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    Are We Turning Tweens Into 'Generation Diva'?

    Reared on reality TV and celebrity makeovers, young girls are using beauty products earlier, spending more and still feeling worse about themselves. If these trends continue, by the time your tween hits the Botox years, she'll have spent thousands on the beauty treatments once reserved for the "Beverly Hills, 90210" set.
  • Rx for Poor Vision: Video Games

    The idea that experience alters the adult brain in fundamental ways has finally become accepted, so the battle lines have formed around which aspects of brain function are too basic, too hard wired, for experience to change them. Whenever someone asserts that one or another function is fixed and beyond the reach of experience, I refer them to a study finding that the visual cortex—which you’d think is as hard-wired as hard-wired can be—can adapt to an environment of visual deprivation and segue into processing tactile and auditory sensations, as scientists reported last year....
  • Charles Darwin's Art Attack

    Darwin revolutionized our understanding of mankind's origins. Now scientists think they can apply his theories to the source of our creativity without it sounding like a lot of monkey business.
  • The Demise of Vegas's Fine-Arts Scene

    It was always an odd combination: Sin City and serious art. A decade ago, Las Vegas was full of brio about becoming the next Miami—a cultural mecca and art-tourism destination. But with the closure of the Las Vegas Museum of Art in February, the desert hotspot is now the biggest city in the U.S. without a public art museum. The LVMA's demise is only the most recent blow. In 2007, hotel magnate Steve Wynn converted his art gallery into a Rolex shop. Last year, the Guggenheim closed its outpost at the Venetian Hotel and Casino. "We were just wrong," says highly regarded art critic Dave Hickey, who moved to Las Vegas in the early 1990s, anticipating a cultural shift.The LVMA had its problems. Located about 10 miles west of the Strip, it was too far for all but the most hardy tourists. The museum greeted just 12,000 visitors a year, or about 30 a day. "And that would've been a really good day," says former executive director Libby Lumpkin, who is Hickey's wife. Also, with Nevada facing...
  • Newsmakers: Emily Blunt Q&A

    In "Sunshine Cleaning," Emily Blunt's job is even worse than being an assistant at a certain fashion magazine. She scrubs up bloody crime scenes. She spoke to Ramin Setoodeh. ...
  • Celebrity Weddings Gone Wild

    Someone must've poured love potion in the Hollywood punch bowl, because everybody's getting married this spring. It's one thing to be a blushing bride, but some of these newlyweds should be ashamed: (1) Tom Brady and his Mrs. Brady, Gisele, already got hitched in February. Now they're reportedly doing it again, in Costa Rica, over two days. Are they greedy for attention—or toasters? (2) Bruce Willis, 54, marries Emma Heming, a model more than 20 years his junior, and he invites his ex Demi Moore and her boy toy, Ashton Kutcher. Or maybe he was just trying to punk her. (3) Dave Letterman says "I do" to his baby mama, Regina Lasko. Personally, we think he's rushing it. Up next: Harrison Ford says he's going to make Calista Flockhart an honest woman. Ally McBeal would be so proud.
  • Uncle Sam Wants You to Open Your Wallet

    'I Want YOU to Start Spending!': Readers were skeptical of the March 23 cover recommendation that spending more would improve the economy. Easier said than done, many wrote. One reader, whose husband's salary was cut, said spending more isn't an option right now. "I hope your words reach those who bring in more than they need to pay their bills." Others cited the time-honored maxim of living within your means. And if America's economic health hinges on "spending the last 5 percent of my hard-earned money," one wrote, "then we have a big problem."On 'America's Unemployed Olympic Hero': "Jason Lezak's moment of transcendent performance [at the Beijing Olympics] … brought more glory and riches to his teammate Michael Phelps than to himself. His is a story of hard work, perseverance and maturity."Gary TillesNewtown Square, Pa. ...
  • The Times They Are... A Bit Scary Really

    NBC in Connecticut is reporting on some deeply disturbing threats being leveled against AIG executives and their families. Some AIG execs have even been receiving alarming calls at their homes. While it is understandable that taxpayers were annoyed by the bonuses (some of which have now been returned), these messages are beyond the pale. Like this one entitled "Death to AIG Executives": "I want them dead! I want their spouses dead! I want their children dead!". There are many more, some scary, some just plain crazy. But we don't really want to repeat them. We just want to register our sorrow and disappointment that it's come to this. If only more people took a leaf out of the President's book and expressed their outrage through coughing fits. Until then, deep breaths people, deep breaths.  
  • NEWSWEEK: How Compton Got Its Groove Back

      If your introduction to -- and current perception of -- Compton, Calif., is derived from late-1980s rap songs, you must stop everything you're doing right now and read/watch this compelling series.  NEWSWEEKers Jessica Bennett (the wordsmith) and Jennifer Molina (the lenser) trekked to the Los Angeles-area city to document its massive demographic and statistical change -- the number of homicides is at a 25-year low, for starters.  Click the above to see more.
  • The Presser: What You Couldn't See on TV

    The Teleprompter. As has been duly noted by other reporters on the scene last night, Obama ditched his usual teleprompter—the two screens at either side of his podium. Instead, Obama did what John McCain used to do during the campaign and read his text from a massive flat screen TV positioned directly below the straight-on camera. Still, a teleprompter at a press conference? It shows how worried Obama is about getting his words exactly right. But we still think it's strange, especially for a statement so short. The Staff. A few minutes before Obama took the podium, more than a dozen of his staffers came into the room to watch, including several press aides, speechwriter Jon Favreau; chief of staff Rahm Emanuel; press secretary Robert Gibbs and senior advisers David Axelrod and Valerie Jarrett. From the get-go, Axelrod and Gibbs reminded your Gaggler of baseball coaches in the dugout: Both were chewing gum, frantically at times, and watching Obama intently. Several times, durin...
  • Can't a Chuckle Just Be a Chuckle?

    Apparently not, if you are POTUS. John Cook over at Gawker has a post today which savages Politico for pushing a story about Obama's chuckles during last night's 60 Minutes interview. Cook acidly deconstructs the Washington echo-chamber, arguing that Politico sensationalizes trite observations, like those about Obama's laugh, in order to get linked on Drudge and provide fodder for incessant cable news chatter.  We're not quite as snarky as Cook (and we're big fans of Politico and J-Mart), but we too are growing weary of stories that make Obama's every facial tic or vocal idiosyncrasy into a Presidential trend, woe, or sign of impending doom.