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"Star Wars Day": What to do on May 4 (and why)

It's not just a pun. "May the 4th be with you" is a full-fledged unofficial holiday, "Star Wars Day." Actually, as far as Lucasfilm and Disney are concerned, it's quite official. So why this day, and what is there to ...

Eric Jerome Dickey has been churning out sexy stories for 20 years

Long before “50 Shades of Grey” and Zane, there was Eric Jerome Dickey. The Southern California-based writer has been churning out steamy novels featuring African American characters for about 20 years. His books have appeared on the New York Times, ...

First look: Jared Leto is the Joker

You can call him... Joker. We've seen a few teases so far, but on Friday night, director David Ayer gave us the first full look at Jared Leto as the Joker. The Clown Prince of Crime will appear in 2016's ...

Bruce Jenner: Social media reacts with a cheer and a shrug

When Bruce Jenner told ABC's Diane Sawyer and the world on Friday night that "Yes, for all intents and purposes, I'm a woman," the declaration wasn't particularly surprising. Paparazzi have been stalking the former Olympic champion for months, breathlessly documenting ...

Connecticut teen forced to have chemo heads home

A 17-year-old teen who has been living at Connecticut Children's Medical Center since December while being forced to have chemotherapy to treat Hodgkin's lymphoma has completed treatment and left the hospital Monday, according to her attorney, Josh Michtom.

Columbia student accused of rape sues over accuser's performance art

A Columbia University student who was accused of rape is suing the New York City school for allowing his accuser to publicly brand him a "serial rapist" According to the lawsuit, Paul Nungesser was cleared of responsibility in Emma Sulkowicz's ...

Seeing God in the face of Freddie Gray

Freddie Gray, Walter Scott, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, John Crawford, Jonathan Ferrell, Jordan Davis, Trayvon Martin ... Emmett Till. What do we have to do to stop these senseless fatal attacks upon black male bodies? Police body cameras, ...

Poll shows growing religious support for same-sex marriage

Until recently, if you sat in church on Sunday mornings, pollsters could predict where you stood on same-sex marriage. What a difference a decade makes. In 2003, when the Massachusetts Supreme Court became the country's first to legalize same-sex marriage, ...

Older parents face 'grandparent deficit'

When I do the math, one particular consequence of having children later in life hits me squarely in the face. I had my first daughter at 39. If she has kids when she's older like I did -- let's say ...

Knight sets arts reception

Rep. Steve Knight (CA-25th) will host on April 29 a reception for high school students who submitted artwork to the Congressional Art Competition. The event will take place from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Fastframe Valencia, 24204 Valencia Blvd., in ...

Entertainment bigwigs explore systemic bias at a Writers Guild panel discussion

Bias remains a constant factor embedded within the psyche of each and every one of us, regardless of our individual aspirations towards open- mindedness and liberal thought.

Judge signs off on ACLU class action suit against Sheriffs

A federal judge signed off this week on the settlement of a class-action lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union against the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department that alleged a pattern of violence in county jails.

Rappers face extra scrutiny from the ‘Hip-Hop’ police

Hip-hop artists seem to be getting hauled off to jail on a weekly basis. The latest rapper to run afoul of the law is Nelly, who was recently detained for having guns and drugs on his tour bus.

New Orleans: A biz traveler's guide to the 'Big Easy'

New Orleans, like Las Vegas, is a party town, known more for the madness of Mardi Gras and frivolity of the French Quarter than pretty much anything else. But monkey business isn't the only kind of business going on in ...

Lyrid meteor shower crosses night sky

Look for spectacular shooting stars this week as the annual Lyrid meteor shower light up the nighttime sky. Although the meteor shower started Thursday and goes through Saturday, the best times to view the shooting stars will be Wednesday into ...

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