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  • Preposition nonsense

    On the Internet, that storehouse of dubious advice, you can still find statements about grammar and usage like this one: "One is still officially supposed to avoid ending sentences with prepositions. In most cases, this is not hard to do: 'Who are you...
  • End of Silk Road for drug users as FBI shuts down illicit website

    For two years, the FBI tracked the elusive founder of Silk Road, an Internet site that peddled heroin, ecstasy and every known type of prescription medication. The manhunt ended with the arrest of an unlikely suspect: Ross William Ulbricht, a 29-year-...
  • City Lights: What draws in kids? Fun, engaging fantasy

    City Lights: What draws in kids? Fun, engaging fantasy
    When I was a graduate student in creative writing, my classmates hewed mostly to predictable topics: dating, family bonds, drinking and clubbing. One day, though, a robust gentleman surprised us by handing out 20 stapled copies of a story he had written...
  • What would six Californias look like?

    What would six Californias look like?
    Since California's inception, its residents have been trying to break it apart. Wikipedia notes 220 such proposals since statehood in 1850.   More recently, supervisors in a handful of Northern California counties have passed secession resolutions....
  • Gatto opens up 'Wiki Bill'

    Assemblyman Mike Gatto wants to hear from you. The democratic legislator, whose 43rd Assembly District in part blankets Burbank, Glendale, La Cañada Flintridge and Montrose, is giving the ordinary Joe and Jane a unique opportunity to help craft...
  • Google punishes Rap Genius for manipulative SEO tactics

    Google punishes Rap Genius for manipulative SEO tactics
    Google has removed Rap Genius from the top of its search results after it was discovered that the popular music lyrics website was trying to trick the tech giant into giving it better search rankings. Now, when users search for "Rap Genius" on Google...
  • Truth is not optional

    If you have not yet read Luke O'Neil's "The Year We Broke the Internet" at Esquire, let me quote a couple of salient passages:  This, he says, is how online sites operate: "Give me the viral pictures, and I’ll give you the truth. And then, after...
  • Gatto launches crowd-sourced 'Wiki Bill'

    Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Silver Lake) is giving the ordinary Joe — and Jane — an opportunity to help craft legislation without having to run for office. Gatto, whose district includes Glendale, Burbank, La Cañada Flintridge and Montrose, has...
  • City Lights: Documentary provides change from American obsession

    City Lights: Documentary provides change from American obsession
    When I saw the ads for "American Hustle," the new Jennifer Lawrence movie that's fast racking up Oscar buzz, I realized I had reached a breaking point of sorts. It's easy, after all, for a tried-and-true property to cross the line into media saturation....
  • Keeping the initial, keeping the tie

    We begin Anno Domini 2014 with a momentous announcement at The New York Times: Nicholas Kristof has dropped the middle initial from his byline.  Please remain calm. Do not panic. Remain in your seats.  Mr. Kristof is at some pains to explain that...
  • Maryland teen gets worldwide stage after winning Intel award

    Maryland teen gets worldwide stage after winning Intel award
    The whiteboard that keeps track of Jack Andraka's schedule would be an exhausting blur for anyone, let alone a 16-year-old high school student: Last-minute requests are squeezed into already full days, scientific conferences bump up against speaking...