Hollywood & Vine Intersect: Showbiz, Tourism and Aviation

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Publication: Hollywood &Vine
July/August 2011

Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street are Historically known as the Mecca of Show Business. Most famously dubbed “Hollywood and Vine,” this renowned intersection is often a more colorful and comedic scene than a glamorous one. On a typical evening, one might see Marilyn Monroe’s star, while adjacent to it stands a superhero, otherwise known as Spiderman, speaking to a homeless pedestrian about the Lakers, all while a group of teenagers waltz by to pass the day at Hollywood and Highland Mall.

Along the sidewalk, a starving musician with an open guitar case full of dollar tips serenades tourists from all over the world. All this action is illuminated by the lights and giant advertisements that rival images of Times Square as they promote the latest big blockbuster film. Tourists appear to be mingling with various L.A. characters of street performers, young Hollywood hopefuls, hippies on bicycles and moviegoers on their way to Mann’s Chinese Theater and a slew of other quirky attractions.  Continue reading “Hollywood & Vine Intersect: Showbiz, Tourism and Aviation”

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How Effective Is CPR, Really? TV Won’t Tell You

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Publication: dailyRxNews.com                                                                                           
September 5, 2015

A scene involving CPR may be a great way to turn a sitcom schlub into a hero, but it turns out this lifesaving technique may not be depicted accurately on TV.

A new study from the University of Southern California Davis (USC Davis) found that the rate of survival after cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on TV may be much greater than it is in real life — and this could produce potentially hazardous health care decisions among the public.

“Most people have no knowledge of actual CPR survival and thus make medical care decisions for themselves and family members based on inaccurate assumptions,” said lead study author Susan Enguidanos, PhD, MPH, an associate professor at the USC Davis School of Gerontology in Los Angeles, in a press release.

Continue reading “How Effective Is CPR, Really? TV Won’t Tell You”

Site Provides ‘Spot-on’ Political Commentary

Publication: Online Journalism Review
Spring 2005

Chris Nolan, a San Francisco-based veteran political journalist and the founder of Spot-on.com, began a political blog two years ago as a one-woman project.

“I just get tired of yelling at my TV set about the current state of politics,” Nolan said. “So I started screwing around with commentary online.”

After learning more about how inexpensive online blogging is in comparison with paper media, Nolan decided a year ago to invite other bloggers to create a political commentary website with a unique perspective.

“I realized that this doesn’t just have to be me,” she said. “I looked for people who have something to say and who can express themselves well.”

Thus, other writers were invited, and Spot-on.com was born. Continue reading “Site Provides ‘Spot-on’ Political Commentary”

Scientists Get News, Connect Online at PhysOrg.com

Publication: Online Journalism Review
Spring 2005

Andrew Zi and Alexander Pol were Ph.D. students in the Netherlands when they realized they felt isolated from their colleagues.

“We … felt a lack of scientific news websites for professional scientists,” said Zi.

So the duo created PhysOrg.com, an online scientific community where professional scientists and students can discuss their research and receive the latest news and information in their fields.

“Throughout this year PhysOrg has significantly grown to become a serious project,” Zi said. Continue reading “Scientists Get News, Connect Online at PhysOrg.com”