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  • And now, back to obscurity for the U.S. women's national team

    And now, back to obscurity for the U.S. women's national team

    Why do Americans care so much about the U.S. women's national team in the World Cup when they don't seem to care much at all about the professional soccer teams that feature the very same women?

  • Wanted: True oversight of the L.A. County Sheriff's Department

    Wanted: True oversight of the L.A. County Sheriff's Department

    Los Angeles County has a commission, created more than a half century ago, that is tasked with monitoring jail conditions and holding government accountable for improper treatment of inmates. As reports circulated in recent years of inmate beatings and abuse at the hands of sheriff's deputies,...

  • Alexander von Humboldt: The man who made nature modern

    Alexander von Humboldt: The man who made nature modern

    His contemporaries considered Alexander von Humboldt the most famous man in the world after Napoleon, and Thomas Jefferson called him “one of the greatest ornaments of the age.” There are more plants, animals, minerals and places named after Humboldt than any other person. In California alone,...

  • Smoking and vaping bills in Sacramento flirt with trampling rights

    Smoking and vaping bills in Sacramento flirt with trampling rights

    Sometimes, it's good to be unfriendly. California's hostility toward smoking — it was the first to ban smoking in public indoor spaces, and many municipalities have made it illegal in certain outdoor venues as well — has helped give the state the second-lowest smoking rate in the nation (behind...

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