| Jul 22, 2010
| 4:33 PM
Christopher Taylor is the overpopulation pianist. He has a common name, which means he has a lot of company on Internet searches. His handful of obscure, independent recordings have such amateurish graphics that he would be easy to dismiss as......
| Apr 11, 2010
Meinhardt Raabe, who played the Munchkin coroner in "The Wizard of Oz" and proclaimed that the Wicked Witch of the East was "really most sincerely dead," has died. He was 94.
Raabe died Friday morning at a hospital in Orange Park, Fla., after an apparent...
| 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...
| May 31, 2010
Botox may be famous for erasing frown lines, but it also may disrupt an important chain of communication between the face and the brain.
Not only do our facial expressions reflect our emotional ups and downs, they appear to send crucial feedback to our...
| Jun 6, 2010
Driving along Skinner Hollow Road, through hilly woodlands and across a tranquil stream, a motorist is about as likely to meet a milk truck as another car.
The shiny stainless-steel tankers ply this scenic stretch of blacktop every day of the year,...
| Jun 21, 2010
In the anti-Communist hysteria of early 1950s America, nuclear physicist Joan Hinton was labeled "The Atom Spy Who Got Away."
Recruited at 22 to help develop the atom bomb, she was so repulsed when the U.S. dropped it on Japan during World War II that...
| Jun 22, 2010
Co-founder of L.A. County epilepsy group
Betty Ticho, 89, a social worker who co-founded the Los Angeles County Epilepsy Society and served as its executive director for 30 years, died May 29 at Santa Monica Hospital of complications from...
| Apr 4, 2011
Manning Marable, an influential historian whose forthcoming biography of Malcolm X could revise perceptions of the slain civil rights leader, has died only days before the book described as his life's work was to be published. He was 60.
| Apr 12, 2011
| 7:23 PM
In a dramatic turn for the country's second-largest school district, Los Angeles Unified released school ratings based on a new approach that measures a school's success at raising student performance — the first in a series of high-stakes moves...
| Jan 3, 2011
What does it cost to stop smoking?
For just about anyone, less than it does to keep smoking. Many smokers burn through thousands of dollars each year buying cigarettes alone. Then there are peripheral costs like breath mints, extra trips to the dry...
| Aug 8, 2010
Gerson Goldhaber, a UC Berkeley physicist who played a key role in identifying some of the fundamental particles of nature, then switched careers and helped show that the universe is expanding rather than contracting, died of natural causes at his home in...