CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 2012 |
The Los Angeles Unified School District's mental health department, along with a group of partners, recently landed a $2.4-million grant to work with students exposed to traumatic events. The grant is the latest in an ongoing partnership among the district, UCLA, USC, the Rand Corp. and the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, a group of trauma centers funded within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. L.A. Unified and its partners used the first chunk of money from the network in 2003 to do exploratory work about students and trauma.
November 3, 2012 |
"Redneck Island" hardly sounds like a welcoming place for a gay man. But Adam Freeman, a Nashville hairstylist who came out of the closet four years ago, shipped out to CMT's reality show this year for several weeks, finishing unscathed and in second place. A niche version of CBS' long-running mega-hit "Survivor," the program featured hunting, bowling and fishing events in which Freeman competed against proudly beer-chuggin' good ol' boys and country gals. The father of five was open about his sexual orientation and says his only regret was not packing "enough lip gloss and hair spray.
October 2, 2012 |
The music industry has been grappling with the following question for much of the last few years: Do streaming services such as Spotify, which allow users to listen to albums for free, cannibalize sales? Leave it to a banjo-wielding English folk-rock band to provide one very loud answer. "Babel," the sophomore album from Mumford & Sons released on Glassnote Records last week, has had the biggest debut sales week of 2012, selling approximately 600,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.
September 18, 2012 |
Deepening the mystery surrounding the health effects of bisphenol A, a large new study has linked high levels of childhood and adolescent exposure to the industrial chemical to higher rates of obesity - in white children only. The latest research, published in the Journal of the American Medical Assn., measured bisphenol A, or BPA, levels in the urine of a diverse group of 2,838 Americans ages 6 to 19. Researchers from New York University also reviewed data on the participants' weight, dietary intake, physical activity and socioeconomic backgrounds.
September 6, 2012 |
An indecent exposure arrest is hardly news these days, sad to say. Unless, of course, it features the son of a famed sex researcher. William H. Masters III was arrested Saturday while allegedly standing nude on the banks of the Pinnebog River in eastern Michigan and making obscene gestures at a pair of female kayakers who happened by, according to the Associated Press. His arrest was his second this year: The 60-year-old was caught masturbating May 9 in New York City's Center Park, CBS News reported.
September 5, 2012 |
Ewan McGregor first came to the Toronto International Film Festival in 2007 with Woody Allen's "Cassandra's Dream," and last year he was back at the Canadian cinematic gathering to debut his quirky comedic drama "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. " "Beginners," another film from the prolific actor, also found a buyer after screening in Toronto two years ago. This week, McGregor returns to unveil "The Impossible," a drama from Spanish director Juan Antonio Bayona about a family torn apart by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.
August 31, 2012 |
Helen Hunt says courage can take many forms. "Sometimes brave is saving someone from drowning," the actress says. "This is a different kind of brave. " Hunt's version of fearlessness is her emotionally and physically naked performance as the sex surrogate Cheryl Cohen Greene in "The Sessions. " The movie, inspired by a true story, focuses on Mark O'Brien (John Hawkes), a Berkeley author who chiefly lives in an iron lung due to childhood polio. Approaching age 40, O'Brien, who can't move any of his limbs but is not impotent, decides he wants to lose his virginity.
August 28, 2012 |
The anchorman wears "Bite Me" T-shirts instead of a suit and tie, has traded the traditional anchor's desk for a red couch decorated with "Angry Birds" dolls, and delivers hyper-caffeinated headlines like a wacky Walter Winchell for the Web. He's YouTube's Philip DeFranco. His humorous, opinionated 10-minute news roundup attracts as many as 3 million views per episode - at its best, surpassing the average viewership of such recognizable programs as CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," HLN's "Nancy Grace," MSNBC's "The Rachel Maddow Show" and even Comedy Central's "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart.
August 14, 2012 |
The Pac-12 Networks, a combination of one national and six regional outlets, will launch Wednesday, giving the West's premier college sports conference a huge boost in media exposure and its athletic programs a lucrative source of funding. This is the first year of a 12-year, $3-billion television deal for the Pac-12 Conference, Fox and ESPN. The first show, at 6 p.m. PDT, is "Pac-12 Live," which in its hourlong debut will offer a primer about the networks and include segments about the upcoming football season and the contributions of Pac-12 athletes and coaches at the Olympics.
July 25, 2012 |
TV sets, laptops, iPads and iPhones are modern society's instruments for increased productivity, social connectedness and entertainment after a long day's work. Ironically, a new study published in Molecular Psychiatry shows that these devices also contribute to an increase of major depressive disorder. The 24-hour society made possible by the advent of the electric light bulb has come at a significant biological cost. Light at night disrupts the body's natural circadian rhythms and has been linked to breast cancer, heart disease and obesity.