Director of Communications @CalStateLA. Ex-L.A. Times investigative reporter who was part of team that won 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. I also surf.

LAFD hiring controversy — The first new Los Angeles Fire Department recruit class in five years is nearly all male and mostly white despite repeated promises by the agency to diversify its ranks, according to figures released Monday evening by Mayor Eric Garcetti's office. The class of 70 firefighters, which is scheduled...
Nov 17, 2015

RT @PeteJamison: the backstory on LA Fire Dept.'s hiring scandal, with some great data-driven reporting by @palewire @latimes

Sound Medicine - Winston-Salem Journal: Winston-Salem Monthly — The Triad Area Medical Orchestra, which started rehearsing in August, is made up of doctors, nurses, medical students, and others in the medical profession. The group is a collaboration between UNC School of the Arts and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

Review: Hilarious 'Avenue Q' signals new direction for Berkeley Playhouse — Posted: 09/21/2015 09:48:40 AM PDT Since its founding eight years ago, Berkeley Playhouse has been devoted to producing family-friendly musicals as well as offering a variety of theater programs for young performers. Now the company is performing its very first adult show, and amusingly enough, it's one that has the appearance of a children's show.

Adjunctivitis: Colleges Would Implode Without Freelance Professors — Not long ago I saw the film Temple Grandin. In it, the titular character developed a somewhat humane and more efficient method of transporting cattle to the slaughterhouse. The object was to keep the cattle moving along while causing the animals the least stress. Now, this isn't quite what institutions of higher learning do, of course.

Protecting human rights for all — Many religious people see their faith as exceptional - they believe they have the one truth and others are misguided. Hence they need "exceptions" to the ideological compromises that others - for instance, people who object to gay marriage for nonreligious reasons - would ostensibly have to accept.

Kobe Bryant And Lakers Players Wear "I Can't Breathe" Shirts — Following in the footsteps of Derrick Rose over the weekend and players yesterday in the Cleveland Cavaliers versus Brooklyn Nets game, Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers sport their "I Can't Breathe" shirts in support of Eric Garner and his family. .@Lakers players wearing their "I Can't Breathe" shirts.

Cavs And Nets Players Wear "I Can't Breathe" Shirts; Fans Protest In Brooklyn — A game in Brooklyn between the Cavs and Nets may not have gotten a lot of attention a few months ago but immediately became the center of all basketball eyes tonight.

Beyonce - 'Ring Off' (Snippet) — After getting the " 7/11" snippet, we also get the chance to hear a preview of the other new song "Ring Off". Beyonce is going to release the platinum version of her self-titled surprise album from December 2013 in a couple of days.

Voting machine again displays wrong choice - News — GREENSBORO - Another Guilford County voter has reported having problems casting a vote for a U.S. Senate candidate. Percy Bostick, 69, of Greensboro said he tried casting a vote for Democrat Kay Hagan at the Old Guilford County Courthouse, only to have the machine register Republican Thom Tillis as his choice.
Nov 03, 2014

North Carolina voters report voting for Democrat but having vote register to Republican candidate… h/t @Brunothegrape

Nov 03, 2014

RT @dancow: What will come first? A cure for cancer? Or a voting machine that actually works?…

What It's Like To Face The LGBT Inquisition — On the night of October 3, 2014, I was still recovering from a successful launch of a scholarly institute devoted to advancing children's rights around the globe. The event went up without a hitch in Simi Valley.
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