| May 6, 2013
| 3:18 PM
“Constitution USA With Peter Sagal,” the new PBS series about the country's ever-disputed founding document, tests an important constitutional principle: that the framework for a federal government, drafted with high hopes and noble purpose...
| Dec 8, 2012
I'm still disappointed that I didn't win Power Ball.
Sure, I know it was a long shot, but there is something about the prize being a half billion dollars that gets you to start thinking, "Hey somebody has to win, why not me?"
I would have been good with...
| Nov 11, 2012
This is one of those fun-but-tricky columns to write, since I have to turn it in before the election's over, but you will be reading it afterwards.
(Assuming, that is, the election has been decided by this Sunday. We didn't have another election like...
| Nov 15, 2012
| 5:37 AM
I was in New York City last week.
On Tuesday, Election Day, CNN had big screens in Times Square, and I joined the folks watching the returns. We cheered a lot, especially when CNN turned cameras on us.
On Wednesday, a nor'easter struck NYC. I can't...
| Apr 9, 2013
| 11:54 AM
Consumer loyalty, in the digital media era, seems to be as valued as an AOL start-up disk. Customers of most cellphone companies finish their contracts and win the right to keep paying the same high prices that supposedly included the cost of their once-...
| Mar 28, 2013
| 2:32 PM
Until recently, the Vera Wang bridal shop in Singapore imposed a non-refundable $482 fee to try on dresses. And last month a health food retailer in Australia posted this notice on its door: “As of the first of February, this store will be...
| Feb 20, 2013
| 9:29 AM
"We need to buy a movie studio."
Amid the umpteen conferences, panels, meetings and informal conversations in the wake of the presidential election, this idea has been a near constant among conservatives who feel like the country is slipping through...
| Feb 22, 2013
An American export has turned out to be a surprising hit in China: the McMansion.
Though "McMansion" may not be the kindest term for this Chinese architectural phenomenon, that's the case: Wealthy locals in Beijing and other cities have become smitten...
| Apr 2, 2013
| 5:04 PM
BURLINGTON, Vt. — There was a McDonald's downtown in Vermont's largest city for years, but then Vermont's largest city decided it didn't want McDonald's anymore. So the McDonald's closed.
A McDonald's closing. Who's ever heard of such a thing?...
| Dec 19, 2013
| 5:32 PM
Times staff writer Yvonne Villarreal chats with "Downton Abbey" cast members Michelle Dockery, Joanne Froggatt, Phyllis Logan and Sophie McShera....
| Dec 27, 2012
| 4:45 PM
The British are coming, again, and it's futile to resist. “Downton Abbey” is better than ever. PBS made the first eight hours available to TV critics, but held back the shocking season finale, which just aired in Great Britain. And it is...