| Oct 15, 2010
Richard Morefield, a former career diplomat who was the U.S. consul general in Tehran in 1979 when the American Embassy was seized by Iranian militants and he and 51 other Americans were held hostage for 444 days, has died. He was 81.
| Aug 15, 2011
In the summer of 1994, carpet-tile mogul Ray C. Anderson made a sobering discovery: Although his billion-dollar business was the biggest of its kind in the world, everything about it was wrong.
That realization came after reading "The Ecology of...
| Nov 9, 2011
Norman Ramsey, who shared the 1989 Nobel Prize in physics for his research into atomic energy levels that led to the creation of the atomic clock and MRI machines, has died. He was 96.
Ramsey died in his sleep Nov. 4 at a nursing home in Wayland, Mass.,...
| Dec 30, 2011
Reading Lewis Sorley's scalding biography of Army Gen. William Westmoreland, "Westmoreland: The General Who Lost Vietnam," is like watching a slow-motion replay of an oncoming train wreck.
The result of this collision is known: failure of the U.S....
| Dec 16, 2009
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Thought-Wave Arrest While making a routine inspection of a Sunset Blvd. tavern, Jack Zumstein and Adolphus Miles, supervising public health sanitarians (yes, that's the correct title), were heckled by a customer who clearly had overindulged. When they...
| Feb 28, 2008
NEW YORK, (February 28, 2008) Maxine Hong Kingston has been named the winner of the 28th annual Los Angeles Times Book Prizes' Robert Kirsch Award for lifetime achievement.
The award was announced tonight along with the names of the 45 finalists for...
| May 3, 2009
Army 1st Lt. Daniel B. Hyde always had a desire to become a leader and, his family said, as a young man he displayed the confidence, discipline and humbleness to be a natural.
"He was very regimented; he was perfect for the military," his mother, Glenda,...
| May 4, 2009
Lily Burana's "I Love a Man in Uniform: A Memoir of Love, War, and Other Battles" presents itself as a spicy romp through the ins and outs of military wifedom.
In a certain sense, it delivers precisely that, giving us a solid serving of domestic life...
| Nov 29, 2008
Day after day, the widows sit silently in court, a few feet from the soldier accused of murdering their husbands. They listen as their husbands' violent deaths play out again and again in witness testimony. Sometimes, they say, the defendant stares at...
| Dec 4, 2008
Put education first
Re “Bid to oust Brewer falls apart,” Dec. 3
It was disheartening to read about the bureaucratic machinations surrounding the failed effort to remove Los Angeles Unified Supt. David L. Brewer.
My disappointment was...
| Dec 16, 2008
Perhaps the most irksome characteristic of the Bush administration has been the Rio Grande-wide gap between rhetoric and action.
The president has consistently talked a good game when it comes to democracy promotion, stopping weapons proliferation and...