Is it inherently racist to portray a southern white man defending his association with the Confederate flag? Are the sympathetic voices used by both characters a good way to get at the differing world views, or should the white character be presented negatively in the song? If so, would the song be of any interest?
Last night, in his final State of the City address before he ends his term on June 30th, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa touted the advances made during eight years in office. But what improvements do you have the mayor to thank for? Where has he let you down? How will L.A.’s next mayor take his initiatives to the next level?
Could Gawker's lawsuit have a "chilling effect" on tabloid news? One of the major sources of funding for CA's high speed rail project was revenue from cap and trade auctions of carbon credits, but last week's auction was a bust; then, a state bill would free passersby of liability if they break someone's car window to rescue a hot dog inside - will owners avoid bringing dogs for fear of overzealous animal lovers breaking into their cars to free a dog that's just fine? And a closer look at why it's taken so long to cleanup Exide.
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