| Jul 13, 2012
| 8:42 PM
Nearly one year has passed since Samantha Paul lost her daughter Rachel Beckwith. The 9-year-old from Bothell, Wash., was killed on July 23, 2011, in a car accident on Interstate 90.
Rachel, her mother and baby sister were involved in a 14-car pileup...
| Jul 24, 2012
| 7:54 PM
On the one-year anniversary of the death of her daughter Rachel Beckwith, Samantha Paul traveled halfway around the world to Ethiopia to see the outcome of a fundraising campaign that the 9-year-old started before she was killed in a traffic accident....
| Apr 28, 2012
| 8:40 PM
Having a movie shown at a film festival is no small feat, but imagine being a fledgling filmmaker still in college — or even younger.
The Newport Beach Film Festival gives the next generation's Woody Allens or Francis Ford Coppolas their start with...
| Jul 16, 2010
| 7:54 PM
Every generation has at least one "where were you when …" moment — a defining snapshot that, from time to time, we rescue from the mental mothballs, dust off and admire anew.
I was too young to fully understand all the oniony layers...
| Apr 3, 2010
In a java-loving world dominated by Starbucks and flavored with local roasters ranging from Metropolis and Casteel to Stewarts and PapaNicholas, Zell has carved a niche for Intelligentsia based on his coffee — and coffee-drinking —...
| Nov 3, 2009
| 1:14 PM
The world's biggest tobacco-consuming countries, including Greece, Russia and Austria, are also among the top travel spots, but the opposite isn't quite the case.
Countries with the lowest reported adult smokers, as you'll notice in the list below, don't...
| Dec 25, 2009
Though Christmas comes but once a year, it has come tenfold for Pete and Patty Mueller and their eight children this year.
The tale of the Muellers' endeavor to raise eight children, including two adopted earlier this year from Ethiopia, inspired an...
| Apr 19, 2009
The power of shoes. It's something most women and many men understand completely. And it is what transformed the young, shaggy-haired, rope-bracelet-wearing entrepreneur Blake Mycoskie into a visionary business leader hobnobbing with former President...
| Jul 30, 2008
The J. Paul Getty Museum has added a rare Ethiopian Gospel book to its collection of illuminated manuscripts. Created around 1504-05 with five full-page paintings and many ornamental touches, it is one of the few such volumes to have survived wars and a...
| Oct 2, 2009
A treasure trove of 4.4-million-year-old fossils from the Ethiopian desert is dramatically overturning widely held ideas about the early evolution of humans and how they came to walk upright, even as it paints a remarkably detailed picture of early life...
| Apr 1, 2008
For 15 years, he's been a "grocer" for Africa's destitute. But he's never seen anything like this.
Pascal Joannes' job is to find grains, beans and oils to fill a food basket for Sudan's neediest people, from Darfur refugees to schoolchildren in the...
| Oct 2, 2007
ASMARA, Eritrea — This struggling, low-profile nation is doing something virtually unheard of in Africa. It's turning down foreign aid.
With a president who vows not to lead another "spoon-fed" African country "enslaved" by international donors,...