| Jun 6, 2013
| 6:35 AM
"Hello Herman," a school shooting drama about a Justin Bieber look-alike who murders 39 kids and three adults, opens with the all-too-familiar images: police tape, sobbing students, scrambling news anchors and headline-grasping senators.
But Lax Morales...
| Oct 14, 2012
LIVE BY NIGHT
by Dennis Lehane
William Morrow: 416 p.p., $27.99
In a recent interview, Dennis Lehane told fellow author Stephen Anable, "one of the reasons I write is because of all the Jimmy Cagney...
| Aug 12, 2012
Karl Fleming, a former Newsweek reporter who helped draw national attention to the civil rights movement in the 1960s — and risked his life covering it with perceptive stories about its major figures and the inequalities that fueled it —...
| Mar 24, 2013
| 9:33 PM
Olen Burrage, a farmer and Ku Klux Klan member who owned the Mississippi land where the bullet-riddled bodies of three civil rights workers were found buried in the 1960s, has died. He was 82.
Burrage, who was acquitted on civil rights charges related...
| Apr 2, 2013
| 7:49 AM
Elwin Wilson, the former Ku Klux Klan supporter who publicly apologized for years of violent racism, including the beating of a black Freedom Rider who went on to become a Georgia congressman, has died. He was 76.
Wilson died Thursday at a hospital in...
| Feb 21, 2013
The Westboro Baptist Church, best known for picketing military funerals because God hates a country that tolerates gay people (or something like that), is picketing my alma mater next week. Vassar College, a small liberal arts school in New York's...
| Mar 3, 2013
One was nicknamed "Pinky," for rather obscure reasons. Another, for lamentably obvious ones, was known as "Horse Face," and the military buddies of a third called him "Old Chubby Cheeks."
One was a used-car salesman and a KKK member. A couple were...
| Apr 9, 2013
| 5:09 PM
Jackie Robinson changed baseball and the nation that loves it on April 15, 1947, when he became the first black player to walk onto a major league ball field. He changed Carl Erskine's life in March 1948, when Robinson, by then a Brooklyn Dodgers star,...
| Oct 26, 2012
| 4:53 PM
Gov. Jerry Brown appeared to make a racially charged reference to the Ku Klux Klan during a speech to the National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People on Friday, comparing the secretive Arizona nonprofit trying to defeat his tax-hike measure to...
| Dec 25, 2012
| 12:53 AM
After 225 From the Archive posts in 2012, here's the reader's and my favorites from the last year....
| Mar 9, 2013
| 11:43 AM
Officials will hold a forum in Orange County next week to discuss a survey that found that blacks in the county feel harassed. About a quarter of the African Americans who participated in the human relations study reported experiencing discrimination........