| May 27, 2012
| 8:23 PM
SAN DIEGO -- More than 1,800 students graduated from University of San Diego during commencement ceremonies over the weekend.
President and CEO of Catholic Relief Services Carolyn Woo delivered the commencement address Saturday at Jenny Craig Pavilion to...
| Nov 1, 2012
| 2:07 PM
Louise Wolfe is a wizard of words, a virtuoso of vocabulary, a logician with letters.
She is, essentially, a skilled grande dame of Scrabble.
And Wolfe, 66, of Hagerstown, is hoping to spread the love. She and Vivienne Smith are hosting a Scrabble group...
| Nov 2, 2012
| 11:11 AM
Before having children, I had no idea how much of a control freak I actually was. Yes, I always had the anxiety part, but even that grew tenfold. My hubby and I lived in an apartment in NYC, where he was able to mask his inability to do simple household...
| Jan 25, 2012
Sherry Wolf always indulged her husband's love of Costa Rica — until he brought home a book about moving there.
"I told him, 'Don't even think about it, because I'm not going,'" she said.
While Scott Wolf, a 61-year-old Flossmoor radiologist,...
| Jan 24, 2012
| 12:39 PM
Brother Guy Consolmagno, a staff astronomer and the curator of meteorites at the Vatican Observatory, travels about 100,000 miles each year, splitting his time between Tucson, Ariz., and Rome. The planetary scientist also gives 40 to 50 talks annually...
| Nov 6, 2012
| 4:42 PM
Just over 19% of registered Orange County voters had cast ballots by 3 p.m. Tuesday, a notable drop from the 2008 elections, county officials said.
Four years ago, about 35% of the registered voters had voted by 3 p.m. An increase in vote-by-mail ballots...
| Oct 24, 2012
| 7:41 PM
The Tunisian government on Wednesday confirmed it has arrested a 28-year-old Tunisian reportedly linked to the U.S. Consulate attack in Libya, according to the AP.
Tunisian Interior Ministry spokesman Tarrouch Khaled said Ali Harzi was in custody in...
| Sep 12, 2012
| 5:12 PM
WASHINGTON — J. Christopher Stevens was in many ways the model American diplomat, committed, idealistic, willing to take risks and eager to find out what was really happening in obscure corners of the world.
A lanky 52-year-old Californian, with...
| Sep 18, 2012
| 3:05 PM
Every day in his cell in one of the most notorious prisons in Latin America, an American father wrote a letter to his little boy. Jason Puracal would tuck the papers away, trying to fight the fear that his son might grow up never knowing his dad.
| Jul 13, 2012
| 7:51 AM
The bright blue-clad children danced gaily around the flag pole. Seventeen of us from all parts of the United States had just arrived at the Kisima Academy, 10 miles north of Kitale in western Kenya. We were there to deliver 32 50-pound suitcases of...
| Jul 16, 2012
| 10:47 AM
The Lower River
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: 336 pp., $25
When Ellis Hock’s wife gives him a smartphone for his 62nd birthday, he shrugs it off, saying he’s fine with his...
| Feb 16, 2012
| 8:38 AM
Since last summer, a former Peace Corpsvolunteer from Tacoma, Washington has been wasting away in a Nicaraguan prison, wrongfully convicted of international drug trafficking, money laundering and organized crime, his supporters say.
A growing chorus of...