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Michelle Rhee: radically reforming public education, whether you like it or not

Michelle Rhee: radically reforming public education, whether you like it or not

She started as a Teach for America recruit and has since become one of the most prominent public education officials in the country. Michelle Rhee has made it her life’s mission to reform the public education system, and her resume proves it. After Teach for America, Rhee founded and ran the New Teacher Project for [...]

Radio man Michael Krasny’s quest for spirituality – is there a God?

Radio man Michael Krasny’s quest for spirituality – is there a God?

On one side, you’ve got Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens declaring that God is a delusion. Or, just as stridently, there’s no shortage of believers espousing the existence of a deity. But what about all those who fall between, who are unsure if God exists or what form he – or she – takes? In [...]

Anne Rice’s Of Love and Evil

Anne Rice’s Of Love and Evil

<i>Interview With the Vampire</i> author, Anne Rice, is back with a new novel, <i>Of Love and Evil</i>. Filled with history, architecture, angels, assassins, mystery, and intrigue, <i>Of Love and Evil</i> follows former government assassin, Toby O’Dare on his quest to solve a crime of poisoning and find the truth behind the haunting by a spirit [...]

‘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 [...]