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The glory days of the Dodgers, LA’s Boys in Blue

The glory days of the Dodgers, LA’s Boys in Blue

Pitcher Fernando Valenzuela #34 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is interviewed by his manager Tommy Lasorda #2 before the game against the Chicago Cubs on June 7, 1981 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. Credit: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images With all the turmoil that has surrounded the Dodgers this past year, many fans who bleed blue […]

The glory days for L.A.’s Boys in Blue

The glory days for L.A.’s Boys in Blue

High Fives, Pennant Drives, and Fernandomania: A Fan’s History of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Glory Years 1977-1981 Credit: By Paul Haddad With all the turmoil that has surrounded the Dodgers this past year, many fans who bleed blue are looking back to remind themselves of better times for the storied franchise. Amongst those fans is […]

Virtual Tupac, a new trend for shows? Who would you see virtually, live?

Virtual Tupac, a new trend for shows? Who would you see virtually, live?

Photograph of virtual Tupac performing at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, April 15, 2012. Credit: Lucy Lang/Flickr/Creative Commons There he stands, his six-pack abs glistening, microphone in hand, yelling out to a screaming crowd at the 2012 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Watch a video of slain rap star Tupac Shakur “performing” […]

Do these “obesegens” make me look fat?

Do these “obesegens” make me look fat?

Rising obesity levels are causing scientists to reexamine what makes us fat. As Americans’ waistlines continue to grow, so too does the research into what makes us fat. Mostly, we think it’s about calories in, calories out. As in, when we consume more calories than we burn, we gain weight. But according to new research […]

New report says one in five adults do not use the internet

New report says one in five adults do not use the internet

Center for Medicate & Medicaid Services’ Web Site Project Management Director Ana Nunez-Poole (R) helps Medicare recipient Gladys Parrish (L) to compare Medicare-approved drug prices on the internet May 3, 2004 in Washington, DC. Credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images It’s a good thing we’re still broadcasting on good old radio airwaves because one in five Americans […]

Love, men and cheating

Love, men and cheating

The Monogamy Gap: Men, Love, and the Reality of Cheating Is monogamy for everyone? Is it especially difficult and maybe impossible for men to be monogamous? The pervasive notion that monogamy is the ultimate proof of true love doesn’t really square with the reality that cheating is rampant. And yet, whether gay or straight, the […]

New polls illustrate deep racial divide over Trayvon Martin

New polls illustrate deep racial divide over Trayvon Martin

People rally to demand justice for the shooting of Trayvon Martin, on April 9, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. Credit: David McNew/Getty Images A new poll out from Reuters shows stark differences in the way people of different races view the shooting of Trayvon Martin. The poll by Reuters/Ipsos found that 91 percent of black […]

Good confession, bad confession

Good confession, bad confession

Scenes of a Crime Credit: A film by Grover Babcock and Blue Hadeagh Perhaps the most pivotal phase of a crime, more so than the arrest or trial by jury, is the police interrogation of a suspect. Using verbal techniques such as psychological coercion, hypothetical scenarios, outright lies and threats, law enforcement officials attempt to […]

Fourth CicLAvia rolls in this Sunday

Fourth CicLAvia rolls in this Sunday

Map of roadways being used for 2012 CicLAvia event in downtown Los Angeles. Credit: Screenshot via ciclavia.org What is our largest public space? The network of public streets, of course, and this weekend cyclists and pedestrians will be enjoying that open space in downtown Los Angeles without any cars getting in their way. Inspired by […]

Man. Woman. Friends?

Man. Woman. Friends?

Could these two just be friends? It’s only in the last several decades that friendships between men and women were even a possibility, given social norms. For instance, the terms “boyfriend” and “girlfriend” weren’t introduced until the 1890s. After the social revolution in the 1960s which led the way for women to receive equal rights […]