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How much is too much to pay for popcorn at the movies?

How much is too much to pay for popcorn at the movies?

Popcorn, 2010. Credit: Kathleen Cavalaro/Flickr A Michigan man is fed up with the cost of popcorn and concessions at the movie theater and has decided to do something about it. He isn’t bringing his own snacks (he tried that, but the theater prohibits it) or refraining from buying popcorn in protest; he’s filing a class-action […]

Who invented Hollywood?

Who invented Hollywood?

Col. William N. Selig: The Man Who Invented Hollywood Credit: By Andrew A. Erish One of the least-known figures in movie history is Colonel William Selig, who as early as 1890’s was deeply involved in the pioneering art form of cinema. Selig began his show-biz career as proprietor of a string of all-Black traveling minstrel […]

Here comes the Sun… and its geomagnetic storms, solar flares, and CMEs

Here comes the Sun… and its geomagnetic storms, solar flares, and CMEs

Credit: NASA/Solar Dynamics Observatory 93 million miles is almost too many miles to comprehend, but that’s how far it is from Earth to that beloved yellow dwarf star keeping our ecosystem humming along. Despite such a distance, we Earthlings can still feel the Sun’s heat. But more importantly, we can feel the effects of what […]

OC says no to seeking $10 million in federal health care funds

OC says no to seeking $10 million in federal health care funds

A participant at a Tea Party Express rally displays a sign critical of the Obama administration on April 13, 2010 in Albany, New York. Credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images Orange County’s Board of Supervisors has blocked the county’s Health Care Agency from seeking more than $10 million in federal grants because some board members view the […]

Billy Childs’ impressionistic approach to jazz

Billy Childs’ impressionistic approach to jazz

Billy Childs on the piano. Credit: ilmungo/Flickr (cc by-nc-nd) In his latest recording, Autumn: In Moving Pictures, jazz composer/pianist Billy Childs says he hoped to capture “the movement of autumn – wind blowing leaves as they spiral through the air…the drumming of the rain as it hits the brown earth, the stillness of a lonely […]

Vladimir Putin wins a still-contested election in Russia

Vladimir Putin wins a still-contested election in Russia

Supporters listen as Russian Prime Minister and presidential candidate Vladimir Putin speaks during a rally after Putin claimed victory in the presidential election at the Manezhnya Square March, 4, 2012 in Moscow, Russia. Credit: Oleg Nikishin/Getty Images Vladimir Putin won Russia’s presidential election Sunday with 63 percent of the vote, inciting large demonstrations in Moscow […]

Competitive yoga is on the rise and is targeting placement in the 2016 Olympics

Competitive yoga is on the rise and is targeting placement in the 2016 Olympics

At this year’s national USA Yoga Asana Championship over the weekend, men and women with the kind of glistening, well-toned bodies people envy came to compete, doing yoga asana (yoga postures) in New York City. They had three… Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

Documentary "Bully" gets controversial R rating

Documentary "Bully" gets controversial R rating

Anyone who has ever been the subject of bullying knows the visceral feelings of pain associated with it. Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

The Wrecking Crew steps out of the studio and into the spotlight

The Wrecking Crew steps out of the studio and into the spotlight

You might not know the Wrecking Crew by name, but you’d definitely recognize their music. Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

Homeownership – the end of the American dream?

Homeownership – the end of the American dream?

Find a job, get married, buy a house. It’s been the standard formula and the unquestioned dream for generations of Americans. But over the last thirty years, even with interest rates on the decline, first-time home ownership… Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs