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India, in the midst of grappling with the aftermath of the December New Delhi gang rape, has been rocked by the news of yet another horrific sex crime. On February 16th, the bodies of three sisters aged 7, 9, 11, were found in a well in Maharashtra, a region south of New Delhi. According to an Associated Press report, the local police dismissed the deaths as accidental, and refused to investigate. After two days of police inaction, “Enraged villagers forced shops to close, burned tires...
There are a lot of comic books out there. A lot. Between new, old, professional, and DIY, it can be dangerous finding a good comic. If you're like me and like the self-published, stories-about-real-life kind of books then I have one for you. What's New, Pussycat? by Mari Naomi is a perfect graphic novel that might make you a little sad and maybe a little enlightened. What's New, Pussycat? tells a tale of a young Mari and an acquaintance that she views as a bit of...
Mississippi’s first same-sex wedding took place earlier this month in Jones County between Jessie Powell and Crystal Craven.  However, what should have been a momentous and celebratory occasion instead received backlash from the community after the local daily newspaper, The Laurel Leader-Call, published a story, titled “Historic Wedding: women wed in Laurel through smiles, tears.”  Written by a self-proclaimed conservative reporter, Cassidi Bush, the article provided an unbiased account of the wedding, exploring this historic moment for Mississippi and describing how the couple met, fell...
I don’t know if you’ve heard, but the birth rate in the U.S. has dropped with the recession, and many, many men are freaking out about it. In a nutshell, they fear that low birth rates will lead to an unsustainable inequality between the taxable work force and the social security-dependent elderly. After all, people are living longer and longer and, barring some sort of zombie apocalypse situation, this trend will continue.  You’d think it would be a no-brainer, but many of the articles out there...
cARTel Collaborative Arts LA returns for its 3rd year to present you with LA’s fave cheapie music festival, Brokechella. The idea behind Brokechella is to give the audience high quality art for low, low prices. Just 10 bucks to get into this all-day, multi-stage fest on April 20th, 2013 in the heart of downtown LA! Not only can you see tons of great musicians (past acts include Infantree, LA Font, Rumspringa, Big Moves, and yOya) but you can apply to play yourself!   Here’s what you’ve gotta...