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  • Removal of U.S. writers from British curriculum stokes furor

    Removal of U.S. writers from British curriculum stokes furor
    Is Michael Gove, Britain’s education minister and Conservative member of Parliament, suspicious of the political agenda of certain members of the American literati? Works by John Steinbeck, Harper Lee and Arthur Miller have long been a part of the...
  • 'Overwhelmed' working moms, take note: Chill out, appreciate your husbands

    'Overwhelmed' working moms, take note: Chill out, appreciate your husbands
    Back in the early days of feminism -- the 1970s -- the theme song of the wife who had a career outside the home was the Enjoli perfume commercial:             I can bring home the bacon,             Fry it up in the pan,             And never,...
  • Bob and Ray: Life is a funny business

    Bob and Ray: Life is a funny business
    For almost half a century, the comedy team of Bob and Ray took the ordinary and made it extraordinarily funny. During that span they influenced comedians and writers such as Johnny Carson, David Letterman, George Carlin and Garrison Keillor....
  • Why Obama has changed his mind on Syria

    Why Obama has changed his mind on Syria
    President Obama's foreign policy speech at West Point last week was in large part a list of all the things he doesn't want to do. He doesn't want to withdraw from the world. At the same time, he doesn't want to use military force to solve every problem....
  • Welcome to the high and low

    Welcome to the high and low
    In 1946, L.A. journalist Carey McWilliams wrote what would become one of the most seminal books on Southern California, published at a time when the region was set to explode in size and prominence. “Southern California: An Island on the Land”...
  • Maglev man Morris makes the rounds again

     Maglev man Morris makes the rounds again
    It sure sounds wonderful:  A privately funded magnetic train floating silently along from the Orange County Convention Center to Orlando International Airport. The problem is, magnetic levitation trains are not serving the public in the U.S. anywhere...
  • Top 10 strangest sports endorsements of all time

    Top 10 strangest sports endorsements of all time
    What are the Top 10 strangest sports endorsements of all time? There's quite a list to choose from. Here's our quick Top 10 list ... 10. Joe DiMaggio – Mr. Coffee Having a former baseball player promote a new coffee maker might not seem so out...
  • Is fired N.Y. Times editor Jill Abramson the new Lilly Ledbetter?

    Is fired N.Y. Times editor Jill Abramson the new Lilly Ledbetter?
    Is Jill Abramson, the first female executive editor of the New York Times, who was unceremoniously dumped from her job Wednesday, the professional-class equivalent of equal pay heroine Lilly Ledbetter? Much is still unknown about the circumstances...
  • Review: 'Lost for Words' by Edward St. Aubyn

    Review: 'Lost for Words' by Edward St. Aubyn
    The novels of Edward St. Aubyn would translate well to the stage. The vicious repartee of his characters — all awful or at least oblivious members of the British upper classes — drives the action. Most of St. Aubyn's last five books, the...
  • 'Godzilla' a solid if not smashing reboot, reviews say

    The King of the Monsters is back in "Godzilla," Gareth Edwards' reboot of the iconic kaiju franchise starring Bryan Cranston, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen. While the big guy isn't getting the full royal welcome, most critics agree that the new...
  • Peabody Awards: Tom Brokaw Shines In Stellar Last Act

    Tom Brokaw spent more than 20 years in a pitched three-way battle as anchor of the "NBC Nightly News." Yet his greatest legacy, frankly, might be how classily he has defined what the transition to emeritus status can look like. Since gracefully handing...