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144 billion reasons to be frustrated with Wall Street: 2010 breaks compensation record for bankers

144 billion reasons to be frustrated with Wall Street: 2010 breaks compensation record for bankers

Last year, in the midst of a brutal recession, about three dozen of the top publicly held securities and investment-services firms—which includes banks, hedge funds, securities exchanges and more—paid out $139 billion in compensation and benefits, ignoring the public outcry over exorbitant pay packages shortly after many of these same firms were recipients of federal [...]

Pasadena Playhouse grand reopening with Ed Asner

Pasadena Playhouse grand reopening with Ed Asner

Having emerged from bankruptcy, the Pasadena Playhouse is back with FDR, a one-man show starring Ed Asner as Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the 32nd President of the United States. Based on Dore Schary's hit play "Sunrise at Campobello," the 80 year-old Asner takes the stage for four weeks portraying Roosevelt. Will the show – and the [...]

Solving the mystery of the Station Fire

Solving the mystery of the Station Fire

Last year, the Station Fire of the San Gabriel Mountains became the largest fire in L.A. County history claiming the lives of two firefighters and destroying more than 200 homes and buildings. But the cause and management of the Station fire is still a bit smoky… Southern California Congressman Adam Schiff has convened a panel [...]

Where should we eat this time?

Where should we eat this time?

That’s a question Angelenos ask each other almost daily, and often, we fall back on our familiar favorites. But where do you turn for guidance when you’re craving something new? Eat L.A. has been called the best food lover’s guide in town. Now, the latest edition serves up even more tasty info about the best [...]

The Great American Stickup

The Great American Stickup

The fact that Wall Street crashed in 2008 is not news, nor is the consequent global recession. What may surprise you, however, is just how far back and how deep the connections that caused this great financial crisis actually go. According to investigative journalist Robert Scheer, it isn’t one political party that carries the blame. [...]

You don’t know the real America – how where you live determines who you are and how you vote

You don’t know the real America – how where you live determines who you are and how you vote

With 300 million of us packed into cities and scattered over vast plains, the United States is defined more by diversity than cohesion. Yet polls and politicians devote great energy to studying what Americans believe, where we pray and how we think. In Our Patchwork Nation, Dante Chinni and collaborators from PBS and the Christian [...]

Forget about the brain tumors, cell phone bills likely to cause heart attacks

Forget about the brain tumors, cell phone bills likely to cause heart attacks

Anybody who has opened up their cell phone bill to read about a litany of confusing new charges, fees and restrictions can relate to the term “bill shock.” It’s not just frustrating, but also costly and potentially fraudulent—Verizon just settled a complaint with the FCC for charging 15 million of its users “mystery” fees for [...]

Economy is down, but movie prices are UP!

Economy is down, but movie prices are UP!

These days, movie tickets run about $10 in most major cities. If you’re headed to an ArcLight cinema in Southern California, prepare to drop $11 on a weekday and 14 smackaroos on weekends. Throw in some 3-D glasses and a family movie outing will cost you upwards of 60 big ones. And that’s without any [...]

Don’t Vote, It Just Encourages the Bastards

Don’t Vote, It Just Encourages the Bastards

Don’t Vote: It Just Encourages the Bastards – P.J. O’Rourke on politics and politicians“We should remind ourselves of the purpose of voting, says P.J. O’Rourke in his new book. “We don’t vote to elect great persons to office. They’re not that great. We vote to throw the bastards out.” With mid-term elections just around the [...]

Richard Dawkins and The Greatest Show on Earth

Richard Dawkins and The Greatest Show on Earth

Genesis 1:21And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good. In an August 2005 Gallup poll, 58% of the public said that creationism was definitely or probably true as an [...]