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Secret credit cards & covert purchases between spouses

Secret credit cards & covert purchases between spouses

It’s no surprise that secrets can sabotage a marriage. Ask anyone whose partner has cheated on them. But there’s another form of dishonesty that can be just as destructive: secret spending. According to a recent survey of 200 Americans, more than 80% of married couples lie to each other about their purchases. And nearly 20% [...]

The Terrible-20’s: The maturation of the generation left behind

The Terrible-20’s: The maturation of the generation left behind

You can call them “slackers” or “losers.” The media has coined more politically correct terms like “failure to launch” or “boomerang kids.” Whatever you choose to call them is irrelevant – they don’t care. They have a Facebook status to update. Raised as the generation with the most access to information, entertainment, and technology, many [...]

Help us, Hollywood, you’re our only hope

Help us, Hollywood, you’re our only hope

We’ve had our prefabricated blockbusters, an installment of a vampire franchise and the usual romantic comedy fare, but the summer of 2010 has felt… well… uneventful at the local cinema. Maybe even dismal. With a struggling economy and soaring temperatures this is a summer when we need air conditioned escapism the most. Inception and the [...]

The Hidden Staircases of Los Angeles

The Hidden Staircases of Los Angeles

In 2006, Charles Fleming, a sufferer of chronic back pain, was told by his doctor that he’d need to undergo his third back surgery in three years. Instead of going under the knife, he decided to walk – specifically up and down public staircases – to cure his pain. Four years later, he’s climbed over [...]

Botox, boobs, and liposuction? Teens and cosmetic surgery

Botox, boobs, and liposuction? Teens and cosmetic surgery

According to the Journal of Adolescent Health, the two most popular procedures for teens are liposuction and breast implants. Some social networking sites have noticed an increase in teens talking about Botox and other beauty enhancements, and seeking advice on how to ask their parents for the money to get some form of cosmetic surgery. [...]

Mortality and faith

Mortality and faith

Writer Christopher Hitchens is one of America's most prominent atheist intellectuals. Now, he's facing deadly cancer. Hitchens recently responded to those claiming his challenge will be even greater without faith in God. Go ahead and pray for me, Hitch writes, but don't expect a deathbed conversion – and if one comes, you'll know I was [...]

Zoo Story: Life in the Garden of Captives

Zoo Story: Life in the Garden of Captives

Americans like their zoos. In fact, they like them more than their NFL, NBA, and Major League Baseball Games, combined. More than 175 million Americans flock to zoos and aquariums every year, for a close-up look at Sumatran tigers, South African elephants, and chimpanzees. But are zoos adequately equipped to care for these animals and [...]

We’re all famous for 15 minutes…or maybe 20: Carl Hiaasen’s "Star Island"

We’re all famous for 15 minutes…or maybe 20: Carl Hiaasen’s "Star Island"

Celebrities… we love them, we love to hate them, and we love scrolling through endless paparazzi photos of them walking their dog, eating a burger, doing things – just like us! But what do we really know about what’s going on in their lives, especially when we see pictures of certain celebs stumbling out of [...]

Former first lady Rosalynn Carter still advocating for mental health solutions

Former first lady Rosalynn Carter still advocating for mental health solutions

For more than 40 years, Rosalynn Carter has been working to try to improve the lives of Americans living with mental illness – a group she feels has been neglected and often stigmatized. In Within Our Reach: Ending the Mental Health Crisis, Carter chronicles her work to further mental-health research. She calls for parents to [...]

Villaraigosa’s Bike Summit

Villaraigosa’s Bike Summit

The mayor of Los Angeles declared himself an LA cyclist…and promptly fell off his bike last month and broke his elbow. He’s recovering, but the painful experience prodded him to focus more on a basic question of transportation planning: how can cars and bikes co-exist? Do they need to be physically segregated by barriers or [...]