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France bans ultra-thin models; could it happen here?

France bans ultra-thin models; could it happen here?
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Body Image; Credit: Charlotte Astrid via Flickr The French National Assembly passed two measures Friday that effectively ban ultra-thin models. France is just the latest country to regulate the industry; Israel, Spain and Italy each have bans of their own. French models and agencies now have to adhere to strict body mass index (BMI) guidelines. […]

‘Furious 7′ stunt crew catapults flick to best of its genre

‘Furious 7′ stunt crew catapults flick to best of its genre

(L to R) Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) faces off against Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) in Furious 7. Continuing the global exploits in the unstoppable franchise built on speed, James Wan directs this chapter of the hugely successful series.; Credit: Scott Garfield The Furious 7 stunt team employed more than 140 crew members to pull off […]

Iran, world powers reach compromise on framework for nuclear deal

Iran, world powers reach compromise on framework for nuclear deal

(From L) European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarifat and a Russian official look on as British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond shakes hands with US Secretary of State John Kerry at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (Ecole Polytechnique Federale De Lausanne) on […]

Southern California, now and then: Celebrating 30 years of a region

Southern California, now and then: Celebrating 30 years of a region

The 10th annual Brentwood Parade started after the 5K and 10K morning runs. The parade which ran down San Vicente Boulevard, featured rare animals and rare entertainers all in a row on May 24, 1985. ; Credit: Los Angeles Public Library The year was 1985. On April 1, at Pasadena City College, a young broadcaster […]

LaBonge makes the case for testing Griffith Park’s Hollywood sign access

LaBonge makes the case for testing Griffith Park’s Hollywood sign access

A hiker at the corner of Durand Dr. at Griffith Park. ; Credit: Puck90/Flickr A pilot program to open a path for motorists through Griffith Park to the iconic Hollywood Sign is pitting neighborhood groups against cyclists against tourists against hikers against other neighborhood groups – you get the idea. While congestion is no stranger […]

New findings about mental health of Germanwings pilot raises questions about airline standards

New findings about mental health of Germanwings pilot raises questions about airline standards

A man stands on March 29 2015 in front of a commemorative headstone in Seyne-les-Alpes, the closest accessible site to where a Germanwings Airbus A320 crashed on March 24 in the French Alps, killing all 150 people on board.; Credit: JEAN-PIERRE CLATOT/AFP/Getty Images In the wake of Germanwings flight 9525 crash into the French Alps, […]

Getting ‘Frank’ with former Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank

Getting ‘Frank’ with former Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank

House Financial Services ranking member U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) listens to testimony from Federal Reserve Bank Board Chairman Ben Bernanke on Capitol Hill February 29, 2012 in Washington, DC. Bernanke was testifying about the Fed’s Semiannual Monetary Policy Report. ; Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images When Barney Frank left Congress in 2013, the Democratic Party […]

Disturbing audio indicates co-pilot Andreas Lubitz may have intentionally crashed Germanwings Airbus A320

Disturbing audio indicates co-pilot Andreas Lubitz may have intentionally crashed Germanwings Airbus A320

French prosecutor of Marseille Brice Robin (C), flanked by General David Galtier (R), speaks to the press on March 26, 2015 in Marignane airport near the French southern city of Marseille. The co-pilot “voluntarily” initiated the descent of the Germanwings flight that crashed into the French Alps and refused to open the door to the […]

Heinz and Kraft’s merger: A capitalist love story

Heinz and Kraft’s merger: A capitalist love story

A Kraft Foods sign is displayed near its corporate headquarters August 5, 2003 in Northfield, Illinois. ; Credit: Tim Boyle/Getty Images Philadelphia cream cheese, Heinz ketchup and Oscar Mayer meats not only share fridge space in most American homes, they now make up the world’s fifth-biggest food and beverage company. H.J. Heinz Co. and Kraft […]

Getting the best bang for your buck with video on demand

Getting the best bang for your buck with video on demand

An image showing the on-demand internet streaming media provider, Netflix, on a laptop screen.; Credit: JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images With all of the choices that exist, picking the video on demand or streaming service that’s right for you can be a daunting (and potentially pricey) task. With price points below $10 a month, services like Netflix […]