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Malcolm Gladwell cheers on the underdog in ‘David and Goliath’

Malcolm Gladwell cheers on the underdog in ‘David and Goliath’

Journalist Malcolm Gladwell attends Tropfest New York 2013, the world’s largest short film festival, at Prospect Park on June 22 in Brooklyn. ; Credit: Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Tropfest Malcolm Gladwell cheers on the underdog in this new book, “David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants.” Many are familiar with the […]

David and Goliath: The story of the underdogs

David and Goliath: The story of the underdogs

David and Goliath ; Credit: NC Malcolm Gladwell cheers on the underdog in this new book, “David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants.” Many are familiar with the David and Goliath legend, but Gladwell goes deeper and looks at the balance between the weak and the powerful. Using examples from sports, […]

Local universities admit to underreporting sexual assaults on campus

Local universities admit to underreporting sexual assaults on campus

; Credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images USC and Occidental College have admitted to underreporting the number of rape cases on campus in recent years, reports the Los Angeles Times. USC officials said that they did not report 13 cases of sexual assaults to federal officials for 2010 and 2011, while at Occidental, 24 cases went unreported during the […]

The $100 bill gets a new look

The $100 bill gets a new look

US Currency is seen in this January 30, 2001 image. The Federal Reserve will unveil a redesigned $100 bill Tuesday.; Credit: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images The new $100 dollar bill goes into circulation Tuesday. Benjamin Franklin will still preside prominently on the note, but there are many changes. The bill will feel different. It will feature […]

Command and Control: Strategies behind nuclear weapons

Command and Control: Strategies behind nuclear weapons

“Command And Control” Eric Schlosser’s book “Command and Control” examines every aspect of nuclear weapons and risks. Schlosser dives into the potential problems with the command and control that were supposed to provide Presidents with essential information against potential strikes. Schlosser looks to a crucial moment in the history of the American nuclear program: the […]

Filmweek: Gravity, A.C.O.D., Runner, Runner and more

Filmweek: Gravity, A.C.O.D., Runner, Runner and more

NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 01: George Clooney and Sandra Bullock attends the “Gravity” premiere at AMC Lincoln Square Theater on October 1, 2013 in New York City. ; Credit: Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images Larry is joined by KPCC critics Henry Sheehan and Claudia Puig to review this week’s releases including Gravity, A.C.O.D., Runner, Runner and […]

The pros and cons of the three-year medical school

The pros and cons of the three-year medical school

How long should medical school be? ; Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images A movement is afoot in the U.S. in the last few years to reduce the number of years it takes to earn a medical degree. Medical schools in Canada have long adopted the trend of the 3-year M.D. degree, and more and more of […]

Dodgers open playoffs against Atlanta Braves

Dodgers open playoffs against Atlanta Braves

Todd Helton #17 of the Colorado Rockies pops out in the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on September 29, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. Helton is retiring at the end of the 2013 season. ; Credit: Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images The Dodgers and Braves will kick off the National League division […]

California politicians react to government shutdown

California politicians react to government shutdown

A sign that telling visitors that the area is closed for restoration is posted on the National Mall near the US Capitol in Washington, DC, October 1, 2013. The US federal government shut down for the first time in 17 years on Tuesday, after hours of political brinkmanship failed to end a congressional budget row. […]

LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy on the iPad program fiasco

LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy on the iPad program fiasco

Do you think iPads are helpful for students? ; Credit: FREDERICK FLORIN/AFP/Getty Images Since it began the first phase of its roll out, the LAUSD’s $1-billion iPad program has been plagued with issues. First, some 300 students figured out how to unlock the security feature on the devices so they could use them to surf […]