| May 11, 2010
| 2:15 PM
LOS ANGELES -- A local radio DJ is claiming that notorious killer Charles Manson is his biological father.
Matthew Roberts was adopted as an infant and was raised in Rockfort, Illinois.
Years later, when he went looking for his birth parents, he...
| Jun 6, 2010
Villages in the Bavarian Alps go to sleep early on summer nights. Silence rolls down from the mountaintops along with an eiderdown blanket of fog. A cowbell chimes. A few lights flicker, then go out.
But not this summer in Oberammergau, about 50 miles...
| Jun 20, 2010
Last winter, when Kelly, my teenage son, and I rode trains for a total of 50 hours across France, Germany, Britain and the Low Countries on a frenetic two-week trip (journalistic research for me), we never waited long or walked far to make a connection....
| Oct 21, 2010
| 9:26 AM
'Bad Touch' and'The Deep End': A double bill of improv. In "Bad Touch," Annoyance ensemble members Rich Sohn and Rebecca Sohn and featured guests explore unsavory topics; "The Deep End" features a rotating cast of Annoyance veterans, teachers and...
| Jan 3, 2010
Longtime dry-cleaning businessman
Milt Wagenheim, 91, who for 32 years operated Civic Cleaners in downtown Los Angeles and was nicknamed the Mayor of 2nd Street, died Tuesday at a convalescent home in Long Beach, his family said. He had...
| Jan 12, 2010
Miep Gies, who played a pivotal role in introducing to the world the poignant diary of the young Anne Frank and in relating the Frank family's failed attempt to hide from the Nazis, has died. She was 100.
Gies died Monday after a short illness, according...
| Jan 12, 2010
| 9:21 PM
Harriett Wieder, a longtime assistant to former Los Angeles Mayor Sam Yorty who later became the first woman elected to the Orange County Board of Supervisors, died Monday at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach. She was 89.
In poor health since a car accident...
| Jan 24, 2010
A Lethal Obsession
Anti-Semitism From Antiquity
to the Global Jihad
Robert S. Wistrich
Random House: 1,188 pp., $40
A heartbreaking irony suffuses "A Lethal Obsession" by Robert S. Wistrich, a history of anti-Semitism by a historian who has devoted...
| Nov 4, 2010
| 2:10 PM
Wilson Middle School students on Thursday paid tribute to the men and women of the armed forces by giving a raucous welcome to several 20th Century war heroes, including a World War II veteran who met Adolf Hitler as an athlete at the 1936 Olympics in...
| Nov 9, 2010
Noel Taylor, an award-winning costume designer whose career spanned seven decades and started almost by accident after artist Marc Chagall sought his help, has died. He was 97.
Taylor, a longtime resident of West Hollywood, died of natural causes...
| Nov 17, 2010
| 2:37 PM
"That's the most beautiful thing — that flag," Helen Harris whispered to me in her thick, Greek accent, as the Boy Scouts hoisted Old Glory last week, on a warm, blustery Veterans Day.
During World War II, Harris had been the official translator...
| Dec 26, 2010
2010 is shaping up as The Year of the Tall. The world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, which was designed and built by Chicago firms, opened in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The world's tallest Jesus statue was erected in western Poland. Tennis...