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California's Own Shangri-la

By: Sam Russell

Strong women have always captivated my senses and Tamie Adaya is cut from that cloth. When my envious eyes connect the dots from her stunning shoes to her bold jewelry, it will be upon eye contact that I see a wise soul with a message.

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Get out of the cold and indulge during the winter months

By: Sam Russell

Hidden within the historic roots of Nevada lies the heart of a small town and the soul of a restless wanderer. A city founded by ranchers and railroad workers, modern-day Las Vegas still embraces that Old West style of freedom—freedom to indulge, freedom to gamble, and freedom to camp anywhere your sweet heart desires. If you want a sense of nostalgic Las Vegas before this oasis in the desert found its mark in the Strip, travel downtown and rest awhile under the blinking lights of the Plaza Hotel & Casino.

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Wanna feel Golden? Go to the Golden Nugget

By: Sam Russell

Going above and beyond is simply in the DNA of the Golden Nugget. It’s a mini-city unto itself—a short Uber car ride from the Strip with dining, gambling, pool time and luxurious lounging galore.

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LA's Secret Spot: The Farmer's Daughter

By: Sam Russell

Farmer’s Daughter is well suited for your destiny. Call a truce in your nightly tug-of war with beds made for two. Modern amenities will accent your senses and seduce your mirror time. Eye the maids cart stealthily----C.O Bigelow Apothecaries products should come home with you.

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Paul Hamton's Song Raises Money for Awareness

By: Truth Is Cool

Paul Hampton, actor, singer, composer, lyricist, writer, and now advocate creating a new song to raise awarness for person's in recovery.

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Tank Alone: A True Life Force

By: Josh King

Finding peace in today's chatotic world isn't easy. One man however, finds that and more, when nature is brought to his room.

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Skylar Bisel: a young star far from fizzling out

By: Sam Russell

Bizzy Fizz Bath Treats was sparked by the curious mind of a 6 year old, and with the help and savvy direction of his mom Laura, this idea did not fizzle out. Bizzy Fizz has blossomed into so much more than just a "science project". Let's sit down over a warm non-alcoholic beverage and get in the mind of Skylar to discuss the American Dream, Guitar Lessons and Cyber-Bullying:

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The Filth of New York City

By: Mr. Rant

This is what we have to contend with in this cess pool we call New York. Where the money goes that should be used to clean the contamination while cops do nothing but blow sirens and drink coffee is beyond me.

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Attention artists and culture lovers!

By: Vicky Victoria

Attention all artists and culture lovers: New York City’s “Conception”, a platform for emerging artists looking to kick-start their careers, is partnering with the infamous Cutting Room, the storied venue where the Rolling Stones, Billy Joel, and other legends have played.

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Death Revisited

By: Josh King

The greatest minds are at a loss when it comes to issues about life, love and death. The truth is there is no explanation for these things because they are god given.

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Truth Revealed

By: Josh King

We've all been reeled in by the lure of celebrity. I, for one, have always been, and still am to a degree, fascinated with how great people look on television as opposed to how these 'stars' actually appear in real life.

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From Extinction to Art – Repurposing the ol’ New York City Parking Meter

By: Conrad Stojak

Fluke thing. I was going on a morning jog back in October when Banksy was all the rage when suddenly my shoelace got untied. I put my foot on a bumper of a car to tie it when I found myself staring straight into the dome of a defunct parking meter whose timer and dials were removed. I then said to myself, "If I really tried hard enough I could stick something in there".

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My First World Problem

By: Amber Willis

Just like most women, I battle with my weight. I have since I was a little girl.

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The Ultimate Change-Maker

By: Swati Narayan

On February 25, His Holiness, the Dalai Lama addressed thousands at the Forum during his visit to Los Angeles. The ultimate changemaker, the Dalai Lama embraces a philosophy of a joyous life full of action and compassion. His extraordinarily deep laughter and perpetually smiling face are his most endearing qualities. He stood for an hour and a half, speaking without notes and from the heart, pausing only for a few sips of water and his trademark laughter, which was infused throughout his speech. Dictation cannot take the place of hearing him in person, but below is a humble attempt to share his message of global responsibility and compassion.

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The Untold Truth of Addiction and Redemption

By: Vicky Victoria

On July 14th, 2001 an egocentric know-it-all teenager had a near death experience when he slammed his car into a tree high on a variety of illegal drugs. He awoke to the truth of addiction. Fast-forward 12 years later, now in long-term recovery, Greg Williams talks about this experience, which has opened the doorway for not only a new found appreciation of life, but an empowerment to understand the ability to effect change and where the path of vulnerability can lead.

