Politics

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Is gay marriage good or bad for America?

OCALA, Fla., October 18, 2014 — Same-sex marriage is legal in 31 states now. Many of today’s adolescents are growing up in a culture where gay marriage is either accepted as the latest phase of the Civil Rights Movement or well-established law not worth taking a second glance at. It is difficult to imagine that for

hollywoodSign

Sony pulls ‘The Interview': ‘Brave’ Hollywood capitulates

WASHINGTON, December 18, 2014 − When Universal Studio released Martin Scorsese’s The Last Temptation of Christ in 1988, Christians condemned the film as blasphemous. “I looked in vain for the message of love,” said Bishop Anthony G. Bosco, spokesman for the Catholic bishops’ Department of Communication in New York City. “Scorsese has given an angry Christ,

Entertain Us

Members of Fifth House Ensemble.

CD Review: ‘Excelsior,’ by Fifth House Ensemble



CHICAGO, December 4, 2014 – There was a time not so long ago when the new music offerings in Chicago were narrow in availability as well as aesthetic breadth. If recent years have seen a new music renaissance in the city, Fifth House Ensemble is surely near the front of the innovative pack. This group’s

"Sorority Sisters" screen shot.

How I dodged the ‘Sorority Sisters’ bullet

LOS ANGELES, December 17, 2014 – In June, I got a phone call from an Atlanta number. Since I don’t pick up numbers that I don’t know, I let it go to voicemail. Plus, it was a little after 5 p.m., and I had one foot out the door of my office at my new

Scene from "The Tempest."

‘The Tempest’: Shakespeare Theater’s brave, magical New World

WASHINGTON, December 18, 2014 – At the After Party for the Shakespeare Theater’s current production, a wily old theater veteran insisted to me that the opening storm scene is the signature statement of any production of The Tempest. I beg to differ. The dominant element after the opening storm scene that distinguishes this production is

Scene from "The Tempest."

‘The Tempest’: Shakespeare Theater’s brave, magical New World

WASHINGTON, December 18, 2014 – At the After Party for the Shakespeare Theater’s current production, a wily old theater veteran insisted to me that the opening storm scene is the signature statement of any production of The Tempest. I beg to differ. The dominant element after the opening storm scene that distinguishes this production is

"Sorority Sisters" screen shot.

How I dodged the ‘Sorority Sisters’ bullet

LOS ANGELES, December 17, 2014 – In June, I got a phone call from an Atlanta number. Since I don’t pick up numbers that I don’t know, I let it go to voicemail. Plus, it was a little after 5 p.m., and I had one foot out the door of my office at my new

Business

Make the shredder your friend if you have a lot of divorce records sitting around. Photo: Wikimedia

When should you shred your divorce documents?

SAN DIEGO, December 17, 2014 – As another year comes to a close, many of us begin preparing our documents for tax season just ahead. Others use this time of year as work slows down with people out on vacation to clean up our files and get organized. With identity theft a serious concern, shredding

Chia Zombie.

Chia Pets: The perfect, green, PC Christmas gift

WASHINGTON, December 16, 2014 – With Black Friday already a distant memory, it looks like Christmas 2014 is almost upon us. If you’re like most Americans, you probably haven’t quite completed your Christmas shopping, or perhaps you haven’t even gotten around to it. But never fear! CDN has discovered the perfect gift for that quirky,

Self-employed individuals.

Entrepreneurship in College: Building valuable real-world skills

TULSA, Okla., December 18, 2014 – College students today are worried. Will their massive investment in a $100,000 liberal arts degree pay off in the future? Will the non-paying internship they’re involved with actually open the door to a career after graduation? The problem here is actually a simple one. The one thing that college students consistently forget

Santa in Chicago. (Photo copyright Douglas Rahden.

Fed dispatches Santa Claus from Macy’s to Wall Street

WASHINGTON, December 18, 2014 – What a difference a day—and a word—can make. Earlier this week, a 10% stock market correction seemed well underway. But Wednesday, as if by magic, the bulls returned with a vengeance. It was just this past Tuesday, December 16, that stocks, bonds, ETFs and mutual funds all seemed to have

Sports

Denis Sukhotsky (left) and Adonis Stevenson at Thursday's weigh-in. Photo: Showtime

Boxing preview: Stevenson vs. Sukhotsky, Showtime 9 p.m.

SAN DIEGO, December 18, 2014 – Last year about this time, most boxing writers were penciling in Canadian light heavyweight Adonis “Superman” Stevenson as their 2013 Fighter of the Year, including me. This year, we are left with a Christmas season throw away bout on Friday, December 19 via Showtime from Quebec City between Stevenson

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