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‘Blue Valentine’ and the battle over movie ratings

‘Blue Valentine’ and the battle over movie ratings

In a rare reversal, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) changed its rating of the new film Blue Valentine, directed by Derek Cianfrance, from NC-17 to R after a fierce challenge from The Weinstein Company. In another debatable move, the MPAA gave the King’s Speech an R rating because of its main character’s repeated [...]

Beck and Baca – Law and Order in the Southland

Beck and Baca – Law and Order in the Southland

One of the largest cities in the nation sits within one of the most populous counties – welcome to sunny Los Angeles. With an area of 4,060 square miles, a population of 10,441,100 people who speak 224 different languages and 400 different known gangs, Los Angeles is a lot to handle for a resident, let [...]

Peggy Orenstein does NOT heart boobies! bracelets

Peggy Orenstein does NOT heart boobies! bracelets

What’s so sexy about breast cancer? That’s what author Peggy Orenstein asks in “Think About Pink,” a recent essay she wrote for New York Times Magazine. Sparked by seeing a friend’s 12-year old daughter wearing an “I heart boobies” wristband, Orenstein explores breast cancer awareness campaigns from the 1970s to today. She argues that this [...]

Whiter Shades of Pale: The Stuff White People Like, Coast to Coast, from Seattle’s Sweaters to Maine’s Microbrews

Whiter Shades of Pale: The Stuff White People Like, Coast to Coast, from Seattle’s Sweaters to Maine’s Microbrews

In 2008, Christian Lander started the blog <i>Stuff White People Like</i>. Since then, the site has exploded to over 71 million hits, and Lander has written a New York Times bestselling book by the same title. Lander returns with a new book, <i>Whiter Shades of Pale: The Stuff White People Like, Coast to Coast, from [...]

New rules for food allergies?

New rules for food allergies?

Milk, eggs, peanuts and seafood – it turns out you may not be allergic to them after all. A new study released by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases recommends new guidelines that challenge the methods used in diagnosis, testing and treatment of food allergies – as well as the percentage of Americans [...]

Los Angeles County libraries feel the budget crunch

Los Angeles County libraries feel the budget crunch

Are public libraries worth saving? The fact that the question is even being asked is alarming, considering only a fraction of a library’s contents are online, but it’s becoming an increasingly necessary one to ask. The Los Angeles County Library system is staring down a 22-million dollar deficit per year over the next decade and [...]

Pulling the “parent trigger” at McKinley Elementary

Pulling the “parent trigger” at McKinley Elementary

A little known law passed in January allows parents in a failing school to force a change. If 51% or more sign a petition it can trigger a forcible transformation of the school either by shutting it down, making it a charter or demanding other radical changes. 1,300 of California’s 10,000 schools are eligible, but [...]

Jamming down the road: preventing cell phone use while driving, whether you like it or not

Jamming down the road: preventing cell phone use while driving, whether you like it or not

Even with laws on the books in several states that are supposed to enforce hands-free cell phone use in cars, we all have seen people furiously talking or typing away at their phones while driving—we all have probably been guilty of an infraction or two ourselves. There is a policy that is being kicked around [...]

The struggle for survival in the Obama White House

The struggle for survival in the Obama White House

After the “shellacking” the Democrats took in the mid-term elections, the President is understandably weakened in his ability to direct policy and drive his vision for the country. In his new book "Revival," political reporter Richard Wolffe looks inside the White House at Obama’s inner-circle and the fight to maintain control in Washington. He explains [...]

Adam Carolla: comedian, angry, middle-aged, white guy, and social commentator

Adam Carolla: comedian, angry, middle-aged, white guy, and social commentator

Why should a rough, tough, bearded man clearly old enough to drink be asked for ID at a bar? And why did public schools decide to remove the climbing rope from gym class? Famed radio host, actor, and angry man extraordinaire Adam Carolla asks these questions and more in his new book, In Fifty Years [...]