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Arianna Huffington


40 Percent of American Workers Will Leave Paid Vacation Days Unused

Arianna Huffington | August 19, 2014 | Travel
An important new study released this morning by Travel Effect found that 40 percent of American workers will leave paid vacation days unused. The four reasons cited the most are the dread of returning from a vacation to piles of work (40 percent), the belief that no one will be able to step in and do their job for them while they're gone (35 percent), not being able to afford it (33 percent) and the fear of being seen as replaceable (22 percent). "Americans suffer from a work martyr complex," said Roger Dow, President and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association. "In part, it's because 'busyness' is something we wear as a badge of honor."
Jose Martinez


Mixologist Rob Floyd Talks Cocktail Secrets and Kama Sutra

Jose Martinez | August 19, 2014 | Los Angeles
A fan of the drinks at The Library Bar and Melrose Umbrella Company, it's hard to ever see Rob Floyd not at breakneck pace -- personally I've only seen him in go-go-go mode. And maybe that's why his events are never dull.
Adam Winkler


Ferguson: With So Many Guns in America, Police Are Trained to Live in Fear

Adam Winkler | August 19, 2014 | World
Police are equipping themselves with a variety of high-powered firearms because they feel outgunned by the criminals they have to defend themselves against.
Sophia Stuart


London To Los Angeles: Emigration Tales

Sophia Stuart | August 19, 2014 | Women
What could go wrong? I had a work visa, a job at a digital agency, a studio apartment, which looked very nice in the pictures I'd seen online. It was true, I only knew one person -- but he was a Hollywood agent, so that was a good start.
Sarah Bowman


Stave Off September: 6 Ideas for Family Fun in LA This Weekend

Sarah Bowman | August 18, 2014 | Los Angeles
This week, we've unearthed some great picks for everyone in the family: a giant rubber duck, a Frozen sing-along, and a cool event where local artists lead a workshop with their own children.
Christina Fialho


Adelanto: Unlimited Prison Possibilities

Christina Fialho | August 18, 2014 | Los Angeles
The City of Adelanto, California, greets visitors with a sign, proclaiming it to be a city of "unlimited possibilities." However, when you drive through this small town in the Mojave Desert, it is clear the city is known for only one possibility: incarceration.
William Bradley


Epic and Comic in Cal Governor's Race: Jerry Brown's Water Win vs Kashkari's Homeless Gag

William Bradley | August 18, 2014 | Politics
While this water bond, assuming passage at the polls in November, may or may not lessen the need for the Delta tunnels in future years, Brown is thinking much further ahead many decades in fact, to a much larger California.
Arianna Huffington


Robin Williams, Connectedness and the Need to End the Stigma Around Mental Illness

Arianna Huffington | August 19, 2014 | Healthy Living
The first response most of us have to news of a suicide is: Why? And certainly the tragic death of Robin Williams was no exception. How could a man who brought so much joy and brightened the day for so many fail to feel the same thing for himself? Robin Williams' talent, his warmth, his energy, his generosity of spirit and his bigheartedness might have been singular, but his sad decision to take how own life was, unfortunately, all too common. And it's a heartbreaking decision that more and more people are making every year. So as we ask "why" about Robin Williams, we should also broaden the question. Why tens of thousands of people? What is happening that so many people make this irrevocable choice? What are we missing in our culture? How can we open up the conversation on this issue to make other choices seem more realistic and appealing?
Priscilla Frank


Who Is FKA Twigs?

Priscilla Frank | August 18, 2014 | Arts
Twigs speaks to an age where musical genres are like ingredients best thoroughly mixed and baked. Twigs speaks to those whose lies are as important as their truths, especially those who can mix the two to create art.
Jay Weston


"BIRD LIVES" - A Wonderful One-Man Show About Charlie Parker

Jay Weston | August 18, 2014 | Los Angeles
all photos from jay Legendary trumpeter Miles Davis once told me (or rather he growled at me) that "the history of jazz can be told in four words...Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker." This exchange was in the summer of 1955...

The Fourth Annual Los Angeles Taco Festival

Madeline Lear | August 17, 2014 | Los Angeles
On August 16, 2014, Jovenes Unidos hosted its fourth annual Los Angeles Taco Festival in Boyle Heights.
Hannah Sentenac


16 Things I've Learned From 16 Years of Dealing With Depression

Hannah Sentenac | August 17, 2014 | Healthy Living
In the wake of the tragic news about Robin Williams, it's crucial for those who struggle with depression to cling to hope and life and the knowledge that things will get better. By sharing our journeys, we can shine on a light on an affliction that affects so many of our fellow humans.
James Scarborough


A Conversation with Danielle Eubank, Expedition Artist, On Her Upcoming Trip to the Arctic Circle

James Scarborough | August 18, 2014 | Arts
Recipient of a 2014-15 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, Danielle Eubank paints bodies of water. She also paints water as if it were a body. The way light plays on its surface, the way it reveals its depths to show actual and emotional ripples.
Jill Robinson


A Midsummer Night's Dream: The App for Our Time

Jill Robinson | August 15, 2014 | Los Angeles
I reviewed last year's production right around this time. I wanted to watch this show every night, laughing, engaged by the lyric, mythic and wacky action.
Kimberly Cooper


Robin Williams ... a Familiar Farewell

Kimberly Cooper | August 15, 2014 | Los Angeles
I've had my fair share of encounters dealing with people close to me struggling with the disease. When I hear of yet another suicide, it eerily hits home for me as I'm sure it does for countless others affected by a very dark reality that exists in our world today.


WATCH: Want To Raise A Confident Daughter? A Dad From One Of The World's Most Oppressive Countries Shares A Powerful Lesson

TEDTalks | August 15, 2014 | TED Weekends
When she was 15 years old, Malala Yousafzai dared to speak out against the Taliban. Her father offers a window into a world where girls aren't allowed to leave the house, let alone speak their minds -- and he makes a plea for change.
Anna Almendrala


The Most Insanely Delicious Foods From Outside Lands 2014

Anna Almendrala | August 18, 2014 | Taste
Food is the new rock, and if you needed any confirmation of that, the recently-concluded Outside Lands Music Festival in San Francisco, Calif., serves up plenty of proof.
Rodrigo Ribera D'Ebre


Looking Backward; Looking Forward: The Art of Jason Hernandez

Rodrigo Ribera D'Ebre | August 15, 2014 | Los Angeles
From the architecture, to the window panes, to the bible itself, the religious motifs would leave a lasting impression on the young artist who had already started winning art contests.
Neidin Hernandez

5 Things You Should Never Say To A Kid Going Off To College

Neidin Hernandez | August 18, 2014 | Fifty
The weeks before a freshman goes off to college are nerve-wrecking, exciting, and disproportionally spent at Bed, Bath, and Beyond. It is time for young adults everywhere to fly the nest and begin their own lives independent of their parents. As I step over the cusp into adulthood, here are 5 things I hope my mother doesn't tell me when I leave for college.
Rep. Jared Huffman

Let's Treat Every Week Like Shark Week

Rep. Jared Huffman | August 15, 2014 | Green
We have many concerns regarding the TPP, including the weakening of environmental and labor standards. We have even greater concerns about the lack of transparency regarding the TPP discussions that are underway -- so much so, that we are relying on leaks to get any information.
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