| Jul 14, 2011
| 5:15 AM
I’m setting off on a road trip across America's "Coaster Belt," hitting eight theme parks in Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Jersey in just 10 days. Along the way, I'll visit some of the oldest amusement parks in the world and climb aboard classic wooden...
| Aug 1, 2010
It was the last engagement on my calendar, a keynote address at a writers' conference outside Toledo, Ohio, after which the coast was dismally clear: no more workshops, appearances or assignments. The group was intelligent and easygoing, so during a...
| Aug 17, 2010
This is the story of Dav Pilkey. Pilkey is the guy on the right with the wild hair and fake beard. Lily is the small dog on the left with the green dinosaur suit. Remember that now!
Though Lily may require an introduction, Pilkey most likely does not....
| Nov 7, 2010
"A Secret Gift
How One Man's Kindness — and a Trove of Letters — Revealed the Hidden History of the Great Depression"
368 pp., $25.95
On Dec. 18, 1933, an ad appeared in the Canton, Ohio, paper offering financial...
| Nov 17, 2010
Astronomer Allan R. Sandage of Pasadena's Carnegie Observatories, one of the most prominent cosmologists of the 20th century who spent the better part of his lifetime trying to determine the precise age of the universe, died Saturday at his home in San...
| Mar 20, 2011
| 9:21 PM
James Elliot, the MIT astronomer who discovered the rings of Uranus and the faint atmosphere of Pluto, died March 3 at his home in Wellesley, Mass. He was 67 and had been suffering from cancer.
The rings of Uranus are narrow and faint and not...
| Jul 25, 2011
The mayor of Columbus, Ohio, described his "utter disbelief" at the destructive "gamesmanship" as Congress debates the debt ceiling. The mayor of Fresno described her city's tough budget problems and wondered when the economy would hit bottom. The mayor...
| Aug 29, 2011
| 12:35 PM
Mary Harris from Nottingham was looking for recipe she has lost for a blueberry breakfast cake made in a loaf pan. Gladys Wilt from Lothian sent in a recipe she had for Alabama Blueberry Bread that she thinks is really great and that Harris might want...
| Feb 11, 2011
| 9:10 AM
A major legislative fight is breaking out over Gov. Rick Scott's surprise proposal to kill Florida's planned computer database to combat pill mills.
A longtime opponent of the database, Sen. Joe Negron, R-Hobe Sound, said many Republican lawmakers are...
| Aug 6, 2010
| 1:02 PM
Being a mom has changed everything. From what I eat throughout the day to how I talk to people to how I drive. Why? Because I now have two little sets of eyes that watch me like a hawk. And they're good imitators.
Take this example:
One day, I was...
| Sep 13, 2010
| 9:59 AM
It is a grandparent's prerogative to spoil their grandchildren, right?
Well, not always, experts say.
It's true that grandparents have some leeway when it comes to making the little ones mind, in taking them on special outings and providing them with...