| Jun 3, 2011
Great con artists understand this about human nature: The suckers want to be taken.
In 1978, a poor, semi-educated German teenager named Christian K. Gerhartsreiter arrived in New England on a falsified student visa. Brilliant, charismatic and twisted,...
| Aug 17, 2009
Elin Brekke Vanderlip, the Norwegian-born grande dame of the Palos Verdes Peninsula and founder of a Los Angeles group that raised millions of dollars to help rescue France's cultural riches, has died. She was 90.
Vanderlip, who was a member of the...
| Nov 17, 2009
Ken Ober, a comedian and actor who as host of MTV's "Remote Control" in the 1980s guided the raucous question-and-answer trivia contests on the irreverent cable TV game show, was found dead Sunday at his home in Santa Monica. He was 52.
Lee Kernis of...
| Aug 23, 2006
An amazing artichoke soup with gnarly black truffles and marvelous aged Parmesan shaved over the top. Before I can take a bite, a waiter butters a piece of warm mushroom brioche for me -- with truffle butter, bien sur -- and suggests I dunk it in the...
| Feb 15, 2009
Dr. William Close, a self-proclaimed country doctor who became the personal physician of Zairian President Mobutu Sese Seko and played a key role in halting the 1976 outbreak of the lethal Ebola virus that terrified Zaire and surrounding countries, has...
| Jan 5, 2008
Will the third time be a charm -- or a bust?
The stock market, slammed Friday by recession fears after a dismal jobs report, is suffering through its third major decline since July.
Key indexes closed either near or below their levels in November, which...
| Apr 19, 2010
Dr. Mortimer D. Sackler, the psychiatrist who with his brothers bought a small pharmaceutical company and turned it into a major player in the industry by developing the powerful and controversial painkiller OxyContin, died March 24 in Gstaad,...
| Feb 11, 2010
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Nina Blanchard, the founder of an internationally known Hollywood modeling agency whose roster included Cheryl Tiegs and other top models, has died. She was 81.
Blanchard died of cardiac arrest Sunday at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank,...
| Feb 27, 2010
Lara Spencer and David Haffenreffer traded more than time zones last year when they moved from Greenwich, Conn., to Beverly Hills. They crossed architectural decades. Spencer, host of "The Insider" celebrity news show on CBS, and her husband, a former CNN...