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The 1 Minute Blog. The 9-Year-Old and the Uzi Outcry.

Peg Melnik | Posted 08.29.2014 | Good News
Peg Melnik

If this country fears the proliferation of paramilitary police forces, it might want to consider our growing gun culture. The 9-year-old who accident...

The 1 Minute Blog. Earthquake, Close Call.

Peg Melnik | Posted 08.29.2014 | Good News
Peg Melnik

While Napa continues to pick itself up, people seem to be sizing up their homes as if they were the enemy. As quake stories continue to circulate, he...

The 1 Minute Blog. The Ice Bucket Challenge.

Peg Melnik | Posted 08.27.2014 | Good News
Peg Melnik

I was excited to accept the Ice Bucket Challenge in spirit, but I wasn't eager to feel the rush of chilled water overhead. That's when I had an epiph...

The 1 Minute Blog. Befriending the Enemy.

Peg Melnik | Posted 08.26.2014 | Good News
Peg Melnik

Foto and Ahmed were supposed to be enemies, soldiers at war when Ethiopia and Eritrea were embroiled in battle. Destiny had other plans. The Eritrea...

The 1 Minute Blog. Aftershocks.

Peg Melnik | Posted 08.26.2014 | Good News
Peg Melnik

With aftershocks of Sunday's 6.0 earthquake in the offing, those of us who live in Wine Country feel like we're walking a tightrope without a net. Th...

The 1 Minute Blog: Mo'Ne Madness

Peg Melnik | Posted 08.26.2014 | Good News
Peg Melnik

When Mo'Ne Davis graced the cover of Sports Illustrated, she gave America a sweet victory.

The 1 Minute Blog. Anger in Ferguson, Mo.

Peg Melnik | Posted 08.19.2014 | Good News
Peg Melnik

The town of Ferguson is on a short fuse. The world is watching to see what might ignite it. Whether it's a protester throwing a water bottle, or a p...

The 1 Minute Blog. Protesters and Looting.

Peg Melnik | Posted 08.17.2014 | Good News
Peg Melnik

The image of protesters in a cloud of tear gas made a photographer in Ferguson, Mo. feel like he was in Iraq or Beirut. Laurent Bryant, of the St. Lo...

The 1 Minute Blog. Robin and Parkinsons.

Peg Melnik | Posted 08.16.2014 | Good News
Peg Melnik

Robin's death gives us a window into this heartache.

The 1 Minute Blog. God's Architect.

Peg Melnik | Posted 08.16.2014 | Good News
Peg Melnik

Anthony Gaudi has been coined "God's Architect" because religious images appear in many of his works. Gaudi's most notable structure is the Sagrada Fa...

The 1 Minute Blog. Al Sharpton, the Alchemist.

Peg Melnik | Posted 08.16.2014 | Good News
Peg Melnik

Al Sharpton went to Ferguson, Mo., to be an alchemist, to transmute rage into a call for justice. The shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown has...

The 1 Minute Blog. Robin Williams, Virtuoso

Peg Melnik | Posted 08.16.2014 | Good News
Peg Melnik

Robin Williams was a comic genius, but a stirring dramatic actor, as well. When I heard of William's death, I felt shock and grief along with the res...

The One Minute Blog. Woody Allen's Magic.

Peg Melnik | Posted 08.13.2014 | Good News
Peg Melnik

Woody Allen is promoting his film "Magic in the Moonlight," but the 78-year old director has no comment when it comes to his personal problems. Last ...

The One Minute Blog - Tsunami's Gift

Peg Melnik | Posted 08.11.2014 | Good News
Peg Melnik

One girl miraculously found her way out of that statistic, but it took 10 years of her life, and some would argue, the grace of God.

How I Learned to Stop Worrying & Love the Veronica Mars Film

Scott Mendelson | Posted 05.19.2013 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

I do worry about the various ways this can go horribly wrong. I do worry that studios will eventually start seeing this as a business model when dealing with geek properties. "Pay us $5 million and we won't cancel Revolution!"

Dirty Dancing Remake: Original's Feminism, Liberalism Would Be 'Daring' Today

Scott Mendelson | Posted 10.31.2011 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

Last month, Lionsgate announced plans to indeed remake Dirty Dancing. With pretty much every beloved 80s film going under the remake knife, it was only a matter of time before the adventures of Johnny and Baby got the revamp treatment.

Because They Are Not Gay! What 'Forcing' Bert And Ernie To Get Married Teaches Us About Homophobia

Scott Mendelson | Posted 10.12.2011 | Home
Scott Mendelson

Bert and Ernie are just friends. I know that because the producers of Sesame Street told me so. Does the gay rights movement really want to be seen as forcing two men to get married irrespective of their actual say in the matter?

Casting suggestions to further fix Law & Order: Los Angeles.

Scott Mendelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

To the surprise of few who were paying attention, a regular of Law & Order has indeed been added to Law & Order: Los Angeles, in the form of A...

As the Search Narrows Down to Just Five Actresses, Just How 'Token' Will Spider-Man's Girlfriend Be in the Reboot?

Scott Mendelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

It's the dilemma of most working actresses: forced to choose either no mainstream work or be stuck playing the 'token female character/love interest.'

Why Tom Cruise Is, for the Moment, Still a Movie Star and a Box Office Draw

Scott Mendelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

As far as how well Knight and Day will open, you can bet that the tabloids are itching to tear Cruise apart when the film doesn't open to blockbuster levels. But guess what? It probably won't.