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Pledging to Safe Lives this New Year

By: Reyne Hirsch

With the holidays upon us, CIROC Ultra Premium Vodka, Sean “Diddy” Combs and Uber are asking their fans to join their “1 Million Dollar Pledge”.

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Secret Society Gets Sorority Sisters to Vote

By: Emily Kirkpatrick

A secret society in Alabama has been named, indirectly, in a lawsuit filed by Kelly Horwitz, a former representative on the District 4 Tuscaloosa Board of Education, accusing the group of orchestrating voter fraud and bribery.

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Rent-a-Wife: Perpetuating Warped Gender Roles

By: Emily Kirkpatrick

A new LA-based business has women across America seeing red. The operation at the heart of so much feminist rage is called Rent-a-Wife and allows customers to hire a “wife,” i.e. surrogate mother/maid/woman to perform various household duties and chores for the child who never grew up.

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Death of the English Language

By: Jessica Elizabeth Pawlarczyk

The Oxford English Dictionary inducted 1,200 new words this year. These newly inducted words are primarily slang or technology-based. The new-fangled words range in nature, where some stem from colloquial sayings, while others pay homage to bizarre trends that only the hipster kids can understand.

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How To Find Deals in a Pawn Shop

By: Reyne Hirsch

“There are a variety of items you can find good deals on at pawn shops,” says Reyne Haines, an antiques/vintage expert who has been featured on PBS’ Antiques Road Show. She explains that many pawn shops sell deeply discounted electronics, fine jewelry, musical instruments and an array of collectibles or antiques that can net high prices in their respective niche markets.

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Charles Bukowski, Time is All Around: This.

By: Vicky Victoria

A friend recently shared Charles Bukowski’s poem This with me, and as I read it I instantly connected it to Truth Is Cool. Charles’s words are all too true in their depiction of the selfishness that is prevalent in our society. Selfishness and greed have proved to become a value that is actually honored and rewarded in today’s society.

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Eugenie Scott and the NCSE: Who Will Follow In Her Footsteps?

By: James Sullivan

Earlier this year, Dr. Eugenie Scott announced her resignation from the National Center for Science Education, a non-profit watchdog organization that monitors the teaching of evolutionary theory and climate change throughout American public schools. Since 1987, Dr. Scott, a professor of physical anthropology at California State University, Hayward has chaired the NCSE, valiantly leading the crusade against both fundamentalist Creation Science and the subsequent Intelligent Design movement.

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Follow @TheSupremePontiff for Salvation!

By: Emily Kirkpatrick

The ecclesiastical practice from the Middle Ages of buying indulgences has suddenly become hip again thanks to the Vatican’s new, technologically-savvy pope.

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Chelsea Manning is a She

By: Holly Ramos

I am very lucky to have had the good fortune of having a close friend who happens to be transgender. One day we lay swinging together in her hammock in the back yard of her East Village Apartment, enjoying the lovely day and each other’s company. At some point our long and meandering conversation came around to penises and I made a commented about them and she, agreeing with me, said, “I know, and I have one!”

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The Hunger Games - Camp For Kids

By: Emily Kirkpatrick

The Hunger Games caused a huge stir when it was first released last year due to its graphic violence largely comprised of small children killing each other in increasingly gruesome ways. Now just imagine the onslaught of outrage that would occur if the futuristic society of the Hunger Games were to suddenly become a reality.

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Oprah: Rich Will Never Be Rich Enough for Racists

By: Emily Kirkpatrick

As one of the most iconic women in America, it’s probably a rare day in Oprah’s life when she’s not recognized constantly while going about her business in public. It’s surely an increasingly rare day when the multi-billionaire, media magnate is told anything is out of her price range. But such was the case on a recent trip she took to Zurich, Switzerland.

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Gluteus Maximus, Pun Intended

By: Emily Kirkpatrick

Breaking news in first world problems: Men just can’t seem to keep their pants up. And no, I don’t mean in an Anthony Weiner sex scandal kind of way; men are apparently literally incapable of keeping their pants fastened around their midsections.

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Long time celebrity stylist & celebrity “Pay it Forward”

By: Reyne Hirsch

Sam Russell, known as a stylist to the stars has left Los Angeles for more charitable pastures. His passion? Helping women get back on their feet, in style. After helping numerous celebrities’ great on the red carpet, he decided his rolodex could be used to give back to the community. He founded The Giving Closet in #### and has been hard at work ever since.

