| Jun 28, 2011
In the high-cholesterol world of Midwestern state fairs, where dairy cows crowd 4-H barns and no food can escape the deep fryer, Norma "Duffy" Lyon was a giant.
For more than four decades, she was the queen of the butter sculpture.
Cows. Elvis. John...
| Aug 14, 2010
Richie Hayward, the drummer and a founding member of Little Feat, a celebrated rock band that arrived on the music scene in Los Angeles with its distinctively eclectic sound in the early 1970s, has died. He was 64.
For the record:...
| Dec 9, 2010
Attorney and civic leader
Lester Ziffren, 85, an attorney and civic leader who was devoted to his alma mater, UCLA, and many other causes, died Monday of natural causes at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, his family said....
| Dec 1, 2010
Virginia Knight, a former first lady of California who moved into the governor's mansion in 1954 as the bride of Goodwin Knight and was an early proponent of turning the residence into a museum, has died. She was 92.
FOR THE RECORD:...
| May 26, 2010
Disgraced Ohio congressman
Former U.S. Rep. Donald "Buz" Lukens of Ohio, 79, once a rising conservative star in state politics before a string of scandals abruptly ended his career, died Saturday of cancer at a Dallas nursing home, his...
| Dec 16, 2010
Neva Patterson, a character actress who portrayed Cary Grant's fiancee in the 1957 movie "An Affair to Remember" in a career that spanned six decades and more than 100 film and TV roles, has died. She was 90.
Patterson died Tuesday at her Brentwood...
| May 6, 2011
| 4:03 PM
Sada Thompson, a Tony Award-winning actress best known to TV viewers for her Emmy Award-winning role as the matriarch in the 1970s dramatic TV series "Family," has died. She was 83.
Thompson, a resident of Southbury, Conn., died of lung disease Wednesday...
| Jul 19, 2011
The Justice Department is trying to protect its political appointees from the Fast and Furious scandal by concealing an internal "smoking gun" report and other documents that acknowledge the role top officials played in the program that allowed firearms...
| Jul 4, 2010
With her head and neck arched forward and her arms outstretched behind her, Diane Kleen steels herself for a curious test of perseverance.
As someone nearby shouts, "Go!" her tensed muscles relax. She teeters toward the table in front of her, and an...
| Jun 30, 2010
Not only is obesity bad for your health, it's one major factor behind skyrocketing healthcare costs. Even so, Americans are still losing the battle of the bulge in a big way. In fact, a new report from the Trust for America's Health says rates have...
| Aug 29, 2011
| 11:53 AM
About the blogger: Amy Bree Becker is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mass Communication & Communication Studies at Towson University. Her research considers the impact of political comedy and political entertainment on everyday life. She...