| Dec 21, 2008
Playboy magazine has been offending sensibilities since it began publishing in 1953, and ordinarily its stunts to attract readers are not worth noting. But the cover of the December issue of Playboy Mexico, featuring a semi-nude model presumably...
| Feb 21, 2009
Geshe Tsultim Gyeltsen, a leading Tibetan lama, human rights activist and founder of a Buddhist center in Long Beach, died Feb. 13 after a short illness. He was 85.
FOR THE RECORD:
Gyeltsen obituary: In the Feb. 21 California...
| Sep 26, 2008
Today's question: Has the IRS ever gone too far in pushing back against political speech by clergy? Previously, Lynn and Stanley discussed the Constitution’s position on pulpit politics, how far ministers can delve into politics without inviting...
| Apr 26, 2008
Not long after he became the presumed Republican nominee, John McCain flew to New Orleans to face a skeptical audience -- conservative leaders of the Council for National Policy.
A questioner zeroed in on a topic McCain rarely addresses on the campaign...
| Jun 8, 2008
In this neighborhood, nobody knows your name.
There you are in the photograph above, crawling anonymously along a cheerless stretch of real estate known as the 110 Freeway at rush hour. The roads are slick with rain and cluttered with wrecks, and you'...
| Jul 9, 2008
A few months ago, a wine made its way into my glass that was so far outside my wheelhouse it haunted me long after the bottle was empty. It was a Greek wine, a terse, piney Roditis called Petra made by Kir-Yianni winery from a region called Florina, in...
| Jul 15, 2008
The Hold Steady "Stay Positive" (Vagrant)
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The Hold Steady is back with its fourth album, and that means another visit to America's psychic outskirts. Like a Northern counterpart to the Drive-By Truckers (whose Patterson Hood guests on the...
| Dec 19, 2007
It's a solitary journey conducted among the multitudes, a personal communication with God alongside millions loudly having the same conversation.
"I imagine it to be an ocean of people but still somehow a lonely place," said Hasan Badday just hours...
| Dec 20, 2007
About 300 former and current Capistrano Valley High students rallied Wednesday in support of a teacher accused of making anti-Christian statements in the classroom.
Boosters of James Corbett, an Advanced Placement European history teacher, lined both...
| Dec 31, 2007
Iran's supreme leader spoke not with the thunder of a man regarded in his country as God's representative on Earth, but with the exasperated tone of a corporate manager chastising his employees.
Ali Khamenei had ordered his deputies to start...
| Jan 27, 2008
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
At 10 am on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, Dubai's Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding sponsors tours of the Jumeirah Mosque.
The mosque, completed in 1979 near the beach in the most exclusive...