California voters chose not to repeal the death penalty, Proposition 34.
Los Angeles County voters actually voted to end the death penalty, backing Proposition 34 by a wide margin of 1,191,545. or 54.04 percent Yes, to 1,013,477, or 45.96 percent No. But the local vote was not nearly enough to ov ... More >>
Living in gay-friendly Los Angeles, and an increasingly gay-friendly America, is a wonderful thing, but not all gays and lesbians are so lucky. Born This Way, a documentary by Los Angeles filmmakers Shaun Kadlec and Deb Tullmann, focuses on the underground gay and lesbian community in Cameroon.
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Use a condom, go to jail?
Not exactly. But the group Human Rights Watch says police in L.A. are using prostitution suspects' possession of condoms as evidence that they were indeed allegedly working the streets. On top of that, the org argued that cops in L.A. were alleged to have demanded sex in e ... More >>
It is classic Daily Show. An intrepid Christiane Amanpour type diving into a roiling human rights stew. A few foils setting themselves up for easy ridicule with every utterance. A righteous skewering of extremely small-scale activism-gone-absurd in the land of $1,000 strollers. Samantha Bee brin ... More >>
Creatives is a new recurring column about creative people in L.A. following their passions.
Growing up in Kashmir, Raj Singh loved going to the theater. "In Kashmir, I was watching two movies in a day," Singh recalls. "Here, I have no time to see movies."
Movies, instead, are Singh's job. As gener ... More >>
It's a strange week for Chinese-U.S. relations.
We're welcoming Vice President Xi Jinping to Los Angeles day after tomorrow for a full city tour (including yacht ride and Lakers game) to strengthen L.A.'s business ties to the rich communist country. Similarly, on a national scale, President Obama i ... More >>
YouTubeKobe's angry FUpdated after the jump with Kobe's "apology."
Oh, Kobe. Why can't you be more like your sweet, sensitive loverman of a teammate Lamar Kardashi-Odom? (Sans unisex fragrance. Because that's just creepy.)
Despite a tight 102-93 Lakers win against the San Antonio Spurs last ... More >>
Is porn a right, or a human rights abuse?China has a problem with porn. Our porn.
Being that we're in the adult video capital of America, we have to sit up straight whenever a world superpower calls us out for an industry that is a staple of Los Angeles.
Here's what the annual Chinese Human ... More >>
Ninth Circuit Judge Harry Pregerson has asylum seekers backsPeople seeking asylum in the United States suffered a serious blow when the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals recently voted not to review the case of a woman who had suffered genital mutilation in her homeland.
That's according to Judge Ha ... More >>
Georgetown UniversityIs Asra Nomani's journalistic reputation at stake?If you're a non-Muslim male, we recommend you don't spew offensive stereotypes about Muslims on national television. That is, if you're keen on keeping your job as a left-wing journalist.
If you're a Muslim woman, though ... More >>
George Soros tries to smoke out the vote for Prop. 19.It looks like at least one big-money angel is coming to the aid of California's pot-legalization effort, but with the election coming in one week and Prop. 19 losing in polls, is it too little, too late?
Billionaire investor George Soros, ... More >>
Papa Michael Reagan.After his son was arrested outside his San Fernando Valley home, Michael Reagan, himself the son of late President Ronald Reagan, compared his progeny's arrest to that of black Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. outside his own home in July.
"Where is the American Ci ... More >>