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Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, the Massachusetts Democrat and icon of American liberal politics who was the last surviving brother of a legendary political family, died late Tuesday at his home in Hyannis Port, Mass., his family announced. He was 77. ---------...
For once, the extravagant elegies for a departed public figure are appropriate. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, in President Obama's words, was "the greatest United States senator of our time," at least for those who shared his passion for an activist federal...
Special to the Los Angeles TimesRed Hook Road A Novel Ayelet Waldman Doubleday: 344 pp., $25.95 Ayelet Waldman is a worrier. Because she is the mother of four children, ages 7 to 16, that shouldn't be surprising. Her last book, "Bad Mother," a work of nonfiction, outlined many of...
Tags: Upper West Side, Music, Family, Upper East Side, Red Hook
Obama to birthers: knock it off. At prayer breakfast, he also tells religious leaders to stop targeting gaysTop of the TicketThe National Prayer Breakfast is usually a low-key affair. The gathering of leaders in politics, business and religion has been attended by every U.S. president since Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1953. Usually the eggs and orange juice mingle with calls......
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterBy the time he was rescued last year, the 5-year-old South Los Angeles boy was so malnourished his kidneys were failing. His hands were so badly burned he could barely open them. Child welfare officials traced his history, trying to make sense of what...
Re "," May 31 Here we go again trying to fight a war with morality. Give me a break; to win a war, you have to fight the war. Tragedies happen; innocent people get killed; young soldiers make decisions in the heat of battle in the hope that it will save...
Today's topic: Richard Poplawski, the alleged gunman in the April 4 Pittsburgh shootings, reportedly obtained his weapons legally. Jiverly Wong, who killed 13 people in New York state on April 4, also bought his guns legally, having passed background...
Tags: Assault, Crimes, Martin Luther King Jr., Gun Control, Murder
Angels and Ages A Short Book About Darwin, Lincoln, and Modern Life Adam Gopnik Alfred A. Knopf: 224 pp., $24.95 It is an exploration more than a settlement. Adam Gopnik calls his thoughts about Charles Darwin and Abraham Lincoln a "short book."...
Today's question: To what extent does Vladimir Putin's Russia resemble the old Soviet Union? Previously, Meier and Moynihan discussed NATO expansion, Russia’s membership in the G-8 and its possible membership in the WTO, U.S. diplomacy in Eastern...
Tags: Crimes, Elections, Hate Crimes, CNN (tv network), Murder
Last of five partsIt was brutally hot, 108 degrees, and the wind was howling. Bushfires were raging in the hills, making their way inexorably toward the Baker farmstead at the foot of the Brisbane Ranges. John and Carlene Baker had moved here to get away from the hurly-...
Special to The TimesYou might think Nicholas Sparks enjoys nothing more than making weepy books for women. Four of his novels -- "Message in a Bottle," "A Walk to Remember," "The Notebook" and now "Nights in Rodanthe" -- have been turned into romantic movies, and his next,...
Today, Lukianoff and Shermer discuss what roles, if any, a school has in monitoring the expressions of its students. Previously, they weighed accusations of widespread bias in college classrooms. Later in the week, they'll debate ideological diversity...
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