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SCOTUS to hear Prop 8 and Defense of Marriage Act cases

SCOTUS to hear Prop 8 and Defense of Marriage Act cases

(L-R) Same-sex couples Kate Baldridge, Elizabeth Chase, Joe Alfano and Frank Capley look on during a demonstration outside of the Phillip Burton Federal Building on in San Francisco, California. Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images The U.S. Supreme Court has decided to take on a case involving same-sex marriage rights for the first time, announcing today that […]

FilmWeek: Hyde Park on Hudson, Playing for Keeps, and more

FilmWeek: Hyde Park on Hudson, Playing for Keeps, and more

Actor Bill Murray, director Roger Michell, actress Olivia Williams, actress Laura Linney, and screenwriter Richard Nelson attend the “Hyde Park On Hudson” Premiere During The 50th New York Film Festival at Alice Tully Hall on October 13, 2012 in New York City. Credit: Taylor Hill/Getty Images Larry is joined by KPCC film critics Peter Rainer […]

Who should be L.A.’s businessperson of the year?

Who should be L.A.’s businessperson of the year?

Co-Founder and Head of Product Design at Tesla Motors Elon Musk speaks onstage during Tesla Worldwide Debut of Model X on February 9, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. Credit: Jordan Strauss/Getty Images for Tesla Who is the best of the best in L.A. business? Los Angeles plays host to 14 Fortune 500 companies and an […]

APA makes significant updates to new diagnosis manual

APA makes significant updates to new diagnosis manual

Rachel Sorrow, at left, a transgender woman, attends a therapy session with Dr. Dan Karasic, a psychiatrist with the Center of Excellence for Transgender Health, at San Francisco General Hospital in San Francisco, Friday, July 20, 2012. Credit: Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP The American Psychiatric Association has released approved changes to be published in the fifth […]

An end to ‘homophobia’? AP thinks journalists should stop using the term

An end to ‘homophobia’? AP thinks journalists should stop using the term

A converted U.S. flag displays rainbow colors. Credit: Michael Smith/Getty Images Homophobia or no homophobia? That is the question currently being debated among journalists after the Associated Press recommended against the use of “phobia” in “political and social context.” AP editors say the suffix, in cases such as “homophobia,” or Islamophobia,” can be presumptuous because […]

Tax Deductions 101: everything you need to know about the fiscal cliff plan

Tax Deductions 101: everything you need to know about the fiscal cliff plan

US President Barack Obama speaks before Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner (3rdR) and other cabinet members during a meeting on November 16, 2012 in Washington, DC. Credit: AFP/AFP/Getty Images The federal government has less than one month until the United States falls off the so-called “fiscal cliff” of automatic tax […]

Author Andrew Solomon on what happens to children who fall ‘Far From the Tree’

Author Andrew Solomon on what happens to children who fall ‘Far From the Tree’

“Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity” by Andrew Solomon. Credit: Scribner Extraordinary children often lead difficult lives when they are so different that they are unable to feel accepted by society. As they grow older, their differences tend to define them and become cornerstones of their identities. Andrew Solomon, the […]

Filmmaker Ken Burns tackles infamous Central Park Jogger rape case

Filmmaker Ken Burns tackles infamous Central Park Jogger rape case

Ken Burns and Raymond Santana attend “The Central Park Five” New York Special Screening at Dolby 88 Theater on October 2, 2012 in New York City. Credit: Jason Kempin/Getty Images  It’s a documentary that blends New York history, sociology, true crime and a plea for redemption. “The Central Park Five” centers on the lives of […]

Can new director get California’s state parks back in the green?

Can new director get California’s state parks back in the green?

Coe Park is California’s second-largest state park, spanning more than 87,000 acres. Credit: Melissa Block/NPR When he retired last year at the age of 63, Major General Anthony L. Jackson, a highly decorated marine whose 36 years of service included stints with Operation Iraqi Freedom and numerous other command posts, headed for the hills – […]

New book takes an in-depth look at the ‘Untouchable’ Michael Jackson

New book takes an in-depth look at the ‘Untouchable’ Michael Jackson

“Untouchable: The Strange Life and Tragic Death of Michael Jackson” is a biography of the ‘King of Pop’ with unprecedented insight. Acclaimed journalist Randall Sullivan’s latest work paints an in-depth portrait of Michael Jackson sourced from previously  inaccessible material – access to those who were closest to Jackson in life and in business. Sullivan’s biography […]