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Who gets the final say on increasing health insurance premiums?

Who gets the final say on increasing health insurance premiums?

Controversy is raging in Sacramento over AB 52, a new bill that would give state officials the right of prior-approval over premium hikes for health insurance. The bill’s regulatory proposal is not new—prior approval of heath rates is law in 34 states as well as Washington, D.C.—and the process has been used in auto and [...]

Sexting punishable by expulsion

Sexting punishable by expulsion

No, we're not still talking about Congressman Anthony Weiner. This “sexting” story is about a bill that just passed the California State Senate unanimously (and now heads to the Assembly). It says that school kids caught sexting can be kicked out of school permanently. It defines sexting specifically as "the sending or receiving of sexually [...]

ROBOPOCALYPSE

ROBOPOCALYPSE

Having trouble with your e-mail? T.V. not working how you remember it? Laptop being uncooperative? Then it’s already happening, the <i>Robopocalypse</i>. A new book by Daniel Wilson, <i>Robopocalypse</i> details the not so far-flung future of a world ending disaster, committed not by fire or ice, but by robot. Today we have Daniel on the show [...]

Jazz clarinetist Anat Cohen

Jazz clarinetist Anat Cohen

Jazz clarinet is alive and well – thanks to New York-based musician Anat Cohen. Born in Tel Aviv, Israel, Cohen moved to the Big Apple in 1999 and started playing a number of community and club dates. She established herself not just as a student of music, but as a first rate performer at a [...]

How to smell like Lady Gaga: undercover and inside skank perfumery

How to smell like Lady Gaga: undercover and inside skank perfumery

Lady Gaga expects to take more than just the perfume world by surprise when she unveils her first fragrance this September—she’s requested it “smell of blood and semen.” Too bad that doesn’t raise many eyebrows in the perfume industry, where scents inspired by bodily fluids, even skank ones, have been a longtime in the making. [...]

The life and legacy of Raoul Walsh – one of Hollywood’s founding fathers

The life and legacy of Raoul Walsh – one of Hollywood’s founding fathers

Legendary movie personality Raoul Walsh got his Hollywood break as John Wilkes Booth in D. W. Griffith's 1915 silent movie The Birth of a Nation. He went on to develop and direct more than 200 films, including classics like High Sierra (1941) and White Heat (1949). Born in 1887, Walsh was a founding member of [...]

Divinity of Doubt

Divinity of Doubt

As a prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi has taken on such big names as Charles Manson, O.J. Simpson and Lee Harvey Oswald. His next trial is weighed against a distinctly higher profile figure: God. The Divinity of Doubt calls the big man to the stand, but can He stand up to Bugliosi’s critical mind? Thankfully God is [...]

We love L.A. We love it!

We love L.A. We love it!

There is no such thing as a “typical” Angeleno. How could there be? In our fair metropolis we have beach bums in Venice, aspiring starlets in Hollywood, execs in Studio City, the jet set in Beverly Hills, not to mention the numerous and diverse ethnic groups in areas such as Koreatown, Thai Town, Little Armenia [...]

Produced By Conference 2011 – meet, greet with the best producers in TV and film

Produced By Conference 2011 – meet, greet with the best producers in TV and film

Dozens of working and “would-be” producers get together this weekend to listen to and learn from their peers at the annual Produced By Conference, where they’ll hear the unvarnished truth about producing for television and film. Think you have the next hot reality show? Want to work in the indie market? How can you get [...]

Steve Earle – modern day Renaissance man

Steve Earle – modern day Renaissance man

Artists are routinely reminded to write what they know, and "hard core troubadour" Steve Earle has had the kind of experiences that allows him to tell stories of a hardscrabble life with an honest pen. Earle’s 1986 album, Guitar Town, brought him early success that exacerbated his substance abuse problems – and by the early [...]