| Jun 13, 2009
A new appraisal of the Irish cottage owned by Sen. Christopher Dodd concludes that it is worth about three times as much as Dodd has been reporting on his financial disclosure forms.
The new value of the cottage, on Inishnee island in County Galway, is...
| Jun 24, 2009
Khadijah Williams stepped into chemistry class and instantly tuned out the commotion.
She walked past students laughing, gossiping, napping and combing one another's hair. Past a cellphone blaring rap songs. And past a substitute teacher sitting in a...
| Aug 24, 2008
Elizabeth Hartley Winthrop's new novel, "December," puts you squarely in Manhattan, following the inscrutably silent Isabelle and her parents through an angst-filled month that will shake and shape their already askew life.
You'd expect to find...
| Oct 8, 2008
In honor of Columbus Day, we celebrate the New World's culinary treasures in a special section.
What if Christopher Columbus had missed the New World?
For those of us whose families hailed from outside the Americas that would have meant, among other...
| Apr 7, 2007
Becca Lazarus is a high-achieving seventh-grader who plays the saxophone, just made the track team, is a whiz at math and has blazed through every Harry Potter book. She lives in a ranch house with vinyl siding on a dead-end street in Windsor with her...
| Apr 6, 2008
Cycling in the north
Go for a lazy spin through Ferndale farmlands or sweat out a 100-mile loop through the redwoods. The May 10 Tour of the Unknown Coast offers cyclists five different rides for different skill levels and free camping at the...
| May 18, 2008
A museum sleepover
Bed down next to the baby brontothere at the San Diego Natural History Museum. "A Day in Pompeii" Family Camp-In gives parents and kids after-dark access to the museum's new exhibition in its first West Coast appearance....
| Jun 12, 2008
IN ALMOST every room of Susan Cohen's Santa Monica house, there are Buddha statues: sitting, standing, reclining. Some are gray, others purple or pink. A 4-foot-tall copper-colored cast-resin Buddha head is propped up in the backyard pond, and a tiny...
| Jan 28, 2008
A technician mistakes an "a" for an "o" in a drug name. A doctor misplaces a decimal point in a prescription order. A nurse reaches for a vial in a cabinet as she's done hundreds of times before, only this time the light is dim and she fails to notice...
| Jul 23, 2009
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — The white police sergeant criticized by President Barack Obama for arresting black scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. in his Massachusetts home is a police academy expert on understanding racial profiling.
Cambridge Sgt. James...
| Jul 24, 2009
A day after saying that police "acted stupidly" in arresting a black Harvard University professor in his own home, President Obama appeared to soften his stance Thursday, spreading the blame more equally between the police and the arrested man.
| Jul 30, 2009
President Barack Obama will be serving everyone's favorite beer at a special White House meeting Thursday night.
He's invited Cambridge, Mass., police Sgt. James Crowley and professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., in hopes of moving past the racially charged...