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James Franco offers a new spin on “Rebel Without a Cause”

James Franco offers a new spin on “Rebel Without a Cause”

Ed Ruscha, Rebel, 2011, acrylic on canvas, courtesy of the artist Credit: Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. When filming began on “Rebel Without a Cause,” Warner Brothers considered it nothing more than a B-movie about delinquent teenagers, allotting it the usual black-and-white stock. But along the way someone made the realization that the film’s [...]

The world’s most powerful and secretive company

The world’s most powerful and secretive company

Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power Credit: By Steve Coll In “Private Empire,” Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Steve Coll spells out how ExxonMobil uses its money and influence to wield power in Washington, D.C. and especially how this was done during the Bush administration. ExxonMobile is a global entity that exercises influence over every part [...]

Senator Boxer demands car rental companies stop renting recalled vehicles

Senator Boxer demands car rental companies stop renting recalled vehicles

A car pulls out of the Enterprise car rental lot at the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International airport July 10, 2007 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images The next time you rent a car, you’ll want to check the manufacturer’s safety recall records because some car rental companies may be renting cars that have been [...]

Obesity is problematic for individuals and for society, but how do we fix the problem?

Obesity is problematic for individuals and for society, but how do we fix the problem?

A women walks down the street on Michigan Avenue 19 October, 2006 in Chicago, Illinois. Credit: JEFF HAYNES/AFP/Getty Images If current obesity rates don’t change, 42 percent of American adults will be obese by 2030 and about one-quarter of that group will be severely obese, a condition that shortens life and incurs large medical expenses, [...]

Is Griffith Park ready to play ball?

Is Griffith Park ready to play ball?

A Little League baseball game in California. Credit: David McNew/Getty Images A proposal from City Councilman Tom LaBonge is causing quite a stir in northeast Los Angeles. LaBonge, in an effort to answer the calls of parents in the area for more Little League baseball fields, floated the idea of building two in Griffith Park. [...]

Burbank’s National Teacher of the Year says education requires ‘all hands on deck’

Burbank’s National Teacher of the Year says education requires ‘all hands on deck’

US President Barack Obama (C) gives the 2012 National Teacher of the Year trophy to Rebecca Mieliwocki, a 7th-grade English teacher in California’s Luther Burbank High School, during a ceremony in the East Room at the White House in Washington, DC, on April 24, 2012. Credit: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images Rebecca Mieliwocki had no interest in [...]

Powerful evidence echoes in court case on Kelly Thomas death

Powerful evidence echoes in court case on Kelly Thomas death

Ron Thomas, the father of victim, Kelly Thomas, stands next to a memorial for his son on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011 Credit: AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes Yesterday, the courtroom trying the case of Kelly Thomas, a homeless man who was beaten by Fullerton police and later died in the hospital, was rattled by footage of the [...]

L.A. teens and literacy

L.A. teens and literacy

Maceo Bradley wrote an article for the most recent issue of L.A. Youth about he helped change a truancy ticketing policy at Los Angeles schools. Credit: Courtesy of L.A. Youth Literacy rates in Los Angeles are the second lowest in the nation, but despite the grim statistics a few organizations are working with youth to [...]

Can religious conviction and political civility coincide?

Can religious conviction and political civility coincide?

Lift Up Your Hearts: A True Story of Loving Your Enemies, Tragically Killing Your Friends, and the Life that Remains Until recently, Doug Kmiec served as the U.S. Ambassador to Malta, a position he took after helping Barack Obama appeal to Catholic voters in key electoral battlegrounds. Charged with spearheading Obama’s interfaith initiatives abroad, Kmiec [...]

Obama takes on Romney, #Julia replaces Joe the Plumber

Obama takes on Romney, #Julia replaces Joe the Plumber

A screenshot of the from BarackObama.com shows “The Life of Julia” and compares the differing affects electing Mitt Romney or Barack Obama would have on her life. Credit: BarackObama.com President Obama officially kicked off his presidential campaign this weekend, and with it, the virtual character #Julia, a non-descript, fictional “everywoman” to communicate to women what [...]