April 20, 2014 |
Does the 1st Amendment allow states to make it a criminal offense to disseminate false statements about a political candidate? Should citizens who fear that their free speech will be chilled by such a law be permitted to challenge it even if they aren't in danger of imminent prosecution? Only the second question will be argued before the Supreme Court on Tuesday, but it is inextricably linked to the first one. If the court rules that the Susan B. Anthony List, an antiabortion group, may not challenge Ohio's criminalization of false political speech, that law and similar ones in other states will remain on the books.
April 15, 2014 |
The media have become fond in recent years of glamorizing stay-at-home moms as elite career women who have “opted out” of the workforce so they can put family first. Finally , the Pew Research Center has provided the reality check we've needed. “The share of mothers who do not work outside the home rose to 29% in 2012, up from a modern-era low of 23% in 1999,” Pew's new report finds. The primary reason: economics. The cost of child care and the lack of job opportunities are forcing women to stay at home rather than go back to work after having kids.
April 14, 2014 |
Coachella's great if you're rich, tan and beautiful , but those who fall outside that demographic should know that it's not all rose gardens, $15 artisan cocktails and Baco Mercat wraps. In fact, those with body image issues or a flat-lined bank account can be forgiven for sensing the occasional gag reflex at the displays on the Empire Polo Club in Indio. For all the music permeating the scene, it can be a very hostile and humbling environment, both socially and musically. To use the words of one attendee who, trapped in a mass of people trying to get a glimpse of Zedd, said flatly, "God I hate people.
April 13, 2014 |
Journalists peddle fact but profit most from revealing the lies of others, best of all from the lies told to their faces. One Saturday panel at the L.A. Times Festival of Books was called "Truth Will Out" and featured several authors who had unearthed hidden lives and lethal secrets. The panel's title alluded to Walter Kirn's new book, "Blood Will Out," about his decade-long friendship with a man who said he was a Rockefeller but turned out to be a German con-man and murderer.
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April 12, 2014 |
Marsha Temple will soon fly to Philadelphia, trying to crack a case she's been working on for decades. She'd like to know who her biological father was. Temple has a pretty good hunch he may have been a child evangelist in Philadelphia nearly a century ago, so she plans to dig through files there with the help of her husband, KCRW radio host Warren Olney, who serves as Watson to his wife's Sherlock. The two have traveled great distances in the U.S. and to Poland and Ukraine, pursuing an obsession that for Temple, 68, began many years ago in the San Fernando Valley.
April 12, 2014 |
No one remembers full sets at concerts. They remember moments. Snapshot memories of a particular singer's stage maneuvers. An excellent organ solo. An amazing EDM break. A bitter bit of banter from, say, Morrissey about the smell of burning flesh. The early part of Saturday at Coachella will be defined in my memory for one incident as young band Unlocking the Truth made its festival debut. "Young" is an understatement. The Brooklyn band's members are all in junior high school, but it didn't show.