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How does a national obsession with true crime affect us?

How does a national obsession with true crime affect us?

Smart, Dugard, Holloway, Anthony…these are the names that have captured our national attention in the last few years, and now the public profile of these women is on the rise. Jaycee Dugard just gave her first big interview to Dianne Sawyer, Elizabeth Smart is about to become ABC News’ contributor on missing person cases and [...]

Lockdown High: When the Schoolhouse Becomes a Jailhouse, by Annette Fuentes

Lockdown High: When the Schoolhouse Becomes a Jailhouse, by Annette Fuentes

Since the Columbine shootings of 1999, educational institutions across the country have worked to reduce campus violence by introducing school site police officers, surveillance systems, drug testing and zero-tolerance policies. Many agree that the intention behind these measures is laudable, but extreme cases of rule enforcement—like the 2010 arrest of a twelve-year-old for doodling on [...]

Animal wrangling on film sets can be a real zoo

Animal wrangling on film sets can be a real zoo

Animals in movies are adorable and exciting – think of Dr. Doolittle, Babe, Free Willy and Water for Elephants. But this week, the animal activist organization PETA organized a rally at the premiere of the film Zookeeper to protest the fact that a giraffe named Tweet collapsed and died the day after wrapping his scenes [...]

Comedy Congress, live from the Crawford Family Forum

Comedy Congress, live from the Crawford Family Forum

Come on Washington, quit making it so easy. We in the world of satire like a challenge; we enjoy making fun of the subtle ironies in politics, digging out the points of ridicule amidst the complicated political policies. And what do you offer up instead: Weiner jokes?? You make it too easy Washington, we thought [...]

When you check in, do you like to check out?

When you check in, do you like to check out?

According to a survey by one credit card company, nearly 80 percent of travelers expect to remain “connected” all or some of the time during vacation. Of course, that means joined at the fingertip to our seemingly ubiquitous devices – iPhones, Blackberries, cell phones, laptops and screens. Now some hotels are offering “digital detox” packages [...]

Writing Movies For Fun and Profit: How We Made a Billion Dollars at the Box Office and You Can, Too!

Writing Movies For Fun and Profit: How We Made a Billion Dollars at the Box Office and You Can, Too!

Writing isn’t always fun, but it can be profitable! Learn the secret screenwriting techniques taught elsewhere only by monks of the Tibetan Plateau. Robert Ben Garant of <i>The State</i> and Thomas Lennon of <i>Reno 911</i> shine some light into the hidden cash crop of Hollywood, screenplays. Robert and Thomas have made over a billion dollars [...]

Downtown Women’s Center gets a new home, but its 71 apartments are already full

Downtown Women’s Center gets a new home, but its 71 apartments are already full

Shirley Farris, 68, struggled with homelessness off and on for years. Now, she is a proud new resident of the Downtown Women’s Center, a shelter and support network in the heart of L.A.’s Skid Row. The DWC prides itself on its holistic approach to serving L.A.'s homeless women, but with all of its beds currently [...]

Kids on trains, planes and in restaurants: Is there a thin line between a brat and a bad day?

Kids on trains, planes and in restaurants: Is there a thin line between a brat and a bad day?

CNN columnist LZ Granderson has no patience for your unruly “brats,” especially if they use his plane seat as a jungle gym. He’s not as enamored with your kids as you are and expects some level of common courtesy and good parenting when the little buggers are out in public. Are parents these days afraid [...]

Do NOT steal this book!

Do NOT steal this book!

Have you ever shoplifted? If so, you’re one of approximately 27 million Americans who “boost” products from retail outlets every year. For such a rampant practice, it has traditionally been rejected by academia and the media as a legitimate topic of study and discussion. In The Steal: A Cultural History of Shoplifting, Rachel Shteir attempts [...]

Genetics vs. environment: the cause of autism is again up for debate with a new series of studies

Genetics vs. environment: the cause of autism is again up for debate with a new series of studies

It’s a decades-old mystery that, at times, has turned into a contentious debate: what are the causes of autism and why have the cases of autistic children skyrocketed within the past 30 years? The debate over the causes of autism has centered on whether genetic or environmental factors play the bigger roles, and opinions have [...]