| Dec 2, 2012
When my father was 13 his mother kidnapped him from a small town in Guatemala.
This bold act liberated my father from a cruel and abusive stepmother — but it also brought an end to his education. My grandmother took her son to Guatemala City,...
| Jul 19, 2013
| 9:00 AM
You may have heard that Italy was introduced to pasta by Marco Polo, who brought it from China. It's a great story, but it was probably cooked up by a 1920s Don Draper — it's just not true. Italians were eating pasta before Polo was born.
| Nov 16, 2012
| 12:22 PM
As the daughter of one of the five Fendi sisters of the famed Italian brand, Ilaria Venturini Fendi found herself designing in the family firm but not feeling fulfilled. After leaving haute fashion for a life on an organic, sustainable farm near Rome, she...
| May 22, 2013
| 8:43 AM
"Star Trek: Into Darkness" is taking some flak for a scene in which Alice Eve, playing Dr. Carol Marcus, strips down to panties and bra ... for no real reason. Screenwriter Damon Lindelof acknowledged via Twitter, "We should have done a better job of...
| Jul 18, 2013
| 5:00 AM
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The British government is once more trying to frustrate a major art purchase by the J. Paul Getty Museum, this time “Rembrandt Laughing,” a self-portrait from around 1628 in which...
| Mar 14, 2013
| 2:08 PM
Since Pope Francis, seemingly a warm, likable man, began his papacy with a little self-deprecating joke about how the cardinals had to look "to the ends of the Earth" to find the new Bishop of Rome, it's reasonable to assume that the first non-European to...
| Mar 20, 2013
| 11:30 AM
Brewmaster Massimo Salvatori of Rome's Birradamare beers is coming to Macchialina in Miami Beach. The Italian gastropub will offer guests a choice of pizza or an appetizer, both cooked with the visitor's beers, during a happy-hour meeting with the...
| Oct 6, 2012
If you were to invent a restaurant whose specialties include a cauliflower T-bone, you probably couldn't do any better than Superba Snack Bar. It occupies what looks like a corrugated shoe box sliced open at one end, a giant version of the dioramas you...
| Jul 11, 2013
| 9:51 AM
NEW YORK — Does Woody Allen have regrets?
His new film, "Blue Jasmine," amplifies the air of concentrated self-examination that has long been a hallmark of his work. Though marked by buoyant moments of wry humor, the film is devastating in its...
| Mar 13, 2013
| 9:52 PM
Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony cheered the selection of Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina as the new pope. “This is unimaginable," Mahony told KCBS-TV Channel 2 anchor Sylvia Lopez in an interview in Rome. “The impact this is going to........
| Mar 14, 2013
| 3:53 AM
Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony, in Rome for the selection of Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina as the new pope, praised the choice but also defended his record on handling priest abuse cases. Mahony spoke as many Los Angeles Catholics......
| Feb 20, 2013
ROME -- A senior Vatican official called Cardinal Roger Mahony's participation in the selection of the next pope "troubling," but said there was no formal procedure to stop the retired Los Angeles archbishop from attending the conclave next month.