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David Finkle


First Nighter: Bloody, Bloody London Stages Rule

David Finkle | November 1, 2014 | Arts
London--In all my theater-going days, I don't remember seeing a production that would likely give me nightmares. The thought had never crossed my mind. Until, that is, I went to the Pleasance Company and witnessed The Curing Room, David Ian Lee's import from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Playwright Lee had...
Jim Hill


Knott's "Special Ops: Infected" proves that wide open spaces can be just as scary as dark twisty mazes

Jim Hill | November 1, 2014 | Entertainment
It sounds like an interesting challenge. Staging an authentic-looking zombie apocalypse while -- at the same time -- not scratching up any of Grizzly Creek Lodge's nice new furniture. But that's exactly what Jon Cooke has spent the past five-and-a-half weeks doing. Taking Knott's Berry Farm's...
Sandip Roy


Tim Cook's "coming out" matters because it does not matter

Sandip Roy | November 1, 2014 | Gay Voices
The best thing about Tim Cook's coming out was what it was not. It did not come as the result of some sex scandal perhaps involving an employee. It was not an embarrassing disclosure after being caught in some public restroom or a park. It was not a grudging coming...
Lauren Daley


Skate for Cleaner Waves: Patagonia Invests in Recycled Skateboard Startup

Lauren Daley | October 31, 2014 | Green
With the motto "Skateboards for plastic-free oceans," and the slogan "Ride your Footprint," Bureo aims to reduce the amount of sea pollution by recycling discarded fishing nets -- which make up 10 percent of the world's ocean pollution -- into skateboard decks.
Gianna Sen-Gupta

9 Ways to Stand Out at a Career Fair

Gianna Sen-Gupta | October 31, 2014 | College
Career fairs can be convenient, one-stop shopping for your dream job or internship. But with hundreds of students competing for the attention of fewer recruiters, you must have a plan to make the crucial good first impression that could get you hired.
Bruce Tulgan


What Employees Want and How to Give It to Them

Bruce Tulgan | October 31, 2014 | Business
You want to be generous and flexible with your employees. Why wouldn't you? Everybody is working harder. Everybody is under more pressure. Everybody needs more than what they are getting.
Jonathan Freeman

Want to Thank Me? Go Vote!

Jonathan Freeman | October 31, 2014 | Politics
When people hear that I served in the military, they tend to always thank me for my service. Rich or poor, black or white, men or women, Americans in general seem to be fairly universal in their praise for the people who are part of our all-volunteer force.
Sophia A. McClennen


Does Satire News Influence Elections?

Sophia A. McClennen | October 31, 2014 | Politics
The idea that a satire news show would take election coverage so seriously no longer comes as a surprise. How did satire news become such a major player in news media? And, is its increased social power dangerous for our democracy?
Joseph V. Micallef


This Week in World War I November 1-7, 1914 Part 2 Supplemental Brief

Joseph V. Micallef | October 31, 2014 | Politics
The Ottomans, Sykes-Picot and ISIS Supplemental Brief See also Part 1 of this week's posting: The Ottomans Enter the War As mentioned in Part 1 of this weeks posting, on October 29, 1914, Ottoman ships attacked the Russian naval base at Sevastopol in the Crimea. The attack was...
Tamer Fouad, MD


Ebola Outbreak Highlights Struggle for Science in Africa and Inequalities in Global Health Research

Tamer Fouad, MD | October 31, 2014 | Science
In part, the lack of research in "non-profitable" infectious diseases occurring in underprivileged countries has left threats like Ebola largely unaddressed. In addition, inequalities within the system of international scientific collaboration have hindered African researchers from leading the way against diseases ravaging their continent.
Leigh Steinberg


Mississippi and Auburn Playoff Selection, Shocking!

Leigh Steinberg | October 31, 2014 | Sports
The College Football Playoff Selection Committee announced its top four mid-season favorites for the first postseason playoffs for the National Championship today. It indicated that they believe football is only played at a high level in three states.
Josh Sabarra

My AA: Approval Anonymous

Josh Sabarra | October 31, 2014 | Gay Voices
In my entire 40 years, I've never once been high or intoxicated. Still, an AA program would serve me well. Approval Anonymous. A support group that could help eliminate my need to be accepted by other people and direct me toward the sense of self that I am just beginning to claim after decades of living inauthentically.
Dr. Jill Biden


Kicking off Military Family Month

Dr. Jill Biden | October 31, 2014 | Politics
Throughout our history, members of our military have put their lives on the line to defend our country and preserve our security. As a proud military mom myself, I know that when you have a family member who is in the military, the whole family serves too.
Robert S. McElvaine


Running Against the 'Obama Economy' - And Winning?

Robert S. McElvaine | October 31, 2014 | Politics
I can't get my head around this: In the weeks leading up to the midterm elections we have had the following economic news: ♦ Unemployment is at 5.9 percent, the lowest level since before the 2008 economic collapse. ♦ The...
Brenda Keesal


My Uncle Was Gay, and I Want to Tell the World

Brenda Keesal | October 31, 2014 | Gay Voices
It strikes me that he would be pissed and proud that I wrote this post. He may have had a good life, but I mourn the fact that he was never really free. I feel the echo of his frustration and rage, and the ferocity of his commitment and love. I am haunted by him still.
East-West Center


Fiji's Post-Election Democracy: How Robust?

East-West Center | October 31, 2014 | World
By Gerard A. Finin It would be easy to look skeptically at Fiji's recent national election - the Pacific island nation's first since a military coup in 2006 - given the fact that the coup leader who had been running the country by decree since then, Commodore Voreqe "Frank" Bainimarama,...
DJ Jaffe


Major Police Group: Mandated Treatment Can Help Some Mentally Ill

DJ Jaffe | October 31, 2014 | Crime
The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) approved a resolution calling for greater use of mandated treatment, commonly known as assisted outpatient treatment (AOT), at their annual meeting in Orlando. Research shows that AOT reduces arrest, suicide, involuntary hospitalization and violence by the most seriously mentally ill.
Steve H. Hanke


The Costs of Ebola: Guinea and Sierra Leone

Steve H. Hanke | October 31, 2014 | World
For a clear snapshot of a country's economic performance, a look at my misery index is particularly edifying. The misery index is simply the sum of the inflation rate, unemployment rate and bank lending rate, minus per capita GDP growth. The epicenter of the Ebola crisis is Liberia.
Markus Giesler


Zombie Brands: The Science Behind Undead Market Icons

Markus Giesler | October 31, 2014 | Business
When companies and products die, their brands often live on. From Napster and Pan Am to Woolworth and Mister Donut - zombie brands abound. They have been resuscitated, redefined, or kept alive by unusual means.
Terrence Chappell


Why I'm a Black Man Before I'm a Gay Man

Terrence Chappell | October 31, 2014 | Black Voices
If you're a black man, it doesn't matter how many degrees you hold. It doesn't matter how much money you make. It doesn't matter where you live or what kind of car you drive; to some you're still a n*****, and that is the cold, hard truth about the world we live in today, and it's what my parents had to teach me growing up. I don't experience this with my identity as a gay man.