| May 2, 2013
| 10:18 AM
WASHINGTON -- People who talk incessantly often talk imprecisely, and Barack Obama, who is as loquacious as he is impressed with his verbal dexterity, has talked himself into a corner concerning Syria and chemical weapons. This is condign punishment for...
| Apr 10, 2013
Before she was a young U.S. foreign service officer stationed in Afghanistan, before she and others were blown up by a bomb, before she was eulogized at Fenwick High School on Tuesday, Anne Smedinghoff was a girl.
The temptation now is to see her only...
| Dec 11, 2012
| 11:04 AM
The International Olympic Committee has a tendency to make up rules that suit its purposes.
To wit: the attempt to impose a 2012 Olympic Games ban on any athlete who received a two-year doping suspension, even if that suspension expired before the...
| May 16, 2012
| 4:35 PM
Barbara Demick says that" real Sarajevans don’t like to talk about the war," but her book, "Logavina Street," follows the lives of a small community during the conflict. It has been re-released, with additional materials, commemorating the 20th...
| Jul 12, 2012
| 4:23 PM
The Scorpions may hold the answer to why Germany stands atop the crumbling European Union, still going strong: They refuse to quit. The Scorpions singer Klaus Meine, left, and guitarist Matthias Jabs at Philadelphia's Mann Center on Wednesday Brian...
| Jan 12, 2012
**1/2 (out of four)
Much of “The Iron Lady” features post-retirement, ex-British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (Meryl Streep) doddering around the house, imagining that her deceased husband (Jim Broadbent) is still hanging around with her....
| Jun 12, 2012
| 7:49 AM
LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. — Janet Evans introduced herself to the world as swimming’s golden girl next door with a triple gold medal-winning performance at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, the battle between the U.S. and East Germany for global...
| Feb 3, 2012
| 12:54 AM
HOLTVILLE — Brawley resident Susana Salazar was one of the first volunteers to make wooden crosses for the graves of the unidentified migrants buried at the back of the Terrace Park Cemetery.
“I was one of the first ones to leave water...
| Aug 13, 2012
| 9:16 AM
BERLIN - The indelible image of the former East German Olympic female swimmer: big, burly and unbeatable.
After the Berlin Wall fell, former swimming coaches confirmed that the freakishly masculine women had taken steroids under the Stasi-run sports...
| Sep 21, 2011
| 2:42 PM
One day at the 1997 World Track and Field Championships in Athens, Greece, the Sunday Times of London writer David Walsh asked me if I were writing about doping in every story.
This was a few years before Walsh published two books about Lance Armstrong,...
| Jan 28, 2011
| 4:33 PM
Can books about 1989's revolutions in Eastern Europe tell us anything about what's happening in Egypt, Tunisia and Yemen?...
| Feb 1, 2011
| 4:32 PM
ReligionLink raises the question about the democratic upraising in Egypt is a reenactment of Iran in the 1970s that deposed the shah, but replaced him with a more fundamentalist Islamic government. Or is this the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 that...