| Dec 29, 2013
For the last couple of years I have been writing a love letter to the love letter, a pleasurably nostalgic if doomed task. I've been pondering what we stand to lose if we abandon pen and stamps forever and just stick to email and social media. How much...
| Jan 7, 2014
| 6:30 AM
Debuting Tuesday as part of the PBS series "American Experience," "The Poisoner's Handbook" offers a fascinating look back at how the chemical age changed police work.
Based on Deborah Blum's 2010 book "The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of...
| Jan 11, 2014
| 5:27 PM
When Elaine Redfield arrived in Fullerton in 1950, it was a culture shock. Mainly because, in her view, there wasn't much culture at all in Orange County.
"When I came here, the county was a great wasteland, really, culturally and intellectually," she...
| Jan 12, 2014
| 1:47 PM
Lucky for us, the so-called decline of Western civilization that birthed hardcore punk rock in the early 1980s didn't play out as feared. Thirty years later, beer is still served cold, parking meters now take credit cards, and musicians from the era...
| Dec 11, 2013
| 6:37 PM
WASHINGTON — Although malaria deaths have fallen worldwide over the last decade, health leaders warned Wednesday of a small but rising threat in parts of Southeast Asia, where anti-malaria drug resistance is confounding experts.
| Oct 10, 2013
| 7:33 PM
M. Scott Carpenter, a college dropout and local ne'er-do-well who became the second American to orbit Earth, wasn't proud of the way his teen years took off.
"The local papers that say I was just a normal boy are trying to think of something not bad...
| Oct 15, 2013
| 3:00 AM
JINAN, China — This squat concrete building was once a chicken coop, but now it's part of a farm with an entirely different kind of livestock — millions of cockroaches.
Inside, squirming masses of the reddish-brown insects dart between...
| Oct 26, 2013
| 5:39 PM
With each scrape of the Florida Panhandle soil by an excavator's metal claw, anthropologists are moving a step closer to unraveling a century of mystery over the fates of missing boys from an infamous reform school.
Some of those sent to the Arthur G....
| Nov 1, 2013
| 9:19 AM
Riverside County health officials are working with the Murrieta Valley Unified School District to identify students and staff who may have been exposed to a high school student with an active case of tuberculosis.
The Vista Murrieta High School student,...
| Oct 14, 2013
| 7:00 AM
British actress Vivien Leigh had that undefinable star quality. For 30 years, the exquisitely beautiful Leigh captivated film and theater audiences with her well-crafted, magnetic performances.
In fact, Leigh won lead actress Oscars for creating two...
| Nov 11, 2013
| 9:53 PM
A high-profile AIDS healthcare organization is attempting to soften its approach after meeting pitched opposition to a ballot measure that would require the city of Los Angeles to set up its own health department.
AIDS Healthcare Foundation collected...