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The rise of Netflix and the remaking of home entertainment

The rise of Netflix and the remaking of home entertainment

“Netflixed: The Epic Battle for America’s Eyeballs” by Gina Keating Credit: Portfolio According to the Urban Dictionary, “Netflixing” means “watching any TV show, movie, documentary, etc. on NetFlix via instant streaming.” Getting “Netflixed,” however, has a less benign meaning: “to screw the consumer over viciously by jacking the rates of whatever service you provide.” In [...]

Are targeted drone attacks in Pakistan and Yemen legal under international law?

Are targeted drone attacks in Pakistan and Yemen legal under international law?

The Predator drones flying over Afghanistan and Pakistan are variants of this MQ-9 Reaper. Credit: Lt. Col.. Leslie Pratt/U.S. Air Force via AP Mary Ellen O’Connell is a fierce critic of America’s drone program, which she says is illegal outside war zones. Among legal scholars, O’Connell is in the minority, but her views are gaining [...]

Not so coy, Southland coyote sightings on the rise as bold animals look for food

Not so coy, Southland coyote sightings on the rise as bold animals look for food

A coyote in Griffith Park, the nation’s largest urban park, May 9, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. Credit: David McNew/Getty Images Mark Twain once described the coyote as, “a long, slim, sick and sorry-looking skeleton,” that is, “a living, breathing allegory of Want. He is always hungry.” It appears that Southern California coyotes are very, [...]

Edmunds tests and busts those gas-saving myths

Edmunds tests and busts those gas-saving myths

Commuters board a bus in front of a gas station selling gas for over five dollars a gallon in Los Angeles on October 8, 2012. Credit: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images With California gas prices soaring to painful new highs this week, you might be wishing you could trade in that gas guzzler for a hybrid. [...]

Sean Howe reveals the origin of a super company in ‘Marvel Comics: The Untold Story’

Sean Howe reveals the origin of a super company in ‘Marvel Comics: The Untold Story’

“Marvel Comics: The Untold Story” by Sean Howe Credit: HarperCollins Publishers “POW!” That is the aural adjective typically used to describe the sound produced by superheroes when they pummel their competition, but when The Walt Disney Company purchased Marvel Entertainment to the tune of $4.24 billion in 2009, the sound that manifested in the minds [...]

LAPD chief bucks the feds with controversial new immigration policy

LAPD chief bucks the feds with controversial new immigration policy

Does the police chiefs newest immigration proposal pose a threat to public safety? Credit: Courtesy of ICE Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck made headlines nationwide this week when he announced that, starting January 1st, the LAPD would no longer comply with federal immigration policy by automatically turning over arrestees for deportation. Deporting people for [...]

Jackie Lacey gets closer to being the first woman and first African-American to be elected district attorney of Los Angeles County

Jackie Lacey gets closer to being the first woman and first African-American to be elected district attorney of Los Angeles County

Jackie Lacey is currently the Chief Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles County. Credit: Mae Ryan/KPCC As the race for Los Angeles County district attorney reaches the home stretch, with absentee balloting to start on Monday, DA candidate and Chief Deputy District Attorney Jackie Lacey has a lot to be confident about. In addition to [...]

The fascinating world of pickup artists

The fascinating world of pickup artists

Are you a practicing “pick-up artist”? Ever heard the lines of one? Credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images Have you ever tried an opener on an HB 10? Did you end up negging your way to a kiss close? Do you have any idea what these terms means? If not, than you may be completely unaware of [...]

How powerful is the Latino vote?

How powerful is the Latino vote?

Democratic Party workers hand out signs at a celebration marking Mexican Independence Day in Denver, Colorado. Credit: John Moore/Getty Images It’s long been known that the Latino voting demographic could make or break this election cycle. But their role could be intensified due to a recent report from the Pew Hispanic Center, which shows that [...]

Is urban sprawl to blame for cities going bankrupt?

Is urban sprawl to blame for cities going bankrupt?

Can urban sprawl be blamed for the rise of bankrupt cities in Southern California Credit: Amit Patel/Flickr Stockton was the first and largest California city to go bust, followed by Mammoth Lakes and San Bernardino. Word is, the small city of Atwater in Central California might be next. S ome warn that this is just [...]