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Navigating the smartphone wars

Navigating the smartphone wars

Let’s say you’re not an early adopter of new technology, but you’re getting ready to take the smartphone plunge. How should flip phone holdouts make the switch? iPhones are uber cool, but nearly everyone complains about AT&T’s service. Android-based phones are now outselling iPhones and their open source apps are as democratic as apple pie. [...]

That’s inappropriate! What the HP sexual harassment case shows about touchy office-place relationships

That’s inappropriate! What the HP sexual harassment case shows about touchy office-place relationships

Hewlett-Packard CEO Mark Hurd was encouraged to resign last week after it surfaced that he had tried to enter a relationship with an HP contractor and part-time actress, Jodie Fisher. HP says Hurd didn't violate their sexual harassment policy, and Fisher acknowledges they never entered into an affair or sexual relationship, but the scandal still [...]

Box office depictions of gay characters

Box office depictions of gay characters

With Judge Walker’s suspension of Proposition 8, the question of gay marriage is once again in the headlines. It’s also often on the marquee, most recently with The Kids are All Right starring Annette Bening. Hollywood has struggled for years to realistically portray gay characters. Sometimes they succeed. Sometimes they fail miserably. Which movies get [...]

With great power, comes great responsibility – the billionaires giving pledge

With great power, comes great responsibility – the billionaires giving pledge

Recently, 40 billionaires came out and pledged to give the majority of their wealth to philanthropy. The money is not being funneled to one cause – each billionaire gets to give their money to the cause, or causes, of their choosing. As the Bush tax cuts are set to expire and billionaires are giving away [...]

The whole (grain) truth: Wheat is making more dough than white

The whole (grain) truth: Wheat is making more dough than white

Pigs aren’t flying and hell hasn’t frozen over yet, but for the first time ever, Americans are spending more money on wheat bread than white. Change has finally arrived. Coupled with coy marketing and a society obsessed with the idea of healthy eating, white bread is now the odd man out. And it seems that [...]

Is Inception real?: in your dreams!

Is Inception real?: in your dreams!

The Chris Nolan film, Inception, continues to clean up at the box office. Perhaps, in part, because it hits on an age old fantasy…what if we really could control dreams? Well, some psychologists say we already have that ability—at least for our own dreams. Harvard researchers are working on techniques for controlling dreams in ways [...]

Gonzo jazz critic chronicles rich jazz scene

Gonzo jazz critic chronicles rich jazz scene

Nat Hentoff was only 11 years old when he became transfixed by jazz. Hentoff walked past a record store in 1936 and heard Artie Shaw’s song “Nightmare” playing. That transformative moment was the beginning of a lifetime chronicling jazz and his relationships with its makers – from giants like Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald to [...]

Proposition 8 is overturned – what do you think?

Proposition 8 is overturned – what do you think?

"Plaintiffs challenge Proposition 8 under the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment," Judge Vaughn Walker wrote. "Each challenge is independently meritorious, as Proposition 8 both unconstitutionally burdens the exercise of the fundamental right to marry and creates an irrational classification on the basis of sexual orientation." Vaughn added: "Plaintiffs seek to [...]

Don’t listen…this is private

Don’t listen…this is private

KCRW producer Sarah Spitz got quite a shock when she posted on the list-serv Journolist that she would laugh if Rush Limbaugh died of a heart attack. She expected her comments to remain private but, as with almost anything on the internet, they didn’t. Spitz admits she made a mistake, but it brings up a [...]

Dark days revisited—Grim Sleeper case brings back bad memories of South L.A. in the ‘80’s

Dark days revisited—Grim Sleeper case brings back bad memories of South L.A. in the ‘80’s

The arrest of the Grim Sleeper, the serial killer who prayed on prostitutes in South L.A. for most of the 1980’s, brought back bad memories for a part of L.A. that had been plagued with drug-fueled lawlessness in the darkest days of the 80’s. Plagued by the crack cocaine epidemic, witness to the rise of [...]