| Nov 14, 2013
| 1:45 PM
In the rococo mid-'70s, my father and his three sons would gather around our black-and-white TV and watch World Wide Wrestling matches on Saturday afternoons. We were entranced by the long-running tag-team feud between "baby faces" — good guys...
| Oct 3, 2013
| 12:11 PM
Ventura County authorities have arrested 21 people in connection with alleged sales of prescription drugs via Craigslist.
The arrests, announced this week, took place in recent months and stemmed from illegal sales of drugs like Adderall, OxyContin and...
| Oct 10, 2013
The dull whir of the computer running in the background seemed to have gotten louder as the patient fell quiet. She was a young woman, a primary-care patient of mine, seeking a referral to yet another gastroenterologist. Her abdominal pain had already...
| Oct 15, 2013
| 8:54 PM
A Southern California pain doctor who was featured in a 2012 Times investigative article on patient overdose deaths was arrested Tuesday on seven counts of illegally prescribing narcotics and other widely abused drugs.
Dr. John Dimowo is charged with...
| Sep 14, 2013
| 9:00 AM
Meghan McCain, the outspoken daughter of Sen. John McCain, stars in "Raising McCain," billed as a new "docu-talk" series on Participant Media's new TV network, Pivot. Cameras follow the 28-year-old pundit on interviews exploring a variety of issues of...
| Jul 13, 2013
| 7:00 AM
Like many of his characters, Aaron Sorkin has a thick-skinned, tough-talking, "that large rectangle to your left is the door" attitude toward public opinion.
It was very much in evidence last year when the reaction to his high-wattage HBO drama "The...
| Aug 6, 2013
| 12:55 PM
The Wall Street madam running against Eliot Spitzer for New York City comptroller was arrested on suspicion of selling drugs -- probably a negative for her campaign.
Kristin Davis, a busty platinum blond who ran a high-end prostitution business, was...
| Aug 1, 2013
| 5:30 AM
One of the joys for a theater critic of watching Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine" is the chance to see Cate Blanchett take another crack at Blanche DuBois, a role that won her much acclaim in the touring Sydney Theatre Company production of "A Streetcar Named...
| Sep 23, 2013
| 7:15 AM
It does seem odd at first that the new TV season brings a series called "Dads" and another called "Mom." But TV moves in waves and swarms, and this fall there is an emphasis on family (and on extended family), possibly reflecting the experience of writers...
| Jun 29, 2013
| 6:30 AM
There is a particular sound to the R&B and hip-hop music coming out of Los Angeles right now, an approach stylistically distinctive from the current rhythms emanating from New York, Atlanta or Chicago.
Despite predictions that the Internet would...
| May 28, 2013
| 7:07 AM
After the coffee. Before trying to persuade Netflix to make another season of "Men of a Certain Age."
The Skinny: So far I've gotten through seven episodes of "Arrested Development." Unlike others who powered through all 15 like a kid with a pizza in...