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Eli Broad and the art of being unreasonable

Eli Broad and the art of being unreasonable

The Art of Being Unreasonable: Lessons in Unconventional Thinking Credit: nwehrkamp As one of the most well known philanthropists and entrepreneurs nationwide, Eli Broad has worked with U.S. presidents and world leaders. His new book “The Art of Being Unreasonable: Lessons in Unconventional Thinking,” written with former Los Angeles Times staffer Swati Pandey, explores his [...]

Why does Gov. Brown’s May budget revise feel like déjà vu all over again?

Why does Gov. Brown’s May budget revise feel like déjà vu all over again?

Gov. Jerry Brown deliver his State of the State address before a joint session of the Legislature at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012. Credit: Rich Pedroncelli/AP It sounds a lot like California 4 years ago: Governor Jerry Brown this morning announced plans to plug a nearly $16-billion gap in the state [...]

The science of good and evil

The science of good and evil

The Moral Molecule: The Source of Love and Prosperity What if there was a substance that could make us generous and loving, without which we become cruel and greedy? In his new book “The Moral Molecule,” neuroeconomist Paul Zak introduces us to oxytocin, a brain chemical that triggers compassion. With a team of researchers, Zak [...]

You can’t fight city hall, but can you sue the federal government?

You can’t fight city hall, but can you sue the federal government?

The future health of our environment is being taken to court. Credit: Astrid Riecken/Getty Images Alec Loorz is a regular kid about to graduate from high school. He’ s studying for final exams, playing Ultimate Frisbee on the weekends and, oh yeah, suing the federal government. Loorz, along with four other juveniles (he’s turning 18 [...]

James Franco offers a new spin on “Rebel Without a Cause”

James Franco offers a new spin on “Rebel Without a Cause”

Ed Ruscha, Rebel, 2011, acrylic on canvas, courtesy of the artist Credit: Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. When filming began on “Rebel Without a Cause,” Warner Brothers considered it nothing more than a B-movie about delinquent teenagers, allotting it the usual black-and-white stock. But along the way someone made the realization that the film’s [...]

The world’s most powerful and secretive company

The world’s most powerful and secretive company

Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power Credit: By Steve Coll In “Private Empire,” Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Steve Coll spells out how ExxonMobil uses its money and influence to wield power in Washington, D.C. and especially how this was done during the Bush administration. ExxonMobile is a global entity that exercises influence over every part [...]

Senator Boxer demands car rental companies stop renting recalled vehicles

Senator Boxer demands car rental companies stop renting recalled vehicles

A car pulls out of the Enterprise car rental lot at the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International airport July 10, 2007 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images The next time you rent a car, you’ll want to check the manufacturer’s safety recall records because some car rental companies may be renting cars that have been [...]

Obesity is problematic for individuals and for society, but how do we fix the problem?

Obesity is problematic for individuals and for society, but how do we fix the problem?

A women walks down the street on Michigan Avenue 19 October, 2006 in Chicago, Illinois. Credit: JEFF HAYNES/AFP/Getty Images If current obesity rates don’t change, 42 percent of American adults will be obese by 2030 and about one-quarter of that group will be severely obese, a condition that shortens life and incurs large medical expenses, [...]

Is Griffith Park ready to play ball?

Is Griffith Park ready to play ball?

A Little League baseball game in California. Credit: David McNew/Getty Images A proposal from City Councilman Tom LaBonge is causing quite a stir in northeast Los Angeles. LaBonge, in an effort to answer the calls of parents in the area for more Little League baseball fields, floated the idea of building two in Griffith Park. [...]

Burbank’s National Teacher of the Year says education requires ‘all hands on deck’

Burbank’s National Teacher of the Year says education requires ‘all hands on deck’

US President Barack Obama (C) gives the 2012 National Teacher of the Year trophy to Rebecca Mieliwocki, a 7th-grade English teacher in California’s Luther Burbank High School, during a ceremony in the East Room at the White House in Washington, DC, on April 24, 2012. Credit: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images Rebecca Mieliwocki had no interest in [...]

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