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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 3, 2013 | By Kim Christensen, Los Angeles Times
A Pennsylvania man on Friday sued the Boy Scouts of America, alleging that the youth organization failed to protect him from sexual abuse by a Scoutmaster nearly 37 ago and then covered it up. Carl Maxwell Jr. was one of five boys, ages 13 and 14, who came forward in July 1976 to accuse Rodger L. Beatty of repeatedly molesting them at the man's home and on camping trips, according to records in the Scouts' confidential files on alleged sexual abuse....
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NATIONAL
April 25, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has a message for the Boy Scouts of America's plan to allow gay Scouts: We're fine with it. The Mormon Church, which has historically opposed same-sex marriage, said Thursday that it supported the Scouts' recently proposed rules change that "No youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone," as the proposal puts it. ...
OPINION
April 23, 2013
Re "Open the books on medical care prices," Column, April 19 I appreciate David Lazarus' column blasting inflated and mysterious hospital fees. But I feel compelled to comment on his statement, "I can't think of any other business that's permitted to operate this way. " That's true. But it's also true that no other business typically waits several months to receive payment for services rendered. It's also true that no other business is required by federal law to provide its services to a significant portion of its clientele (many emergency room patients)
OPINION
April 23, 2013
Re "Scout officials endorse dual tack on gays," April 20 Aside from being annoying and insulting, the recommendation of top Boy Scouts of America officials to allow gay boys to become members while continuing to bar gay men from being leaders is completely illogical. The basic mission of the Boy Scouts is to help young boys become upstanding adult men. By extension, that means helping self-identified gay male youths, likely now to be among the Boy Scouts' ranks, to become upstanding gay adult men. How can that possibly occur when those gay youths see that precisely who they are supposed to become are personae non gratae once they are adults?
OPINION
April 23, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
Americans are turning a corner on gay rights, and slowly but surely, they seem to be dragging the Boy Scouts along behind them. Leaders of the organization recently proposed dropping its ban on openly gay Scouts, while continuing to prohibit gay adults from serving as scoutmasters. Although we're glad to see the Boy Scouts of America become more tolerant, however limited and belated that change is, it must waste no time before taking the next step as well. There is no valid reason to exclude gay troop leaders of either gender, and the Scouts' lack of acceptance smacks of old and ignorant prejudices against homosexuality.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 2013 | By Kim Christensen
A Boy Scouts of America proposal to admit gay boys as members while continuing to bar homosexual adults as leaders is not a good way to settle a longstanding controversy that has roiled the youth organization in recent months, a Los Angeles Scouts official says. The proposal, recommended unanimously last week by the Boy Scouts' executive committee, would require 1,400 members of the group's national council to choose between admitting gay children or no gays at all. “We're put in a very, very difficult place,” said David Meshulam, president of the Scouts' Los Angeles Area Council, who will be among those voting next month.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 21, 2013 | By Oliver Gettell
"The thing we try to do first and foremost is watchdog journalism, and everything comes under that line. " Thus did L.A. Times editor and self-proclaimed "chief cheerleader" Davan Maharaj describe the paper's approach to investigative reporting in a panel discussion titled "The L.A. Times and Accountability Journalism" at the Festival of Books on Saturday. In the past year, Maharaj said, "We took on the county assessor's office, a scandal at the county jails, poor fire-response times among LAFD paramedics, poor regulation in recycling" -  and, he quipped, "every aspect of Lindsay Lohan 's interface with the police.
NATIONAL
April 19, 2013 | By Kim Christensen and Jason Felch
The Boy Scouts of America announced Friday a proposal to allow gay youths to join the program, a move that, if approved, would mark a dramatic shift for one of the nation's oldest and most traditional youth organizations. The proposal, which would continue to bar homosexual men from serving as Scout leaders, will be voted on at a May meeting of the organization's national council, Scouting officials said. "We believe the BSA can no longer sacrifice its mission, or the youth served by the movement, by allowing the organization to be consumed by a single, controversial, and unresolved societal issue," national president Wayne Perry said in a statement announcing the proposal.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 19, 2013 | By Jason Felch and Kim Christensen
Top officials of the Boy Scouts of America have unanimously recommended allowing gay boys into the ranks of one of the nation's oldest and most traditional youth groups while continuing to exclude homosexual adults as leaders. Scouting's executive committee described the proposal as an effort to acknowledge changes in society while respecting the religious organizations that sponsor many scout troops across the country. It also aims to move the organization beyond a controversy that has rocked its foundation in the last several months.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 19, 2013 | By Jason Felch and Kim Christensen, Los Angeles Times
Top officials of the Boy Scouts of America have unanimously recommended allowing gay boys into the ranks of one of the nation's oldest and most traditional youth groups while continuing to exclude homosexual adults as leaders. Scouting's executive committee described the proposal as an effort to acknowledge changes in society while respecting the religious organizations that sponsor many Scout troops across the country. It also aims to move the organization beyond a controversy that has rocked its foundation in the last several months.
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