| Mar 8, 2013
| 11:10 AM
In her long and famously prolific career as a novelist, Joyce Carol Oates has worked in many different modes, from the social realism of her National Book Award-winning "them" (1969) and the neo-Gothic storytelling of "Bellefleur" (1980) to the...
| Nov 4, 2012
The last time anyone cleaned the historic bell at Bruton Parish Church, Theodore Roosevelt was president and the Wright Brothers were celebrating the first flight to last more than 30 minutes.
But records from the 1905 restoration are so bad that the...
| Aug 31, 2012
| 5:32 PM
The Burbank Unified School District saw significant gains in standardized test scores when results were released Friday.
The state’s Standards Testing and Reporting (STAR) program evaluates student comprehension of English, math, science and...
| Apr 30, 2012
Marie Kolasinski, a devoutly anti-government Orange County grandmother who was sent to jail at 85 after clashing with health inspectors at her popular quilting and crafts emporium, has died. She was 90.
Once dubbed "Che Kolasinski" by a local newspaper...
| Nov 21, 2010
Random House: 770 pp., $35
After spending close to eight triumphant years in the White House, Theodore Roosevelt left Washington in 1909 on top of the world, a charismatic leader beloved by his countrymen and greeted...
| Nov 22, 2011
| 9:00 PM
| Aug 7, 2011
The Secret History of Costaguana
Juan Gabriel Vásquez
Translated from the Spanish by Anne McLean
Riverhead: 287 pp., $26.95
"The Secret History of Costaguana" is an intricately detailed, audacious reframing of "Nostromo," the classic 1904...
| Oct 10, 2010
Penguin Press: 906 pp., $40
On Dec. 14, 1799, an ominous, fog-like gloom hung over Mount Vernon. Sixty-seven-year-old George Washington was dying. The ex-president, his doctors believed, was suffering from "quinsy" (a...
| Jan 1, 2012
Political committees unfettered by donation limits are dominating the last weeks of the presidential nominating contests in Iowa and New Hampshire, funding aggressive attack campaigns that are swamping the efforts of the candidates themselves.
| Mar 21, 2012
| 4:33 PM
(Reluctantly updated, 4 p.m. 3/21/12 with reference to the Amelia Earhart Airport in Atchison Kansas.) So Little Rock has voted to rename its airport Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport, after the former president and current U.S. secretary of...
| Dec 6, 2011
| 12:07 PM
With a nod to Theodore Roosevelt, President Obama positioned himself as the champion of the middle class while blasting the "you're-on-your-own economics" of the modern Republican Party, a message likely to form the basis of his reelection effort.
| Dec 21, 2011
| 4:37 PM
South Korean intelligence officials are casting doubt on North Korea's official story line that Kim Jong Il died of a heart attack while working aboard a moving train Saturday morning....