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3 suspects in Bryan Stow beating arrested: what lessons can be learned from this tragic case?

3 suspects in Bryan Stow beating arrested: what lessons can be learned from this tragic case?

Louie Sanchez, Marvin Norwood and Dorene Sanchez are the names of the three suspects arrested for the beating of Bryan Stow, a Giants fan who was attacked outside of Dodgers stadium back on March 31st. Earlier this week Stow suffered a seizure that required him to undergo emergency surgery, a setback in his already slow [...]

Hollywood’s annual geek-out kicks off

Hollywood’s annual geek-out kicks off

San Diego's Comic-Con International starts today. Thousands of costumed fans are swarming the city. Certainly, many are excited to see one of the god fathers of genre movies there, Steven Spielberg. It will be the filmmaker's first trip to Comic-Con to talk about his upcoming feature, "The Adventures of Tintin." That flick won't be the [...]

Woody Guthrie: This segment kills fascists

Woody Guthrie: This segment kills fascists

Famed for such ubiquitous folk ballads as “This land is your land” and “Pretty Boy Floyd” — Woody Guthrie has left an indelible mark on American folk music that has served as an inspiration for generations. Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger and Bruce Springsteen are among those that claim Guthrie as a role model in both [...]

Space tourists and researchers race to the ignorosphere and beyond!

Space tourists and researchers race to the ignorosphere and beyond!

With NASA’s last shuttle mission coming to a close, we reach the finish line of the space race which began between Russia and the U.S. in the Cold War. But don’t fret too long, because the next space race is already taking off. As NASA relinquishes its grip on human space exploration, other companies are [...]

Health care panel recommends full coverage of contraception

Health care panel recommends full coverage of contraception

The new health care law bars insurers from charging for “preventive health services,” which the nonpartisan, nongovernmental Institute of Medicine yesterday defined to include the full list of FDA-approved contraceptives. Supporters of the recommendations—including obstetricians, gynecologists, pediatricians, public health experts and Democratic women in Congress—hailed the recommendations as the first-ever federal guidelines for women’s health; [...]

Parents to kids: Go the F**k to Sleep – but don’t effin cuss!

Parents to kids: Go the F**k to Sleep – but don’t effin cuss!

Adam Mansbach’s satirical children’s book Go the F**k to Sleep is causing quite a deal of controversy among parents. Some find the book an appropriately hilarious and even healing take on the nightly bedtime saga, while others believe it’s unnecessarily verbally abusive. The book is definitely intended for adults – so it’s unlikely that even [...]

Raising a chimp as a human: the wild story & monkey business of Project Nim

Raising a chimp as a human: the wild story & monkey business of Project Nim

Imagine if we could "free" a chimpanzee’s mind through a communicative vehicle. This is the goal that Columbia university researchers set out to achieve in the mid-1970’s. How? By raising a 2-week-old chimp like a human child, by a human mother, in a house of seven children. Because chimpanzees lack the vocal apparatus to speak, [...]

Anna Deavere Smith’s show Let Me Down Easy comes to Los Angeles

Anna Deavere Smith’s show Let Me Down Easy comes to Los Angeles

Actress Anna Deavere Smith is perhaps best known for her starring role on Showtime's "Nurse Jackie." Or for playing the national security advisor on NBC's "The West Wing." Movie buffs will recognize Smith from films like Rachel Getting Married, RENT, and The American President. But theater lovers mostly know her as an award-winning playwright and [...]

The Other Barack: The Bold and Reckless Life of President Obama’s Father

The Other Barack: The Bold and Reckless Life of President Obama’s Father

Since Barack Obama took the presidency in 2008, there have been countless books written about his life, speeches, and religious values, but few have thoroughly examined one of the former senator’s closest family members: Barack Hussein Obama, his father. Now Boston Globe reporter Sally H. Jacobs has shed new light on this brilliant and yet [...]

Books vs. movies: does Hollywood ruin novels?

Books vs. movies: does Hollywood ruin novels?

This weekend, the eighth installment of the Harry Potter film franchise opens for its eager fan base. In the case of J.K. Rowling’s series, her best-selling books have translated into equally big box office successes. Lucky that. Often a beloved novel adapted for the screen provokes passionate pans. Readers feel let down when a tale [...]