| Jan 18, 2009
We tend to lionize or demonize our presidents. It would be tough to find many Abraham Lincoln detractors -- or, for that matter, many Warren G. Harding fans. But even our greatest heroes occasionally failed, and the worst presidents could boast of some...
| Jan 20, 2009
Jose Torres, a former light heavyweight world champion and Olympic silver medalist, died Monday of a heart attack at his home in Ponce, Puerto Rico, said his wife, Ramonita. He was 72.
Torres won the light heavyweight title in 1965 by stopping Willie...
| Feb 19, 2009
| 9:44 PM
Witness to Germany's surrender
Susan Hibbert, 84, who typed the English version of the German surrender document ending World War II and then messaged London to announce the accord had been signed, died Feb. 2, according to the British...
| Aug 8, 2008
| 3:38 PM
They're not exactly rooting for Barack Obama, but prominent white supremacists anticipate a boost to their cause if he becomes the first black president. His election, they say, would trigger a backlash -- whites rising up, a revolution of sorts -- that...
| Nov 1, 2008
Studs Terkel, who made his name listening to ordinary folks talk about their ordinary lives -- and who turned that knack for conversation into a much-honored literary career -- died Friday. He was 96.
Terkel died of old age at his home in Chicago, his...
| Nov 4, 2008
In 1800, Thomas Jefferson endured a presidential campaign in which supporters of his opponent, President John Adams, labored mightily to convince the public that the then-vice president was an atheistic coward hell-bent on ripping Bibles from the homes of...
| Nov 10, 2008
Tommy Davidson's centerpiece joke about President-elect Barack Obama at a Los Angeles comedy club over the weekend "killed" -- in more ways than one.
Davidson, who was a regular on Fox's hip sketch comedy show "In Living Color," bounded on stage Friday...
| Jul 2, 2008
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July 6, 2008
The story was already written: Vividly rendered on those young faces -- excited, angry, naive, fearful, idealistic. But it was only the first leg of their journey. That's what first struck Eric Etheridge when he first laid eyes on a trove of...
| Dec 30, 2007
Political speech at retail shopping centers suffers from a brand-comparison weakness. Shoppers in a mall are accustomed to a dizzying range of choices: 31 flavors of ice cream, dozens of makes of digital cameras, scores of detergents. In American...
| Sep 25, 2009
Soviet spy was based in L.A. in '40s
Lt. Col. Yelizaveta Mukasei, 97, a Soviet spy who worked undercover in the West with her husband, died in Moscow early Saturday, according to Russian External Intelligence Service spokesman...
| Oct 21, 2009
| 8:06 PM
Jack Nelson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter, author and longtime Washington bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times, whose hard-nosed coverage of the civil rights movement in the 1960s and the Watergate scandal in the 1970s helped...