| Jul 31, 2012
| 7:35 AM
In Portsmouth on Sunday night, Merle Haggard and Kris Kristofferson gave music fans a taste of what country sounded like before arena-rock bombast and Jimmy Buffett-inspired cheer invaded Nashville.
Their show at nTelos Pavilion amphitheater was...
| Mar 4, 2010
| 8:12 PM
Today we have another round of hugs and slugs — for everyone from politicians who are uniting to help needy kids to politicians who are united in their hypocrisy. And we'll top it all off with a few thoughts from readers, and even Jimmy Buffett....
| Jul 18, 2010
"Hey, got any extra Jimmy Buffett tickets?"
The two 50ish retirees, both wearing sunglasses and hoop earrings, laughed as they tried to get passersby to stop and chat awhile, a Southerner's favorite pastime on sleepy summer days. And on this overcast...
| Jul 18, 2010
The Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and western Florida Panhandle beaches affected by the oil spill are as different as Venice, Laguna and Solana beaches are from one another.
In years past, finding a good fit here was easy. And perhaps it will be one...
| Sep 11, 2009
| 12:26 PM
To many visitors, South Bass Island is about two things: golf carts and partying. The golf carts are everywhere. They swarm the downtown like flies. People rent them to traverse the island's 4-mile length and mile-and-a-quarter width. Cops have golf carts...
| Oct 12, 2007
| 2:43 PM
May 21, 2009
I LOVE ...
... the colorful spring flowers planted at City Hall and the Daley Center. It gives me a "lift."
-- Barbara Rieffel, Chicago
. . . Phil, the Navy Pier trolley driver, who befriends every passenger and is such a wonderful...
| Nov 24, 2008
Anthony Tarracino, known to one and all as Capt. Tony, spent two years as mayor of Key West, Fla., and 60 years as one of the most colorful characters in an island city full of them. During his 92 years, he was a bootlegger, gambler, gunrunner,...
| May 11, 2009
Stephen Bruton, a Texas musician long admired and much in demand as much for his astute guitar work as for his insights as a songwriter, died Saturday in Los Angeles of complications of cancer. He was 60.
Bruton, who had played with Kris Kristofferson...
| Jun 20, 2009
John Houghtaling, inventor of the vibrating Magic Fingers bed that once was pervasive in motel rooms and became a cultural touchstone for a generation of American travelers, has died. He was 92.
Houghtaling died Wednesday at his Fort Pierce, Fla., home...
| Mar 9, 2009
Colonoscopy: The very word sends shudders down the spine of anyone who has drunk "the drink" -- the concoction that cleanses the colon so the doctor can later examine it. I've enjoyed three different procedures with three different preps, and I've made it...
| Oct 26, 2009
The direct impact of Neil Young's annual Bridge School Benefit Concerts is as plain as the joyful faces of the special-needs school's students, many of whom watch each year from an onstage riser placed right behind the performers.
Those faces were...
| Feb 9, 2008
| 8:13 PM
The old salts of the shrimp fleet have been undercut by Asian shellfish farmers. Flower children who hitchhiked here in the '70s have taken their beads and tambourines and boogied back north. But the Conch Republic is losing more than just its slackers,...