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Los Angeles gun buyback held early due to Newtown

Los Angeles is holding its annual gun buyback event Wednesday, a few months early in light of the shooting at the elementary school in Newtown, Conn., reported the Los Angeles Times. The city’s mayor wanted people to have the chance to take “concrete action” after the massacre that left 20…

GOP strategist: ‘I don’t think the NRA is listening’ to Americans

Republican strategist and CBS political analyst Frank Luntz said on CBS on Wednesday that both major political parties in the U.S. suffer from a disconnect with Americans, and that the NRA isn’t listening to the public’s views on gun policy. Citing a survey he conducted with the Republican Mainstream Partnership,…

Paper publishes database of gun owners in two New York counties

A newspaper in New York state published on Monday an extensive database of gun owners in Westchester and Rockland counties, saying the information was in the public’s interest following the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut. The Journal News immediately found itself at the center of a firestorm of controversy over the…

Beijing spends a billion to get China’s music industry rocking

A ‘Music Valley’ is among plans to boost the music industry. But will piracy and tight state control hold back progress? From the top of a hillside in Pinggu village, an hour’s drive from central Beijing, the future of China’s music industry doesn’t look like much – just a vista…

Spike Lee: Seeing new Tarantino film would be ‘disrespectful to my ancestors’

The debate surrounding filmmaker Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained continued as the film opened Tuesday, with Tarantino’s fellow director, Spike Lee, telling Vibe Magazine he outright refused to watch Tarantino’s film, which has been criticized both for romanticizing slavery and for promoting violence against white people. “I’m not gonna see it,”…

Police: Webster gunman wanted to ‘kill as many people as possible’

The man who ambushed and killed two firefighters in Webster, New York on Monday left a note saying he wanted to “burn down his neighborhood and kill as many people as possible,” police said on Tuesday. Webster Police Chief Gerald Pickering also said the gunman, 62-year-old William Spengler, was armed…

Watch: Police press conference on fatal attack on firefighters

Police are scheduled to hold a press conference on Tuesday regarding the shooting attack that left two firefighters dead and two injured in Webster, New York while responding to a house fire on Monday. Also found dead at the scene was the suspected gunman, William Spengler, who authorities also believe…

Holiday viewing: Discovery uncovers the early roots of Christmas

The commercial impulses behind Christmas celebrations may date back all the way to the very beginning of the holiday, according to this 2009 Discovery Channel report. While the exact origins of the Christian take on the occasion aren’t known, said Joseph Walsh, who chairs the Classics department at Loyola College,…

Holiday viewing: ‘The Memphis Belle’ follows the famous U.S. bomber

Even for a film designed to be a morale-booster, William Wyler’s 1944 documentary The Memphis Belle won unusually high praise after its’ release; the New York Times published a glowing review of the film, calling it “a story that every American should know.” The documentary follows the crew — officially…

Holiday viewing: ‘Plan 9 From Outer Space’

In his opening monologue for Ed Wood’s Plan 9 From Outer Space, the psychic Criswell declares, “We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives.” In a bizarre way, the movie has proved him right, as…

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