| Oct 16, 2011
Howard H 'Tim' Hays
Former Press-Enterprise editor, publisher
Howard H "Tim" Hays, 94, a former editor and publisher of the Press-Enterprise who led the Riverside newspaper when it won a Pulitzer Prize for an expose in the 1960s and won two landmark U....
| Dec 9, 2011
Robert Lawrence Balzer, a wine critic and educator who wrote an influential column in The Times for three decades during a career that stretched from the post-Prohibition era through the explosion of the California wine industry he championed, has died....
| Jun 3, 2011
Great con artists understand this about human nature: The suckers want to be taken.
In 1978, a poor, semi-educated German teenager named Christian K. Gerhartsreiter arrived in New England on a falsified student visa. Brilliant, charismatic and twisted,...
| Aug 2, 2011
| 7:00 PM
It's the kind of surprise the Master of Suspense would have loved.
The National Film Preservation Foundation and the New Zealand Film Archive are announcing Wednesday the discovery of the first 30 minutes of a 1923 British film, "The White Shadow,"...
| Sep 7, 2008
On the front page of Thursday's Los Angeles Times was a story about John McCain. It was not really a news article but a story that could have begun: "Once upon a time ... "
We were told McCain's history, from his parents' romantic elopement to Tijuana...
| May 8, 2008
The beautifully haunting chamber strings that play during Echochrome are reminiscent of Bernard Herrmann's score from the classic Alfred Hitchcock film "Vertigo." How fitting.
After all, the simple yet surreal puzzles that make up the game are...
| Sep 26, 2009
Ken Burns is a matchmaker with a camera. He has introduced Americans to themselves, to their history, with documentaries such as "The Civil War." He also used the "pan and scan" camera technique to make still images of the long-dead seem alive on the...
| May 7, 2009
The book “Learning by Heart: Teachings to Free the Creative Spirit” -- based on the work of the late Sister Corita, a legendary art instructor from L.A.'s Immaculate Heart College -- had little immediate effect when it came out in 1992. "It...
| Jan 4, 2008
The results of the first Where Am I photo quiz are in, and it's time to bow deeply in the direction of Eve Zimmerle of Arcadia.
She spotted the San Diego Zoo's aerial Skyfari cars. She knew or deduced that "Stumptown" is a nickname for Portland. She...
| Nov 13, 2008
| 2:03 PM
"I guess there is something wrong with me, Mr. Beckman, because I can't for the life of me see what business it is of anyone else what I do." So says the protagonist of "The Zenner Trophy" -- an exceptionally bright young man about to be expelled from a...
| Nov 1, 2009
| 4:32 PM
Nov. 1, 1959: Orson Welles says he turned down an offer to pose as a genius on a TV quiz show, explaining that he knew nothing about baseball and would miss all such questions. A producer told him: âWe're not going to ask you any questions you don't...