| Sep 14, 2008
These are perilous times for customers of airlines, cruise lines and tour companies that may be financially wobbly.
When Aloha Airlines, ATA and GrandLuxe Rail Journeys this year stopped operations, thousands of travelers were stranded -- and...
| Jun 18, 2008
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Delta Air Lines, struggling with high fuel costs, plans to slash about 13% of its flights at Los Angeles International Airport, including nonstop service to Boston, Hartford, Conn., and Columbus, Ohio.
The latest cuts are the deepest so far at LAX, which...
| Jan 29, 2008
Declaring that "it is time for a new generation of leadership" in America, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy endorsed Sen. Barack Obama for president Monday, wrapping the young politician in the mantle of America's best-known political dynasty.
He was joined in a...
| Jul 27, 2009
Betty Allen, one of the first African American singers to reach prominence on the international opera stage, died June 22 of complications from kidney disease at a hospital in Valhalla, N.Y. She was 82.
If contralto Marian Anderson in the 1930s and 1940s...
| Aug 20, 2009
It's a good thing Frank Bruni is such a talented writer, or "Born Round: The Secret History of a Full-Time Eater" would be a lot tougher to digest. The outgoing restaurant reviewer for the New York Times writes frankly about gargantuan binges and...
| Aug 27, 2009
Dominick Dunne, the bestselling novelist and Vanity Fair writer who chronicled the misdeeds of the rich and famous with wicked glee -- most memorably in his highly personal accounts of the trials of Claus von Bulow, the Menendez brothers and O.J....
| Jan 9, 2010
Art Clokey, the creator of the whimsical clay figure Gumby, died in his sleep Friday at his home in Los Osos, Calif., after battling repeated bladder infections, his son Joseph said. He was 88.
Clokey and his wife, Ruth, invented Gumby in the early 1950s...
| Jan 17, 2010
In October 2002, a trim, white-haired poet named Don Thompson sat down in a farmhouse in the San Joaquin Valley and wrote a poem called "Turning Sixty." In it, he compared his birthday to the climb of "a few degrees on the thermometer" that "add up to the...
| Jan 17, 2010
This year promises to be the year of Mark Twain. It marks the 175th anniversary of his birth, the 100th anniversary of his death and the 125th anniversary of the American publication of "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn."
Because I have written about Twain...