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Edward Goldman


Ambitious But Problematic Cultural Projects

Edward Goldman | July 29, 2014 | Arts
Having become one of the most important cultural centers, both national and international, Los Angeles imposes on us, Angelenos, certain pressures to keep up with the latest developments on its cultural front.
Jamie Masada


Can Smiles and Laughter Change the World?

Jamie Masada | July 29, 2014 | Comedy
I have a dream, perhaps naïve, of bringing the world together through smiles and laughter. Religion, diplomacy and democracy haven't succeeded so maybe it's time to focus on something more universal. And that is why I launched the first annual Funniest Person in the World Competition.
Trevor Neilson


How Renewable Energy Will Completely Power California -- Get On Board or Get Left Behind

Trevor Neilson | July 29, 2014 | Green
For the public, the benefit is obvious: electricity will be cheaper, the air will be cleaner, and fewer people will die as a result.
Arianna Huffington


This Is Your Brain on Legal Drugs: Let's End the Drug War With a Minimum of Casualties by Following the Science

Arianna Huffington | July 29, 2014 | Politics
Human beings sometimes have a troubling inability to hold two thoughts in mind at the same time -- not only when the two thoughts contradict each other but even when they simply appear to be in conflict with each other but actually aren't. And nowhere is there a greater need for us to get past this tendency than when discussing the ongoing war on drugs. It should be possible to say that, as a first step toward ending this shameful chapter in our country's history, we should continue with the movement toward the decriminalization of marijuana. And we should also be able to say that as we decriminalize, we should take every step possible to minimize the harm, since there is scientific evidence of the dangers of pot on adolescents and young adults. So as we move toward legalization, let's put the science front and center.
David A. Love


California Death Penalty Ruling Is a Bellwether for the Nation

David A. Love | July 29, 2014 | Crime
Last year, executions in the U.S. dipped to a 20-year low. Jones v Chappell only further erodes confidence in the criminal justice system, as America travels down the path to death penalty abolition.
Harlan Green


California vs. Kansas

Harlan Green | July 29, 2014 | Business
In the great economic battle between pro-government and anti-government policies, California vs. Kansas has been the featured contest, and California has won.
F. Kaid Benfield


What City Dwellers Want, and Why It Matters

F. Kaid Benfield | July 29, 2014 | Green
American city dwellers place a high value on their cities' food offerings, from restaurants to farmers' markets. We also love historic buildings and good public spaces. Traffic, not so much.
Gregory Weinkauf


Better, Stronger, Faster: San Diego Comic Con, 2014

Gregory Weinkauf | July 29, 2014 | Entertainment
We bought our tickets at the door (imagine that, way back in the 20th century), and immediately we were treated to -- I'm just gonna go for it -- the biggest, happiest gathering of creative and imaginative souls on this planet.
Bruce Lesley


They Are Children

Bruce Lesley | July 29, 2014 | Politics
Although members of Congress and the president are professing to pursue a humanitarian response to the border crisis, the proposed solutions often undercut the very protections that children have in current law in order to have the Border Patrol expedite their deportation back to Central America.
Lara Michelle

Can Sex Work Make More Sense Than Working at Walmart? Hell, Yes

Lara Michelle | July 29, 2014 | Women
I understand that there are women who are indeed coerced into sex work, who are abused by pimps, mistreated by johns, raped and bullied by men on the streets. But that simply was not my story. I made a conscious decision to enter the sex industry. When I wanted to quit, I did. So yes, for me, a job in the sex industry certainly made more sense than a job at Walmart.
Jordan Jayson


How Finding My Father's iPhone Helped Me Mourn His Death

Jordan Jayson | July 29, 2014 | Healthy Living
I realize nothing can replace a face-to-face goodbye. But I believe the digital clues I've been able to piece together give me the memories I need, and I'm grateful that I was able to witness his life -- even in death.
Sasha Bronner


Camping By a Pool in the Mojave Desert Was the Weirdest Night of My Life

Sasha Bronner | July 29, 2014 | Arts
The sheer ridiculousness of it all -- the fact that you pick up a key that unlocks the cover to the pool from a museum in LA, are only then given the secret coordinates, drive three hours into the desert and must be back 24 hours later -- excited anyone I knew who had heard about it.
Joanna Zelman


The Truth Behind My Travel Photos

Joanna Zelman | July 29, 2014 | Travel
Pretty travel photos mask the work it takes to reach the destination. There is no shortcut to Easter Island. But with a little patience, the journey often becomes the best part.
Heather Risinger


12 Lunches

Heather Risinger | July 29, 2014 | Parents
I have been a mother for 17 years. It has taken all this time for me to realize children are never too young to teach them to open their hearts.
Billi Gordon, Ph.D.


As the Seasons Change

Billi Gordon, Ph.D. | July 29, 2014 | Fifty
Infallible youth and the power of "bar cute" have evolved into vulnerability, conditional surrender, and the wisdom of age. Nothing compares with the vibrant visual symphony of the colorful leaves of fall. The summer sun is exquisite, but equally magical is winter's first snow.
Peter Getty


A Brown Lawn Shouldn't Have to Be the New Green

Peter Getty | July 28, 2014 | Green
Educating Californians on the severity of the drought and offering some tangible remedies is far better than finger pointing and punishing monetary fines. Some fairly straightforward solutions to the problem exist.
Wait But Why

Your Life in Weeks

Wait But Why | July 28, 2014 | Business
You have about 4,500 weeks to live, and seeing them all on one image is a weird experience.
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell


Becoming Intentional About College Retention

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | July 28, 2014 | College
Retention means something quite different depending upon the institution. At elite colleges, for example, retention rates below 85 percent in four years are a cause of concern.
Matthew Bershadker


What Puts Pit Bulls in Peril

Matthew Bershadker | July 28, 2014 | Green
This isn't just a rhetorical debate -- the lives of millions of animals are at stake. So it's important to identify what we know about this maligned and often misidentified breed, as well as what we don't know.
Julia Wasson


Learning Los Angeles: Debra Padilla, Arts and Activism

Julia Wasson | July 28, 2014 | Los Angeles
Art has the power to illuminate, interrogate, celebrate and invigorate a moment in time worth remembering, or simply to give a kid who needs one an outlet louder and bigger than his self-doubt.
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