| Apr 13, 2009
Girl power and Good Friday combined to propel "Hannah Montana: The Movie" to the top of the weekend box office with $34 million in ticket sales.
The better-than-expected opening, along with a number of well-performing holdovers, continued the movie...
| Jan 4, 2009
"The Journals of John Cheever" edited by Robert Gottlieb (Vintage)
"Good Friday. I neither fast nor make any observations of this somber time. I roam from the post office to the church, unsober. The central altar is dark, but on the left the priest has...
| Jan 28, 2009
Fronting charm on the airways and deploying diplomacy away from the camera's flash, the Obama administration has landed in the Middle East.
Hours after an interview with President Obama was broadcast across the Arab world by satellite channel Al Arabiya,...
| Feb 20, 2009
During the Persian Gulf war in 1991, Michael Strobl was a lieutenant in a Marine artillery unit in the thick of the action.
By the time the Marines led the U.S. assault into Iraq in 2003, Strobl had been promoted to lieutenant colonel and had a desk...
| Oct 19, 2008
Words & Ideas
Michael Connelly The author will read and sign his latest book, "The Brass Verdict." Mysteries to Die For, 2940 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 1 p.m. Free. (805) 374-0084.
Omarosa The reality television personality will...
| Sep 27, 2009
A few years ago, while abroad for a summer semester in England, I flew over to Ireland for a short vacation over the Bank Holiday weekend. I spent much of the time in Dublin but before getting there, I had a day's layover in Belfast. And though one only...
| Feb 21, 2010
The glass case at Maria Grammatico's Pasticceria del Convento in the hilltop town of Erice displays treasures worthy of a Swiss bank.
Cannoli, filled with fresh ricotta, is just the best known variety. When you make a closer study, you discover a world...
| Mar 25, 2009
The experience of empire seems to leave a people with at least a taste, if not a particular talent, for conspiracy. Certainly, that's true of the Russians for whom the one place at which the history of czarism and Bolshevism most clearly conjoins is in...