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Powerful evidence echoes in court case on Kelly Thomas death

Powerful evidence echoes in court case on Kelly Thomas death

Ron Thomas, the father of victim, Kelly Thomas, stands next to a memorial for his son on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011 Credit: AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes Yesterday, the courtroom trying the case of Kelly Thomas, a homeless man who was beaten by Fullerton police and later died in the hospital, was rattled by footage of the [...]

L.A. teens and literacy

L.A. teens and literacy

Maceo Bradley wrote an article for the most recent issue of L.A. Youth about he helped change a truancy ticketing policy at Los Angeles schools. Credit: Courtesy of L.A. Youth Literacy rates in Los Angeles are the second lowest in the nation, but despite the grim statistics a few organizations are working with youth to [...]

Can religious conviction and political civility coincide?

Can religious conviction and political civility coincide?

Lift Up Your Hearts: A True Story of Loving Your Enemies, Tragically Killing Your Friends, and the Life that Remains Until recently, Doug Kmiec served as the U.S. Ambassador to Malta, a position he took after helping Barack Obama appeal to Catholic voters in key electoral battlegrounds. Charged with spearheading Obama’s interfaith initiatives abroad, Kmiec [...]

Obama takes on Romney, #Julia replaces Joe the Plumber

Obama takes on Romney, #Julia replaces Joe the Plumber

A screenshot of the from BarackObama.com shows “The Life of Julia” and compares the differing affects electing Mitt Romney or Barack Obama would have on her life. Credit: BarackObama.com President Obama officially kicked off his presidential campaign this weekend, and with it, the virtual character #Julia, a non-descript, fictional “everywoman” to communicate to women what [...]

Is resume padding a firing offense?

Is resume padding a firing offense?

Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson delivers a speech. Scott Thompson, who was hired to be Yahoo’s CEO in January, inaccurately stated his academic credentials on his resume. Apparently, Thompson indicated that he had received a BA in accounting and computer science from Stonehill College at a time when the college didn’t grant BA degrees in computer [...]

The Presidents Club: Inside the world’s most exclusive fraternity

The Presidents Club: Inside the world’s most exclusive fraternity

Credit: Simon & Schuster Skull and Bones, Freemasons, Bohemian Grove, the Jonathan Club—you always hear that this or that is the world’s most exclusive club. This one really is: former U.S. presidents, whether they liked each other or not, are bound together by the Oval Office. And now, a new tell-all book reveals the secrets [...]

The murky diplomacy surrounding Chen Guangcheng

The murky diplomacy surrounding Chen Guangcheng

Chinese activist activist Chen Guangcheng (L) is seen in a wheelchair pushed by a nurse at the Chaoyang hospital in Beijing on May 2, 2012. Credit: AFP/AFP/Getty Images On Thursday, Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) held an emergency congressional hearing regarding the blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng. Chen, who was recently being housed in the American [...]

Former NBC exec dishes on the story of “Must See TV”

Former NBC exec dishes on the story of “Must See TV”

“Top of the Rock: Inside the Rise and Fall of Must See TV” by Warren Littlefield Credit: Random House, Inc. There was a period in the 1990s when NBC’s Thursday night primetime lineup was so dominant that it earned the name “Must See TV.” Millions tuned in every week, and the watercooler talk on Friday [...]

Louie Perez has a new gig

Louie Perez has a new gig

Louie Perez of Los Lobos has taken on a different role with “Evangelina” Credit: Nancy Ostertag/Getty Images “Evangeline, the Queen of Make-Believe” is a multimedia play with music that features songs from Louie Perez and David Hildago’s 40-year songbook. The two are the founding members of the Grammy-winning and commercially successful group Los Lobos, whose [...]

What can we learn from French food culture to improve American eating habits?

What can we learn from French food culture to improve American eating habits?

How would your children, nieces, or nephews handle eating French food such as mussels, foie gras, and blue cheese for one meal? How about for an entire year? That was the challenge faced by mother and author Karen Le Billon and her family when she decided to move everyone to her husband’s hometown in northern [...]