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Five years after the Lehman collapse, is the financial system safer?

Five years after the Lehman collapse, is the financial system safer?

Two employees of Christie’s auction house move the Lehman Brothers corporate logo, the collapsed investment bank on September 24, 2010.; Credit: Oli Scarff/Getty Images The bankruptcy of investment bank Lehman Brothers is typically seen as the beginning of the unraveling of the U.S. financial system that ultimately ushered in a period of economic contraction not […]

Should schools send ‘fat letters’ to parents?

Should schools send ‘fat letters’ to parents?

Should parents receive letters about their children’s weight? ; Credit: China Photos/Getty Images Some public schools in the country send the results of students’ BMI Screening home to parents that indicate their child’s BMI percentile and weight category. It’s also been referred to as “fat letters,” because it lets parents know if their child is […]

The pros and cons of school dress codes

The pros and cons of school dress codes

Are school uniforms better for students? ; Credit: Chris Hondros/Getty Images As students across the country settle into their new classes the administrators are going to be paying close attention to what they’re wearing. A string of high profile court cases lately has brought the issue of the school dress code back in focus. Last […]

Do you want fingerprint security to access your smartphone?

Do you want fingerprint security to access your smartphone?

What features would you like to see on the new iPhone? ; Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images In one of Apple’s signature Cupertino events, the technology company unveiled its latest iPhones. One is a cheaper version of the pricey smartphone, called the 5C. The other, which had fevered speculation going for weeks, is the 5S. Today […]

Prison overcrowding relief deal unveiled

Prison overcrowding relief deal unveiled

Governor Brown’s prison overcrowding relief plan is among the bills the legislation has to decide on. ; Credit: Max Whittaker/Getty Images Gov. Jerry Brown and the four legislative leaders have announced  a deal on relieving the state’s prison population, agreeing to ask a panel of federal judges to extend the end-of-the-year deadline on releasing thousands […]

The smartwatch race is on, but does anyone care?

The smartwatch race is on, but does anyone care?

Visitors try out the new Galaxy Gear smartwatch at the Samsung stand at the IFA 2013 consumer electronics trade fair on September 5, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. ; Credit: Sean Gallup/Getty Images Samsung has just announced the release of a brand new smartwatch. The Samsung Galaxy Gear can take photos and answer phone calls. One […]

Are LA’s drivers the worst? Tell us your behind-the-wheel horror stories

Are LA’s drivers the worst? Tell us your behind-the-wheel horror stories

Which city do you think has the worst drivers? ; Credit: Flickr/Irish Typepad The city with the worst drivers, according to Allstate’s America’s Best Drivers report, is Washington D.C. It’s the sixth time the nation’s capital has topped the survey, which finds that drivers there are twice as likely to get into traffic accidents than […]

Weed Runners: A look into California’s underground marijuana trade

Weed Runners: A look into California’s underground marijuana trade

Marijuana plants grow in Los Angeles.; Credit: David McNew/Getty Images Southern California was one of the first places to see a proliferation of medical marijuana dispensaries when the drug became quasi-legal in the state. Many who had been selling illegally saw an opportunity to make a legitimate business. But just a few years later, dispensaries […]

Those jumbo screens at the Hollywood Bowl: buzz kill or what?

Those jumbo screens at the Hollywood Bowl: buzz kill or what?

Do you like the new screens at the Hollywood Bowl, or do you prefer the old ones? ; Credit: Flick/skampy The Hollywood Bowl has added a staple to its lineup in the form of four humongous, high definition LED screens. They replace four older, less impressive screens that were installed in 2005. The increased clarity, […]

Congress debates military strikes against Syria

Congress debates military strikes against Syria

U.S. President Barack Obama meets with members of Congress in the cabinet room of the White House on September 3, 2013 in Washington, DC. Obama is urging Congress to authorize military action against Syria, and says he is willing to work with lawmakers on the wording of a specific resolution.; Credit: Pool/Getty Images President Obama’s […]