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November 13, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
"Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell," the talk-and-comedy series hosted by Bell and executive produced by Chris Rock, has been canceled. The axing marks the first cancellation for FXX, the comedy-heavy satellite network of FX that launched in September. The series, which began on FX last year, had a loyal following but never gained a large viewership. "This was a decision that was made with a heavy heart," said an FX spokesman. The final original episode of the series, which features Bell commenting on pop culture and other issues, will air Thursday.
November 6, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
From the land that gave the cinema world Greta Garbo and Ingrid Bergman comes a plan for pressuring filmmakers to correct decades of gender stereotyping and sexism. Four independent Swedish cinemas, in collaboration with the state-funded Swedish Film Institute, have begun rating the films they show on whether they pass the "Bechdel Test. " The sexism ratings exam is named for American cartoonist Alison Bechdel, who introduced it in her comic strip “Dykes to Watch Out For” in 1985.
November 4, 2013 | By Geoffrey Mohan
Love may conquer all, but the process still seems to be cluttered with racial bias. A new study suggests the world of online dating appears to be just as segregated as the outside world, but those who use the sites appear willing to give interracial and interethnic dating a whirl if someone makes the first move, a new study finds. The results, published online Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, opens a crack in the façade of prejudice, albeit a small and temporary one: Users revert to their old preferences after a while, according to UC San Diego sociologist Kevin Lewis, author of the study.
November 4, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Weighing in for the first time on a highly divisive debate, Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook is urging the U.S. government to approve an anti-gay discrimination bill. In an opinion piece that ran online Sunday in the Wall Street Journal , Cook spoke about his company's employment anti-discrimination policy, which goes further than the federal government's because it also prohibits discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees.  "As we see it, embracing people's individuality is a matter of basic human dignity and civil rights," Cook wrote.
October 25, 2013
Re "UCLA faculty survey cites racism," Oct. 19 The UCLA report on the university's policies on addressing accusations of racial bias mentions retaliation against a nonminority faculty member for speaking out against discriminatory conduct in his department. Something similar happened to me as a graduate student. The fact that my department as a whole was inclusive did not deter my advisor from making things difficult for me after I failed to show enthusiasm for his racial prejudices.
October 18, 2013 | By Stephen Ceasar
UCLA's policies and procedures are inadequate to deal with increasing complaints of racial bias among faculty - nearly all of whom surveyed said they had experienced some level of discrimination, according to an internal report obtained by The Times. The report also found that allegations of overt racism were not investigated and, if they were, they rarely resulted in sanctions or punishments. The review, which was launched by Chancellor Gene D. Block in 2012 after he was approached by a group of concerned faculty, found that university policies regarding racial bias and discrimination were vague and insufficient.
October 4, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - When the International Criminal Court was born 11 years ago, it may have seemed such an idealistic, noble idea that it could have leapt from the pages of a superhero comic book. It would be a place where the world's worst evildoers, no matter how powerful, would have nowhere to hide from justice. In the real world, though, it was never going to be easy to prosecute powerful governing leaders. From the start, critics called the court, based in The Hague, a neocolonial tool of the West and accused it of anti-African bias.
September 6, 2013 | Chris Dufresne
Unbuckling the mailbag: Question: I can understand why you don't read your own lousy newspaper, but USC is ranked No. 25 [by the Associated Press]. Don't worry, we will never accuse you of being a homer. I realize it is old news, but your sports section should be entitled the "Little Daily Bruin. " And, when is the "Rankman" going to get funny? Dave Hollingsworth Answer: Thanks for easing us into this year's mailbag with a banana cream pie in my face. All I ask of you readers is to give 110% on every question and bring your best heat from Day One. Here's my position on USC: The Trojans were my preseason No. 1 last year and they ended up losing the Sun Bowl to Georgia Tech.
September 6, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
HOUSTON - Leaders of San Antonio, the second-largest city in Texas, approved a non-discrimination ordinance for gay and transgender residents this week over the objections of conservatives, who have vowed to keep up the fight. Other Texas cities have already passed anti-bias ordinances, including Austin, Dallas, El Paso, Fort Worth and Houston. But this time, the measure was backed by Democratic Mayor Julian Castro , a rising star in the party and on the radar of Republicans keying up for statewide primaries in March.
September 4, 2013 | By Lee Romney
SAN FRANCISCO - The chief deputy director of the California Department of State Hospitals has been cleared of wrongdoing in a sexual harassment and discrimination investigation but has decided to retire, state officials have confirmed. Kathy Gaither was placed on paid administrative leave July 15 - within a week of her belated state Senate confirmation - while allegations by at least two subordinates were investigated by an outside law firm. The firm's inquiry was focused on the complaints of purported sexual harassment and discrimination.
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