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How Max Boot’s book could change the war

How Max Boot’s book could change the war

“Invisible Armies: An Epic History of Guerrilla Warfare from Ancient Times to the Present” written by Max Boot Credit: Liveright Publishing Corporation  Policy advisor and historian Max Boot has written “the” history book to guerilla warfare. His 750-page narrative (including a 66-page bibliography and 41-page index) details guerilla warfare going back to the year 66 […]

Is Measure A right for Los Angeles?

Is Measure A right for Los Angeles?

Measure A: Will a .5% sales tax increase in Los Angeles prevent funding cuts or will it drive businesses out of this city? Credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images With the March 5 election approaching, Los Angeles business owners, public safety officers, and politicians find themselves in debate mode as the city considers a sales tax increase […]

Who owns your mug shot?

Who owns your mug shot?

Taken on February 26, 2013, this is a screenshot of Florida Mug Shots, a facebook page that posts Florida’s publicly recorded mugshots. Credit: Florida Mug Shots on Facebook Ever since 1909 Florida has believed that any records made in a public agency should be available to the public. This has been upheld in various ways […]

Revealing ‘hidden biases of good people’ in ‘Blindspot’

Revealing ‘hidden biases of good people’ in ‘Blindspot’

“Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People,” by Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald Many Americans like to think that they hold few, if any, racial prejudices, but when it comes to choosing friends, a number of these same people are likely to base their choices on race without even realizing it. Social psychology professors […]

NBC suffering sweeps week like never before

NBC suffering sweeps week like never before

Former NBC President of Entertainment, Warren Littlefield, gives an insider account of NBC in its golden age in his new book, “Top of the Rock: Inside the Rise and Fall of Must See TV.” Credit: AP NBC is suffering this month after receiving its worst sweeps week ratings ever, adding to a series of blows […]

Eleventh Annual FilmWeek Oscar Preview

Eleventh Annual FilmWeek Oscar Preview

Oscars statuettes are lined up in a local souvenir shop 10 days prior to this year’s upcoming Oscars, the 85th Academy Awards, in Hollywood, California, on February 14, 2013. The ceremony is scheduled for February 24, 2013. Credit: Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images Hollywood’s biggest night of the year is nearly here and as Tinseltown prepares for […]

How will the Lakers heirs deal with inheriting the family business?

How will the Lakers heirs deal with inheriting the family business?

Commissioner David Stern presents owner of the Los Angeles Lakers Jerry Buss the NBA Championship trophy in action during the NBA Finals Game 6 against the Indiana Pacers at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, CA. Credit: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images With the passing of Lakers owner Jerry Buss, comes not just mourning but questioning over […]

Ask the Chief: LAPD Chief Charlie Beck on the Dorner case and more

Ask the Chief: LAPD Chief Charlie Beck on the Dorner case and more

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck, center, talks about the $1 million reward for accused killer and fired Los Angeles police officer, Christopher Dorner as Los Angeles Mayor, Antonio Villaraigosa, left, and Irvine, Calif., Mayor Steven Choi look on during a news conference at the Los Angeles police department in Los Angeles, Sunday, Feb. 10, […]

Jerry Buss and his effect on the sport and business of Los Angeles

Jerry Buss and his effect on the sport and business of Los Angeles

In this June 18, 1981 file photo, Jerry Buss holds a Los Angeles Lakers shirt in Los Angeles. Buss, the Lakers’ playboy owner who shepherded the NBA franchise to 10 championships, has died. He was 79. Credit: Uncredited/AP Jerry Buss, the Los Angeles Lakers owner who led the team to 10 NBA championships died at […]

California’s ‘Love Affair With The Sea’ gets a closer look from David Helvarg

California’s ‘Love Affair With The Sea’ gets a closer look from David Helvarg

David Helvarg’s new book “California’s Love Affair with the Sea: The Golden Shore” examines the California coast’s heritage and impact on the U.S. geographically, economically, politically, and socially. Credit: California’s Love Affair with the Sea: The Golden Shore The Golden State’s nearly 1000 miles of coastal terrain is perhaps its most defining feature. Not only […]