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Herbie Hancock’s latest cross-over: From musician to author

Herbie Hancock’s latest cross-over: From musician to author
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Musician Herbie Hancock performs onstage at the “Keep on Keepin’ On” Concert during the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival at BMCC Tribeca PAC on April 19, 2014 in New York City.; Credit: Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival Very few artists can master a singular musical genre, but even fewer can combine multiple […]

West LA veterans facility slow to help homeless

West LA veterans facility slow to help homeless

People walk past a homeless war veteran explaining his plight hoping for assistance while standing along Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California, on August 22, 2012. ; Credit: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images The new director of the West Los Angeles Veterans Home, Thomas Bucci, is tasked with speeding up  the slow progress of the half-empty facility. […]

How celebrity women going ‘au naturel’ impacts female body image

How celebrity women going ‘au naturel’ impacts female body image

(L-R) Alicia Vikander, Keira Knightley, Joe Wright and Domhnall Gleeson attend the “Anna Karenina” New York Special Screening at Florence Gould Hall on November 7, 2012 in New York City.; Credit: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images In an interview with “The Times” of London, Keira Knightley revealed why she posed topless for the September issue of Interview […]

Obamacare vs. SCOTUS: Round 2

Obamacare vs. SCOTUS: Round 2

A protester against the US Supreme Court ruling upholding the constitutionality of the Affordable Healthcare Act, US President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare legislation, outside the Supreme Court in Washington, DC; Credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images The battle over the Affordable Care Act continues as the Supreme Court has agreed to hear a new challenge to President […]

Handicapping the 2016 presidential field

Handicapping the 2016 presidential field

Hillary Rodham Clinton arrives to a signing of her book “Hard Choices”, Thursday, July 17, 2014, in Ridgewood, N.J. ; Credit: Julio Cortez/AP A shellacking, a thumping, a drubbing. Call it whatever you want, the midterm election results represent a clear sign of voter discontent in the country today. Analysis abound concerning what President Obama’s […]

The immediate effects of the election on LA County and California

The immediate effects of the election on LA County and California

Supporters of U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton (R-AR) and republican U.S. Senate elect in Arkansas hold American flags during an election night gathering on Nov. 4, 2014 in North Little Rock, Arkansas.; Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images The 2014 midterm election is over, and the results are in! On one front, not much has changed in Los […]

Does Prop 47’s passage portend a bigger change in crime sentencing nationally?

Does Prop 47’s passage portend a bigger change in crime sentencing nationally?

Inmates in a recreation yard at the Deuel Vocational Institution in Tracy, Calif. ; Credit: Rich Pedroncelli/AP Proposition 47 has passed, which means sentencing reform is set to commence throughout California. In a pendulum swing away from the “tough-on-crime” attitude that was exemplified in bills such as 1994’s “Three Strikes Law,” many low-level drug and […]

Chop Suey: How Chinese food conquered the US (test your knowledge)

Chop Suey: How Chinese food conquered the US (test your knowledge)

“Chop Suey, USA: The Story of Chinese Food in America” by Yong Chen When it comes to Chinese food, it’s not an overstatement to say that Southern California almost has it all. Chances are, discernible eaters can find anything their hearts desire in the San Gabriel Valley, from dishes everyone knows to street foods originating […]

Listeners remember Tom Magliozzi of ‘Car Talk,’ dead at 77

Listeners remember Tom Magliozzi of ‘Car Talk,’ dead at 77

Ray Magliozzi, left, and his brother Tom Magliozzi, hosts of National Public Radio’s “Car Talk” show, are photographed with their cartoon likenesses in Cambridge, Mass., on Thursday, June 19, 2008. The brothers announced Friday, June 8, 2012 their plans to retire from the program. ; Credit: AP/Charles Krupa Tom Magliozzi, one of the hosts of […]

True tales of LA’s TV news stringers

True tales of LA’s TV news stringers

Jake Gyllenhaal as Lou Bloom in “Nightcrawler,” written and directed by Dan Gilroy, opening October 31, 2014.; Credit: Chuck Zlotnick The critically acclaimed new release “Nightcrawler” goes behind the scenes of gritty local news – with the help of real life LA stringers who consulted on the film. Howard Raishbrook and his twin brother Austin […]