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Crystal Bell

'The Vampire Diaries' Recap: A Devastating Goodbye

Crystal Bell | June 26, 2012 | TV
Another decade dance, another drama. As "Vampire Diaries" fans know, death is always around the corner, but no one could have predicted what went down during tonight's episode -- when we bid farewell to one of our favorite characters.
Kergan Edwards-Stout

Gay Jesus: From His Lips to God's Ears

Kergan Edwards-Stout | June 26, 2012 | Religion
The Catholic faith is important to my family, and as much as I wanted to make them happy, I learned pretty quickly that I first needed to make myself happy.
Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

Israel at 64: Love is Complex

Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater | June 26, 2012 | Religion
We have had 64 years of building a homeland for the Jewish people, an heroic task that has at times succeeded beyond our wildest dreams, and of which we are immensely proud, and at times let us down in deep and painful ways. That is what it means to be in a loving relationship.
Samuel Getachew

A New Ethiopian Sound via Teddy Afro

Samuel Getachew | June 26, 2012 | Entertainment
A noted blogger was once asked to describe music by a certain Ethiopian musician after hearing it for the first time. He explained his first reaction as feeling as if he [had] died and returned from the dead. He said it took him on a journey of "deep bass, some...
Gregory Rockson

What Gives Me HOPE?

Gregory Rockson | June 26, 2012 | Impact
For one night, we will not talk about politics but rather use the power of music to embrace our diversity. We will do something politicians have failed to do and that is bring people together.
Josh Fleet

Parshat Tazria-Metzora: Weekly Torah Portion Summary, Questions, Resources

Josh Fleet | June 26, 2012 | Religion
If a person is found to have real tzara'at, his clothes should be torn, his hair should be grown and he should act otherwise like a mourner. He should cry out: "I am ritually impure! I am ritually impure!" Over and over.
Andy Plesser

Video: Vuguru to Launch Four Digital Shows with AOL

Andy Plesser | May 31, 2013 | Entertainment
Digital studio Vuguru has paired up with AOL on several new scripted programs and will roll out the first four throughout the year, including "Fetching," created by "Sex and the City" writer Amy Harris. The companies announced the details at the...
Andy Plesser

Video: AOL CEO Tim Armstrong: We Believe in Video

Andy Plesser | June 26, 2012 | Media
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Laura Prudom

'American Idol': Elise Testone Eliminated After Queen Week

Laura Prudom | June 26, 2012
Elise and Skylar both nailed the Queen round, but stumbled during the artists' choice, while Jessica and Hollie floundered with the '70s rockers' catalog. But who rocked us, and who seemed "under pressure?"
Andy Plesser

Video: Yahoo's Levinsohn: We Are Investing Heavily in Premium Content"

Andy Plesser | May 31, 2013 | Technology
Yahoo! is investing heavily in original, premium video for the Web, says Ross Levinsohn, Yahoo! EVP for the America's in this intview with Beet.TV at yesterday's Digital New Front event where the company unveiled a slate of new shows. The new...
Ronnie Joice

The War On Drug Addicts

Ronnie Joice | June 26, 2012 | UK Comedy
Russell Brand speaks sense. It's important that people recognise this, because it would be so easy to dismiss him. He's a comedian, therefore he masks a lot of his own serious emotions and insecurities in self-ridicule and jokes.
Bill Chameides

Food and Environment Smorgasbord

Bill Chameides | June 26, 2012 | Green
What happens in Las Vegas may stay in Las Vegas, but what is sprayed on industrial farms does not necessarily stay on those industrial farms.
Agi Smith

10 Years Of Hatred -- Get Over It!

Agi Smith | June 26, 2012 | Divorce
I can't seem to be able to move forward and stop blaming myself for marrying this man knowing he had serious issues and thereby not protecting my children.
Rabbi Ben Greenberg

The Greatest Challenge Facing The Orthodox Jewish Community

Rabbi Ben Greenberg | June 26, 2012 | Religion
The time has come to appreciate the essential role our schools play in the continuity of the community and to comprehend the precarious situation they find themselves in.

Will There Be a Secret Cow Level in Diablo III?

Quora | June 26, 2012 | Entertainment
This question originally appeared on Quora. By Andrew Brown, Software Engineer at ArtistSignal After asking the question, I dug around and did a little research, and I'd like to answer it with: it's quite likely.
Mike Bender

The Wedding Toast

Mike Bender | June 26, 2012 | Weddings
Recently, it was my turn to take the plunge, and while my grandparents were not able to make the trip across the country to attend the wedding, they sent along this inspiring and unforgettable wedding toast to me and my wife.
Anna Bennett

A Strange Thing Happening in Western Michigan

Anna Bennett | June 26, 2012 | Politics
A very strange thing is happening in West Michigan: while women across America run away from the Republican Party in droves due to its war on women's health, the local Democratic establishment is backing a candidate who cast a vote to completely defund Planned Parenthood.
Ginny Lunn

Recession Is Having a Devastating Impact on Our Young People

Ginny Lunn | June 26, 2012 | UK Universities & Education
The recession is already damaging the hopes of thousands of young people who are struggling to find a job. Now young people in schools could be next in line.
Jim Luce

Meningitis: Give Kids a Shot -- Save a Kid's Life

Jim Luce | June 26, 2012 | Impact
"We are dedicated to educating families, medical professionals and others about meningococcal disease and its prevention -- to 'give kids a shot' so no other lives are lost."
Jules Evans

Coping With the Mental Health Crisis on Our Campuses

Jules Evans | June 26, 2012 | UK Universities & Education
Undergraduates across the country are now preparing for one of the most intense moments of their young lives: finals. I remember scenes of chaos from my own finals exams just over a decade ago. I also remember how unhappy I was at that period of my life.