| Jun 18, 2014
| 9:54 AM
Jay Leno no longer has "The Tonight Show," but he'll soon have a new honor to add to his resume. On Wednesday, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announced that the comedian will receive the 17th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor....
| Jun 18, 2014
| 10:30 AM
WASHINGTON -- Comedian Jay Leno has been tapped by the Kennedy Center to receive this year's Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.
The award will be presented Oct. 19 at a Kennedy Center ceremony to be broadcast Nov. 23 on PBS stations. The comedy award,...
| May 13, 2014
| 5:00 AM
More than a dozen teachers have been recognized for their work at Westside schools and community organizations by the Venice Chamber of Commerce.
The chamber's fourth annual WAVE awards recognize innovation and outstanding teaching efforts inside and...
| May 5, 2014
| 10:14 AM
Those planning a summer vacation in the U.S., have plenty of festivals and fairs to enjoy in various parts of the country this year.
Here are more than a dozen events –- but just some of what’s on tap for the summer — arranged...
| May 15, 2014
| 8:39 AM
Events featuring authors and poets are scheduled this spring and summer. Here are some highlights:
International best-selling British author of fantasy, whose work includes the comic book series "The Sandman" and novels "Stardust,"...
| May 16, 2014
Do you know the Mount Rushmore game?
Essentially, you pick a category like, say, candy bars and decide which of them belongs on the candy bar Mount Rushmore.
(For the record, the answer is: Snickers, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, Twix and Kit Kat.)...
| Jun 9, 2014
It's been quite some time since I've written a letter like this, nearly 300 years, actually. The last time I wrote to a paper was in 1722, writing to The New England Courant. Back then, I was told that my voice was "an enemy to vice, and a...
| Jun 11, 2014
| 12:30 PM
Fast on the uptake as ever, the speaker of the U.S. House, the permanently tanned if not taxidermied John Boehner, has delivered his judgment on the ever-unfolding scandal at the Veterans Administration: "The fact that more than 57,000 veterans are...
| May 19, 2014
| 10:47 AM
A Nevada state board pulled plans to name a Lake Tahoe cove after Mark Twain amid opposition from a tribe saying he held racist views on Native Americans.
The Nevada State Board on Geographic Names voted this week to indefinitely postpone a move to name...
| May 16, 2014
| 3:47 PM
'The house was quiet and the world was calm …"
Or so said Wallace Stevens.
Clearly the world is anything but calm. And yet the house, it's true, is quiet: Stevens' home at 118 Westerly Terrace in the Hartford's West End will soon go on the...
| May 20, 2014
| 6:00 AM
The author Mark Twain was a lot of things to a lot of people: cigar-chomping social critic, curmudgeon, knee-slapping loose cannon who would have frowned at -- and mocked -- the phrase "politically correct."
A decision by a Nevada state panel sheds...