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The Anti-Photoshop Push

By: Emily Kirkpatrick

Earlier in June, U.K. retailer Debenhams announced that it would stop airbrushing models bodies in all of their lingerie ads and catalog images.

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What's Next in the Evolution of American Science Education? Dr. Eugenie Scott to Resign as NCSE Chai

By: James Sullivan

Earlier this year, Dr. Eugenie Scott announced her resignation from the National Center for Science Education, a non-profit watchdog organization that monitors science education throughout American public schools. Since 1987, Dr. Scott, a professor of physical anthropology at California State University, Hayward has chaired the NCSE, valiantly leading the crusade against both fundamentalist Creation Science and the subsequent Intelligent Design movement.

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Kids React to Controversial Cheerios Commercial in New YouTube Video

By: Jessica Elizabeth Pawlarczyk

Benny and Rafi Fine, two brothers who founded the Fine Bros. company, have set out to restore Americans’ faith in racial equality. The Fine brothers do this by conducting a study in which children ages 4-13 are shown a Cheerios commercial and are then asked several questions about their views of the video.

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AskMen’s 2013 ‘Great Male Survey’ Has Shocking Results!

By: Jessica Elizabeth Pawlarczyk

The annual survey covers a variety of topics, most notably men’s views towards dating, and polls hundreds of men from four different countries, including the U.S. American women should be especially interested in the survey’s results, as the startling findings reveal the average man’s true romantic desires. So what are some of the most surprising results?

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Rolling Stone Enrages Public With Its Latest Cover ‘Star’

By: Jessica Elizabeth Pawlarczyk

Rolling Stone magazine has picked quite a controversial subject to feature on its August issue— Boston Marathon bombing subject Dzohkhar Tsarnaev. Portrayed in a celebrity light, Tsarnaev poses for the camera and stares directly into its lens. (The photo was not actually taken by the magazine, but rather, it came from the suspect’s old social media account.)

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The Power of Social Media and Technology In Today’s World

By: Grace Jung

It’s no secret that our world is looking quite different from what it was ten years ago.

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Hashtags: The New Era of Facebook Begins

By: Artie Vincent

The nerds behind Facebook are stealing a page from the nerds behind Twitter. The social media conglomerate is finally allowing hashtags to help users expose them selves to a wider audience rather just people they know.

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Unemployment Life Advice

By: Talia Aroshas

About a year ago today my real life began. Born into this world as a tried and true Capricorn, I had spent my entire life working multiple jobs, whilst balancing school and internships, with little left to the imagination

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Happy Birthday, Mr. President

By: James Sullivan

Five things you probably didn't know about Calvin Coolidge, the thirtieth President of the United States and to date, the only one born on the Fourth of July.

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Marketing, memes, and mutations in the mind

By: Artem Kaznatcheev

Like almost everything on the internet, this blog is funded by advertisement. The chaps that run this site – or more precisely the marketung suits-and-ties that pay them

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Miss Universe Gone Wrong

By: Talia Aroshas

Ever wonder what is like to have all your dreams come true one day, and then taken away from you the next?

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Are Cracked Cellphone Screens Really the Latest Craze?

By: Jessica Elizabeth Pawlarczyk

According to The Washington Post’s Emily Wax, broken Smartphone screens are now among the coolest “trends among young people.”

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LinkedIn: The New Match.com?

By: Jessica Elizabeth Pawlarczyk

When I originally created a LinkedIn account, I intended to create professional relationships and broaden my rather small network of journalists.

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I am Hitler's grandson

By: Adam Yellin

'I believe I am Hitler's grandson': French plumber tells his astonishing family story... and produces a chilling photo of his father.

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Why Baby-faced College Students are at a Distinct Disadvantage in the Workplace

By: Jessica Elizabeth Pawlarczyk

I may be biased when I make the assertion that youthful looking students are negatively influenced by their baby-faced features, mainly because I’m young-looking myself.

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Restaurants Prove Cash Is King ... But is It?

By: Artie Vincent

With the nation in the midst of its low point of the recession, numerous struggling restaurants decided to rip down its MasterCard and Visa window stickers...

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Ben & Jerry’s Finally Agrees to Rid Its Ice Cream of Genetically-Modified Ingredients

By: Jessica Elizabeth Pawlarczyk

I don’t know about you, but I sure didn’t know that Ben & Jerry’s was (and is) guilty of using genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) in...

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Coffee Propaganda

By: Candace Bryan

Growing up my parents drilled in my head that drinking coffee would stunt my growth, while my dentist insisted it was horrible for my teeth.

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Man Proposes to Girlfriend Via Vine!

