CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 23, 1989
Tuesday's flag-burning decision divided the U.S. Supreme Court as deeply as any in recent memory. Unfortunately, some dissenting opinions were so strongly worded that they will be read by some as protests against being forced to choose between law and country. The court ruled that the Constitution protects the burning of an American flag as an expression of free speech. Justice William J. Brennan Jr. persuasively declared for the 5-4 majority that, "we do not consecrate the flag by punishing its desecration, for in so doing we dilute the the freedom that this cherished emblem represents."
May 6, 2012 |
In recent weeks, a parade of top officials has given sober, underpublicized speeches explaining why President Obama not only considers "targeted killing" drone strikes against terrorists legal but has massively expanded their use, even approving a strike against a U.S. citizen, the New Mexico-born Al Qaeda preacher Anwar Awlaki, in Yemen last year. Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. gave a lecture arguing that the government has a right to kill U.S. citizens who practice terrorism as long as it observes some form of "due process" in its secret decision-making.
November 17, 1986 |
On a day when the gods were restless, Thrill Show tried to restore normalcy to Hollywood Park by predictably winning the first half of Sunday's Hollywood Derby. But Sunday was a day when normalcy was vastly overmatched. One power failure later, Spellbound, a 3-year-old colt who travels with a pet goat, won the second division of the Derby at 87-1 and just as he crossed the finish line, lighting on the track and on the tote board went out for the second time.
December 13, 1988 |
The Supreme Court, in a key ruling supporting the enforcement powers of the National Collegiate Athletic Assn., ruled Monday that the organization may force Nevada Las Vegas to suspend its highly successful basketball coach, Jerry Tarkanian, for recruiting violations and other irregularities. On a 5-4 vote, the high court said that the NCAA does not have to follow the same constitutional guidelines that cover government agencies in investigating violations of regulations.
February 7, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- A secret Senate report on harsh CIA interrogations of terrorism suspects makes “rather damning” allegations of mismanagement and misrepresentation by CIA officers that must be investigated, President Obama's nominee to be CIA director said at his confirmation hearing. John Brennan, the White House counterterrorism chief, told the Senate Intelligence Committee that “there clearly were a number of things, many things…that were very concerning and disturbing to me and that I would want to look into immediately.” The classified 6,000-page Senate Intelligence Committee report focused on the now-shuttered CIA program to detain Al Qaeda operatives at then-secret prisons around the world.