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Overtreated: how too much medical care is bad for your heath

Overtreated: how too much medical care is bad for your heath

Americans spend 50-percent more on health care than any other country. But if you look at the numbers, it isn’t buying us better health. Medical overtreatment isn’t new. Most people know it’s a challenge in end-of-life care, emergency room medicine, back pain and cancer treatment, where it’s especially difficult to broach with patients. And when [...]

"To Kill a Mockingbird" turns 50

"To Kill a Mockingbird" turns 50

Harper Lee’s classic about a courtroom drama in the segregated South turned fifty yesterday. The plot and characters are loosely based on the author's observations of her family and neighbors, as well as an event that occurred near her hometown in 1936. This gave the book an unprecedented real feel and hit very close to [...]

The age old question: Are women funny?

The age old question: Are women funny?

What makes someone funny? Is it the look? The writing? The timing? And what makes someone not funny? Well, according to a common stereotype, two ‘X’ chromosomes. The thought of women not being funny isn’t anything new – it’s a stigma many female comics consider a handicap in a male dominated industry. Even after a [...]

Helen Mirren and Taylor Hackford take on the world’s oldest profession

Helen Mirren and Taylor Hackford take on the world’s oldest profession

In the movie Love Ranch, Helen Mirren and Joe Pesci play a married Nevada couple running one of the first legalized brothels in the country. But their lives are complicated when the husband enters a business endeavor to revive an Argentinean boxer's career. Directed by Mirren's husband Taylor Hackford, the film is based on the [...]

California congressmen debate jobs, immigration, financial reform, energy, mid-term election and… oh yes…jobs!

California congressmen debate jobs, immigration, financial reform, energy, mid-term election and… oh yes…jobs!

Throw in a little job creation, a dash of stimulus bills, and a sprinkle immigration battles, and what do you get? Quite a busy summer in Washington. Representatives Brad Sherman (D-CA) and John Campbell (R-CA) weigh in on some of the biggest things happening in Congress and across the country. Immigration may be the hot [...]

Pasadena Playhouse emerges from Chapter 11 bankruptcy

Pasadena Playhouse emerges from Chapter 11 bankruptcy

Stephen Eich, Pasadena Playhouse's executive director, issued a statement today saying the company had created a plan to save the theater from Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. Since it shut down its main stage in January, the Playhouse has been searching for ways to pay down its $2.3 million debt, mostly owed to subscribers, bankers and vendors. [...]

Kevin Starr’s “Golden Gate: The Life and Times of America’s Greatest Bridge”

Kevin Starr’s “Golden Gate: The Life and Times of America’s Greatest Bridge”

The Golden Gate Bridge is an iconic symbol of the rise of the west coast and of the strength of the American worker. Built during the Great Depression, the Golden Gate Bridge became a California and United States landmark, but its rich history is widely unknown, as most people just recognize it on a postcard. [...]

Former stripper riffs on sports gambling and golden gloves in steamy new memoir

Former stripper riffs on sports gambling and golden gloves in steamy new memoir

Lay the Favorite is Beth Raymer’s new book about her years in the high-stakes gambling world of sports betting. In a period when gamblers no longer used local bookies and unregulated offshore sports booking exploded, Beth rose from an assistant in a Las Vegas betting office to become a trusted expert, seasoned enough to open [...]

Let them eat (trendy, pricey & savory?) cupcakes!

Let them eat (trendy, pricey & savory?) cupcakes!

Cupcakes mania is here! There are more cupcake shops popping up than bakeries, and it seems everyone has their favorite— Sprinkles, Susie Cakes, Crumbs, and Magnolia (the New York favorite soon to open in LA) to name a few. Oy vey! Is this trend over already? My pants are getting tighter just reading this. “No!” [...]

Almost over overdrafts

Almost over overdrafts

It looks like it’s a win for the people, kind of. New rules have been installed to control the fees that banks issue associated with overdrafts. But the downside is that the rules only apply to ATM withdrawals and one-time-only debit card purchases, not including monthly deductions for subscriptions or automatic payments. Overdrafts are a [...]