| Feb 11, 2014
| 8:32 AM
En route to becoming America's preeminent Broadway composer-lyricist, Stephen Sondheim took a few darkly hued detours into the lives of murderously deranged historical characters, probably his best known being "Sweeney Todd."
An even more arresting,...
| Dec 29, 2013
| 6:48 PM
SACRAMENTO — From my skimpy research on New Year's resolutions, I've learned that 40% of us make them, and about 90% end in failure.
A dismal record of weak will.
Yet, New Year's resolutions should be encouraged because they're vital to self-...
| Aug 26, 2013
| 4:55 PM
A federal judge Monday approved the release of videotaped testimony by President Ford, later used in the trial of Lynette Alice "Squeaky" Fromme, who tried to assassinate him in Sacramento 37 years ago.
Portions of the 20 minutes of testimony taken in...
| Aug 9, 2013
| 2:00 PM
Early in Jeff Guinn's "Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson," the first full biography of the infamous mass killer, there's a moment of unexpected and discomforting empathy. It's 1939, and Manson — 5 years old, living with relatives in...
| Aug 27, 2013
| 8:52 AM
A videotape in which President Gerald Ford discussed a 1975 assassination attempt by a follower of Charles Manson was made public this week.
"It fills in the last gap of the case and explains from the president's perspective what it was like to have...
| Jul 1, 2013
| 4:49 PM
When you've been reviewing theatrical productions for a few years (and in my case, quite a few), you develop a certain fondness for particular shows that only turn up once in a blue moon on a local stage.
Two of my personal favorites in that category are...
| Dec 27, 2011
Shelve this one under a category that should be named ''bouquet memoirs.''
Books like Amy Ephron's "Loose Diamonds … and Other Things I've Lost (and Found) Along the Way" are a nosegay of life essays whose pronouns are mostly "I" and "we," but are...
| Jan 10, 2011
| 4:35 AM
Gabrielle Giffords, a Democratic representative, is among the wounded in the Tucson shootings....
| Jul 16, 2011
'Remanded" -- taken into custody. In his career as a New York prosecutor and a federal prosecutor in California, Donald Heller has asked the court to remand guilty defendants countless times. He helped put away Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, who tried to...
| Jan 9, 2011
| 8:35 PM
The State Capitol is on high alert as top elected officials return to Sacramento on Monday.
”Yea, it was a real wake up for how easy it would be for someone to come in here in wreak havoc,” Steve Maviglio remembers the last time the...
| Aug 15, 2009
| 8:44 AM
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Former Manson family member Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme has been released from prison 30 years after a failed assassination attempt on then President Gerald Ford.
Fromme, now 60, left the Federal Medical Center Carswell in Fort Worth at...
| Aug 9, 2009
| 9:29 AM
LOS ANGELES -- Forty years ago, they were kids. Vulnerable, alienated, running away from a world wracked by war and rebellion. They turned to a cult leader for love and wound up tied to a web of unimaginable evil.
They were part of Charles Manson's...