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Police scanners are now coming in the form of 140 characters or less

Police scanners are now coming in the form of 140 characters or less

Social Networking And Blogging Website Twitter Credit: Oli Scarff/Getty Images People have found a new way to track crime in their neighborhoods. Residents who are police scanner junkies are now sharing what they hear on Twitter, providing a real time picture of crime and police activity around Los Angeles. Read the Full Story at KPCC […]

Having your marriage and cheating on it too

Having your marriage and cheating on it too

It’s the stuff of daytime soaps, country music lyrics and French cinema – and it usually ends badly. There’s no good way to cheat on your spouse, is there? Not true, says controversial sociologist Catherine Hakim. In a recent op-ed in The Telegraph, Hakim says that a “playfair,” with clearly defined rules and zero expectations […]

American English shift: northern vowels on the move

American English shift: northern vowels on the move

US President John F. Kennedy (C) wipes his forehead as he delivers the State of the Union address before Congress in Washington, DC, in January 1963, as Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson (C, back) looks on. Credit: AFP/AFP/Getty Images Since the dawn of television, conventional wisdom has held that American regional accents and dialects are […]

The music of Mary Poppins is still Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

The music of Mary Poppins is still Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

In this April, 5,1965 file photo actress Debbie Reynolds poses with Academy awards winners for best music Richard M. Sherman, right and Robert Sherman, left, who received the award for Mary Poppins in Santa Monica Calif. Credit: Anonymous/AP We’ve all heard it said that it’s a small world. But nobody has said it in as […]

Diana Nyad abandons attempt to swim from Cuba to Florida

Diana Nyad abandons attempt to swim from Cuba to Florida

Diana Nyad after being pulled from the water on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012. Credit: Christi Barli After 41 hours, 45 minutes, and multiple jellyfish stings, 62-year-old long distance swimmer Diana Nyad’s attempt to swim from Cuba to Florida has come to an end. Nyad faced lightning, wind, hypothermia and other challenges on her fourth attempt […]

Harry Shearer can’t take a hint

Harry Shearer can’t take a hint

Actor and comedian Harry Shearer Credit: LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images Harry Shearer, who made a name for himself in “Spinal Tap” and “The Simpsons,” is lending his many talents to a new album. “Can’t Take a Hint” is a collection of Shearer’s musical comedy sketches, the likes of which appear on his podcast “Le Show.” Whereas […]

Why are former MLB players dying earlier than their NFL counterparts?

Why are former MLB players dying earlier than their NFL counterparts?

Pat Burrell #5 of the San Francisco Giants uses smokeless tobacco during warm ups prior to playing the Los Angeles Dodgers on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on March 31, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. Credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images When it comes to the effects of athletics on lifespans, most would expect physical sports like […]

The science of flip-flopping

The science of flip-flopping

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images What causes Mitt Romney, Barack Obama and you or me to change our minds? Let’s assume that our political leaders aren’t just looking to pick up votes or campaign cash when they change positions on an issue. What causes a person with […]

Marijuana advocates file suit against city of Los Angeles

Marijuana advocates file suit against city of Los Angeles

Anthony Wooley is the manager of MCCG, a medical marijuana dispensary near the intersection of Broadway and 54th Street. Credit: José Martinez/OnCentral The Patient Care Alliance sued the City of Los Angeles today to block the ban of marijuana dispensaries within the city limits, scheduled for September 6. Last month, the L.A. City Council voted […]

Author, filmmaker Peter Navarro on documentary Death By China

Author, filmmaker Peter Navarro on documentary Death By China

Ever since the financial crisis of 2008, the economy has been on the forefront of every American’s mind. With the election ratcheting up and November drawing ever closer, it’s getting even more pronounced. And when one considers the economy, it’s impossible not to consider the influence China has had on the United States. Since 2001, […]