March 12, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Justice Department employees in the Civil Rights Division's voting section have shown a "disappointing lack of professionalism" during the Bush and Obama administrations, according to an independent review that found a polarizing culture, with many staffers venting frustration in personal emails and blog posts filled with racial and other epithets. The department's inspector general's office is sending its findings, released Tuesday, to top Justice Department officials for possible discipline or other administrative action against three unidentified employees.
March 12, 2013 |
BEIJING - For a 25-year-old computer whiz enlisted in a People's Liberation Army hacking unit, life was all about low pay, drudgery and social isolation. Nothing at all like the unkempt hackers of popular imagination, the young man wore a military uniform at work in Shanghai. He lived in a dorm where meals often consisted of instant ramen noodles. The workday ran from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., although hackers were often required to work late into the evening. With no money and little free time, he found solace on the Internet.
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February 26, 2013 |
As archbishop of Los Angeles, Roger Mahony responded to criticism of his handling of sexual abuse cases with a high-priced crisis management firm, full-page ads in Spanish and English newspapers, and a report naming accused priests. In retirement, Mahony's public relations operation consists mainly of his thoughts and a computer keyboard. Since last month, when outrage flared anew over files showing he shielded abusers, the cardinal has thrown himself into social media to give the public his side of the story.
February 16, 2013 |
Geographically, California is more than 94% rural. Despite that statistic from the 2010 census, many residents consider rural California the stretch of the 5 Freeway between San Francisco and Los Angeles. That discovery was a bit disconcerting for agriculture writer and photographer Lisa M. Hamilton. So two years ago she logged close to 10,000 miles traveling from her home in Marin County to the far-flung destinations of Modoc County, Raisin City and Lost Hills. With her infant daughter in tow she gathered stories and photographed locales and landscapes she identified as "places where the culture and the economy are defined by the direct use of natural resources.
February 15, 2013 |
Robbie Rogers said he had to choose between being a soccer player or being himself. He ultimately chose to be himself, stepping away from his sport Friday in a powerful blog post in which he revealed he is gay. "I always thought I could hide this secret," wrote Rogers, 25, a former Mater Dei High standout who played five seasons in Major League Soccer and had 18 appearances with the U.S. national team. "Football was my escape, my purpose, my identity. Football hid my secret, gave me more joy than I could ever have imagined.
February 11, 2013 |
It tells you all you need to know about food vlogger Nicole Presley that her riff on a "holiday" such as Valentine's Day leads to a mad scientist video that ends with her marrying a salted caramel chocolate flan. Yes, marrying, as in wedding dress and bouquet included. Such zaniness is a calling card of sorts for the food blogger and vlogger born and raised in East Los Angeles. Presley's food blog -- called Presley's Pantry -- is a high-spirited affair that represents her journey to rediscover traditional cultural favorites such as red chicharones -- chunks of pork fat fried crispy and drenched in a spicy red chile salsa.
February 10, 2013 |
The Grammys, live . . . 8:55 p.m.: The Grammys saved the most fascinating performer for one of its final performances, and the Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch finally received a Grammy tribute, albeit a brief one. First, to introduce Frank Ocean, Juanes declared him one of today's “more compelling singer-songwriters.” He gave a performance that lived up to that bill, although it may not widely expand his fan base. Ocean's “Forrest Gump” began with a striking guitar solo, which gave way as Ocean appeared onstage.
February 5, 2013 |
BEIJING - Xi Jinping has a secret admirer and Chinese are yearning to find out who he (or she) is. Since Xi was named Communist Party general secretary in November, a mysterious blogger has been chronicling his every move. There are photographs of Xi on his computer, Xi at a vegetable market, Xi serving meals to the poor, Xi napping on a bus. Not the most scintillating coverage, but it is remarkable in China, where the movements of the leadership are choreographed down to the last handshake and released only to the tightly controlled state media.
February 5, 2013 |
Lakers legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has become active again at the Huffington Post , restarting his blog after a three-year layoff. Abdul-Jabbar's 2013 debut was a critique of the HBO series "Girls. " The show's creator, Lena Dunham, told E! Online that she only skimmed Abdul-Jabbar's post, hesitant to read a "mixed review. " "I blurted out to my dad, 'Kareem Abdul-Jabbar reviewed "Girls," ' " said Dunham, noting that her father's response was, 'I don't even know how to process that.