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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 […]

Turning “Project 50” into Project 1000’s—innovative ways to help L.A.’s homeless

Turning “Project 50” into Project 1000’s—innovative ways to help L.A.’s homeless

In 2007 Los Angeles County started up a new program with the goal of taking a different look and a different approach to the persistent problem of chronic homelessness in Southern California. The program was “Project 50,” which would identify the 50 most vulnerable and needy members of L.A.’s homeless population through a series of […]

Too hot to cool it: are we too dependent on air conditioning?

Too hot to cool it: are we too dependent on air conditioning?

Imagine spending the summer in Phoenix, Arizona without air conditioning—sounds miserable, doesn’t it? That’s probably why the population of Phoenix was 100,000 in 1950. It is currently 4.3 million. In his book Losing our Cool: Uncomfortable Truths About Our Air-Conditioned World, writer Stan Cox looks at the impact of air conditioning and steps we can […]

Mel Gibson, Lindsay Lohan, Roman Polanski, Oliver Stone: Can you separate the art from the artist?

Mel Gibson, Lindsay Lohan, Roman Polanski, Oliver Stone: Can you separate the art from the artist?

Wow! What do you do with these high powered figures in Hollywood? Roman Polanski managed to duck extradition on a rape charge, Oliver Stone’s been accused of anti-Semitism, and Mel Gibson and Lindsay … well, what else can you say about Mel Gibson and Lindsay Lohan? So here’s a conundrum… when you watch a re-run […]

Live from Phoenix: Day 1 of Arizona’s immigration law, SB 1070

Live from Phoenix: Day 1 of Arizona’s immigration law, SB 1070

When Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed SB 1070 in April, the divisive battle over immigration reform was reignited nationwide. The controversial law, which gives local police tough immigration enforcement powers, was set to go into effect today. But now its future is unclear. Portions of it, including some of the most controversial provisions, are now […]

Mandatory minimums on crack cocaine to be shortened

Mandatory minimums on crack cocaine to be shortened

One of the most criticized laws in America is about to get reformed. Congress passed a bill Wednesday that would reduce the disparities between mandatory minimum sentences for crack and powdered cocaine violations, a law some have considered blatantly racist and unfairly harsh punishments imposed, mainly on blacks. Even the Obama administration has called the […]

Federal judge blocks parts of Arizona’s immigration law, SB 1070: what exactly will be implemented tomorrow?

Federal judge blocks parts of Arizona’s immigration law, SB 1070: what exactly will be implemented tomorrow?

The most controversial parts of Arizona's immigration law, SB 1070, will not go into effect tomorrow. Judge Susan Bolton's injunction does not stop the law as a whole from being implemented. On what grounds did she temporarily strip provisions from the law that would have required police to check the immigration status of people stopped, […]