| Sep 30, 2013
| 4:33 PM
Activist attorney Leonard J. Kerpelman, best known for representing atheist Madalyn Murray O'Hair in the landmark 1963 Supreme Court case that outlawed prayer in public schools, died Thursday at a Baltimore hospital of complications from a tumor. He was...
| Oct 28, 2013
| 8:32 PM
BEIJING — Chinese authorities were scouring Beijing for suspects from a region of northwestern China with a large Muslim population after a brazen attack at Tiananmen Square the day before that left five people dead.
In what could hardly have been...
| Dec 4, 2013
| 9:00 AM
California students who borrowed money while completing their college degrees last year had about $20,000 in debt, the second-lowest figure in the nation, according to a study released Wednesday morning.
The average U.S. undergraduate who took out loans...
| Dec 5, 2013
A little more than 20 years ago, Congress did something that, today, is hard to imagine. Lawmakers from both parties and across the political spectrum found common ground and passed, by a near-unanimous vote, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which...
| Dec 12, 2013
| 12:54 PM
Court documents in the federal lawsuits filed by St. Bonaventure, Oaks Christian, St. Lucy's and Damien against the CIF Southern Section indicate that a mediation attempt failed in November but discussions are continuing and there appears to be an...
| Nov 11, 2013
| 6:00 AM
First there was the Boy Scouts' "Respect Copyrights" activity patch, backed by the Motion Picture Assn. of America.
Then there was "Crime-Fighting Canines," a weekly anti-piracy comic strip series for children in which two black Labrador retrievers...
| Nov 11, 2013
| 10:35 AM
The writer, editor and critic Ilan Stavans is a polyglot master of many literary trades: His works include an authoritative anthology of Latino literature for Norton, a legendary Spanglish translation of the opening pages of “Don Quixote,” and...
| Oct 1, 2013
| 8:57 AM
At wintertime in a Jewish home in the United States, you’re more likely to find a Christmas tree than a kosher kitchen.
That’s one of the findings in a sweeping new study of Jewish Americans from the Pew Research Center, which polled...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 9:47 PM
Growing up Jewish, Marilyn McLaughlin loved lighting the braided candle and singing to mark the end of Shabbat. She relished studying the Talmud and weighing its ethical questions.
But sitting in synagogue left her cold. "I was stuffed with religion,"...
| Aug 11, 2013
Forty-four years ago, the Supreme Court ruled that students in public schools don't "shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate." A federal appeals court last week offered an expansive — but...
| Aug 12, 2013
| 1:51 PM
Fewer parents are vaccinating their children, but still sending them off to school, warns physician and professor Nina Shapiro in our Opinion pages. In it, she argues for "unvaccinated-free zones" to protect all children from disease.