By: Jessica Elizabeth Pawlarczyk

Curt Buthman, a business consultant from Los Angeles, used Vine this past Tuesday night to do the unthinkable… Propose to his longtime girlfriend Marsha Collier.

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U.S. Army’s Silent Killer

By: Candace Bryan

It’s a hard fact to swallow, but in the last year, more soldiers in the U.S. army died as a result of suicide than died in action in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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The Coke Scandal That Never Was

By: Emily Kirkpatrick

In 2005, pictures of Kate Moss doing cocaine in, then boyfriend, Pete Doherty’s recording studio were published by the Daily Mirror.

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Put Down the Camera: The Key to Enjoying Museums

By: Candace Bryan

If you’ve been to any art museum in your life, chances are you’ve experienced the disappointment one feels when reading a “no photography allowed” sign.

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When choosing a study abroad program, splurge in order to save

By: Jessica Elizabeth Pawlarczyk

Like many college students, I decided to study abroad my junior year. Unlike many students however, I made the decision too late, forcing me to research...

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Beauty Packaging: When it’s what’s on the outside that counts

By: Marlo Gorelick

There are hundreds if not thousands of cosmetics lines. Many women have drawers filled with beauty products.

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Avatar In The Amazon – Tribesman Promise A Fight To The Death To Save Rainforest

By: Roy Klabin

Ecuador’s plan to sell over a third of its pristine Amazonian rainforest to Chinese oil industrials, has been met with a heartbreaking turn of events.

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Prime numbers: the 271 year old puzzle resolved

By: Artem Kaznatcheev

The Goldbach conjecture, a two-hundred and seventy-one year open problem of mathematics, has been resolved.

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Rick Ross vs. Reebok and Rape

By: Emily Kirkpatrick

Rick Ross was recently hired, and just as quickly fired, as the spokesman for a newly launched Reebok campaign. The reason for the brisk change of heart?

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The Paradox of Women’s Sexuality

By: Grace Jung

Beyoncé’s fan base is so unbelievably immense that you often forget that there are people who don’t want to be part of it.

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College grads have unrealistic outlook of today’s job market

By: Stephanie Wharton

Exactly three years ago, I was among the thousands of students preparing to graduate from college and enter the great American workforce.

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What It Really Takes to Make It in New York City

By: Candace Bryan

Kids all over the world dream of moving to New York City. Each year, thousands of recent college graduates pursue that dream and move there and hope to make it big...

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What On Earth Is Happening to Broadway?

By: Candace Bryan

What’s happened to Broadway? It feels like the time when great musicals were made is dead and gone. This year, there were four nominations in the Best Musical category for the Tony’s...

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Bullshit By Any Other Name Would Smell As Sweet

By: David Eskridge

The next time you sit in traffic because of a rubbernecking delay, think about this: there’s no such thing as rubbernecking.

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Giorgio Gomelsky: dedicated to the honesty of music

By: Holly Ramos

In 1991 Jesse Malin, Howie Pyro, and I threw the very first GREENDOOR dance party in Giorgio Gomelsky’s air-condition-less loft on 24th street.

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The Immeasurable Worth (or Worthlessness) of a Liberal Arts Education

By: Ellen Xie

Yesterday, an old family friend came to visit. Her daughter had been accepted to Yale, so they came from California to visit....

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Living #Belowtheline Is Nothing Like Actually Living Below the Poverty Line

By: Candace Bryan

Recently Ben Affleck announced that for five days, he would support the Global Poverty Project's “Live Below the Line” campaign by eating less than $1.50...

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Graffiti Landmark Nears An End

By: Artie Vincent

Just steps off the subway station at Court Square in Long Island City, NY, a bystander could easily get startled.

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Restaurants Struggle to Ban Cell Phones

By: Artie Vincent

In the age of Yelp, the ordinary diner was turned into the uber-pseudo-food critic. Yes, it has become the number one source for diners to find new...

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New Film Reveals Truths of Burgeoning Brooklyn

By: Artie Vincent

Just as Williamsburg grows by the minute, there's many business owners and landlords that quickly forget how humble the neighborhood once was.

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No Excuses for "No Excuses"

By: David Eskridge

As most of us know, Rutgers University mens basketball coach Mike Rice was recently fired (and Athletic Director Tim Pernetti resigned) after a videotape surfaced of Rice disciplining...

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Does Love Really Make a Subaru a Subaru, Or Are Car Companies Desperate?

By: Candace Bryan

The other day I was watching TV, and of course, half of the show's thirty minute duration was allotted to commercials. Commercials often fascinate me.

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