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Hollywood's Dystopian View of Population: Entertaining But Not Realistic

John Seager | Posted 07.22.2014 | Green
John Seager

While Hollywood continues to offer up diversions -- something most of us need in one form or another -- in the real world there is a script we can follow to dramatically improve life on our planet.

The Great American Gun Violence Lottery

Erin Ryan | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics
Erin Ryan

Just as our gun culture has changed for the worse, it can also change for the better. If the common-sense majority can just shake off this paralyzing mantle of powerlessness, we can start making the changes we want in our world.

Review: Ballet West - Mixed Repertory Program at the Auditorium Theatre

Catherine L. Tully | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Catherine L. Tully

As the piece unfolds, dancers pair up and present themselves to the audience in a series of dances that give the impression of the day unfolding gradually. The mood is initially light, but begins to shift as the black box starts to take the focus -- and then the ritual begins.

Why Do I Keep Turning Down Money From God?

Al DeLuise | Posted 04.13.2013 | Fifty
Al DeLuise

I'm not perfect (shocking) and I have to admit there was that split-second I thought about sweeping the money off the counter and into my pocket -- there was no one there to stop me.

Do You Play The Lottery? (POLL)

Posted 11.30.2012 | MarloThomas

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New York Teen Wins Lottery, Plans To Buy A Car And His Mom's House

The Huffington Post | Katherine Bindley | Posted 09.28.2012 | Teen

A Rochester, N.Y., teenager won $3 million in an instant lottery game by using $10 he won playing a different instant game. "That's one hell of ...

$202 Million Ticket Sold

AP | DAVID PITT | Posted 11.27.2012 | Money

BONDURANT, Iowa — A winning $202 million Powerball ticket was purchased at a convenience store in the suburban Des Moines city of Bondurant, but...

Movie Review: Won't Back Down

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.27.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's one thing when documentaries like Davis Guggenheim's Waiting for 'Superman and Madeleine Sackler's much better The Lottery look at problems in public education and offer some solutions (such as charter schools).

Lottery Winner May Have Helped Woman Steal Car

The Huffington Post | Katherine Bindley | Posted 06.12.2012 | Money

Back in March, when John Ross Jr. won the California lottery's "Set for Life" scratch-off game, which promises $70,000 after taxes every year for the ...

What Oscar Noms Got Right

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The Oscars come around so late in the process that it's like electing a prom queen... after the seniors have graduated and moved away to college.

The Lottery: Looking Past Distractions to Solutions (VIDEO)

Madeleine Sackler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Madeleine Sackler

2010-11-03-nn.jpg Regardless of what a school is called or whether or not it is unionized, I hope that we can begin focusing on solutions.

The Lottery: Charter Schools in Harlem (VIDEO)

John Merrow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
John Merrow

The Lottery is not a poor cousin of Waiting for 'Superman'. In some respects it's a purer and more honest film, ferocious in its anger.

Superman's Race: Documentaries and Problems in the American Educational System

Hilary Levey Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Hilary Levey Friedman

The educational problems featured in recent documentaries are real. How different they are shows how increasing inequality has affected the educational system, family life, and childhood socialization.

Great Charter Schools 'Aren't Flukes'

TIME | Andrew J. Rotherham | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

Charter schools are all the rage these days. The public is increasingly smitten with them -- in this year's Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup education poll, 68%...

Educating for Democracy: Waiting for Superman or Waiting for Godot?

Joel Shatzky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Joel Shatzky

If the hope for those young learners eager for a better education is to be pinned on the continued expansion of charter schools, they might just as well be waiting for Godot as for Superman.

Will Waiting for 'Superman' Reach Its Intended Audience?

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Davis Guggenheim's Waiting for 'Superman,' is a provocative documentary that shows in both broad strokes and frightening detail how our schools continue to fail our children.

Even Superman Can't Save Us

Alan Gottlieb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Alan Gottlieb

You are going to be hearing a lot about a film called Waiting for Superman. It's directed by Davis Guggenheim, who made An Inconvenient Truth, and its focus is school reform.

9 Best Science Fiction Novels For Young Adults Besides 'Mockingjay' (PHOTOS)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

In case you haven't heard, "Mockingjay," the third and final installment in Suzanne Collins' super-smash "Hunger Games" series, hit bookstores this Tu...

Is Shirley Jackson One Of The Greatest American Writers?

Salon | Andrew O'Hehir | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The Shirley Jackson Awards for excellence in "literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic" were awarded over the weekend, and...

Lottery Ticket Screw-Up Wins Clerk $250K

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

NEW LEXINGTON, Ohio — An Ohio store clerk's mistake when printing a Mega Millions lottery ticket has won her $250,000. Naomi Mauller forgot to a...

Charter School Controversy: A Q&A With The Lottery Director Madeleine Sackler

Thelma Adams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Thelma Adams

In Madeleine Sackler's affecting new documentary, The Lottery, the 27-year-old intended to create a cinema verite view of the families of four children who entered a lottery for 475 coveted spots at the Harlem Success Academy.

Charter schools: Public education's savior?

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Making a documentary is always a crapshoot, but Madeleine Sackler is hoping she'll get a little help from the headline. Sackler's documentary, The Lo...

Solomon Jackson Jr: $260 Million Powerball Winner Revealed

AP | MEG KINNARD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A retired South Carolina state employee who spent two bucks on the lottery was all smiles Tuesday as he claimed a $260 million ...

Winning the Lottery

Gangaji | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Gangaji

When the California lottery began in 1985, it conjured up visions of instant richness for many, myself being one of the many. Naively I would purchase a ticket at the local 7/11 and then wait for the good news.