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No More DOMA, says Obama

No More DOMA, says Obama

In a sweeping policy shift today, the Obama administration announced its decision to discontinue enforcement of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, which heretofore invalidated same-sex marriage at the federal level. Speaking on behalf of the administration, Attorney General Eric Holder called DOMA unconstitutional; citing that “classifications based on sexual orientation” merited the use of [...]

Suicide of a former NFL player brings the issue of head trauma into a disturbing new light

Suicide of a former NFL player brings the issue of head trauma into a disturbing new light

Dave Duerson was an 11-year safety with the Chicago Bears, selected for the Pro Bowl four times and a businessman who grew a food company into a multimillion-dollar success. At 50-years-old Duerson shot himself in the chest last Thursday, committing suicide in such a way that his brain would be intact and available for ongoing [...]

Can boomers defy old age?

Can boomers defy old age?

The oldest baby boomers are turning 65 this year, so realistically what can they expect from the next 20 years of life? Promoters of longevity claim that if people just live right, ninety could be the new fifty. They also argue that the “cure” for the disease of getting old is just around the corner [...]

How the West Was Lost: Fifty Years of Economic Folly—and the Stark Choices Ahead

How the West Was Lost: Fifty Years of Economic Folly—and the Stark Choices Ahead

Dambisa Moyo, the former World Bank economist who caused quite a stink with her critique of American aid to Africa and reliance on celebrities like Angelina Jolie and Bono as self-proclaimed ambassadors to the African content, is back with a thesis that’s sure to shake things up again. Her new book chronicles what Moyo characterizes [...]

Howard Thurston vs. Harry Houdini – who is history’s greatest magician?

Howard Thurston vs. Harry Houdini – who is history’s greatest magician?

Few remember now that at the dawn of the 20th century when magic was still mystery, and a sleight of hand could very well have been the work of the devil as much as a flick of a wrist, two magicians battled it out for the right to be called king. While Harry Houdini thrilled [...]

Homelessness in Los Angeles—Part One: the Safer City Initiative

Homelessness in Los Angeles—Part One: the Safer City Initiative

With over 40,000 homeless living on its streets, Los Angeles is the homeless capital of the country. The largest cluster of those homeless men and women—nearly four thousand—lives on Skid Row, just in the shadow of city hall, where city and county government make policy decisions about the issue. Nearly five years after Mayor Villaraigosa's [...]

Foreign-language contenders in the race for Oscar gold

Foreign-language contenders in the race for Oscar gold

FilmWeek takes a look at this year's best foreign language contenders: Biutiful (Mexico), Dogtooth (Greece), In A Better World (Denmark), Outside the Law (Algeria) and Incendies (Canada). Critics Henry Sheehan and Tim Cogshell weigh in and take your calls. Have you seen any of these films? Which one do you think should take home the [...]

Charlie Sheen’s behavior – and a studio’s responsibility

Charlie Sheen’s behavior – and a studio’s responsibility

Actor Charlie Sheen goes off the rails time after time, then goes back on TV, and the ratings go up. His ex-wife, Denise Richards, told Barbara Walters in a pre-taped episode of The View that will air today [Friday], “…this is Charlie's lifestyle. He makes no bones about it… and it is what it is." [...]

Peggy Orenstein takes us on a tour of the princess industrial complex

Peggy Orenstein takes us on a tour of the princess industrial complex

Girlie-girls are made of sugar and spice and everything – pink. Isn’t that nice? Not so fast, says author Peggy Orenstein. There’s a dark side to the hyper-feminine, highly commercialized pretty bows and sparkly tutus. Think 6-year old girls in lipstick and sexualized influences pushing our daughters into thinking that how they look on the [...]

So a guy walks into a (salad) bar… will a caloric-labeled menu alter what he eats?

So a guy walks into a (salad) bar… will a caloric-labeled menu alter what he eats?

When the health bill was signed into law almost a year ago, health experts hailed the new requirement that chain restaurants post calorie information on their menus as perhaps the greatest thing to happen in the nutrition world since sliced (whole grain, low sodium, sprouted) bread. “If only people KNEW how bad for them that [...]