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ABC's 'American Crime' series pushes hot buttons of race, culture

After several decades of falling short in developing comedies and dramas that reflect society's changing demographics, major broadcasters are finally showcasing series with lead characters of color and ethnic themes. "How to Get Away With Murder," "Empire" "Fresh Off the Boat" and "The Mindy...

Leonard Nimoy dies at 83; 'Star Trek's' transcendent alien Mr. Spock

When Leonard Nimoy was approached about acting in a new TV series called "Star Trek," he was, like any good Vulcan contemplating a risky mission in a chaotic universe, dispassionate.

A lesson in up-to-date good taste at Gjusta in Venice

To get to Gjusta, you tool past Santa Monica's Main Street boutiques, past Jonathan Borofsky's leering ballerina clown on the corner of Main and Rose, and turn left just after the giant Frank Gehry binoculars that mark Google's Los Angeles offices. You will see the sprawling Gold's Gym...

Mexico's embattled attorney general stepping down

Embattled Mexican Atty. Gen. Jesus Murillo Karam will leave his post, following months of blistering criticism that he bungled the investigation of the kidnapping and apparent killings of 43 college students five months ago.

TV ratings: 'How to Get Away With Murder' season finale notches ABC win

The first-season finale of "How to Get Away With Murder" handed ABC a ratings victory in the key young-adults demographic Thursday night, according to Nielsen. 

Chef Neal Fraser opens the roof on Vibiana with Redbird

Neal Fraser, who has been a successful chef in Los Angeles for more than 20 years, grew up eating chicken pot pie and Stouffer's spinach souffle. And he didn't always want to be a chef. Fraser took up cooking as a trade he could fall back on if times got tough but ended up working with Wolfgang...

The Waste Biz: Consumers Need Help Recycling Plastic

Tom Szaky of Terracycle thinks we can better inform consumers about recycling plastic, Donna Fenn discusses world upcycling domination, and more The post The Waste Biz: Consumers Need Help Recycling Plastic appeared first on Sustainablog.

Vegan Cheeses That Even Your Fancy Friends Will Love

Looking for a vegan cheese to pair with your favorite wine? We're here to help! The post Vegan Cheeses That Even Your Fancy Friends Will Love appeared first on PETA.

P!nk Speaks Up for Sheep

In this shocking video, P!nk exposes the horrendous, hidden cruelty in the wool industry and shows viewers the suffering that sheep endure in the Australian wool industry. The post P!nk Speaks Up for Sheep appeared first on PETA.

‘PETA-Approved Vegan’ Logo

PETA created a symbol that allows vegan and animal-friendly clothing and accessory companies to showcase their vegan products. The post ‘PETA-Approved Vegan’ Logo appeared first on PETA.

What’s Special about the US “Special Envoy” for LGBT Rights?

On Monday, February 23, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry appointed Randy Berry as the first ever Special Envoy for the Human Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Persons worldwide. Amnesty International joined other rights groups last summer … Please continue reading.

On “Imposing” Our Beliefs on Our Children

It's fascinating, how what 98% of Americans do with their children is called "parenting" and "guidance." It can also be referred to as "transmission of culture," with its handing down of the trappings, rituals, holidays and even mutilations of religion...

HBO’s “Girls” hopes to mainstream abortion

by Carder Women’s stories about abortion are slowly, thoughtfully, and carefully coming into the mainstream. And as they do, the word itself – abortion – becomes less stigmatized, more human. This week’s “Girls” was an abrupt and necessary reminder that there is not just one type of abortion experience. Show More Summary

Atlantic Surging, Virginia Sinking

This article appears in the Winter 2015 issue of  The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here.   S tanding at the Elizabeth River looking at the Naval Shipyard and neighboring Portsmouth, the climate change carnage looming over Norfolk, Virginia, may not be immediately noticeable. Show More Summary

As His Girlfriend Was Inside Preparing for an Abortion, Boyfriend Rushes in to Save His Baby

The 40 Days for Life campaign is in full swing not only across the United States, but around the world. And already, main organizer Shawn Carney says the pro-life people who are praying outside abortion clinics are reporting back to him with incredible tales of babies saved from abortion. In Birmingham, England, pro-life advocates outside […]

Blue and Black? Or Gold and White?

When you look at this picture, do you see a blue and black dress, or a gold and white dress? Or maybe something sort of in-between, like light blue and orange?In case you didn't celebrate your net neutrality last night by joining inShow More Summary

Open Thread

Hosted by a rainbow over the Copper River.This week's Open Threads have been brought to you by rainbows over rivers.


Right now, all the occupants of the Republican Clown Car 2016 are making their cases at the Conservative Political Action Conference 2015. CPAC is a yearly conference that yields all kinds of gems from conservatives, and today's gemShow More Summary

In the News

Here is some stuff in the news today...My thanks again to everyone who weighed in yesterday![Content Note: Terrorism; death; descriptions of violence] This is utterly breathtaking: Following is the entirety of a Reuters story on another...Show More Summary

Life Underground: Ukraine's Child Crisis

2015 has not been kind to the children of eastern Ukraine. The region’s children face a growing humanitarian crisis.

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