| Dec 20, 2013
| 2:30 PM
Rutgers professor Richard Heffner, who hosted PBS talkshow "The Open Mind" for more than 50 years and headed the motion picture ratings board for two decades, died Dec. 17 in New York. He was 88 and suffered a sudden cerebral hemorrhage.
The educator and...
| Dec 5, 2013
| 5:00 PM
The year is 1992. Nelson Mandela, two years beyond his release from 27 years of political imprisonment and two years before he will be elected president of South Africa, stands before a classroom of Soweto children.
A rare moment is being captured by...
| Dec 5, 2013
| 2:57 PM
[<a href="//storify.com/latimes/nelson-mandela-dies-at-age-95" target="_blank">View the story "Nelson Mandela dies at age 95" on Storify</a>]<h1>Nelson Mandela dies at age 95</h1><h2>South Africa's first black president and...
| Nov 7, 2013
| 2:36 PM
The Lions are coming to Chicago on Sunday, with both teams tied atop the NFC North at 5-3. For the Bears, 2013 has been a season in transition—they still have a star unit, but it's the offense, not the defense, that's turning heads.
So in honor of...
| Feb 4, 2013
If you're going to make "forever" stamps, it's hard to go wrong by invoking Rosa Parks' long-lasting legacy.
On Monday, the United States Postal Service began to issue their new Parks stamps -- called forever stamps because their rates never change -- to...
| Aug 11, 2013
Susan O'Halloran writes about searching as a child for "models of whiteness to be proud of."
She was an Irish-Catholic kid growing up in the '50s and '60s on Chicago's vehemently segregated Southwest Side. She recalls her neighbors and relatives...
| Jun 13, 2013
| 8:32 AM
About a year ago, actor-author-producer Paul Reiser decided to return to standup comedy. He hadn’t really done the whole comedy-club tour thing in about 20 years.
“People said, ‘Hey, it’s like riding a bike … ’...
| Sep 15, 2013
Talismans of high school life come and go but one has remained steadfast for generations: that slim ruby red paperback known as J.D. Salinger’s “The Catcher in the Rye.”
First published in 1951, the coming-of-age novel sells about a...
| Nov 15, 2012
| 9:27 AM
In a Slate story that's making the rounds, Andrew Piper contends that reading digitally is distinctly different from reading the printed word. The headline declares, in fact, "Out of touch: e-reading isn't reading."
The online response is exasperated,...
| Jul 4, 2013
| 10:00 AM
When the poet laureate of California is invited to receptions and his hosts ask if there's anything special he'd like to eat, Juan Felipe Herrera likes to give an irreverent answer: "How about some cilantro?"
Cilantro, an herb used in making guacamole...
| May 13, 2013
| 11:29 AM
MEXICO CITY -- Mexican officials are preparing evacuation routes and shelters for tens of thousands of people who live in the shadow of Popocatepetl, a giant volcano 40 miles southeast of Mexico City.
"Popo," as the volcano is known, has displayed a...
| May 13, 2013
| 4:59 PM
MEXICO CITY — Two waiters at a downtown Mexico City bar have been arrested and identified by prosecutors here as the “likely killers” of Malcolm Shabazz. The grandson of slain civil rights leader Malcolm X, Shabazz was beaten to death...