The last Wire! FBI blames North Korea for the hacking of Sony, Pakistan executes 2 and kills 77 militants in battle, 8 Australian children are killed in a family massacre, Facebook snub leads to slap leads to arrest, and "The Wire" retires. It's been a great pleasure! Thank you for reading!
Taliban school massacre in Pakistan kills 141 people, most of them children. Man who killed 6 people in the Philadelphia suburbs was just found dead (I need to update the column), Jeb Bush all but announces he's running for president and Korean Air faces sanctions in nut rage case. Happy Tuesday in the waning days of the Wire.
Dogs go to heaven after all, pope says! Senate takes up $1.1 trillion spending bill, Korean Air father and daughter apologize in 'nut rage' case, man convicted of robbing woman who collapsed with brain aneurysm at Taco Bell, and Arkansas girl, 11, hails a taxi ride to Florida to see a boy. Happy Friday!
Today I put on my big-city pants and joined 800 other people at Expotur, Costa Rica's annual travel trade show extravaganza. I found a hotel where you can spend $1,525 a night for a room, or you can skip the room and just pay $230 for a round of golf on a course designed by Arnold Palmer. Why isn't everyone down here?
Google+, long time no see! Unlike Hillary, I have an announcement that wasn't already known to the entire world. I have a new blog! "Tico Trails," hosted by my brother's travel agency Tico Tour and Travel, will be my Costa Rica journal, recording the twists and turns of my voyages to every corner of this country. Hope you like it!
6 dead in Philadelphia rampage, 3 dead in hostage standoff in Sydney. Sandy Hook families are suing the rifle maker, China exonerates a man 18 years after executing him, and world press get burned on "Pope says pets going to heaven" story, which turns out to be totally untrue. Happy Monday.
Los Gatos, California - Los Angeles, California - New Knoxville, Ohio - Emporia, Kansas - Fayetteville, Arkansas - Phoenix, Arizona - Yuma, Arizona - Shrewsbury, Massachusetts - Cochabamba, Bolivia - Leachville, Arkansas - Kodiak, Alaska - Lonoke, Arkansas - Torreón, Mexico - Durango, Mexico - Stewart, British Columbia -
Tico Times travel editor, international man of mystery and rogue agent
I'm the travel editor of the Tico Times in Costa Rica, the former national editor and graphics wrangler of the San Jose Mercury News in California, an obsessive and undiscourageable writer, a tireless vagabond and, according to a court-certified U.S. psychologist, a "happy-go-lucky" fellow with no diagnosable mental disorders. Motto: "If I could be anybody else in the world, I would refuse."
Graduated summa cum laude in journalism and history from the University of Southern California. Author of "The Cult That Snapped," the definitive exposé of The Way International. Proud father of two sons, a lawyer and an actor, who will always be my greatest accomplishments.