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Forget about Mad Men – it’s mean men (and women) who are rolling in the dough

Forget about Mad Men – it’s mean men (and women) who are rolling in the dough

Brace yourself. Not only is that guy in the corner office a jerk, he’s probably making more money than you, precisely because he’s a jerk. This is according to a new study, “Do Nice Guys–and Gals–Really Finish Last?” conducted by three distinguished university professors and forthcoming in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. The [...]

The Maid’s Daughter: Living Inside and Outside the American Dream

The Maid’s Daughter: Living Inside and Outside the American Dream

Meet Olivia. She was born in Los Angeles and taken to Mexico to live with extended family. At the age of three, Olivia was brought back to Los Angeles to live with her mother, who slept in a room just off the kitchen as a live-in maid for a wealthy family. Raised alongside the children [...]

Could you have a missing twin…or be someone else’s?

Could you have a missing twin…or be someone else’s?

Stories of babies being switched at birth are typically confined to tabloids or fairy tales, but it is very real for identical twins Anna and Bella, who were separated after being born. In Dr. Nancy L. Segal’s book Someone Else’s Twin: The True Story of Babies Switched at Birth, she explores the accounts of Anna [...]

Too real? The dark reality behind “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”

Too real? The dark reality behind “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”

In Bravo’s long running “Real Housewives” franchise vanity and excess share center stage along with the spouses of the super-elite. However, the rose tinted lenses of Hollywood often mask the reality of reality television. Russell Armstrong, who starred in a season of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” along with his wife, Taylor Armstrong, was [...]

Raising a child with an uncooperative ex

Raising a child with an uncooperative ex

For the past three decades, the divorce rate in U.S. has hovered around 50% so it’s safe to say that millions of American children have been affected by divorce. Raising a child in the aftermath of divorce can be extremely difficult but doing it with a former spouse who is unyielding and difficult poses particular [...]

Is “Anonymous” behavior justified? Are they modern day Robin Hoods or thrill seeking vigilantes?

Is “Anonymous” behavior justified? Are they modern day Robin Hoods or thrill seeking vigilantes?

In recent weeks, a hacker group called “Anonymous” has gained national attention by publicizing sensitive police information, organizing a protest against BART’s disruption of cell phone service, and calling for the resignation of Fullerton’s Police Chief after the police shooting of a local homeless man. A hacking threat against Facebook has also been made by [...]

Boy or girl? Early gender determination raises ethical questions

Boy or girl? Early gender determination raises ethical questions

Typically, parents learn the sex of their baby from an ultrasound technician, at around 20 weeks. But a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association reports that a simple blood test of the mother’s blood can determine the gender of a fetus as early as seven weeks, with 95 percent accuracy. That’s [...]

Stealing Rembrandts: The Untold Stories of Notorious Art Heists

Stealing Rembrandts: The Untold Stories of Notorious Art Heists

On March 18, 1990, a pair of thieves disguised as police officers entered Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and stole thirteen works of art, including paintings by Vermeer, Degas, Manet, three by Rembrandt, and others. It is the largest single property theft in recorded history, with an estimated total value of $500 million. To this [...]

The Life and Art of Busby Berkeley

The Life and Art of Busby Berkeley

During the Depression Era, Hollywood’s grandiose productions brought infinite comfort to the American public. One of the greats of this era was Busby Berkely, the visionary choreographer, famous for creating very unique visually explosive musical numbers based on geometric kaleidoscopic patterns. Berkeley used as many showgirls as he could find and filled the screen with [...]

Nightmare at 20,000 feet: what’s the worst/weirdest in-flight experience you’ve had?

Nightmare at 20,000 feet: what’s the worst/weirdest in-flight experience you’ve had?

Picture this, you’re an eleven year old girl and an extremely intoxicated professional skier begins urinating on you while you sleep quietly on a plane. That’s what happened aboard a recent JetBlue flight that prompted a landing – all so that Robert “Sandy” Vietze, the urinate-er in question, could be evacuated. Plane travel is an [...]

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