Lisa Leff

Lisa Leff

    David Halberstam, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author who chronicled the Washington press corps, the Vietnam War generation and baseball, was killed in a car crash, a coroner said. He was 73. His wife, Jean Halberstam, said she will remember him most for his "unending, bottomless generosity to young journalists".

    Equipped with a laser range finder, a head for numbers and an explorer's zeal, Michael Taylor has made a sport of finding and sizing up the tallest species on the planet -- California's ancient coast redwoods. "It's a frontier, one of the last frontiers," says Taylor, greeting individual trees like old friends as he scouts a sheltered creek bed.

    Gay and lesbian couples from across the United States answered the city of San Francisco's Valentine's Day invitation to wed in an unprecedented spree of same-sex marriages that has challenged California law and sent conservative groups scrambling for court intervention.