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  • Beyond the Black History Month hit parade

    Beyond the Black History Month hit parade
    Black History Month reminds me of a really great golden oldies station, always blaring the same handful of terrific tunes. Every February, it plays Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks and Harriet Tubman soul — with a chorus or two of the George Washington Carver blues.
  • Randell Makinson dies at 81; Greene & Greene preservation advocate

    Randell Makinson dies at 81; Greene & Greene preservation advocate
    Randell Makinson, a forceful advocate for preservation of the rambling Greene & Greene bungalows that came to be seen as graceful emblems of early 20th century California, has died. He was 81. His death at his Pasadena home on Tuesday was caused by...

    Book review: 'The Last Greatest Magician in the World' by Jim Steinmeyer

    Book review: 'The Last Greatest Magician in the World' by Jim Steinmeyer
    The Last Greatest Magician in the World Howard Thurston Versus Houdini & the Battles of the American Wizards Jim Steinmeyer Tarcher/Penguin: 377 pp., $26.95 It takes some courage to write the biography of a man the reading public has mostly forgotten....

    Meinhardt Raabe dies at 94; one of the Munchkins in 'The Wizard of Oz'

    Meinhardt Raabe dies at 94; one of the Munchkins in 'The Wizard of Oz'
    Meinhardt Raabe, who played the Munchkin coroner in "The Wizard of Oz" and proclaimed that the Wicked Witch of the East was "really most sincerely dead," has died. He was 94. Raabe died Friday morning at a hospital in Orange Park, Fla., after an apparent...

    Torture devices seeking righteous buyer

    Torture devices seeking righteous buyer
    It slices! It dices! It pierces and pokes! It pulls stubborn flesh from bone with the flick of a wrist! And if that doesn't get your prisoner talking, perhaps the ornate chair with its spiked seat, back and arm rests will do the trick. The ghoulish...