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Well…Ronald Reagan at 100 still looms large over the American political landscape

Well…Ronald Reagan at 100 still looms large over the American political landscape
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Love him or hate him, Ronald Reagan is an American icon that even 22 years after he’s left the White House still dominates the country’s political landscape. His policies, domestic and foreign, are adhered to by both political parties: Bill Clinton, in a Reagan-esque declaration in 1996, said “The era of big government is over,” […]

Silent Bob has lots to say

Silent Bob has lots to say

Kevin Smith’s career has been wholly unconventional; starting with his first film, Clerks, which was produced for $27,000 and became a Generation X cult classic. In his latest film, Red State, the actor, writer, director gives us something altogether different. It’s been billed as a horror flick and while it does have some campy Friday […]

Make an appointment at your local ER

Make an appointment at your local ER

Pay for an online appointment for the emergency room? Is that a contradiction in terms? And money back if you don’t get looked at in 15 minutes? That’s the plan behind a system that hospitals are adopting across the Southland as a means to save time, money and resources. InQuickER, for a registration fee ranging […]

Who is Mohamed ElBaradei?

Who is Mohamed ElBaradei?

Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei is the former Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), an intergovernmental organization that is part of the United Nations, and a Nobel Prize winner. Now, the bespectacled diplomat has emerged as the leading Egyptian opposition figure. What do we know about ElBaradei? What will his role be when the […]

Up in the air Junior Birdman, with your electronic toys – a disaster waiting to happen?

Up in the air Junior Birdman, with your electronic toys – a disaster waiting to happen?

Cell phones, iPods, tablets, e-books, GPS units – we think we can’t live without them, but maybe we can’t live with them… that is, if we operate our electronic device 30,000 feet up. Airlines routinely tell us to turn our cells phones and the like off before takeoff, but some passengers ignore the request, unwilling […]

Republicans split over GOProud

Republicans split over GOProud

Every year Republicans come together at the Conservative Political Action Conference, a right-of-center meeting of the minds designed to create a long-term strategy for the Party. Riding the success of the November elections, Republicans this year were hoping to get past some of their internal divisions and develop a big-tent, inclusive strategy that could unite […]

Roger Ebert’s back with a new voice

Roger Ebert’s back with a new voice

Film critic Roger Ebert, who lost his ability to speak due to damage done during treatment and surgery for cancer of the thyroid and jaw, says he absolutely won’t go through another attempt to rebuild his jaw. His voice, however, is being digitally reconstructed by a Scottish company called CereProc, using recordings from his past […]

The legacy of Charles Schulz

The legacy of Charles Schulz

When it started, the comic strip Peanuts only appeared in seven newspapers. 60 years later it can be found in 2600. How did the comic strip reach iconic status? A new book chronicles the evolution of Charles Schulz’s Peanuts column and its spinoff products. From Snoopy before he was Joe Cool to the Great Pumpkin […]

Is Facebook making us unhappy?

Is Facebook making us unhappy?

In a virtual world where you can filter and sculpt your public persona, sociologists are increasingly finding that hours spent viewing our peers’ polished lives—their awesome vacations; their nights out partying; their above-average-children—is making us unhappy. Are they Just Like Us? Or are they happier and framed in better lighting? Recent studies say Facebook makes […]

Sundance 2011 buzz update

Sundance 2011 buzz update

The 2011 Sundance Film Festival wraps up this weekend. Which films are getting the buzz? There’s the science fiction piece Another Earth, directed by Mike Cahill, about a parallel alien world. Then there’s Kevin Smith’s Red State, a film that was panned by many critics, with Smith promising to self-distribute. There was Higher Ground, about […]