| Jan 30, 2012
As a top television comedy director who won an Emmy directing "The Dick Van Dyke Show"in the early 1960s, John Rich was faced with a tough choice in 1970.
On the same day he received a phone call from Mary Tyler Moore wanting to set up a meeting to...
| Oct 30, 2012
| 8:25 AM
“Clarence Darrow Tonight!,” the award-winning one-man show created and performed by Laurence Luckinbill, will receive a special benefit performance on Friday, Nov. 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the café space at Unity of Greater Hartford, 919 Ellington...
| May 11, 2012
| 8:14 PM
It's tough for a columnist to bring home the bacon for very long without the requisite thick skin. Walk your opinions out into the public square and dissenters invariably rise up and claw at your hide.
Case in point: The Trayvon Martin shooting.
| Sep 5, 2012
If warblers had Outlook calendars, the month of September would be marked, "Fly south."
And some would have an extra note: "Stop at Wooded Island."
They do, in profusion. For anyone curious to see the colorful birds that pass through Chicago on their...
| Jun 19, 2012
| 1:50 PM
Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee's oft-produced 1955 courtroom drama, based on the famous Scopes "monkey trial" of 1925, was intended — like Arthur Miller's "The Crucible" — to use earlier events in American history as a frame for examining...
| Jan 30, 2012
| 3:56 PM
I am on an “actually” diet. I’ve dropped about 16 actuallys a week, but still have another 20 actuallys to go.
There’s always a wake-up call, like when your fat jeans don’t fit; you know something’s got to be done. And...
| Sep 16, 2012
The Drew Peterson jury made news recently with its guilty verdict — and with its unusual note to the judge asking for the definition of "unanimous." And jury deliberation is expected later this month in another major case, the Christopher Vaughn...
| Apr 23, 2012
| 4:15 PM
A month ago, this moment seemed about as far off as the next NASA moon landing: George Zimmerman is beginning to look like a regular guy.
Zimmerman took the stand at his bond hearing last week and quietly apologized to Trayvon Martin's parents, risking a...
| Nov 27, 2012
| 9:19 AM
Christopher Vaughn was sentenced to four life terms this morning for fatally shooting his wife and three children after pulling off an expressway in 2007.
Vaughn looked over his shoulder at his family as he was led away after being sentenced by Judge...
| Aug 29, 2010
| 4:33 PM
Los Angeles Times file photo Clarence Darrow addresses jurors during his trial on charges of jury tampering. have spent the last few days at the Huntington Library going through transcripts of the trial of James B. McNamara in the 1910 bombing of The...
| Aug 31, 2010
| 4:32 AM
Isnâ€™t this a great cover? I love the lettering. Iâ€™m going through the transcripts of jury selection in the McNamara trial, which is dull, tedious, fascinating work. Itâ€™s difficult to convey the experience of having a 1911 typewritten manuscript â€“...
| Sep 3, 2010
| 4:33 PM
Los Angeles Times file photo 1911: James B. McNamaraâ€™s defense team leaves the courthouse. At left, Samuel Gompers, famous head of the American Federation of Labor, is eating a snack and holding a cigar. The fellow on the right is defense attorney Joe...