Wednesday, April 1, 2020
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» After spending several days in limbo off the coast of California while coronavirus testing took place, passengers aboard the Grand Princess will begin to disembark today once the ship docks in Oakland. At least 21 people on board have tested positive for the coronavirus, 19 of them crew members. Californians aboard the ship will…
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Gender inequality is not a new issue. For centuries women have made contributions to every sector, from science and literature, to politics, medicine, and social justice. Yet their voices have been silenced and their accomplishments have largely remained anonymous. This phenomenon carries into the 21st century. In Anonymous Is a Woman, author and historian Nina…
South by Southwest, the massive conference and festival that draws huge crowds from the film, music, and technology industries to Austin, Texas, each March, has been called off for the year. The city’s mayor and public health leaders announced that SXSW is canceled at a press conference on Friday afternoon, saying they found the threat…
My rare adventures in Hollywood include a pitch I made to a producer some 20 years ago to adapt a novel called The Burnt Orange Heresy. Its author, Charles Willeford, was the Philip K. Dick of crime fiction, quietly revolutionizing the genre while few paid attention, shifting the genre’s concerns from the usual mysteries of…
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In the shadow of the Hollywood sign, where luxury vehicles navigate streets lined with homeless encampments as they head north into the quiet of the hills, musician Brian Collins is sitting at a table having lunch. He’s dressed sharply in a button-up and a tie, casually explaining how he ended up in this strange place…
UCLA graduate students have declared a plan to strike until the administration offers them COLA—and they aren’t talking about the beverage. On Thursday, UC graduate students held a multi-campus walkout to protest the administration’s refusal to institute a cost of living adjustment (COLA), urging students and faculty to abstain from attending classes. The protest was…
Ken Cuccinelli, the acting deputy secretary of Homeland Security, told the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee on Thursday that the United States lacks the facilities to quarantine large numbers of people, as roughly 3,500 passengers remain stuck aboard the Grand Princess as they await testing off the coast of San Francisco. The statement…
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» Across the region, shoppers stockpiling things like bottled water and toilet paper in reaction to the Coronavirus outbreak are causing “chaotic” scenes at local stores, Costco stores in particular. KTLA reports that police had to report to a Costco in Chino Hills when bottled water was running low. A social media user reported 800-plus…
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On March 8, International Women’s Day, award-winning Iranian-American scholar and women’s rights advocate Nina Ansary will be releasing her second book, Anonymous Is a Woman: A Global Chronicle of Gender Inequality. 100% of the book’s proceeds will be donated with the primary recipients being the Center for Human Rights in Iran, a New York-based organization;…
Events around the world continue to announce delays or cancelations due to Coronavirus fears–including, most recently, the large music festival Ultra, held in Miami–but, so far, the Coachella and Stagecoach festivals appear immune. At a Thursday press conference, officials from Riverside County, Palm Springs, and around the Coachella Valley gathered to address public concerns. “Residents…