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Breaking News: Virginia Tech shootings worst in U.S. history

By Josh Marks, published on Apr 16, 2007

A gunman opened fire early this morning on the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, killing at least 32 and injuring at least two dozen. The shooter was among those killed in the deadliest mass shooting in United States history. "Today the university was struck with a tragedy that we consider of monumental proportions," Virginia Tech president Charles Steger said at the news conference. "The university is shocked and indeed horrified that this would befall us." President Bush was expected to make a statement about the tragedy later today. Virginia Tech was founded in 1872 and is the largest... (more)

Tags: shooting

Every citizen is a reporter - the story of OhmyNews

By Josh Marks, published on Apr 10, 2007

Founded seven years ago by Oh Yeon-ho, OhmyNews has grown into an influential media outlet not only on the Korean peninsula but on the global stage as well. Three years ago Yeon-ho and his dedicated staff launched an English language version, OhmyNews International, and over 40,000 citizen reporters now contribute to both the English and Korean language sites. With major news outlets such as MSNBC.com posting photos, videos and text from citizen reporters and citizen journalism sites such as BrooWaha sparking heated debate in academic circles and editorial pages of major newspapers, OhmyNews... (more)

Tags: journalism, citizen journalism, japan, broowaha

L.A. Bike Tour brings city together

By Josh Marks, published on Mar 8, 2007

For two glorious hours last Sunday morning bicyclists took over the boulevards of downtown Los Angeles. Nary a car was to be seen as 16,000 hardy souls arrived at Exposition Park before dawn to participate in the 12th annual Acura L.A. Bike Tour. As fireworks lit up the sky above the L.A. Memorial Coliseum, the mass of humanity started pedaling their way down Martin Luther King Boulevard for a 22-plus mile trek in and around downtown. Everyone from serious Lance Armstrong wannabes to families riding at a leisurely pace could be seen. The participants represented the spectrum of cultures... (more)

Tags: los angeles, fashion

Season of the Samurai

By Josh Marks, published on Mar 1, 2007

One of the must unusual sports stories to ever take place has been captured for posterity by filmmakers Danny Gold and Matthew Asner. In the summer of 2005 a ragtag group of Japanese baseball players became the first foreign team to compete in an American professional sports league. The documentary "Season of the Samurai"looks at this historic event by traveling on the bus with the Japan Samurai Bears through their grueling schedule of 90 games in 97 days in their one and only season in the Golden Baseball League. Led by their foul-mouthed manager, ex-major leaguer Warren Cromartie, the... (more)

Tags: baseball, california, music, japan

News War

By Josh Marks, published on Feb 22, 2007

PBS' excellent newsmagazine "Frontline" is currently airing a special four-part investigative series called "News War" and it is about as timely and compelling as anything you will see on television this year. Veteran correspondent Lowell Bergman examines the state of the news media in 2007 and takes a critical look at where journalism is headed. Parts one and two recently aired and they are both available to view on the "Frontline" website at www.pbs.org/frontline. The first two episodes put into context the confrontations between the press and the Bush administration since the president took... (more)

Tags: journalism, citizen journalism, islam, broowaha

A Look Back at the History of Screenland

By Josh Marks, published on Feb 5, 2007

Culver City is going through a renaissance. New restaurants, bars, art galleries and cultural centers such as the Kirk Douglas Theatre, are garnering national attention. As recently as last Sunday the New York Times published a feature piece in the paper’s travel section on the resurgence of Culver City. With all the great ink the city has deservedly been getting, it is worth a look back at the roots of the place known for years as “The Heart of Screenland.” Harry Culver, a real estate entrepreneur from Nebraska, founded Culver City in 1913. He chose the area because of its ideal location... (more)

Tags: los angeles, new york, hollywood, real estate

Dr. Mark Scholz is a Man on a Mission

By Josh Marks, published on Jan 7, 2007

As the Medical Director of Prostate Oncology Specialists in Marina Del Rey, Dr. Mark Scholz is an outspoken advocate of a comprehensive approach to managing prostate cancer. He has seen a disturbing trend in the medical community concerning the overdiagnosis of prostate cancer, which kills 30,000 American males annually out of 220,000 who are diagnosed. “The problem is the one size fits all mentality. We want one solution for a complex problem,” said Dr. Scholz. “Clearly we are overdiagnosing a lot of prostate cancer and there has been a lot of unnecessary grief and harm because the treatments... (more)

Tags: santa monica, marina del rey

De Niro Delivers on Telling of CIA Beginnings

By Josh Marks, published on Dec 22, 2006

Could Robert De Niro be the next Clint Eastwood? Both were workhorse actors for most of their careers, but Eastwood later in life stepped behind the camera and became known more as a prolific director. He has two films this year in awards contention (“Flags of Our Fathers” and “Letters from Iwo Jima”) and already has the Oscars to prove it. If “The Good Shepherd” is any indication, then De Niro might not be too far behind. His second directorial effort following “A Bronx Tale” in 1993 is an ambitious project about the beginning of the Central Intelligence Agency and the man chosen... (more)

Tags: movie

Heading to the Lively West

By Josh Marks, published on Dec 7, 2006

Westwood Village is one of the liveliest neighborhoods in Los Angeles. The pedestrian friendly streets are lined with Mediterranean-style buildings mixed with small businesses and national retailers. The bustling village is known as the most densely packed movie theatre district in the country and comes alive when Hollywood premieres take place at the Fox Village Theatre (945 Broxton Ave.; 310-208-5576) or across the street at Mann’s Bruin (948 Broxton Ave.; 310-208-8998). However, Westwood Village wasn’t always such a cozy neighborhood. Developed by the Janss family in the 1920s, the... (more)

Tags: los angeles, movie, hollywood, shooting, education

Plenty to Do, See on Third Street

By Josh Marks, published on Nov 16, 2006

Yes, people walk in L.A. Well, Santa Monica to be more specific. Actually, the Third Street Promenade to be exact. Hey, it’s a start. While the car is still king of southern California and the sidewalks for the peasants, certain communities have made a concerted effort to create public spaces, which bring people together in a pedestrian-friendly environment. Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade is one of the success stories. Stretching from Broadway to Wilshire and only three blocks from the Pacific Ocean, the Promenade is lined with hundreds of shops and restaurants, plus three first-run... (more)

Tags: los angeles, movie, california, environment, music, restaurant, traffic, santa monica

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