April 11, 2014 |
Reading is such an improbable idea -- a miracle, really. Yet simple squiggles on a page, arranged just so, can convey ideas that change the way we think or introduce to us characters we love for a lifetime. In celebration of reading -- and of this weekend's Los Angeles Times Festival of Books -- we asked four readers (who also happen to be writers) to celebrate books that mattered in their lives. If you want a friend in Washington, the saying goes, get a dog. But if you're looking to understand Washington, I'd recommend fiction.
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April 3, 2014 |
Singer Chris Brown's trip from Los Angeles County jail system to a Washington, D.C., is taking place on a federal "Con Air" prisoner aircraft. Law enforcement sources said he was set to be flown out to the East Coast sometime Thursday. Brown's attorney, Mark Geragos, confirmed Thursday that the R&B singer had been taken by federal marshals to the San Bernardino County jail while he awaits transportation to Washington, D.C. Inmate records show he was taken from "LA cell block" at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday.
April 2, 2014 |
Karen Joy Fowler is the winner of the 2014 PEN/Faulkner award for fiction with her novel "We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves," it was announced Wednesday. Fowler's acclaimed novel tells the story of sharp-voiced woman raised by scientist parents who adopted a chimpanzee as a sibling-slash-experiment. Manuel Muñoz, head of the three-judge panel, said in a statement, “This superb novel is not only comic and smart, it packs a surprising emotional punch. Fowler captures an altogether new dimension of the meaning - and heartbreak - of family dynamics.” The questions Fowler's novel raises about what it means to be human have been echoed in recent legislative efforts, the Washington Post reports . The federal government has made moves to declare chimps an endangered species, which would prohibit using them in medical testing.
March 25, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Greetings from the nation's capital, where winter seems to be firmly entrenched even though spring officially began last week. It's snowing here, and accumulations of two to four inches are expected to build until the snow tapers off Tuesday evening. The snow isn't sticking on roads and streets but it is slowing traffic locally. The Kings arrived early Tuesday morning from Philadelphia, boarding a train after their 3-2 victory over the Flyers. Because of their arrival in the wee hours, they canceled their morning skate.
March 14, 2014 |
WASHINGTON -- Scott Brown finally took the plunge. And this time he kept his shirt on. The former senator from Massachusetts, after keeping politicos in Washington and his newly adopted home state of New Hampshire guessing for months, announced Friday that he had formed an exploratory committee to run for U.S. Senate in the Granite State this year. The step -- he called it the start of a "Main Streets & Living Rooms Tour" -- is short of a full commitment to run for the seat held by first-term Democrat Jeanne Shaheen.
March 10, 2014 |
Washington Mayor Vincent Gray knew about an illegal election-cash scheme that helped fund his 2010 campaign and personally requested funds from the man running it, federal prosecutors said in court Monday. Gray, who has not been charged with a crime, strongly denied the claims, which arise from a federal probe that has resulted in multiple convictions and which have dogged the first-term mayor's aspirations to win reelection in November. "This is absolutely untrue, period," Gray told a local media outlet in his office Monday.