| Jun 24, 2011
| 2:44 PM
Peter Falk, the gravel-voiced actor who became an enduring television icon portraying Lt. Columbo, the rumpled raincoat-wearing Los Angeles police homicide detective who always had "just one more thing" to ask a suspect, died Thursday. He was 83.
| Jul 4, 2010
Jim Kopel has been a big fan of state fairs since he was 10, when he exhibited his Chester White pigs at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines. Since retiring from teaching a few years ago, Kopel has visited state fairs in all 50 states, turning his ardor...
| Dec 2, 2010
Alfred Masini, a pioneer of first-run syndication who created such hit television shows as "Entertainment Tonight" and "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous," has died. He was 80.
Masini died Monday in Honolulu from complications of melanoma, said Kristin...
| Aug 3, 2011
"Seventies Los Angeles is really not ever very far from my mind, for some weird reason," says author Dana Spiotta, a former Angeleno who now lives in upstate New York. "I just love '70s Los Angeles."
The city plays a big part in her latest novel,...
| Aug 5, 2008
| 12:40 PM
Adolescents who watch more than one hour of television a day are more likely to commit aggressive and violent acts as adults, according to a 17-year study reported today in the journal Science.
The study, which tracked more than 700 adolescents into...
| Jan 20, 2008
Suzanne Pleshette, the dark-haired, smoky-voiced actress who played Bob Newhart's confident and sexy wife, Emily Hartley, for six years on the popular 1970s sitcom "The Bob Newhart Show," has died. She was 70.
The widow of comic actor Tom Poston,...
| Oct 11, 2009
Last fall, as every fall for 10 years, playwright and director Moisés Kaufman was thinking about the 1998 killing of gay college student Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyo. Kaufman's Tectonic Theater Project had gone to Laramie just weeks after Shepard's...
| Nov 19, 2009
| 5:55 PM
Producer on Frost Nixon interviews
Marvin Minoff, 78, a film and TV producer whose credits include the movies "Patch Adams" and "Dominick and Eugene" and David Frost's broadcast interviews with former President Nixon, died Nov. 11 at his...
| Nov 27, 2009
Marilyn Minter's latest pictures look like high fashion throwing up: Big, glossy close-ups of lipsticked mouths spewing diamonds, pearls and colorful, glittering goo.
Both luminous and grotesque, they are meant to evoke the experience of flipping through...
| Aug 21, 2009
The release from prison Thursday of Abdel Basset Ali Megrahi, described as terminally ill with prostate cancer, was the latest development in the case of the 1988 Pan Am bombing over Lockerbie, Scotland, which was seared into American and British...
| Aug 30, 2009
When Lester Glassner died of pancreatic cancer Aug. 9 in hospice care at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City at age 70, he left behind a major part of his life that he had spent nearly 50 years accumulating.
The one-time picture editor,...