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Debating whether occupational licensing does more harm than good

Debating whether occupational licensing does more harm than good
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Staff Sgt. Michell Caldwell, 28, works with an occupational therapist at the new high tech Center for the Intrepid rehab center for wounded veterans at Brooke Army Medical Center March 1, 2007 in San Antonio, Texas. That is just one position that requires a professional license; Credit: Ben Sklar/Getty Images There’s little question that those […]

America’s top cop Bill Bratton weighs in on body cams, Sandra Bland and Sam DuBose

America’s top cop Bill Bratton weighs in on body cams, Sandra Bland and Sam DuBose

New York Police Department (NYPD) Commissioner Bill Bratton attends a press conference after witnessing police being retrained with new guidelines at the Police Academy on Dec. 4, 2014 in the College Point neighborhood of the Queens borough of in New York City. ; Credit: Andrew Burton/Getty Images There’s a roiling debate about policing in the […]

‘Best of Enemies’ shows how ABC’s 1968 political coverage fomented rabid TV news punditry

‘Best of Enemies’ shows how ABC’s 1968 political coverage fomented rabid TV news punditry

Buckley v Vidal A new documentary from Oscar-winning director Morgan Neville uses powerful, nostalgic 1960s television footage to show us how two men, Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley, altered forever the media as we know it today. In 1968, ABC News’ ratings were so bad, people used to joke that if the network started […]

LA City Council bans high-capacity gun magazines, NRA threatens lawsuit

LA City Council bans high-capacity gun magazines, NRA threatens lawsuit

The top clip holds a total of 10 bullets currently legal, the bottom clip 18 bullets, is only legal for law enforcement officers.; Credit: Mario Villafuerte/Getty Images The Los Angeles City Council has unanimously voted (with three members in absentia) to ban firearm magazines with a capacity of more than 10 bullets. The legislation carves […]

Round-up: Sexual assault on college and university campuses

Round-up: Sexual assault on college and university campuses

Gov. Jerry Brown holds up a bill on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, in Sacramento, Calif.; Credit: Rich Pedroncelli/AP California lawmakers are considering proposals to create a more uniform approach for  dealing with sexual assault on college and university campuses. Earlier this month, a former UC San Diego student accused of sexual assault fought back in […]

With Boston out, should LA make another Olympic bid?

With Boston out, should LA make another Olympic bid?

1984: Mary Lou Retton of the United States in action during the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Jones /Allsport; Credit: Trevor Jones/Getty Images The City of Boston announced that it’s ended its bid to host the 2024 Olympics. Shortly after the surprise announcement, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti re-stated his wish […]

With Boston out, should LA make another Olympic bid?

With Boston out, should LA make another Olympic bid?

1984: Mary Lou Retton of the United States in action during the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Jones /Allsport; Credit: Trevor Jones/Getty Images The City of Boston announced that it’s ended its bid to host the 2024 Olympics. Shortly after the surprise announcement, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti re-stated his wish […]

Cosmetically-challenged fruits and veggies

Cosmetically-challenged fruits and veggies

The company Imperfect Produce says that 20% of food that’s grown on farms is never consumed by people. It sources fruit and vegetables from farms that have been rejected by grocery stores, then packaged, either home delivered or dropped off at a convenient location; Credit: Bill Gracey Ugly fruits and vegetables will soon be sold […]

Disney wants to get your kids moving and off their screens

Disney wants to get your kids moving and off their screens

Children play Disney new video game The Princess and the Frog as they attend the video games showcase for local Miami media hosted by Disney Interactive Studios at Epic Hotel on September 17, 2009 in Miami, Florida. ; Credit: Larry Marano/Getty Images for Disney More children are ditching their board games and barbies for digital […]

Debating AT&T-DirecTV deal’s impact on prices and content creation

Debating AT&T-DirecTV deal’s impact on prices and content creation

A general view of atmosphere during the DIRECTV hosted events at Sundance Film Festival on January 17, 2014 in Park City, Utah. ; Credit: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for DIRECTV AT&T’s nearly $49 billion purchase of DirecTV is on its way to approval by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which would make it the largest cable […]