| Mar 12, 2014
At the top of the big whiteboard in his office, Andre Birotte Jr. has written "BHAGS," by which he means his aspirations as U.S. attorney for seven Southern California counties: "big hairy audacious goals." He's already hit some audacious personal goals,...
| Feb 27, 2014
| 5:37 PM
No one ever mistook Nicholas Evlampios Fotiu for Dick Button, but there are almost as many of Fotiu's skating highlights on YouTube as of the great figure skater Button. Invariably, Fotiu is punching somebody, a feat he performed repeatedly for the...
| Mar 3, 2014
| 1:17 PM
Do they exist on planet Earth?
Are there spaces — natural or man-made — that bring us closer to the divine than, say, a supermarket checkout counter or a bus station washroom? Do spiritual vortexes exist where the holy can...
| Apr 10, 2014
| 1:45 PM
Identity theft: 4500 block of Leata Lane. A woman contacted police to report that sometime between Jan. 15 and March 1, someone had illegally filed her 2013 tax return with the IRS. She received a tax return check, through she had...
| Nov 8, 2013
| 11:22 AM
Scott Disick's mother, Bonnie Disick, died Oct. 28 after a long illness, according to recent reports. She was 63.
The cause of death was unclear.
The "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" star, 30, who is boyfriend to eldest sister Kourtney Kardashian,...
| Nov 21, 2013
| 9:07 AM
A 520-foot-high roller coaster, the tallest in the world, will be built in Florida. We just don't know exactly where yet.
An official announcement will come in a few weeks, said Michael Kitchen, president of US Thrill Rides, the Windermere-based company...
| Oct 15, 2013
| 7:45 AM
Like a lumbering and laborious monster intent on capturing his prey, Six Flags Magic Mountain continues to make slow but steady progress toward improving its annual Fright Fest event.
Photos: Fright Fest 2013 at Six Flags Magic Mountain
In hopes of...
| Aug 29, 2013
| 4:23 PM
There must be something in the air. The day after Dorney Park announced a new 75-foot 6-slide complex at Wildwater Kingdom, nearby Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey announced it will build a world-record-breaking drop ride in 2014. Six Flags...
| Oct 3, 2013
| 12:30 PM
They don't have to wait until Halloween to don their costumes and collect treats — not when every place from museums to aquariums to zoos to theme parks are celebrating Halloween the entire month of October with haunted houses, spooky...
| Nov 25, 2013
| 1:12 PM
So, there's a scene in the Goodman Theatre's annual production of "A Christmas Carol," wherein Ebenezer Scrooge encounters his younger self, about to throw away his one chance at love with Belle, a lovely teacher from Pudding Lane — who for years...
| Aug 8, 2013
| 4:30 PM
Once an amusement mecca for working-class New Yorkers, immortalized on film in Paul Fejos' "Lonesome" and Harold Lloyd's "Speedy," Coney Island now receives a cinematic lament for its populist demise in "Zipper." The title refers to a Coney Island ride, a...
| Aug 11, 2013
I'm a huge fan of riding a bike to work in the summer. I can't think of a simpler way to save money, help the environment and squeeze in a little exercise.
It's funny, then, that I keep not doing it. It's sort of astonishing, really.
I mean, I've...