| Nov 8, 2011
| 1:33 PM
An estimated 2.5 million pilgrims have descended on the city of Mecca for the Islamic Hajj, said to be the largest annual gathering of people in the world.
Every fit and able Muslim is obliged by their faith to make the journey at least once in their...
| May 24, 2008
Life, as Kierkegaard pointed out, can only be understood retrospectively, but we must live it prospectively.
It's a disjunctive paradox, as true for the lives of nations as it is for those of individuals. Steve Coll's stunningly researched and grippingly...
| May 5, 2009
Some men and women have such a profound and lasting effect on literature and popular culture that they make the rest of us look as though we've spent our lives chasing our tails. One such bigger-than-life individual was the English explorer, linguist,...
| Mar 4, 2008
If this were Lebanon, Raef Hajjali would have returned from Saudi Arabia to a mini-parade of family and friends, a nice long rest and new social standing in the community.
Relatives and neighbors would have slaughtered a sheep in celebration and...
| Dec 17, 2007
The students stared at the overhead screen and read the words in unison:
Labbaik. Allah humma labbaik.
The Southern California Muslims repeated those words -- "Here I am, Lord. I am here to serve you" -- as they donned pilgrims' robes last week in the...
| Dec 19, 2007
It's a solitary journey conducted among the multitudes, a personal communication with God alongside millions loudly having the same conversation.
"I imagine it to be an ocean of people but still somehow a lonely place," said Hasan Badday just hours...
| Dec 7, 2008
When the ceiling began to collapse at Sanctuary of Our Lady of Guadalupe in the impoverished desert town of Mecca, Father Eliseo Lucas sprang into action.
With 5,000 parishioners and no money for a new church, he had a huge plastic tent erected in the...
| Jun 23, 2009
An hour before dawn in the camp of last resort. Dozens of men and a few women are asleep in the beds of pickup trucks, in the back seats of cars or on flattened cardboard boxes in the dirt behind the Toro Loco market. The air is cool, but the terrible sun...
| Mar 21, 2010
Despite persistent economic woes, California leaves billions of federal food stamp dollars on the table each year that could help ease hunger and boost the local economy, officials say.
Only 48% of eligible Californians are enrolled in the nutrition...
| Aug 15, 2008
Water managers on Thursday endorsed creating pollution-filtering marshes on Mecca Farms, Palm Beach County's failed site for The Scripps Research Institute.
The county plans an almost 600-acre waterway on the former citrus groves west of Palm Beach...
| Feb 26, 2009
It was heralded as one of the most historic developments in Florida's history and the key to its future.
The Scripps Research Institute officially held the grand opening of its Jupiter center Thursday, with a public ceremony and tour that drew many...
| Feb 25, 2009
Taxpayers' $600 million investment in The Scripps Research Institute delivered teams of scientists and state-of-the-art laboratories and put Palm Beach County on the world's biotech map.
Whether the county becomes a blip on that map or grows into a...