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ENTERTAINMENT
February 14, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
It's turning into mea culpa week, first with Drake apologizing for his tweet complaining about being replaced on the cover of Rolling Stone by Philip Seymour Hoffman following the actor's death, and now Nicki Minaj humbling herself for using an image of Malcolm X in conjunction with her new song that invokes the N-word. “I apologize to the Malcolm X estate if the meaning of the photo was misconstrued,” she said on Instagram in reference to her coupling of the song's title, "Lookin Ass N - ," with a 1964 Ebony magazine photo showing the black activist leader looking out a window while clutching an M-1 rifle.
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 14, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Drake has apologized for railing on Rolling Stone after the magazine bumped him off the cover in favor of Philip Seymour Hoffman. He took to his website on Friday to issue an open letter “to clear the air about an extremely emotional day.” “I completely support and agree with Rolling Stone replacing me on the cover with the legendary Phillip Seymour Hoffman. He is one of the most incredible actors of our time and a man that deserves to be immortalized by this publication,” Drake wrote.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
The principal of an all-girls Christian private school in Northern California has apologized over a lunch menu supposedly intended to celebrate Black History Month that included cornbread, fried chicken and watermelon. "I'd like to apologize for the announcement and any hurt this caused students, parents or community members," Nancy Libby, principal at Carondelet High School for Girls in Concord, said in a letter to parents. "Please know that at no time at Carondelet do we wish to perpetrate racial stereotypes," Libby added.
NATIONAL
February 6, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
There's junk mail, and then there's nasty mail: San Francisco writer Lisa McIntire says Bank of America sent her a credit card offer addressed to "Lisa Is a Slut McIntire," and she posted photos of it Thursday on Twitter. The bank tweeted her an apology and pledged to investigate, but the problem apparently originated with an academic society that was marketing jointly with the bank. McIntire, 32, said in a phone interview that she learned about the mail in a text exchange with her mother, a screen grab of which she also posted on Twitter.
NATIONAL
February 4, 2014 | By John M. Glionna
SALT LAKE CITY - Two embarrassed Utah lawmakers were apologetic after a spontaneous Twitter exchange that made light of changing genders instantly went viral on social media. Among those seizing upon the exchange was an LGBT activist who decided to turn an insult into an opportunity for education. Brandie Balken, the executive director of Equality Utah, a nonprofit group advocating on behalf of gay and transgender residents in this conservative state, arranged for an impromptu meeting of legislative staffers at the state house Monday night to discuss transgender issues.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 31, 2014 | By August Brown
Hard-core punk bands don't often say they're sorry. But L.A.'s legendary Black Flag is making amends for a pretty bad year.  The band has announced a new singer - its manager, Mike Vallely - after kicking out vocalist Ron Reyes mid-set during a show in Perth, Australia. In an interview addressing this new role, Vallely told Rolling Stone that Black Flag's founder, Greg Ginn, is well aware that the band's return has been less than hoped for. " We feel that, generally, the band fell short in 2013 because of a difference in the philosophies of Ron and Greg - it just led to dysfunction," Vallely said.
NATIONAL
January 31, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
More than a week after Arizona State University suspended a fraternity for a Martin Luther King Jr. weekend party mocking black people, the local chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon apologized on social media - on the orders of the fraternity's international headquarters. In a letter addressed to ASU and the Tempe community, the Beta-Xi chapter wrote on its  Facebook page  Thursday afternoon that it was sorry for "the offensive and racially insensitive conduct in which a few members of our chapter recently engaged.
SPORTS
January 31, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
Yasiel Puig moved smoothly among the cooks and bakers of Homeboy Industries, purposefully gliding through the crowded kitchens as if taking that wide turn around first base. He autographed a worker's shirt sleeve directly above her tattoos, adding his own indelible ink. He pulled a plastic hair net over the eyes of another worker, laughing while posing for a photo. He used his giant hands to deftly dunk a roll into a bowl of freshly made guacamole while raving about its delights to two blushing young women.
NATIONAL
January 30, 2014 | By Lisa Mascaro and David Zucchino
ATLANTA - As Georgia nursed a hangover from a freak winter storm, Gov. Nathan Deal took responsibility Thursday for poor preparation that led to massive gridlock in and around Atlanta, forcing drivers to sleep in their cars overnight or abandon the vehicles along slick, snow-covered roads. Most schools and offices across the area remained closed because of icy roads. Uniformed state and local police escorted motorists back to hundreds of abandoned vehicles along the interstate system.
SPORTS
January 23, 2014 | By Dan Loumena
Geno Smith, the New York Jets quarterback who got off a Virgin America flight after he reportedly got into an argument with an attendant before takeoff, has received an apology from the airline, it was announced Thursday. The incident began on the ground at LAX during a flight scheduled for Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Exactly why he was offered the apology is unclear, but the airline issued the following statement via the Jets on the incident: "We believe it was the result of a misunderstanding that regrettably escalated unnecessarily.
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