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October 10, 2013 | By Alexandra Le Tellier
Miley Cyrus may be enjoying her personal sexual revolution in the spotlight, but a sexpert she is not. On Monday, the tongue-wagging 20-year-old told Matt Lauer that people stop having sex after 40. Scott Collins detailed the cringe-worthy “Today” show interview in The Times' Show Tracker blog : “I heard when you turn 40 things start to go a little less sexual," Cyrus said, kicking her legs back and forth as she sat on a tall stool....
September 26, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
It's one of those blank-screen days. When the video monitor just sits there empty, not mocking because you can't find anything clever to write, just empty. There are only so many slow sighs that can be released, so many times the eyes can be closed without hope that when opened anything will be different. It is sports, right? About fun and games? Exciting and passionate entertainment? You feel happy when your team wins, down when they don't, maybe just thrilled when you watch two teams you really have no particular rooting interest in that perform at an amazing level.
August 9, 2013 | By Scott Collins
Sean Sasser, who became an unlikely pioneer of gay marriage during the 1994 telecast of MTV's "Real World: San Francisco," has died. Sasser, who was 44, suffered from a rare form of lung cancer, according to UPI. "We will miss u so much," Judd Winick, one of Sasser's "Real World" costars, tweeted earlier this week. PHOTOS: Notable deaths of 2013 Sasser gained prominence when he joined boyfriend Pedro Zamora in a commitment ceremony telecast on Nov. 3, 1994. Held at the "Real World" house, the event included the pair exchanging vows and wedding rings.
July 24, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
Carlos Danger was the youngest candidate in history to be elected to the New York City Council, then won seven campaigns for a congressional seat until a sexting scandal forced him into an early and unwanted retirement. Now he wants your vote for mayor of New York City because he is the candidate of contrition and advocate of middle-class values. Oh wait, that isn't Carlos Danger at all. That is the biography of his avatar in the real world, Anthony Weiner. And as the movie “The Matrix” long ago showed, the line between the real world and what is perceived to be the real world may be nothing more than a blur or a wish.
July 7, 2013 | By Jason Song
Two Los Angeles law schools are launching programs designed to give their students real-world legal experience by writing briefs on behalf of nonprofit groups or other causes that professors deem worthy. Unlike better-known programs in which law students take on longer-term pro bono work that focuses on single cases, students at UCLA and Southwestern law schools will write amicus briefs, often known as "friend of the court" documents. "I have not heard of law schools doing anything quite like this," said Eugene Volokh, a UCLA law professor who will head the university's First Amendment Amicus Brief Clinic this fall.
May 21, 2013 | By Jevon Phillips
On NBC's "Grimm," Silas Weir Mitchell plays what is essentially the big bad wolf - albeit one who would much rather restore grandfather clocks than eat grandmothers. Mitchell, who may be known to viewers from popular stints on "Prison Break," "My Name is Earl" and "Burn Notice," admits that being on the "ground floor" of a series has made him, and the other cast and crew members, more connected to "Grimm" than other work he's done. "It's not just some fantasy show. It's a show that looks at the real world that we live in through a different lens," says Mitchell.
May 16, 2013 | By Susan Partovi
His wife was a patient at the clinic where I worked in my early days as a doctor. I saw her regularly for hypertension. But on one visit, she was more concerned about her husband - let's call him Pedro. He was having stomach pains and difficulty swallowing. I told her to make an appointment for him with me. When I saw him, Pedro explained that he had lost weight and was having trouble swallowing solid food. A barium swallow study confirmed my fears: He had esophageal cancer. Another doctor at the clinic received the report before I saw Pedro again and made an urgent referral to surgery.
May 10, 2013
Re "What the dead deserve," Editorial, May 8 The controversy over burying Tamerlan Tsarnaev's body is about what he and his brother allegedly did: shaking an open society's basic beliefs in decency and lending a helping hand to immigrants seeking asylum. They took the financial and educational benefits while they allegedly plotted to destroy the very people who held the door open for them. They betrayed our trust and that of every refugee seeking help. As for burying Tsarnaev - which happened on Thursday after cemeteries in Cambridge, Mass., refused to take his body - his family should have paid to ship and entomb him back home; that, or he should have been buried at sea. Edward T. Buckle Ventura There are evil people in the world.
April 23, 2013 | By Sheri Linden
As a movie icon, the American farmer has, for many a year, occupied a hand-whittled pedestal, standing tall as a weathered symbol of all that's good and true in this screwed-up world. One of the galvanic surprises of "At Any Price," the Iowa-set drama starring Dennis Quaid and Zac Efron, is that it upends every cliché and worn-out romantic notion about farming and places it in the real world of agribusiness and high-stakes economic pressure. Director Ramin Bahrani approaches the subject with the same journalist's curiosity that made his earlier films, among them the pitch-perfect "Chop Shop," such sharp depictions of otherwise invisible subcultures and the outsiders who inhabit them.
April 21, 2013 | By Jonathan Zimmerman
My daughter is a junior in high school, so I've spent part of this spring making that upper-middle-class pilgrimage known as "the college tour. " But as we were led across sweeping lawns by tour guides walking backward, I found myself thinking less about my daughter's looming college experience and more about how different her life will be after she graduates. I've also been thinking about "Girls," the television series about four young women trying to make ends meet in New York.
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