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Could changes to mental health care and laws have prevented Giffords’ shooting?

Could changes to mental health care and laws have prevented Giffords’ shooting?

Plenty of scapegoats have emerged from the weekend shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson, AZ—extreme political rhetoric, weakened gun laws and most recently issues of mental health. Could a different legal framework or network of mental health services have prevented Jared Loughner from allegedly opening fire with a Glock 19 semi-automatic pistol on the [...]

Good morning California – here’s your sobering budget news

Good morning California – here’s your sobering budget news

Jerry Brown is the state’s new governor, but he’s got the same old problem with the budget—over the next 18 months the upcoming deficit will swell to $28 billion. Brown’s proposed budget, released this morning, relies on $12.5 billion in spending cuts and tax hikes. Brown is calling for the temporary continuation of taxes while [...]

Unemployment, education, health care, housing, justice: issues for African Americans, issues for all

Unemployment, education, health care, housing, justice: issues for African Americans, issues for all

Even as the economy is struggling back to its feet, what are the major concerns for African Americans in the current political and economic climate? With his Poor People’s Campaign, started in 1967, Dr. King targeted income and housing relief for all the poor, not just blacks below the poverty line. Where are we 44 [...]

And the nominees are…

And the nominees are…

It is the season that falls between Winter and Spring – Award Season. Larry and the critics look at the films that have been nominated for Guild, Globe and Spirit awards, talk short lists for the Oscars and make fun of those that love to make fun – the Razzies. The King is speaking, the [...]

Are you making your technology work for you?

Are you making your technology work for you?

Stop using Internet Explorer—it’s bloated and slow; get a Smartphone—it’s worth the money to make your life easier; and get your music and photos OFF that laptop and into a cloud near you! Those are just some words or wisdom from tech gurus looking out for advising consumers on how to better use technology to [...]

NPR news executive resigns over Williams firing

NPR news executive resigns over Williams firing

NPR just released two statements. The first announces the completion of an independent review of the controversial firing of news analyst Juan Williams. The second is about the surprise resignation of Ellen Weiss, NPR’s long-time Senior Vice President for News. Weiss was the NPR editor who fired Williams after he told Fox News host Bill [...]

4G wireless networks—more of a marketing than a technological breakthrough?

4G wireless networks—more of a marketing than a technological breakthrough?

If you own a smart phone you already know that your gadget is only as good as the network that supports it—ask any frustrated iPhone owner who has to deal with the occasionally unreliable speeds and connectivity of AT&T’s wireless network. So while carriers roll out new & improved “4G” high speed broadband networks, consumers [...]

Pucker up – there’s more to kissing than romance

Pucker up – there’s more to kissing than romance

You must remember this, a kiss is just a kiss… or is it? Whether you were under the bleachers, away at summer-camp or stuck in the ER waiting to have your braces removed from the braces of another – the first kiss is an unforgettable moment, searing itself into the memory and having a longer [...]

The gavel has passed: Republicans take the House majority as the 112th Congress convenes

The gavel has passed: Republicans take the House majority as the 112th Congress convenes

The 112th Congress met at noon today and, as expected, voted in Congressman John Boehner as speaker of the House. He and his fellow Republicans bring an aggressive agenda that prioritizes cutting $100 billion from domestic spending this year and defunding or repealing all or part of the health care bill. A member of the [...]

People vs. Power – the battle to save Soviet Jews

People vs. Power – the battle to save Soviet Jews

At the end of World War II nearly three million Jews were trapped inside the Soviet Union. They were unwanted by the repressive Stalinist state, but forbidden to leave. Those who tried were followed by the KGB, harassed or forced into menial labor or imprisonment. In December 1987, on the eve of a historic summit [...]