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Why does the government want to take your expired gift cards?

Why does the government want to take your expired gift cards?

A rack at a store sells several store-branded gift cards. Credit: flickr/cc/Litandmore In New Jersey, a new law poised to go into effect later this year would allow the balance of your unused gift cards to go directly into the coffers of the Treasury Department if unused after two years. In 2011, the state seized [...]

Rick Santorum suspends his presidential campaign

Rick Santorum suspends his presidential campaign

Surrounded by members of his family, Republican presidential candidate, former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum announces he will be suspending his campaign during a press conference at Gettysburg Hotel on April 10, 2012 in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Credit: Jeff Swensen/Getty Images And then there were…three? two? one? Now that Rick Santorum has announced that he’s ending his [...]

Batter up! It’s Opening Day and quite possibly the dawn of a new Dodger era

Batter up! It’s Opening Day and quite possibly the dawn of a new Dodger era

The field is ready for play before the season’s first home exhibition game against the Angels on Tuesday, April 3, 2012. Credit: Grant Slater/KPCC Dust off your baseball cap and leave your pirate patch at home, for today is Opening Day at Dodger Stadium. The Los Angeles Dodgers will be playing the Pittsburgh Pirates – [...]

Facebook buys Instagram – a picture app is worth a thousand words and a billion dollars

Facebook buys Instagram – a picture app is worth a thousand words and a billion dollars

For those without smart phones, Facebook’s Monday purchase of the Instagram photo sharing application is nearly incomprehensible given the astounding selling price of $1 billion dollars. That’s ‘billion’ with a ‘B’ – making the acquisition the largest in Facebook’s history by a wide margin. For those with smart phones, the deal may be just as [...]

Dear (sex) diary

Dear (sex) diary

Sex is the one subject guaranteed to illicit raised eyebrows, flushed cheeks and even an embarrassed giggle – and not just from teenagers. Adults can also be a little shy when it comes to sharing their bedtime habits. Yet one journalist has spent the last four years collecting over two thousand stories of what goes [...]

Asexuality comes out of the closet

Asexuality comes out of the closet

David Jay at Pride ’05. We’ve come a long way since the late 40s, when Kinsey report shocked the world with its frank discussion of the many varieties of sexual intimacy. And thanks to the sexual revolution, the gay rights movement and years of public awareness-raising, people these days feel comfortable identifying as gay, lesbian, [...]

The life and art of Barbara Stanwyck

The life and art of Barbara Stanwyck

Film Scholar and author Dan Callahan gives readers a lifelong look at the overshadowed reputation of the actress Barbara Stanwyck. Beginning with a rocky upbringing in between foster homes, this biography spans Stanwyck’s rise from chorus girl to one of Hollywood’s most talented and highly paid leading women. After finally breaking into Broadway, she starred [...]

Is medical over-testing causing Americans more harm than good?

Is medical over-testing causing Americans more harm than good?

A high-speed Cat Scan at the newly-opened Berenson Emergency Department at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center sits empty July 16, 2001 in Boston, Massachusetts. Credit: Darren McCollester/Getty Images A pap smear every three years? Adieu to regular prostate-specific antigen (P.S.A) screenings? Recent guidelines issued by the American Cancer Society, plus a campaign called “Choosing Wisely,” [...]

Compensation for bone marrow is now legal…will it cause more harm than good for patients?

Compensation for bone marrow is now legal…will it cause more harm than good for patients?

Needles used in bone marrow biopsies. Last week the 9th circuit court of appeals in San Francisco heard arguments about whether or not it should remain illegal for bone marrow donors to receive financial compensation. Arguing against compensation was the United States Justice Department. The DOJ lawyers insisted that bone marrow is covered under the [...]

The 2012 Masters: modern businesswoman meets old boys’ club, literally

The 2012 Masters: modern businesswoman meets old boys’ club, literally

Gordon Sherry of Scotland plays his second shoot on the 2nd fairway during the second round of the 1996 Masters at the Augusta national Golf Club, Georgia. Credit: David Cannon/Getty Images The Augusta National Golf Club in Atlanta is still, contentiously, a male bastion. And IBM is one of the companies lined up to sponsor [...]