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  • In Theory: Should 'Don't Ask' law be repealed?

    The government is debating whether or not to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell, the U.S. military's 17-year-old policy prohibiting openly gay and lesbian servicemen and women from serving in the military. Some say that the military would benefit from the repeal. But others like Gen. James Amos, President Obama's nominee to become commandant of the Marine Corps, said changing the law would "weaken morale," according to a story on NPR News. What do you think? Should Don't Ask, Don't Tell be repealed? In the long run, will changing the law benefit gays and lesbians already serving in the military?
  • Smoking law gets tougher again

    Burbank smokers have six months to change their smoking habits around their homes. The City Council this week voted 3 to 1 to prohibit smoking on private balconies and patios in multifamily residences. Smokers will also be prohibited from smoking in or...

    Studio crasher told police he was a film star

    The 43-year-old man who crashed his car through a security gate at a Warner Bros. lot allegedly told police that he was upset the studio hadn't paid him for his starring roles in blockbuster films, and that the stunt was meant to draw media attention to...

    In Theory: Scoring on the Religion Quiz

    The Pew Forum on Religion & Public life this week published a short, 15-question religion quiz. The quiz is a shorter version of the "3,412 sampled adults who were asked these and other questions in the U.S. Religious Knowledge Survey." The poll was...

    Pot proposition burning topic at forum

    Marijuana was a hot topic at a Thursday night forum covering the propositions on the Nov. 2 state ballot. While members of the League of Women Votes  went over all nine initiatives, ranging from billion-dollar tax loopholes to climate change, many of...