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August 19, 2012
Re "Affirming affirmative action," Editorial, Aug. 16 Affirmative action was right for the fire departments and military academies that had historically excluded qualified applicants because of their race. Race-based affirmative action policies in the pursuit of diversity and multiculturalism, however, have no place in university admissions. These policies discriminate against white applicants by granting a wholesale preference to all members of a minority group. A university should be a meritocracy, not a demographic mirror of society.
September 9, 1987 | MARTHA L. WILLMAN, Times Staff Writer
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge on Tuesday ordered Glendale to immediately halt its drug-abuse screening program for job applicants and city employees seeking promotions. In a suit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, Judge Jerry Fields ruled that Glendale's drug- and alcohol-testing program violates both the right to privacy provision of the state Constitution and the right against unreasonable searches and seizures provided in the U.S. Constitution.
June 28, 1997
Applications for $300 to $1,000 grants to buy and plant trees are available from the Tree Society of Orange County. The program began three years ago to beautify urban landscapes, society officials said. Those considered eligible applicants include parent-teacher associations, ecology and garden clubs, scout troops, boys and girls clubs, nonprofit organizations and church-affiliated groups.
October 27, 1997 | KATHLEEN DOHENY
In California, phlebotomists who draw blood for lab testing must be trained and issued a certificate by the training physician or clinical laboratory bioanalyst in charge of the program, according to state regulations, or they can take state-approved college or university courses or other approved training programs. Applicants to the school programs are advised to ask to see the school's approval letter from the state of California.
July 22, 2010 | Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times
Apparently, suspicion of wanna-be doctors is higher than we thought. Last week, Booster Shots reported on a study that examined the degree to which candidates for ophthalmology residency programs fudged their resumes by exaggerating – or outright inventing – their role in medical research projects. It turned out that for one program in Little Rock, the rate of such “misrepresentations” (to put it generously) was 8.1%. Similar studies examining the truthfulness of applicants to residency programs in fields including radiation oncology, orthopedics, emergency medicine, pediatrics, radiology, psychiatry and neurology found misrepresentation rates ranging from 1.8% all the way up to 100%.
July 4, 1985 | JERRY HICKS, Times Staff Writer
On a Saturday morning last month at a Holiday Inn on the outskirts of Omaha, Neb., Julie Kearns and Debby Simmons were passing out written examinations to 67 area residents who wanted to be police officers. Except they didn't want to be police officers in Omaha. They wanted to work in Orange County, Calif. Kearns and Simmons are Orange County sheriff's deputies. The applicants had responded to newspaper ads that Sheriff Brad Gates had run in the Omaha and Lincoln, Neb., newspapers: " . . .
Position: Island caretaker. Duties: Lazing around Australia's Great Barrier Reef for six months. Salary: $100,000. It sounds too good to be true, but it's for real. Billing it the "Best Job in the World," Queensland state tourism officials say they are seeking one lucky person to spend six months on Hamilton Island, while promoting the destination on a blog. Within 24 hours, more than 200,000 prospective applicants had clicked onto the website While the advertisement is a publicity stunt by tourism officials, the job is genuine.
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