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Will increased religious freedom in the military threaten military order?

Will increased religious freedom in the military threaten military order?

Is religious freedom in the military being threatened?; Credit: Getty Images Congressman John Fleming (R-LA) has proposed an amendment concerning religious rights in the military to the National Defense Authorization Act of 2014 (NDAA). His amendment, section 530, passed through the House Armed Services Committee as well as the House on June 14. Alongside Congressman […]

Should Metro build a freeway tunnel or take another route in the 710 project?

Should Metro build a freeway tunnel or take another route in the 710 project?

Early morning traffic jams the entrance to the 710 Freeway in Alhambra.; Credit: Nick Ut/AP Metro and CalTrans have already spent two years researching how to relieve traffic in Los Angeles County. Their study, SR-710, began in 2011 with 40 different traffic alternatives. By 2012, it became 12 options and is now narrowed down to […]

6th District City Council candidate reveals past sexual abuse

6th District City Council candidate reveals past sexual abuse

Nury Martinez revealed she was sexually abused as a child. ; Credit: clcv/Flickr Creative Commons In the midst of what has become a heated race to replace former 6th District City Councilman Tony Cardenas, one of the candidates has revealed that she was sexually abused as a child. Nury Martinez, one of the two top […]

Can we cure obesity without modifying our diet or exercising more?

Can we cure obesity without modifying our diet or exercising more?

Is exercise still necessary? ; Credit: Joint Base Lewis McChord/Flickr City of Hope researchers believe they’ve found a gene that links obesity, cancer and diabetes back to a single human gene. The study, published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry found that RLIP76, a gene that removes toxic agents from cells, may play a significant […]

How Legos went from being a cute toy to a play-time empire

How Legos went from being a cute toy to a play-time empire

David C. Robertson’s book “Brick by Brick” tells the story of the iconic LEGO brand. The iconic LEGO brick was built in 1958, and since has captivated fans everywhere becoming the world’s most valuable toy company.  But just 10 years ago the company faced bankruptcy, failing in profits. It started with a Danish carpenter who […]

Filmweek: Pacific Rim, Grown Ups 2, Fruitvale Station and more

Filmweek: Pacific Rim, Grown Ups 2, Fruitvale Station and more

Actor Charlie Day arrives at the premiere of Pacific Rim at Dolby Theatre on July 9, 2013 in Hollywood, California.; Credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images Larry and KPCC critics Tim Cogshell and Andy Klein review this week’s releases, including Pacific Rim, Grown Ups 2, Fruitvale Station and more. TGI-Filmweek! Pacific Rim Grown Ups 2 Fruitvale Station […]

Is the ‘Master Cleanse’ a detox diet or dangerous deprivation?

Is the ‘Master Cleanse’ a detox diet or dangerous deprivation?

Master cleanse ingredients in store. Consumer interest in “detox” drinks and pricey juices has skyrocketed in recent years. The “master cleanse” version has you forego food for days at a time in place of water, lemon juice, cayenne and honey or agave syrup. The goal is all around better health, including slimming down and boosting […]

Proposed law aims to increase parental rights of sperm donors

Proposed law aims to increase parental rights of sperm donors

What kind of parental rights should sperm donors have?; Credit: culpfiction/Flickr A new bill proposed by California State Senator Jerry Hill aims to increase parental rights to sperm donors. Under current state law, someone who donates sperm through a sperm bank and does not marry the woman who conceives is not considered the child’s natural […]

News consumption of Americans & how it affects journalism

News consumption of Americans & how it affects journalism

How do you get most of your news? The internet? Television? Radio?; Credit: Reut C/Flickr Since you’re reading this on the Internet, it may sound odd to learn that television is still the main source of news for the majority of Americans – 55% according to Gallup polling. It’s not just the retiree demographic either. […]

Can singing together make us happy?

Can singing together make us happy?

Can singing make us happy? Stacy Horn has spent years singing in an amateur choir, the Choral Society of Grace Church in New York. While Horn claims to not have an exceptional voice or to be particular religious,singing in a choir makes her happy. And she’s not alone. More than 30 million adults sing in […]