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Gabrielle Canon
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Gabrielle Canon is a Renaissance Scholar and graduate from the University of Southern California. Her work has been featured in several publications, and she is a regular contributor to the LA Weekly. While her focus is on print journalism, she has worked in a variety of mediums including broadcast and documentary, and she was the Assistant Producer for “The Insighters,” a syndicated talk radio program that focuses on domestic politics, the environment, and international affairs.

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How to Deny Your Destiny

(2) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 2:59 PM

What do you do when, at the age of 25, you find out you are destined to die alone? My palms were sweating under her scrutinizing eyes as she read the verdict: "I am sorry to say it, but your love lines aren't strong."

Nosta looked up at me empathetically....

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Sugar-Coated Science: The Sugar Industry's Strategy to Encourage Your Sweet Tooth

(1) Comments | Posted June 25, 2014 | 1:47 PM

Sugar is killing you. Or at least it is making you a lot less healthy. America's love affair with sugar has been linked to increases in heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and hypertension. It has been said to cause other ailments too, from acne to mental illnesses...

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How to Change Your Life -- and the World -- in One Easy Step

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2013 | 8:20 AM

Photo by Colin Young-Wolff (From left to right): Zachary Zmed, Leslie Lowe, Gabrielle Canon, Dylan Zmed, Adrian Bourgeois

It had just passed midnight on my 26th birthday. My illuminated computer screen beamed through the darkness of my room. The cursor blinked...

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Warzone Collective: The Alternative Approach to Breaking Down Boundaries in Belfast

(0) Comments | Posted September 6, 2013 | 10:56 AM


Illuminated by a dimly flickering orange light, white block letters spell "CENTRE" over double black doors. Slightly ajar, a crack of light beacons through them into the shadows of the darkened alley in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

In Belfast, a city made infamous for...

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Searching for WeHo Jesus: An Attempt to Find Meaning on the Streets of Hollywood

(8) Comments | Posted August 15, 2013 | 1:54 PM

I still remember the first moment Jesus came into my life. It had been a rough year.

I had just graduated from college and was confused about my place in the world. Fresh from a breakup, I had just moved my stuff and my broken heart to live amidst...

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Gawker Must Not Know What Journalism Is: A Different Take on the Role of J-schools

(2) Comments | Posted July 22, 2013 | 12:07 PM

Gawker staff writer Hamilton Nolan loves to rant. I can't say I ever particularly noticed Nolan, or that his opinionated posts stand out from the rest of the sensationalized content Gawker churns out each day, but when a friend forwarded me Nolan's take on Journalism schools -- specifically...

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Education Debt and the Vocation Crisis: Prospective Priests Can No Longer Afford Poverty

(3) Comments | Posted July 9, 2013 | 11:21 AM

Students from around the country are facing doubled interest rates on federally subsidized Stafford loans after efforts to stop raising rates fell apart in the Senate prior to the July 1 deadline. Rates will go from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent and, according to estimations from the Joint Economic Committee,...

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Jews in Ireland: A Small But Vibrant Community Hopes to Leave Its Mark on Ireland and the World

(5) Comments | Posted June 21, 2013 | 11:33 AM


About six months ago Disney animator Saul Blinkoff got an email from his manager: Disney's popular kids show, Doc McStuffins, was in need of a new director. Though a great opportunity, it came with a catch. Blinkoff had to move...

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Being Vegan: How a Small Movement in England Came to Define Thousands of Angelinos

(60) Comments | Posted May 29, 2013 | 1:22 PM


The line at Native Foods in Santa Monica, California is long and slow moving. Patrons don't seem to mind -- they blithely chat, eying the display of cupcakes in a glass case near the front and analyzing a sign displayed, detailing explanations offered in...

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St. Barnabas Senior Services Continues to Make an Impact Amidst Budget Battle

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2011 | 3:47 PM

In the courtyard garden of the St. Barnabas S. Mark Taper Adult Day Health Care Center stands a beautiful tree. Lusine Nalbandyan, the director of Adult Day Care Services, remembers when, not long ago, the tree was dried and shriveled appearing to all onlookers to be dead. Nalbandyan,...

