| Sep 8, 2012
| 3:47 PM
The thunder of cannons and muskets had some competition from the real thing Saturday, but following an afternoon downpour, Union and Confederate forces squared off in a re-enactment of the Battle of Fox’s Gap.
More than 4,000 re-enactors took to...
| Sep 13, 2012
| 9:27 PM
Even small birds are a big problem at airports.
All sorts of feathered and furry creatures are a threat to aircraft — both commercial and private. Part of an airport manager's job is to take care of wildlife effectively, said Mike Wilson, who...
| Sep 21, 2012
Joni Gordon, an art world novice who bought a failing Melrose Avenue gallery, Newspace, 37 years ago and turned it into an incubator for Los Angeles' contemporary art scene, has died. She was 75.
Gordon died Sept. 11 in Bend, Ore., 10 days after a...
| Jul 14, 2012
Russell Shank, the chief librarian at UCLA from 1977 to 1989 who was known as a staunch supporter of 1st Amendment rights in all libraries and an early proponent of technology as a way to enhance library services, has died. He was 86.
| Mar 25, 2012
In its early days, America lacked world-class universities, libraries, scientific research facilities, and museums. Many Americans believed such things were unnecessary for national security and economic growth, and were disinterested in the promotion...
| Jul 24, 2012
| 7:32 PM
The spotlight shined Tuesday on Smithsburg as the artwork of several artists from that area was exhibited during a two-hour reception at The Miller House on West Washington Street.
Included in the exhibit are works from Emily Clayton Bishop and Luther B....
| Aug 1, 2012
| 4:47 AM
In a world more to his liking, Gore Vidalmight have been president, or even king. He had an aristocrat's bearing — tall, handsome and composed — and an authoritative baritone ideal for summoning an aide or courtier.
But Vidal made his...
| Aug 2, 2012
| 2:35 PM
You never want to see a hole in your plane. Holes are not supposed to be in planes. And that's why investigators with the Federal Aviation Administration are looking into what knocked a whole in a United Airlines jet.
They think it was some flocking...
| Aug 9, 2012
| 9:55 PM
This is American exceptionalism: "Now I am become Death, the Destroyer of Worlds."
But you have to say it without the doubt, the regret -- the horror -- of Robert Oppenheimer, theoretical physicist extraordinaire and director of the Manhattan Project,...
| Aug 13, 2012
| 9:15 AM
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - This port city on the Mississippi River calls itself the birthplace of rock 'n' roll. Its credentials? The Memphis Recording Service, forerunner of Sun Studio, in 1951 recorded "Rocket 88" by Jackie Brenston & His Delta Cats, which some...
| Aug 17, 2012
| 2:16 PM
The lithographs in Joy M. Kiser's "America's Other Audubon" are works of great beauty and scientific accuracy. But behind them is a tragedy — the story of a hugely ambitious undertaking begun in heartbreak and completed in grief.
The art book...
| Aug 22, 2012
Violinist Ruggiero Ricci held the audience spellbound when he debuted at the Hollywood Bowl in 1932, a "wunderkind" of classical music with marvelous showmanship and beautiful tone. He was all of 13.
What he accomplished in the ensuing decades is perhaps...