottle is opened...
| Jan 13, 2010
Few of us can afford Spanish wine star Alvaro Palacios' big dog, L'Ermita. But we can all afford an occasional bottle of his Camins del Priorat. Think of it as an introductory wine from northern Spain's rugged Priorat region. A blend of Carignan and...
| Sep 23, 2008
Federal officials hoping for decorum laid down the rules at the outset of Monday's public hearing on whether to build a toll road through a state park: no booing, no cheering.
The public's response: Boos and cheers reminiscent of February's raucous...
| Dec 19, 2007
A Rancho Santa Margarita woman has been convicted of repeatedly molesting a 4-year-old girl with her husband in a case that unfolded after authorities discovered a trunk full of homemade child porn movies in the couple's home.
The conviction Monday of...
| Oct 24, 2007
| 9:54 AM
At least a dozen Orange County homes had burned by this morning and thousands more were in danger as flames as high as 75 feet devastated rural canyon communities, fire officials said.
The Santiago fire continued to push east today, fueled by brittle...