| Mar 24, 2011
The word had already baffled one contestant when Frank Neuhauser confidently spelled it right — "G-L-A-D-I-O-L-U-S" — to win the first national spelling bee in 1925.
Luck was his ally. Although he had studied for months with his mill-worker...
| Jul 8, 2010
Harvey Fuqua, a musical multi-tasker whose career with the prominent 1950s vocal group the Moonglows was a prelude to his association with Marvin Gaye, the Spinners and other R&B stars in the 1960s and '70s, died of a heart attack Tuesday in a Detroit...
| Jul 15, 2010
As the hostess at First & Hope, the new downtown supper club, looks over her reservation book, I can't help noticing the bunch of bananas tattooed on her arm. Somehow, that cheerful yellow bunch coupled with her dramatic pearl gray evening gown says it...
| Sep 18, 2011
Being artistic director of a major regional stage company means you get to give everyone "notes" — theater lingo for putting in your two cents while a play is being readied. Being Marc Masterson, newly arrived as South Coast Repertory's artistic...
| Jun 24, 2007
IT'S a mashed, mashed, mashed, mashed world.
Although underground DJs are still making hybrid tracks of Blondie and Iron Maiden, and college kids do not seem to tire of posting irreverent movie trailer spoofs on YouTube (see "Ocean's 9/11" in which...
| Jul 4, 2007
AS THE Supreme Court wrestled with race-conscious school assignments in Seattle and Louisville, Ky., last week, the justices drew historical figures into the debate. In the most heated bits from the various opinions, each side accused the other of...
| Jun 26, 2007
SUPREME COURT decisions on two school desegregation cases are expected before the court adjourns. The rulings in both cases — in which white parents in Louisville, Ky., and Seattle challenged districts' desegregation plans — will determine...
| Dec 14, 2008
On a stormy autumn evening in Louisville, Ky., Sharri Ford nervously stepped off a flight from Los Angeles to meet the man she would eventually marry. She had spoken to Jose Regalado only on the phone, but their siblings were married and it already seemed...
| Nov 7, 2008
It's been a momentous week. Monday morning at the Music Center, Los Angeles Opera announced a monumental citywide "Ring" festival. As many as 50 organizations around town have expressed willingness to help the company promote its first attempt at Wagner's...
| Jun 28, 2008
| 5:11 PM
A teenager was decapitated by a roller coaster after he hopped a pair of fences and entered a restricted area Saturday at Six Flags Over Georgia, authorities said.
Six Flags officials are uncertain why the unidentified 17-year-old from Columbia, S.C....
| Jul 4, 2008
To make a documentary, you must be passionate about the subject. But too much admiration can lead to a film with more of a fan's view than is good for it. Such is the case with "Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson."
Certainly there is a...