| Feb 18, 2013
| 6:52 AM
No man is an island, but Larry Ellison comes close.
Last year, Ellison bought 98 percent of Lanai for more than $500 million. Despite a wispy beard and penchant for black outfits that make him look like a devil, he's mostly being hailed as a white knight...
| Aug 13, 2012
| 9:15 AM
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - This port city on the Mississippi River calls itself the birthplace of rock 'n' roll. Its credentials? The Memphis Recording Service, forerunner of Sun Studio, in 1951 recorded "Rocket 88" by Jackie Brenston & His Delta Cats, which some...
| Nov 20, 2012
| 10:36 AM
Warren Harding died here" doesn't quite have the tourist draw of "Washington slept here," but for the Palace Hotel in San Francisco, the distinction of being the only hotel where a president of the United States drew his last breath is enough to put it...
| Sep 10, 2012
| 6:28 AM
W.C. Fields' gravestone doesn't really read, "On the whole, I'd rather be in Philadelphia." But the comic actor loved to poke fun at his native city. When I was a student in Philly way back when, I did too. There wasn't much to do. It seemed like every...
| Feb 27, 2012
| 6:55 AM
LAS VEGAS — Valentine's Day is for a day of love and kisses and chocolate and roses.
Except on Feb. 14, 1929, in Chicago, which featured Tommy gun bursts, shotgun blasts, pistol shots and headlines of the slaughter of seven gangsters in a South...
| Feb 18, 2013
| 6:56 AM
America Online's chirpy "You've got mail" message was the soundtrack of the first web boom of the late 1990s. Steve Case's fortunes ballooned, as the chairman of AOL was able to gobble up Time Warner in hopes of building an old/ new media behemoth.
| Mar 19, 2012
| 7:47 AM
SEATTLE — Basking in the 84-degree atmosphere, watching the waves at your feet, it's easy to forget it's not quite barefoot weather yet in Washington. Until you glance out the window at the steel-gray sky and spitting rain outside the Great Wolf...
| Jan 31, 2012
| 1:37 PM
"Who would go to Hawaii in June?" a friend asked when I talked about a trip I took to Maui last year.
A travel writer on a budget, for one.
I, too, was skeptical about the timing, but the weather was a perfect 70-80 degrees, with low humidity and...
| Mar 19, 2012
| 7:46 AM
ASHEVILLE, N.C. — When you check into the Log Cabin Motor Court just north of Asheville, you're not exactly unplugged. There is cable TV on a flat-screen bolted to the cabin wall, and a microwave, mini-refrigerator and coffeemaker. The cabins even...
| Apr 16, 2012
| 11:12 AM
MAZATLAN, Mexico — Mexico might seem a strange place to lose your heart.
But when you're young enough, that first encounter with our southern neighbor's warmth and charm — the smell of roasting corn drifting from the sidewalk vendor's grill,...
| May 10, 2012
| 6:49 AM
Two national chains that topped 1,000 locations got their start in Santa Barbara, but only one story had a happy ending.
Motel 6 is celebrating its 50th anniversary as the king of the rock-bottom budget motel business. Sambo's incredible rise and fall...
| Oct 23, 2012
| 5:27 AM
MILL RUN, Pa. - Masterpiece. Art. Perfection. Many fancy words and rapturous phrases have described Fallingwater, Frank Lloyd Wright's most famous house.
It's all true. But what is also true is that I kept thinking, wow, this house is not childproof. A...