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APA makes significant updates to new diagnosis manual

APA makes significant updates to new diagnosis manual

Rachel Sorrow, at left, a transgender woman, attends a therapy session with Dr. Dan Karasic, a psychiatrist with the Center of Excellence for Transgender Health, at San Francisco General Hospital in San Francisco, Friday, July 20, 2012. Credit: Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP The American Psychiatric Association has released approved changes to be published in the fifth […]

An end to ‘homophobia’? AP thinks journalists should stop using the term

An end to ‘homophobia’? AP thinks journalists should stop using the term

A converted U.S. flag displays rainbow colors. Credit: Michael Smith/Getty Images Homophobia or no homophobia? That is the question currently being debated among journalists after the Associated Press recommended against the use of “phobia” in “political and social context.” AP editors say the suffix, in cases such as “homophobia,” or Islamophobia,” can be presumptuous because […]

Tax Deductions 101: everything you need to know about the fiscal cliff plan

Tax Deductions 101: everything you need to know about the fiscal cliff plan

US President Barack Obama speaks before Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner (3rdR) and other cabinet members during a meeting on November 16, 2012 in Washington, DC. Credit: AFP/AFP/Getty Images The federal government has less than one month until the United States falls off the so-called “fiscal cliff” of automatic tax […]

Author Andrew Solomon on what happens to children who fall ‘Far From the Tree’

Author Andrew Solomon on what happens to children who fall ‘Far From the Tree’

“Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity” by Andrew Solomon. Credit: Scribner Extraordinary children often lead difficult lives when they are so different that they are unable to feel accepted by society. As they grow older, their differences tend to define them and become cornerstones of their identities. Andrew Solomon, the […]

Filmmaker Ken Burns tackles infamous Central Park Jogger rape case

Filmmaker Ken Burns tackles infamous Central Park Jogger rape case

Ken Burns and Raymond Santana attend “The Central Park Five” New York Special Screening at Dolby 88 Theater on October 2, 2012 in New York City. Credit: Jason Kempin/Getty Images  It’s a documentary that blends New York history, sociology, true crime and a plea for redemption. “The Central Park Five” centers on the lives of […]

Can new director get California’s state parks back in the green?

Can new director get California’s state parks back in the green?

Coe Park is California’s second-largest state park, spanning more than 87,000 acres. Credit: Melissa Block/NPR When he retired last year at the age of 63, Major General Anthony L. Jackson, a highly decorated marine whose 36 years of service included stints with Operation Iraqi Freedom and numerous other command posts, headed for the hills – […]

New book takes an in-depth look at the ‘Untouchable’ Michael Jackson

New book takes an in-depth look at the ‘Untouchable’ Michael Jackson

“Untouchable: The Strange Life and Tragic Death of Michael Jackson” is a biography of the ‘King of Pop’ with unprecedented insight. Acclaimed journalist Randall Sullivan’s latest work paints an in-depth portrait of Michael Jackson sourced from previously  inaccessible material – access to those who were closest to Jackson in life and in business. Sullivan’s biography […]

Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic

Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic

Davis Quammen’s “Spillover: Animal Infections And The Next Human Pandemic” Still afraid of bird flu? Black plague? David Quammen explores the history and mysteries of animal infections and human pandemic in his new book “Spillover.” Quammen’s chronicles of the little known relations between animal diseases and human illness is a fascinating (and terrifying) read. Quammen […]

Who is liable for damages if an employee is harassed at work?

Who is liable for damages if an employee is harassed at work?

A view of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington DC. Credit: Alex Brandon/AP This week, the U.S. Supreme Court will evaluate workplace harassment in the context of supervision and determine who qualifies as a supervisor. The specific case before the court began with Maetta Vance, who was allegedly racially targeted by one of her immediate […]

Big Man on Campus: LAUSD’s Superintendent John Deasy

Big Man on Campus: LAUSD’s Superintendent John Deasy

Superintendent John Deasy walks through an economics classroom at Los Angeles High School during a surprise visit. Credit: Tami Abdollah/KPCC As students across LA head back to school from their Thanksgiving break, LAUSD’s John Deasy will head back to his office with a lot of decisions to make after Proposition 30 passed on the November […]