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Ask the Chief: LAPD top cop Charlie Beck takes your questions

Ask the Chief: LAPD top cop Charlie Beck takes your questions

The Mayor’s choice for LAPD Chief, Charlie Beck Credit: David McNew/Getty Images The last month has been a busy one for the Los Angeles Police Department’s Chief Charlie Beck, especially when it comes to issues of the four-wheeled sort. A group of LAPD motorcyle officers are set to go through with a lawsuit filed last [...]

Violence, drugs, love and redemption in the LA gang life

Violence, drugs, love and redemption in the LA gang life

Jumped In: What Gangs Taught Me About Violence, Drugs, Love And Redemption by Jorja Leap Jorja Leap is a gang expert and professor of social welfare at UCLA. She has transformed hours of orals histories and interviews with gang members, interventionists, police officers, parents and victims into an ethnography of gang culture in Los Angeles. [...]

Clues to lost Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece found in Florence

Clues to lost Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece found in Florence

The “Salone dei Cinquecento”, in Palazzo Vecchio, Florence. Credit: Photo by Eusebius@Commons via Flickr Creative Commons How many long-lost art masterpieces have been painted over or hidden from view? UC San Diego researchers in Florence, Italy announced Monday they’ve found clues to the fate of Leonardo da Vinci’s lost “The Battle of Anghiari,” which the [...]

Using the homeless as wifi hotspots

Using the homeless as wifi hotspots

A truly inhuman WiFi hot spot. Credit: Viakenny/Flickr (cc by-nc-nd) Every year in March, hundreds of thousands of music fans, musicians, bloggers, film crews and the corporate dollars that follow them ascend onto the streets and clubs of Austin, Texas for the South By Southwest Music Festival. Just as the influx of temporary citizens can [...]

Update on Afghanistan shooting – how will justice be served?

Update on Afghanistan shooting – how will justice be served?

US army soldiers of Task Force 3-66 Bravo Company of 172 Infantry Brigade walk towards the Forward Operating Base (FOB) Kuschamond on September 12, 2011 in Kuschamond, Paktika province. Credit: JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images As the world reacts to news of an allegedly lone American soldier going off base and killing 16 Afghan civilians early Sunday [...]

How much is too much to pay for popcorn at the movies?

How much is too much to pay for popcorn at the movies?

Popcorn, 2010. Credit: Kathleen Cavalaro/Flickr A Michigan man is fed up with the cost of popcorn and concessions at the movie theater and has decided to do something about it. He isn’t bringing his own snacks (he tried that, but the theater prohibits it) or refraining from buying popcorn in protest; he’s filing a class-action [...]

Who invented Hollywood?

Who invented Hollywood?

Col. William N. Selig: The Man Who Invented Hollywood Credit: By Andrew A. Erish One of the least-known figures in movie history is Colonel William Selig, who as early as 1890’s was deeply involved in the pioneering art form of cinema. Selig began his show-biz career as proprietor of a string of all-Black traveling minstrel [...]

Here comes the Sun… and its geomagnetic storms, solar flares, and CMEs

Here comes the Sun… and its geomagnetic storms, solar flares, and CMEs

Credit: NASA/Solar Dynamics Observatory 93 million miles is almost too many miles to comprehend, but that’s how far it is from Earth to that beloved yellow dwarf star keeping our ecosystem humming along. Despite such a distance, we Earthlings can still feel the Sun’s heat. But more importantly, we can feel the effects of what [...]

OC says no to seeking $10 million in federal health care funds

OC says no to seeking $10 million in federal health care funds

A participant at a Tea Party Express rally displays a sign critical of the Obama administration on April 13, 2010 in Albany, New York. Credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images Orange County’s Board of Supervisors has blocked the county’s Health Care Agency from seeking more than $10 million in federal grants because some board members view the [...]

Billy Childs’ impressionistic approach to jazz

Billy Childs’ impressionistic approach to jazz

Billy Childs on the piano. Credit: ilmungo/Flickr (cc by-nc-nd) In his latest recording, Autumn: In Moving Pictures, jazz composer/pianist Billy Childs says he hoped to capture “the movement of autumn – wind blowing leaves as they spiral through the air…the drumming of the rain as it hits the brown earth, the stillness of a lonely [...]