| Oct 3, 2010
The Race to Build America's Greatest Transcontinental Railroad
Walter R. Borneman
Random House: 408 pp., $28
When the Union Pacific and Central Pacific joined rails on May 10, 1869, it was celebrated as the completion of America's first...
| Aug 22, 2010
A Tale of Archaeological Plunder and Obsession
Little, Brown: 288 pp., $24.99
Once upon a time, hiking in the desert, you found an artifact; an arrowhead, a piece of a pot, a fragment of bone. You picked it up, put it in...
| Oct 16, 2010
As national security advisor and then secretary of State to President George W. Bush, Condoleezza Rice never displayed any doubt or admitted any errors in the White House decisions that led to war in Iraq.
FOR THE RECORD:...
| Sep 4, 2010
Here's where to click to kick it into high gear with Fashion's Night Out, a long night of special shopping events on Sept. 10.
For more on the mayhem in Manhattan — and links to the official FNO events around the globe, go to the...
| Aug 26, 2011
The burly construction workers ignore the lanky man as he dips beneath steel beams, plods through muddy puddles and inches his way past the spinning barrel of a cement mixer. In his neat jeans, button-down shirt and leather brogues, he clearly is not...
| Feb 1, 2011
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The following is a blog documenting two Los Angeles Times editors' attempts to lose weight. It all began on Jan. 10.
One benefit of my move from Boston to Los Angeles this year has been the avoidance of snow. Not that I mind it. I like the winter. But...
| Jul 27, 2010
The phrase "mind-body connection" has many connotations. For some, it's shorthand for New Age quackery. For others, it's a source of hope and a way to reconcile their spiritual life with modern science.
For Dr. Tor D. Wager, it's just another day at...
| Jun 13, 2011
Robert Helliwell, a Stanford electrical engineer whose study of radio waves emitted by lightning opened a new window to understanding the upper layers of the Earth's atmosphere, died May 3 in Palo Alto of complications of dementia. He was 90.
| Feb 21, 2011
For Neal Taylor, fishing wasn't limited to weekends or, for that matter, water. On one of Santa Barbara's busiest streets, the seven-time national casting champion showed a friend just how it's done, lofting his line into an intersection when the light...
| Dec 26, 2010
Army Sgt. Michael David P. Cardenaz was a larger-than-life figure, those who knew him say.
A bald, bull of a guy, Cardenaz told a Colorado reporter in 2009 that he was an "old-school" soldier.
By then, he said, he had twice been hit by shrapnel, and had...
| Mar 5, 2011
Eugene Fodor, a swashbuckling violin virtuoso who was a media darling of classical music in the 1970s but whose substance abuse fractured a fairytale career, has died. He was 60.
Fodor died of liver disease Feb. 26 at his home in Arlington, Va., said his...