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It's a small swath of Los Angeles, near the city's heart, that hasn't received much attention from the mayoral candidates. But a Times analysis shows that a 2.8-square-mile, Mid-Wilshire neighborhood has had an unmatched record of picking mayors in both...
There are three things Rick Perry would like to do to the great public universities of Texas, but he can only remember two of them. That’s a joke. You may remember that during a 2012 presidential debate, he started to list three departments of...
Tags: France, Lobbying, Teaching and Learning, Students, Teachers
Happy birthday to Thomas Pynchon! The reclusive author of "Gravity's Rainbow," "The Crying of Lot 49," "Mason & Dixon" and more turns 76 today. Unlike the attention-seekers that clog our cultural aqueduct, Pynchon isn't likely to show up on CNN or NPR....
NEW YORK — If someone told you of a barnstorming TV host who interviewed people around the country about a given subject, you'd say it sounds like a lot of the road-trip reality series that have proliferated on cable TV. But what if that host...
Instead of probing how other media outlets are doing their jobs, CNN media critic Howard Kurtz spent a big chunk of his Sunday morning show "Reliable Sources" being questioned about his own work. Kurtz took heat last week for a piece he wrote for the...
NEW YORK -- At about 8 p.m. Thursday night, as moviegoers around the country were lining up to see “Iron Man 3,”an assuredly smaller group was gathering at 600 North American theaters for the live-cinema simulcast of the popular NPR game...
The MAVEN spacecraft is leaving for Mars in November. Along with scientific gear and advanced communication technologies, it will be bringing along some poetry. It could be yours. NASA launched -- or, rather, opened -- the poetry contest on Wednesday....
Tags: Poetry, NASA, NASA Mars Exploration Program
Twitter is working on a two-step verification security method that could make it more difficult for hackers to take over users' accounts, according to a report. Wired said Wednesday that the San Francisco-based social network is internally testing the...
Tags: Email, Media Industry, Twitter, Inc., Social Media
Harry Shearer is wondering what went wrong. His Sunday morning satire program, "Le Show," is syndicated to about 100 public radio stations nationwide and is also available on shortwave radio, NPR Worldwide and as a podcast on iTunes. Yet the station...
The Pulitzer Prize in fiction, announced Monday, has been awarded to Adam Johnson for his book set in North Korea, "The Orphan Master's Son." The committee described the book as "an exquisitely crafted novel that carries the reader on an adventuresome...
Long before he began voicing Mr. Burns, Smithers and numerous other characters on “The Simpsons,” Harry Shearer was host of “Le Show,” a Sunday morning satirical program on KCRW-FM (89.9). Now, after 30 years, he’s been...
Tags: Radio, Entertainment
Leave it to Michael Bay to spend $26 million making a low-budget comedy. If that sounds like a robust price tag for "Pain & Gain," his new true-crime-inspired tale about three Miami gym rats who kidnap and extort a wealthy sandwich shop owner, consider...
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