| Apr 19, 2009
Ernest Lieblich, a businessman and philanthropist with a passion for the arts who financed the painstaking restoration of a valuable 1930s-era mural and helped uncover the true identity of one of its creators, died April 4 at his Los Feliz home. He was...
| Nov 26, 2008
An Italian right-wing party is offering 1,500 euros ($1,930) to parents who name their babies after wartime fascist dictator Benito Mussolini or his wife Rachele, saying their names are under threat.
The MSI-Fiamma Tricolore party, the descendant of...
| Jun 6, 2008
Leftist ideology may be gaining ground in Latin America. But it will never set foot on the manicured lawns of Francisco Marroquin University.
For nearly 40 years, this private college has been a citadel of laissez-faire economics. Here,...
| Jan 22, 2008
If you're like me, you probably watch Comedy Central's "The Daily Show." If you're like me, you probably also turn to reruns of "Scrubs" or "Seinfeld" when the newsmaker interview comes on. If that's the case, you probably missed me and Jon Stewart...
| Mar 29, 2009
How Muscular Millionaire Bernarr Macfadden Transformed the Nation Through Sex, Salad, and
the Ultimate Starvation Diet
Harper: 292 pp., $25.99
Before Jack LaLanne and Jane Fonda, an odd man with an odd name reigned as America's...
| Nov 9, 2003
He was 18 and inexperienced -- in all respects -- when he came to Rome in 1938. For Federico Fellini, it was the beginning of a love affair that lasted more than 50 years.
Rome dazzled and indulged him. It fed the dreams he turned into such movies as "La...
| Jul 1, 2012
| 5:07 PM
TOM ROBERTS, 75,
Smithsonian's 'Mr. Anonymous'
The name "Tom Roberts" appears on no plaque in the Smithsonian Institution's musical instruments collection. At no concert, even when Mr. Roberts was in attendance, did Smithsonian chamber musicians...
| Jul 6, 2012
| 1:49 PM
Cristina F. Manelli, an Italian immigrant who designed and sewed clothes for clients, family and friends and later created a line of costume jewelry, died Wednesday of renal failure at St. Elizabeth Rehabilitation Center in Southwest Baltimore.
| Jan 30, 2012
| 3:52 PM
Every so often a book comes along that changes the world in some way. Here is one such book.
What it is: "The Prince" by Niccolo Machiavelli (1532, Italy). It was written around 1513 after the Medici regime reconquered the Florentine Republic and...
| Feb 2, 2012
The Fitch Ratings agency has downgraded the credit of another five European countries -- Belgium, Cyprus, Italy, Slovenia and Spain -- citing "the financing risks faced by eurozone sovereign governments in the absence of a credible financial firewall...