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New reasons for Romney’s refusal to release taxes

New reasons for Romney’s refusal to release taxes

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign event at Central Campus High School on August 8, 2012 in Des Moines, Iowa. Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has been under heavy fire from Camp Obama for only releasing two years of tax returns. In an interview [...]

FilmWeek: Hit & Run, Premium Rush, Robot & Frank, Compliance, Red Hook Summer and more

FilmWeek: Hit & Run, Premium Rush, Robot & Frank, Compliance, Red Hook Summer and more

Actors Dax Shepard, Kristen Bell and Jason Bateman attend the after party for the premiere of Open Road Films’ “Hit and Run” on August 14, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images Larry Mantle is joined by KPCC film critics Wade Major and Claudia Puig to review this week’s new films, including [...]

Police scanners are now coming in the form of 140 characters or less

Police scanners are now coming in the form of 140 characters or less

Social Networking And Blogging Website Twitter Credit: Oli Scarff/Getty Images People have found a new way to track crime in their neighborhoods. Residents who are police scanner junkies are now sharing what they hear on Twitter, providing a real time picture of crime and police activity around Los Angeles. Read the Full Story at KPCC [...]

Having your marriage and cheating on it too

Having your marriage and cheating on it too

It’s the stuff of daytime soaps, country music lyrics and French cinema – and it usually ends badly. There’s no good way to cheat on your spouse, is there? Not true, says controversial sociologist Catherine Hakim. In a recent op-ed in The Telegraph, Hakim says that a “playfair,” with clearly defined rules and zero expectations [...]

American English shift: northern vowels on the move

American English shift: northern vowels on the move

US President John F. Kennedy (C) wipes his forehead as he delivers the State of the Union address before Congress in Washington, DC, in January 1963, as Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson (C, back) looks on. Credit: AFP/AFP/Getty Images Since the dawn of television, conventional wisdom has held that American regional accents and dialects are [...]

The music of Mary Poppins is still Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

The music of Mary Poppins is still Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

In this April, 5,1965 file photo actress Debbie Reynolds poses with Academy awards winners for best music Richard M. Sherman, right and Robert Sherman, left, who received the award for Mary Poppins in Santa Monica Calif. Credit: Anonymous/AP We’ve all heard it said that it’s a small world. But nobody has said it in as [...]

Diana Nyad abandons attempt to swim from Cuba to Florida

Diana Nyad abandons attempt to swim from Cuba to Florida

Diana Nyad after being pulled from the water on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012. Credit: Christi Barli After 41 hours, 45 minutes, and multiple jellyfish stings, 62-year-old long distance swimmer Diana Nyad’s attempt to swim from Cuba to Florida has come to an end. Nyad faced lightning, wind, hypothermia and other challenges on her fourth attempt [...]

Harry Shearer can’t take a hint

Harry Shearer can’t take a hint

Actor and comedian Harry Shearer Credit: LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images Harry Shearer, who made a name for himself in “Spinal Tap” and “The Simpsons,” is lending his many talents to a new album. “Can’t Take a Hint” is a collection of Shearer’s musical comedy sketches, the likes of which appear on his podcast “Le Show.” Whereas [...]

Why are former MLB players dying earlier than their NFL counterparts?

Why are former MLB players dying earlier than their NFL counterparts?

Pat Burrell #5 of the San Francisco Giants uses smokeless tobacco during warm ups prior to playing the Los Angeles Dodgers on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on March 31, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. Credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images When it comes to the effects of athletics on lifespans, most would expect physical sports like [...]

The science of flip-flopping

The science of flip-flopping

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images What causes Mitt Romney, Barack Obama and you or me to change our minds? Let’s assume that our political leaders aren’t just looking to pick up votes or campaign cash when they change positions on an issue. What causes a person with [...]