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What it’s like when Oprah calls: One writer’s experience

Posted February 20, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
The writer Cynthia Bond

We talked to writer Cynthia Bond last year after her debut novel, Ruby, was published.  For years, Bond wrote in stolen moments from her job helping at-risk youth write their own stories.  Like many authors, she was happy just to finally have her book in print.  Then, a few months ago, she got “the call.”  Oprah, maker of best-sellers, was on the line, effusive in her praise for …

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‘Sacred Faces’ finds inspiration in religious imagery

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"Chuang Yen Monastery, Carmel, NY.  I came back a second day to photograph more of  the figures.  Anruddha Thera sits on the Bohdi pathway leading up to the temples.  His serene face charms everyone who sees him."

Whether it’s a crucified Christ’s downcast eyes, the serene smile of the Buddha, or the quixotic grin of a Hindu god, Jewish photographer Andy Romanoff has a way of capturing the ineffable beauty of religious imagery, and the striking similarities in the iconography of different faiths.
“Why have we all decided to do it this way? Almost from the first moment we know about human …

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Yet another NFL stadium proposal…still no team

Posted February 20, 2015 by | 4 Comments | ]
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Is it real, or merely a last-ditch attempt to extract concessions from the citizens of San Diego and Oakland?
The Chargers and the Raiders football teams say they’re making plans to build a shared stadium in Carson. The clubs are bitter rivals on the gridiron. Their business partnership stems from each team’s inability to get a stadium built in their home cities. The teams say …

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A painting with your movie ticket: Hollywood’s digital transition means more space for art

Posted February 18, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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It’s a Thursday night at the Laemmle movie theater on Lankershim. Patrons are streaming in for the evening shows. As they make their way down the corridor to the theaters, they’re greeted with a series of bright, floral paintings by the San Diego collaborative duo Hill and Stump –and art patrons, sipping wine.
Much has been said about the transition to digital movie projection, but …

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The fragile first days: Seal pups in California

Posted February 18, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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No one likes to see a sign reading “beach closed.” But from December through May, that’s exactly what you’ll see on a small stretch of shoreline between the Carpinteria State Beach and Rincon Point. That’s because it’s pupping season, and about 100 seal moms have chosen that spot to return to annually to give birth.

This is an exciting time for those who visit the trails along …

Health Care, Issues, News »

A plea for measles vaccinations before spring travel

Posted February 18, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Leaving the country for spring break?
If so, California health officials are urging you to get vaccinated for measles, if you haven’t already.
More than 150 people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with measles in the past couple of months, including at least 113 in California. Most of those cases are linked to an outbreak that started at Disneyland in December
The California Department of Public …

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Conflict over the Nixon Presidential Library

Posted February 17, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Richard Millhouse Nixon was the 37th president of the United States. He built his early political career as a conservative and staunch anti-communist, but as president he went on to normalize relations with communist China and establish the Environmental Protection Agency. He was known for his keen intellect and deep interest in foreign policy, but critics say he could also be ruthless and paranoid when it came to his political enemies. (Photo: National Archives)

If you love 20th Century American history or are just a political junkie, visiting the Richard Nixon Presidential Library & Museum in Yorba Linda is a little like being a kid in a candy store. The library is an enormous storehouse of memorabilia related to the personal and political life of the man who went on to become America’s 37th president. Beneath the public areas, …

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Universal Studios greenlights a sequel for tram tour

Posted February 17, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Okay, parts of the Universal Studios tram tour are pretty hokey. The old shark from “Jaws” is showing its age and the falling bridge hardly counts as a thrill ride by modern standards. But the tour – which first started shuttling guests around the back lot in 1964 – remains as popular as ever. Universal officials say more than 90 percent of visitors take …

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SNL – 40 and loving it!

Posted February 16, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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This past Sunday, Saturday Night Live celebrated its 40th anniversary in a three and a half hour special. Celebrity actors like Tom Hanks, Steve Martin, Billy Crystal and Alec Baldwin made cameo appearances, musicians like Paul McCartney, Kanye West, Paul Simon, Miley Cyrus and others played songs, and veteran SNL cast members like Jimmy Fallon, Chris Rock, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Mike Myers, Dana Carvey, …

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Mixer: Car-go is now Car-slow

Posted February 16, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Very little is moving at the Ports of LA and Long Beach, part of an enormous system of ports all up and down the west coast of the United States.
An ongoing dispute between longshoremen and shipping companies at those ports has led to a extreme slowdown and ultimate suspension of unloading cargo ships.
There are as many as 27 ships waiting at anchor outside the two ports, with …

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