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Communities Stand Behind Librarians Facing Layoffs

(292) Comments | Posted June 13, 2011 | 8:03 PM

As reports of librarian layoffs continue to surface, librarians have put away their inside voices to fight -- with the support from unions, parents, and students -- to prove their jobs are essential for student success.

Today's librarians do more than collect and distribute books. Many hold masters degrees,...

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Controversy Over Scholastic Sponsorships Goes Beyond Coal

(54) Comments | Posted May 22, 2011 | 9:21 PM

Amidst heavy criticism over a "pro-coal" teaching tool called "The United States of Energy," Scholastic Corporation announced in a statement released May 13 that it will discontinue distribution of the controversial education materials.

In the statement, Scholastic acknowledged that there were problems with its...

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Charity Explorers' Death-Defying Rickshaw Romp

(21) Comments | Posted May 22, 2011 | 9:20 PM

The late April light had begun to disappear behind the Indian horizon as Daniel Gonzalez took the key to the small auto rickshaw. The ill-fated vehicle was purposed to carry three "Charity Explorers" over 2,000 miles -- on winding potholed roads, past barreling semi-trucks, and across the vibrant Indian landscape...

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Rose 'Mama G' Gilbert, 92, Inspires Generations As L.A.'s Oldest Teacher

(107) Comments | Posted May 5, 2011 | 7:50 PM

Update: In the original version of this story, we wrote that Rose Gilbert became a teacher when the "Berlin Wall still stood strong." In fact, Gilbert started teaching in 1949, years before the wall was built. We've corrected the story to reflect how very long Gilbert has been teaching.

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'Three Cups Of Tea' Author Greg Mortenson Still Being Burned By Fraud Scandal

(80) Comments | Posted April 30, 2011 | 12:54 PM

"Three Cups Of Tea" author Greg Mortenson continues to face charges that his story was fabricated and the financial statements for his foundation, Central Asia Institute (CAI), are faulty.

As fallout from the controversy continues, contributors are questioning their support for Mortenson and the organization he founded. The

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Foster Care's Web Of Policies, Problems And Promise Keeps Kids In Waiting

(38) Comments | Posted April 19, 2011 | 7:54 PM

In the first part of this two-part series highlighting the hardships that half a million foster children face each year, Enrique Montiel shared his story. As a foster care alumnus, he now works as a social worker within the system that took him, and his five siblings, from...

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Foster Care: An Uncertain Future For Half A Million Children

(211) Comments | Posted April 18, 2011 | 1:47 AM

When Enrique Montiel was 9 years old, he and his four siblings were taken away from their parents, and placed into the foster care system. He remembers the fear, sadness, confusion and longing.

"We were put into a car and as I looked out the back window...

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Military Children Face Greater Academic Challenges Due To Relocation And Emotional Stress

(144) Comments | Posted April 12, 2011 | 10:29 AM

Michelle Hurley attended 12 different schools in six different states by the time she reached her high school graduation. She shifted between three different schools during her high school years alone.

"You just learn to deal with it," she says. "I was in the third grade before I did a...

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Economic Recession Continues To Hit Nonprofits Hard

(62) Comments | Posted March 22, 2011 | 10:47 PM

It's late in the evening when Gordon Gibbs receives a call. The police have once again been called by a senior citizen who claims there are men outside his apartment waiting to kill him. The police, who arrived to find nothing -- for the ninth time -- are becoming impatient....

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Retention Revisited: Can Staying Back Move Students Forward?

(20) Comments | Posted March 19, 2011 | 11:50 AM

In a new study, Early Grade Retention and Student Success: Evidence from Los Angeles, released by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC), researchers reassessed the ability of retention to help failing students reach proficiency in Math and English.

Retention, which is a tactic that involves requiring...

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