| May 6, 2014
| 9:00 PM
Graffiti on SunRail route
My wife and I took our two grandsons, ages 9 and 7, for a ride on SunRail on opening day. Despite the crowds and the delays, it was a great adventure and a chance for them to be part of history in the making. Perhaps, 60...
| May 8, 2014
| 9:47 AM
Faith-based films have become commonplace this year. But faith-based comedies? Comedies that work? That's still a very short historical list — the George Burns blockbuster "Oh God" and Andy Griffith's "Angel in my Pocket" are the only two that...
| Apr 12, 2014
| 4:05 AM
At first, the 1981 stabbing death of 40-year-old Alan Bono of Brookfield looked like a routine argument gone awry. Police referred to it as an "open-and-shut case."
But then came Arne Cheyenne Johnson's defense: The devil made him do it.
With the help...
| May 9, 2014
A member of the legendary Group Theater, co-founder of the Actors Studio, director of four Pulitzer Prize-winning plays (including "A Streetcar Named Desire" and "Death of a Salesman") and such classic films as "On the Waterfront" and "East of Eden," Elia...
| May 9, 2014
| 6:30 PM
Nancy Malone, a ground-breaking and Emmy-winning director-producer, Emmy-nominated actress and the first woman VP at a major studio, died May 8 at City of Hope in Duarte, Calif., as the result of pneumonia that arose from complications of leukemia. She...
| May 10, 2014
| 8:58 PM
The ATVs kicked up sprays of dirt, their riders waving American flags and protest signs as they rumbled along a disputed canyon trail that federal officials had closed to motorized vehicles.
Their message Saturday was clear amid the dust: This was the...
| May 11, 2014
Nancy Malone was on the cover of Life magazine at age 11, had a starring role on Broadway at 17 and worked steadily as an actress in television in her 20s and 30s.
Though she was in demand, she feared for the future. "I'd seen actresses getting to the...
| Apr 27, 2014
Looking at how CNN blew its own toes off by foolishly playing with a loaded Rahm Emanuel in Chicago, I was reminded about what really drives me crazy about national TV news.
The "talent" — that's what TV calls its reporters — is driven...
| Jan 20, 2014
| 2:30 PM
Comedy writer Ben Starr, whose career stretched from radio through 1980s sitcoms, died Sunday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 92.
Starr was a co-creator of NBC comedies "The Facts of Life" and "Silver Spoons." During his long career, he wrote for TV...
| Mar 25, 2014
| 2:43 PM
Putting on an event of the magnitude of Burbank on Parade is an expensive endeavor, and sponsorships and city contributions only go so far in making it happen.
While working to raise those funds is not something those who are charged with the duty would...
| Jan 20, 2014
| 4:17 PM
Longtime comedy writer featured in documentary
Ben Starr, 92, a veteran comedy writer who was featured in the 2012 documentary "Lunch" chronicling the twice-monthly meetings of show business funnymen, died of congestive heart failure...
| Feb 5, 2014
| 7:55 PM
Louise Brough Clapp
Top-ranked tennis player of the 1940s, '50s
Louise Brough Clapp, 90, a former top-ranked tennis player who learned the game on Beverly Hills' Roxbury Park courts and went on to win 35 major tournament titles in the 1940s and '50s,...