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Living the teeny tiny life in San Francisco

Living the teeny tiny life in San Francisco

A sign advertising an apartment for rent hangs from a fire escape in front of an apartment building in San Francisco, California. Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images “My apartment is so small…I have to go out in the hall to change my mind!” It’s no joke — a newly built apartment building in San Francisco’s South [...]

Dave Tomar on how he made a living helping college kids cheat

Dave Tomar on how he made a living helping college kids cheat

Dave Tomar was a cheater… or at least he helped cheaters cheat. For years, Tomar made a living writing term papers – over 3,500 of them – for college students, but now he is coming clean about his questionably unethical line of work in a new memoir called “The Shadow Scholar: How I Made A [...]

Pastors v. IRS: How will ‘Pulpit Freedom Sunday’ resonate with Uncle Sam?

Pastors v. IRS: How will ‘Pulpit Freedom Sunday’ resonate with Uncle Sam?

Jacob Phelps, grandson of Westboro Baptist Church pastor Fred Phelps, demonstrates outside the U.S. Supreme Court while justices heard oral arguements in Snyder v. Phelps, which tests the limits of the First Amendment, October 6, 2010 in Washington, DC. Albert Snyder sued the Westboro Baptist Church after his son, Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder, [...]

Should the US give highly-skilled immigrants a boost to the front of the line?

Should the US give highly-skilled immigrants a boost to the front of the line?

Visitors inquire about schools of USA, UK and other countries at the 2006 China Education Expo on October 14, 2006 in Beijing, China. The fair has attracted over 450 colleges, universities, schools and institutions from about 30 countries and regions present. Chinese students have become popular student source for foreign schools which are developing overseas [...]

Read the label: Do Californians have a right to know if food has been genetically engineered?

Read the label: Do Californians have a right to know if food has been genetically engineered?

“MON 810″, a variety of genetically modified maize (corn) developed by Monsanto Company. Credit: ERIC CABANIS/AFP/Getty Images We’ve put “plastic or paper” to rest, but that doesn’t mean our choices at the grocery store are getting any simpler. We may soon have to decide between genetically engineered food or not. That’s if voters approve Proposition [...]

Naomi Wolf links female consciousness with the vagina

Naomi Wolf links female consciousness with the vagina

Vagina: A New Biography Life was smooth sailing for bestselling author Naomi Wolf in the Spring of 2009 until she began to notice a considerable decline of orgasmic sensation during sex. Doctors eventually informed Wolf that she was suffering from a compressed pelvic nerve and diagnosed her with a mild form of spinal bifida, also [...]

Religion and faith on the big screen

Religion and faith on the big screen

You probably watch it every Easter but which religious themed movie is the most popular? With the release of Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master, audiences will see the fictionalized story of a cult and its origins. The movie was inspired in part by Scientology and its founder, L. Ron Hubbard. While Scientology is often the [...]

OC journalists’ roundtable

OC journalists’ roundtable

OC Seal Credit: Orange County Larry and our talented trio of Orange County journalists riff on the latest news from the O.C. Guests: Gustavo Arellano, Managing Editor of the OC Weekly and author of “Taco USA” and “Ask A Mexican” Teri Sforza, Staff Writer for the Orange County Register Norberto Santana, Editor-in-Chief of the Voice [...]

The nuts and bolts of economics

The nuts and bolts of economics

We’ve been inundated with economy-speak over the past few years. Derivatives, credit default swaps, mortgage-backed securities; ten-dollar words like “leverage” and “securitization,” and everybody’s favorite, “quantitative easing.” How to make sense of this alphabet soup? And why bother? Because what we don’t know about the market – as we’ve seen – can hurt us. To [...]

A "how-to" for secularism

A "how-to" for secularism

How to Be Secular: A Call to Arms for Religious Freedom How can being secular enhance one’s religious freedom? What steps can individuals take to be more secular? Guest: Jacques Berlinerblau, author of “How to Be Secular: A Call to Arms for Religious Freedom” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt); professor at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Services [...]