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T. Jefferson Parker takes on Afghanistan veterans, economic bust in new novel

T. Jefferson Parker takes on Afghanistan veterans, economic bust in new novel
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“Full Measure: A Novel” by T. Jefferson Parker Novelist and California native son T. Jefferson Parker is known for a slate of popular crime novels from Laguna Heat to The Famous and the Dead. His latest outing is a department from a genre he’s best known for, and could be his most mainstream. At the […]

Lowe’s to rollout 5-foot tall, robotic shopping assistants this November

Lowe’s to rollout 5-foot tall, robotic shopping assistants this November

The Murata Girl and Boy robots are demonstrated at the Murata booth at the 2014 International CES at the Las Vegas Convention Center on January 7, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. ; Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Say hello to the new shopping assistant at your local Lowe’s: a robot. The home improvement chain, which recently […]

Why California leads the nation in bike deaths

Why California leads the nation in bike deaths

; Credit: Photo by Craig Barry via Flickr Creative Commons The number of bicyclists killed in crashes with cars has increased 16 percent in the past couple of years.  Nationally, 722 cyclists died in those kinds of accidents in 2012. California leads the way with 123 of those. That doesn’t include cyclist deaths from crashes […]

Mormon church discloses founder Joseph Smith’s polygamy

Mormon church discloses  founder Joseph Smith’s polygamy

View of the LDS temple in Salt Lake City just after sunrise.; Credit: Photo by Pedro Szekely via Flickr Creative Commons In a continuing trend toward transparency, a new Mormon church essay reveals its founder Joseph Smith had an underage bride and was married to other men’s wives during the early days of the faith […]

Holidays hike up airfares

Holidays hike up airfares

Travelers make their way to flights in the concourse of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport on one of the nation’s busiest travel days of the year November 23, 2011 in Arlington, Virginia.; Credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images As the holidays and travel season arrive, airlines have decided to raise airfare. While many industry analysts expected the […]

Election 2014: CA’s 33rd Congressional debate with Elan Carr and Ted Lieu

Election 2014: CA’s 33rd Congressional debate with Elan Carr and Ted Lieu

Congressional candidates Elan Carr, left, and Ted Lieu shake hands after taking part in a debate at The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles on Wednesday night, Oct. 22, 2014. The event was jointly presented by KPCC and USC’s Unruh Institute of Politics.; Credit: Maya Sugarman/KPCC Henry Waxman was first elected to represent California’s 33rd […]

Backpage.com: ad printer or pimp?

Backpage.com: ad printer or pimp?

A female police officer poses as a prostitute on Holt Boulevard in Pomona, CA.; Credit: David McNew/Getty Images Open up an alt weekly, flip to the classifieds and you’ll likely find images of scantily clad women, mostly, advertising an array of adult activities. Online, there are similar services, like Backpage.com, second to Craigslist in popularity […]

Looking at the intersection of science and creativity through the figure of the innovator

Looking at the intersection of science and creativity through the figure of the innovator

“The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution” by Walter Isaacson In his new book, “The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution,” Walter Isaacson explores the past 150 years of technological advancements. Previously, Isaacson documented the lives of individuals who have shaped […]

After Craigslist murder, what are the best practices for the peer-to-peer economy?

After Craigslist murder, what are the best practices for the peer-to-peer economy?

Craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster poses in front of the Craigslist office March 21, 2006 in San Francisco, California.; Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images “Avoid scams, deal locally! DO NOT wire funds (e.g. Western Union), or buy/rent site unseen.” This is the warning that appears at the bottom of every posting on Craigslist. Today, it’s one of […]

Will upheld voter ID laws impact elections?

Will upheld voter ID laws impact elections?

A voter shows his photo identification to an election official Feb. 26 at an early voting polling site, in Austin, Texas.; Credit: Eric Gay/AP As midterm elections arrive in just a couple weeks, the Supreme Court has upheld a voter ID law in Texas that requires voters to present one of seven types of identification […]