May 6, 2013 |
Stepping into the ring with Jack Johnson, otherwise known as the "Galveston Giant," was as much an invitation to conversation as a guarantee of a beating. He'd banter with his opponents, teasing them about their fate, before knocking them out when the chat began to bore him. "The Great White Hope," Howard Sackler's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama starring James Earl Jones and Jane Alexander, focused on the struggles Johnson faced after becoming the first African American heavyweight champion of the world.
May 5, 2013
Re "Israel's free pass from Boxer," Opinion, April 28 George Bisharat grossly misleads readers when he claims that bipartisan legislation I introduced would allow Israel to "continue racially profiling Americans of Arab and Muslim heritage who travel to Israel. " My legislation would give Israel the opportunity to join the U.S. visa waiver program, allowing Israeli citizens to travel to the United States without first obtaining a visa - a privilege extended to 37 other countries.
April 28, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Barbara Boxer has long been one of the Senate's environmental champions, racking up perfect scores for each of the last five years on the League of Conservation Voters' report card on key votes. But the Californian now finds herself on the opposite side of an issue from her usual environmental allies and some of her fellow Democrats. Environmentalists are upset because she is pushing legislation that would impose deadlines for environmental reviews of water projects, a move they see as "tilting the scales" toward rushed approvals.
April 28, 2013 |
Sen. Barbara Boxer introduced legislation last month that would allow Israel to continue racially profiling Americans of Arab and Muslim heritage who travel to Israel, even as it confers new privileges on Israelis traveling to the United States. I wonder whether she understands what it's like for her Arab American constituents to enter Israel. I always bet myself how long it will take for Ben Gurion Airport's security screeners to detect my heritage. My given names are European, and my family name is an unusual pluralization of a common Arab name that sometimes throws even Arabic speakers.
April 24, 2013 |
Chris Arreola is a boxer who would wear his emotions on his sleeve. That is, if there were any room. The massive arms that the Riverside boxer hopes will carry him back into the heavyweight title picture are covered with tattoos. The muscles ripple and the tattoos jiggle. For lovers of tattoos and boxing, Arreola is an art form. He is also among the more interesting people in a sport that often filters out real personalities in exchange for orchestrated hype. There is nothing orchestrated about Arreola.
April 21, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer have served longer together than any other pair of California senators - 20 years - and will soon replace Iowa's team as the current longest-serving tandem. In a chamber where the presence of spittoons and snuffboxes testifies to the power of tradition, that historically would have meant they could exert more influence on behalf of the state. For generations, seniority has aided senators in delivering federal largesse back home.
April 20, 2013 |
Austin Trout doesn't mind being the bad guy who spoils outcomes the fans want. He did it in December, ruining a planned comeback victory by Puerto Rico's Miguel Cotto in front of Cotto's den of supporters at Madison Square Garden. Trout also came to the Home Depot Center in Carson last year, paying no mind to a crowd jeering during his victory over Delvin Rodriguez. And Trout has gone to Mexico to beat up the older brother of unbeaten world super-welterweight champion Saul "Canelo" Alvarez.
April 12, 2013 |
Saying too many homes have been lost “to bank malfeasance or error,” Sen. Barbara Boxer called for federal investigations into whether banks are breaking the consumer-protection pledges they made in last year's $26-billion settlement of foreclosure-abuse investigations. “I am extremely concerned over reports that banks continue to violate the rights of homeowners and the terms of the National Mortgage Settlement,” Boxer (D-Calif.) said in a letter to U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric Holder, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan, and Joseph A. Smith, the official monitor for the settlement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 2013 |
With Los Angeles facing the imminent possibility of having no female elected leaders at City Hall, some of California's most prominent female politicians joined forces Thursday to promote Wendy Greuel's mayoral candidacy. Democratic congressional leader Nancy Pelosi, the only woman to serve as the speaker of the House of Representatives, announced she was endorsing Greuel to become the city's first female mayor. "She's operational, she gets the job done," Pelosi (D-San Francisco)
March 27, 2013 |
Hayden Panettiere and boxer Wladimir Klitschko are reportedly engaged, but shhh! It's a secret. "Very few people know, and she isn't wearing her ring publicly yet," a source told Us Weekly, which reported the news Wednesday. The mag reported that the couple might wed this summer. The "Nashville" starlet, 23, and Ukrainian heavyweight, 37, have yet to publicly confirm their relationship, let alone their engagement, despite being seen together packing in the PDA. The two were super-cuddly at a Miami Heat game in Florida, where he lives, over the weekend.