| 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 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 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...
| May 22, 2014
| 6:00 AM
In the twilight years of snail mail, fledgling British copywriter Shaun Usher launched Letters of Note, a blog dedicated to paper correspondence. Despite the obvious irony, the site quickly built a following. Readers connected with the personal written...
| May 22, 2014
| 7:21 PM
Pop-jazz singer Nellie McKay, a Pocono Mountain High School graduate who has worked with Cyndi Lauper and recorded an album of Doris Day’s songs, will play with Grammy-winning jazz string foursome Turtle Island Quartet as a highlight of this year&...
| May 24, 2014
| 4:32 AM
Admiral William Sheffield Cowles and his wife, Anna "Bamie" Roosevelt Cowles, must have slipped into Union Station quietly, without being recognized.
Had the mid-day travelers in the lobby noticed them, they would certainly have put two and two together...
| May 27, 2014
| 4:03 PM
I’ve long been suspicious of pseudonyms. Why, if writing is an art of communication, publish under another name? But John Wray’s recent piece on the New Yorker’s Page-Turner blog has made me think again. Here, Wray (which is itself a...
| Jun 15, 2014
| 4:33 AM
In September 1886, a solitary, blue-capped figure on a Columbia Expert bicycle approached a house in Elk Falls, Kansas, as rain obscured the green hills. The rider was George B. Thayer, who had cycled more than 3,600 miles around the country, starting...
| Jun 16, 2014
| 11:23 AM
Around the globe, productivity is said to take a steep hit every four years when the World Cup rolls around. Entire countries shut down -- often in the middle of a weekday. After the 2010 World Cup, one study estimated the decline in economic output in...
| May 23, 2014
| 4:22 AM
A pop-jazz singer and a revue of R&B hits will highlight of this year’s Live on Stage season at Allentown’s Miller Symphony Hall, it was announced. Nellie McKay, a Pocono Mountain High School graduate who has worked with Cyndi Lauper......