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Online dating services to screen sex offenders – what should individuals do to protect themselves?

Online dating services to screen sex offenders – what should individuals do to protect themselves?

A user signs up for eHarmony’s online dating srevice. Credit: VideoVillain/Flickr (Creative Commons-licensed) California’s Attorney General Kamala Harris announced a joint agreement yesterday with eHarmony, Match.com and Spark Networks, operators of websites such as JDate and ChristianMingle, that the online dating companies will screen subscribers against national sex offender registries and create a quick reporting [...]

A racially divided economy and the quest to buy black

A racially divided economy and the quest to buy black

“Our Black Year: One Family’s Quest to Buy Black in America’s Racially Divided Economy” by Maggie Anderson. Credit: PublicAffairs/The Perseus Books Group John and Maggie Anderson, an upper middle class African American couple, felt uneasy about the fate of those who were less fortunate. They knew with black wealth amounting to only a tenth of [...]

Are employers crossing a line asking for social networking passwords in job interviews?

Are employers crossing a line asking for social networking passwords in job interviews?

Do you want your employer looking over your shoulder to your Facebook page? Credit: Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images Interviewers are starting to delve a little deeper into who you are by asking for your social networking passwords. While it is common practice for employers to search for applicants’ public profiles, the claim of this new practice [...]

Update on Mexico quakes

Update on Mexico quakes

A man walks over the debris fell from a building in Mexico City damaged during a strong quake that hit Mexico on March 20, 2012. Credit: YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Images A 7.4 magnitude earthquake rocked central-southern Mexico just a few minutes after noon local time today. The quake, centered 11 miles underground near the city of [...]

Sanjay Gupta operates in a new level

Sanjay Gupta operates in a new level

Monday Mornings: A Novel Credit: By Sanjay Gupta, MD “Monday Mornings” is Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s first novel. The title refers to the Monday morning meeting that surgeons attend where they justify the life and death decisions they have made during recent operations. Dr. Gupta, best known as CNN’s chief medical correspondent and a practicing neurosurgeon [...]

Misappropriation or chic? Navajo Nation fights back against Urban Outfitters

Misappropriation or chic? Navajo Nation fights back against Urban Outfitters

Hipster chic, or stealing? The appropriation of different cultures in American fashion is nothing new, from African prints to Mandarin Chinese collared dresses. Native American styles such as moccasins, beaded shirts, turquoise jewelry and fringe have also been appropriated since the 1960s and ‘70s, with Navajo tribal culture inspiring recent collections for mass market chains [...]

Violence Against Women Act facing GOP opposition in the Senate

Violence Against Women Act facing GOP opposition in the Senate

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) has voiced her support for the Violence Against Women Act and has urged the GOP to work in a bipartisan fashion with Democrats for this legislation. Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images New provisions in the legislation, first passed in 1994 and twice reauthorized, have Republican senators balking. The revised VAWA would, among [...]

Are you smart (or hot, qualified, young or female) enough to be…a weatherman?

Are you smart (or hot, qualified, young or female) enough to be…a weatherman?

TV personality Jackie Johnson arrives at the American Giving Awards presented by Chase held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on December 9, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. Credit: Christopher Polk/Getty Images for American Giving In the world of nightly news weather personalities, being male, experienced, and older is a liability when it comes to getting [...]

Anthony Shadid’s posthumous memoir-House of Stone

Anthony Shadid’s posthumous memoir-House of Stone

Anthony Shadid, Pulitzer Prize winning Middle East correspondent for the New York Times, died on February 16 while on assignment in Syria. He left behind not only family, friends and many fans of his journalism, but also a memoir, which has just been published. In House of Stone, Shadid chronicles his return to the small [...]

Satire or bias? Controversy over ‘Doonesbury,’ Patch.com firing over Lalo Alcaraz comic

Satire or bias? Controversy over ‘Doonesbury,’ Patch.com firing over Lalo Alcaraz comic

“Doonesbury” creator Garry Trudeau smiles as he enters a classroom to speak to students at the Center for Comic Studies in White River Junction, Vt., Monday, Oct. 22, 2007. Credit: Toby Talbot/AP Satire has been a part of American discourse for ages, from controversial skits about the Vietnam War during “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour” [...]