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Are you smart (or hot, qualified, young or female) enough to be…a weatherman?

Are you smart (or hot, qualified, young or female) enough to be…a weatherman?

TV personality Jackie Johnson arrives at the American Giving Awards presented by Chase held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on December 9, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. Credit: Christopher Polk/Getty Images for American Giving In the world of nightly news weather personalities, being male, experienced, and older is a liability when it comes to getting […]

Anthony Shadid’s posthumous memoir-House of Stone

Anthony Shadid’s posthumous memoir-House of Stone

Anthony Shadid, Pulitzer Prize winning Middle East correspondent for the New York Times, died on February 16 while on assignment in Syria. He left behind not only family, friends and many fans of his journalism, but also a memoir, which has just been published. In House of Stone, Shadid chronicles his return to the small […]

Satire or bias? Controversy over ‘Doonesbury,’ Patch.com firing over Lalo Alcaraz comic

Satire or bias? Controversy over ‘Doonesbury,’ Patch.com firing over Lalo Alcaraz comic

“Doonesbury” creator Garry Trudeau smiles as he enters a classroom to speak to students at the Center for Comic Studies in White River Junction, Vt., Monday, Oct. 22, 2007. Credit: Toby Talbot/AP Satire has been a part of American discourse for ages, from controversial skits about the Vietnam War during “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour” […]

Are women in America being treated unfairly when it comes to birth control and abortion laws?

Are women in America being treated unfairly when it comes to birth control and abortion laws?

Birth control pills. Credit: brains the head/Flickr (cc by-nc-nd) On NBC’s “Meet the Press” this week, Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan said one of the big problems with discourse in America is “the way women are being spoken of” in public regardless of political party lines. Noonan’s observations along with the recent contraception health […]

Santa Monica College spikes prices of in-demand courses

Santa Monica College spikes prices of in-demand courses

Credit: Photo by Michele Markel Connors via Flickr Creative Commons Santa Monica College has introduced a new controversial way to help its struggling finances. In what could be a first in the nation, it will offer two-tier course pricing – after regular, $36-per unit classes fill up, in-demand classes will open up at a cost […]

Ask the Chief: LAPD top cop Charlie Beck takes your questions

Ask the Chief: LAPD top cop Charlie Beck takes your questions

The Mayor’s choice for LAPD Chief, Charlie Beck Credit: David McNew/Getty Images The last month has been a busy one for the Los Angeles Police Department’s Chief Charlie Beck, especially when it comes to issues of the four-wheeled sort. A group of LAPD motorcyle officers are set to go through with a lawsuit filed last […]

Violence, drugs, love and redemption in the LA gang life

Violence, drugs, love and redemption in the LA gang life

Jumped In: What Gangs Taught Me About Violence, Drugs, Love And Redemption by Jorja Leap Jorja Leap is a gang expert and professor of social welfare at UCLA. She has transformed hours of orals histories and interviews with gang members, interventionists, police officers, parents and victims into an ethnography of gang culture in Los Angeles. […]

Clues to lost Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece found in Florence

Clues to lost Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece found in Florence

The “Salone dei Cinquecento”, in Palazzo Vecchio, Florence. Credit: Photo by Eusebius@Commons via Flickr Creative Commons How many long-lost art masterpieces have been painted over or hidden from view? UC San Diego researchers in Florence, Italy announced Monday they’ve found clues to the fate of Leonardo da Vinci’s lost “The Battle of Anghiari,” which the […]

Using the homeless as wifi hotspots

Using the homeless as wifi hotspots

A truly inhuman WiFi hot spot. Credit: Viakenny/Flickr (cc by-nc-nd) Every year in March, hundreds of thousands of music fans, musicians, bloggers, film crews and the corporate dollars that follow them ascend onto the streets and clubs of Austin, Texas for the South By Southwest Music Festival. Just as the influx of temporary citizens can […]

Update on Afghanistan shooting – how will justice be served?

Update on Afghanistan shooting – how will justice be served?

US army soldiers of Task Force 3-66 Bravo Company of 172 Infantry Brigade walk towards the Forward Operating Base (FOB) Kuschamond on September 12, 2011 in Kuschamond, Paktika province. Credit: JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images As the world reacts to news of an allegedly lone American soldier going off base and killing 16 Afghan civilians early Sunday […]